Ranjit Malhotra

Ranjit Malhotra enrolled with the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana at Chandigarh, India on 12 September 1990 and was the first Indian lawyer to be awarded the prestigious Felix Scholarship to read for the LLM Degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He obtained his Degree with merit in 1993, specialising in South Asian family laws and immigration laws. He is an India-based lawyer handling substantial international work. He is a member of the International Bar Association, for which he is also the Newsletter Editor of the Family Law Committee for a fifth term since January 2011, International Correspondent of the International Family Law journal published by Jordan Publishing, The United Kingdom and former co-chair of the Family Law and Family Law Rights Section of Lawasia. He is also a nominated life member of the Indian Society of International Law, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Reunite Child Abduction Agency, the Indian Council of Arbitration and is an elected fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Commonwealth Lawyers Association and International Law Association. He is also enrolled with the International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates.

He also extensively advises foreign lawyers in the area of private international law, while acting on behalf of the non-resident Indian community, besides rendering expert testimony in foreign litigation, involving Indian laws.

He frequently travels abroad to attend international legal conferences. He has made presentations at six global immigration summits organised by the International Bar Association. He has co authored six books on areas of private international law, the most recent works titled “Surrogacy in India, A Law in The Making–Revisited,” and “India Inter Country Parental Child Removal and The Law,” published in 2016 by Lexis Nexis, India. He also has to his credit substantial internationally published work.

He was invited to participate in two exclusive Wilton Park conferences on migration matters in 2007 and 2009 and also to attend the International Family Justice Judicial Conference for Common Law and Commonwealth Jurisdictions held in Windsor, UK in 2009. He was awarded the Berger Memorial Scholarship for the AILA conference in San Diego, USA in 2011. Mr Malhotra was also invited as the only Indian speaker at the Annual Immigration Conference organised by the Law Council of Australia in March 2012. He was invited to lecture at the Harvard Law School on cross border child abduction issues on 15 April 2014.

He was the only Indian speaker at the stand alone ART conference organised American Bar Association Section of Family Law from 6-9 May 2015, at Carlsbad, California, USA, at the surrogacy symposium organised by the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers held in London from 17-19 May 2015 and at the surrogacy session of the International Bar Association annual conference held in Vienna, Austria, from 4-9 October 2015. He analysed the new 2015 CARA Guidelines and mechanics of inter country adoptions from India at the American Immigration Lawyers Association Bangkok District Chapter Conference held in Vietnam from 2-4 March 2016. He had made a presentation on the need for India to sign the Hague Convention on child abduction at the Culture, Dispute Resolution and the Modernised Family conference organised by the IFLPP at the King’s College, London from 6-8 July 2016. He analysed the legal position on surrogacy and child removal issues in the cross border Indian perspective at the IAFL annual conference held in New Delhi from 13-18 September 2016. He also attended the International Academy of Fellow Lawyers Executive Committee meeting held in Hong Kong on 17 and 18 February 2017.

He has also been very recently been nominated to the Board of Governors of the International Academy of Family Lawyers at their annual meeting held in Reykjavik, Iceland held from 13-17 September 2017. He was one of the three special invitees invited at the Hague Experts’ Meeting on Issues of Domestic / Family Violence and the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention held at The University of Westminster, London on 12 June 2017. He has also been lecturing regularly on International family law issues primarily on international child removal / surrogacy at premier national law schools in India. He has also lectured at the National Judicial Academy at Bhopal.

Mr. Ranjit Malhotra, specialising in areas of private international law is a managing partner in his firm Malhotra & Malhotra Associates. The Firm has a broad-based practice with a reputation for offering a full range of quality personalised legal services. He has been actively and consistently engaged on the subject of managed migration and cross border international perspectives as also policy issues in the realm of international family law issues with major Embassies and Missions in New Delhi, India.

His firm Malhotra & Malhotra Associates is on the panel of lawyers for eleven major embassies in New Delhi, including the British High Commission, Australian High Commission, Canadian High Commission, New Zealand High Commission, American Embassy, German Embassy, Austrian Embassy, French Embassy, Spanish Embassy, Embassy of Luxembourg and Swedish Embassy at New Delhi.
He can be contacted at ranjitmalhotra1966@gmail.com

Ranjit Malhotra