Anita Rao  Raviwada

Anita Rao Raviwada

Director, GITAM School of Law, GSL, VSP

Ph. D.
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Prof.(Dr) R.Anita Rao is the Director, School of Law, GITAM (Deemed to be University). Prior to taking up this position, she was Director Saveetha University & VELS University, a Visiting Faculty at the National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJAA), Professor, School of Law, GITAM Deemed to be University, Visakhapatnam, A.P.

She has been guest faculty at the Premier Law Schools such as NALSAR -Hyderabad and NLSIU - Bangalore, and Visiting Professor to XLRI, Jamshedpur. Prof.Rao served as Principal, NBM Law College, affiliated to Andhra University and as officer on special duty to Chairman GITAM Institutions. The position that she had held immediately before joining GITAM, was as an adjunct professor in DSNLU. She had undertaken and successfully completed major and minor UGC projects. She has delivered expert lectures at UGC sponsored programmes on Women and Justice, Intellectual Property Rights, and Medicine and Law. She is an advisor for the National Selection Committee and member NAAC Expert Committee for Redesigning Criteria for Law Schools Prof.Rao has vast experience in Curriculum Design in Law, conducting many executive development programmes for industry on IPRs and women executive development.

She has been engaged in consultancy work in Patent Process and filing. Conducted Executive Development Programme on International International Contracts with MMTC. She has also conducted One Year Diploma Courses on Alternative Dispute Resolution and on Entrepreneurship. Prof.Rao is a Member of the Advisory Committee, Centre for Women Studies, Andhra University; Indian Society for Health Laws and Ethics (ISHLE), New Delhi; Research Committee Member in Indian Social Science Congress, Indian Society of International Law, New Delhi; Board of Studies for Criminal Justice, Andhra University; Chairperson, Board of Studies of Law, Saveetha University, Chennai. She is member Academic Council NLU-Delhi and DSNLU. She is guiding Ph.D candidates in Law. She has authored a Book on “Intellectual Property Rights” published by EBC publications. Her areas of expertise are in International Law, International Trade Law, Corporate Law, Intellectual Property rights. The current area of research is IPR, WTO related issues and Gender Issues, Law & Medicine. Having been exposed more than three decades to legal academia, research, industry and the profession, she had mentored many bright students who occupy high positions in the judiciary, academics and industry and hence has a vast network legal talent to interact with and to draw from.


Year of Graduation/Award Institute & College name Degree Name
2003 World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva WIPO Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights
1997 AU Ph.D
1989 Family Law LLM
1986 Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Diploma in IRPM
1979 AU LLB
1976 BSC BSC


Designation Organization From Date To Date
Director, School of Law Saveetha University, Chennai 30-10-2014 09-03-2017
IQAC Wing DSNLU 30-04-2018 27-07-2018
Academic Council Member, Chairperson-Disciplinary Committee DSNLU 28-07-2018 31-12-2018
Academic Council Member DSNLU, Visakhapatnam 28-02-2020 04-11-2022
BoS Member Dr.BR Ambedkar College of Law, AU, Vizag 26-07-2019 25-07-2022
Expert Committee Member NAAC, Bangalore 22-11-2018 04-11-2022
School of Law GITAM 18-01-2019 04-11-2022
Research Supervisor in Law GITAM 17-08-2019 04-11-2022
Professor &Chairperson- Academics GITAM School of Law 01-12-2005 31-07-2014
Board of Management Member GITAM Three Campuses 01-08-2019 31-07-2022
Library Advisory Committee GITAM 01-08-2019 31-07-2021
Visiting Professor National Law University & Judicial Academy, Assam 01-08-2014 29-10-2014
Dean, School of Law VELS University, Chennai 01-07-2017 24-02-2018
PROFESSOR DSNLU 01-03-2018 31-12-2018
Associate Professor and Officer on Special Duty GITAM Institute of International Business 01-01-2001 30-11-2005
Asst. Professor NBM Law College 01-01-1997 31-12-2000


Award name Award Organization Year of Award
Gold medalist in Law of Torts in LLB Degree AU 2001
First Women Awarded Ph.D in Law in Andhra University AU 1997

Transboundary Movement In Genetically Modified Organisms With Special Emphasis OnCartegena Protocol NALSAR School of Law Journal, Others, -2011, Vol 6(1), 1

Title of the project Funded by Duration Sanctioned date
Title of the project Funded by Duration Sanctioned date
SurrogacyMoral, Ethical, Social &Legal Implications A Study with Special reference to Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam UGC 36 01-Apr-2014
Title of the book Book / Chapter Name of the publisher Subject area Edition Page numbers ISBN Published year
Assisted Reproductive Techniques the Socio Legal Dimensions is in the final stages of publication Book Publisher Assisted Reproductive Techniques 1 1 2019
Title of the lecture Name of the college / university Place Date
sexual harassment of women at workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act of 2013 NTPC visakhapatnam 05-Oct-2014