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Prof. (Dr.) G.S. Bajpai, Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice

On Deputation


Equipped with more than thirty years of professional experience as an author, researcher, teacher and administrator, Prof G S Bajpai serves as Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice (Law); Chair Professor at K.L Arora Chair in Criminal Law at National Law University, Delhi as well as the Chairperson of the Centre for Criminology & Victimology. He previously served as the Registrar of National Law University Delhi between 2014-2021. In addition to a Master’s specialisation in Criminology & Criminal Justice, he holds a doctorate in victimology & law and a post-doctorate in criminal justice from Leicester University, UK, as a Commonwealth Fellow at the Department of Criminology, Leicester University, U.K. 


He served as Professor of Law & Development   & Chairperson at the Centre for Criminal Justice Administration, National Law Institute University, Bhopal (MP) from 2007-2011. He also held positions at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, (1989), Bureau of Police Research & Development, (1989- 1995), Punjab Police Academy, Punjab and the Department of Criminology & Forensic Science, University of Saugar, M.P. Under his guidance, as many as 12 students have already completed doctoral dissertations (Ph. D.).  


Prof. Bajpai has authored eighteen books; more than eighty papers; and more than ninety op-eds in leading dailies like Indian Express, the Hindu, the Tribune etc.  His books are: 'Witness & Criminal Justice Systems', 'On Cyber Crime & Cyber Law', 'Situational Crime Prevention & Crime Reduction' and ‘Victimological Narratives on Gender Violence’ (2014), Victim Justice- A Paradigm Shift in the Indian Criminal Justice System" and "Judgments that Shaped the India Jurisprudence" published (2017) by Thomson & Reuters.  His most recent books (2019)   'Living on the Edge' and 'Juvenile Justice' (Bloomsbury) have been well-received. He is the Editor of two prestigious international journals: Journal of Victimology & Victim Justice (published by Sage Publications) and Indian Journal of Criminology, a publication of the Indian Society of Criminology since 1972.


Prof. Bajpai has held many prestigious international assignments for advanced criminal law and criminal justice research. He has been to the University of Paris (France) under UGC Indo-French Cultural Exchange Programme (1999) to work on 'Victim's position in the French Criminal Justice System'. He also received the prestigious Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship at the Department of Criminology, University of Leicester, the U.K., for advanced research and teaching (in Crime reduction) for 2003-04. Dr. Bajpai also visited International Victimology Institute, Tokiwa University, Japan to deliver lectures in July 2007. He was also selected under the Indo-Russia Cultural Exchange programme to visit St. Petersburg (2007) and Indo-Hungarian Cultural Exchange Programme in Budapest (2009). In 2010, Prof. Bajpai was conferred a visiting fellowship of ICSSR under the Indo-NWO Exchange of Scholars. Under this visit, he carried out significant research at the International Victimology Institute, Faculty of Law, the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands. Besides visiting the International Criminal Court at Hague, Prof Bajpai delivered key lectures at several universities like VU University, Amsterdam.


He was identified by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, to author a case study on 'Bhopal Gas Tragedy' which was published by the Cambridge Press, US. He made a key presentation at the Asian Law Institute  Conferences held at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur (June 2014), Manila (2017), Seoul (2018), New Delhi (2020) Asian Society of Criminology Conferences at Hong Kong (2018) and World Society of Victimology Conference ( 2019).  He visited the Faculty of Law / Criminology at the University of Wurzburg, Germany in January 2015 as a visiting professor under the German Academic Exchange Programme.  


As a part of the academic collaboration, he has made significant presentations at the Centre for Criminology, the University of Oxford and the Department of Criminology & Law, Sheffield Hallam University U.K. on the issues of Post-Delhi Gang-Rape Legal Reforms and Victim Justice.


As a very significant achievement, Prof. Bajpai worked as the 'Co-Principal Investigator' of the MHRD-UGC, E-PG Pathshala Project, and led the creation of online e-text and video lectures on 367 modules of fifteen papers for PG level courses in Law. He has also completed E-PG Pathshala Project on Criminology as Principal Investigator, where he led the creation of 350 e-texts and a similar number of video lectures for twelve postgraduate-level papers on criminology. He worked as Principal Investigator to lead the creation of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for various subjects in law, where thousands of learners have benefitted from these courses.


Prof. Bajpai also contributed significantly to police training research. He successfully implemented a series of Vertical Interaction Courses for IPS officers and coordinated training projects with Sheffield Hallam University.



As a rare and unique distinction to any academician, his expertise was solicited by the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi in certain cases. He was appointed as Amicus Curiae for the following cases:

1. Babloo Chauhan Alias Dabloo v. State Govt. Of NCT Of Delhi, 30.11.2017 - Crl.A. 157/2013

2. Karan v. State NCT of Delhi, [2020] DLT 352

3. Sunil Tyagi v. State Govt. Of NCT of Delhi, CRL. MC. – 5328/2013 AND CRL. MA. 19244/2013 


Notably, Prof. Bajpai is credited with having evolved the concept of 'wrongful prosecution' in the Indian context. Based on his report on the Babloo Chauhan case, the Law Commission in its 277th Report, proposed amendments to laws to help the victims of wrongful prosecution. His report in the case of Karan v. State also resulted in introducing the concept of a "Victim Impact Report" and the procedure for calculating and granting compensation under section 357 of the Cr.P.C. In the third case of Sunil Tyagi v. State, his report gave useful suggestions regarding proclaimed offenders, issuing of process and attachment of property. 


Prof. Bajpai has been conferred various awards and honours for consistent, high-quality research. He is the recipient of the G. B. Pant Award for his book on Human Rights and Police. In recognition of his contribution to the growth of Criminology in India, Dr Bajpai was conferred the title of Fellow of the Indian Society of Criminology (FISC) by the Indian Society of Criminology (ISC). He was also awarded (2005) the coveted Prof. S. Srivastava Memorial Award for excellence in research/teaching in Criminology and the ‘Best Social Scientist Award’ of the Indian Society of Criminology (2014). He was conferred the prestigious Prof. K. Chockalingam Award in the Fourth International & Eight Biennial Conference of the Indian Society of Victimology in October 2014. Recently, Prof. Bajpai was conferred upon the 'ISC-Kumarappa Reckless Award', the highest honour and award of ISC, in recognition of his significant contribution to research, teaching and administration in the field of Criminal Justice Administration (2018).


Prof. G.S. Bajpai is also the President of the Indian Society of Victimology, Executive Committee of the World Society of Victimology (WSV), and Vice President of Victim Support Asia. He has also been appointed as a Member of the ‘Standing Committee on Research Methodology for Research Projects’ of BPR&D.


His current assignment as Convenor, Committee on Criminal Law reforms appointed by M.H.A., which is likely to spearhead the historic reforms in criminal law in India, is most notable.  


As a passionate criminal law teacher for more than two decades, he is credited with having designed and pioneered the use of the expression - 'Critical Criminal Law ' in India which is now an LL.M. Course in many universities. Besides, he is also credited to have conceptualised the novel paradigms of "Victim Justice", "Victim Jurisprudence" and "Wrongful Prosecution" in the Indian context. 

During his tenure as Registrar, NLU Delhi the University ranked consistently at number 2 for the last three years, apart from scoring significantly well (3.57) in NAAC rating. The rise of NLU Delhi on the research side also happened during this period where he played a significant role.

He is currently on deputation as Vice Chancellor Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab. 

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Area of Interest.
    • Victim Justice

    • Critical Criminal Law  

    • Criminal Procedure

    • Empirical Legal Research

    • Legal Theory