Hemant K. Batra (born 15 August 1967) is an Indian business, public policy, corporate and commercial lawyer. He was the founder and counsel at Kaden Boriss Global, an alliance of independent and autonomous law firms and legal enterprises, founded in 2003 by Hemant Batra and Preeti Batra. Hemant holds a position as the Secretary General of SAARCLAW (South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation in Law). SAARCLAW is a regional Apex body of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation). He has also authored several books on law and policy.
Hemant Batra withdrew from all active roles in Kaden Boriss law firm in 2016 and formally quit the law firm in 2019. He now independently practises law as an arguing Counsel in the Indian Supreme Court and Delhi High Court. He is seen now in the roles of arbitrator, mediator, conciliator, tutor of law and public policy. He is authoring books for Eastern Book Company.
Kaden Boriss partnered with I-Inspire 2013, a national conference for women leaders, aiming to be a confluence of ideas, a convergence of thoughts and celebration of the spirit of diversity and entrepreneurship. He is also the chairperson of the Organizing Council of International Infrastructure & Construction Law Arbitration Moot (IICLAM) and member of the advisory board of the Organisation for International Cooperation (OIC) based in New Jersey, US. IICLAM is a joint initiative of Kaden Boriss, National University of Singapore (NUS) and Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Singapore. He is a recipient of the Mahatma Gandhi Seva Medal. Batra took over as the chairman of the panel of jury for the grant of Aces Awards for Corporate Excellence and Sustainability in Asia.
“We are committed to social justice and can play a key role in encouraging legal reforms and disseminating information on progressive decisions, related to human rights, across the legal community in South Asia,” says Hemant Batra on UNDP website.
Batra joined the advisory board of the pivotals, the first ever stakeholders engagement platform. In his role as a policy specialist and global business lawyer, he was invited to join the leadership team of a well known not for profit organization called Goeman Bind HTO.
Batra was appointed in July 2017 as an active member of the Union of International Associations (UIA), the only appointment from India that year.
He established his music label called Urf Hekbat to accomplish his passion of playing, composing and arranging lounge and new age music. This fact was disclosed by him in an interview given to a well known lawyers monthly magazine. He is also a sound recording artist.
Law and policy facet
Batra is associated with National Law University, Delhi. Batra presented a paper on issues connected with WTO at the 10th SAARCLAW Conference held at Karachi on the theme, “Leap Forward – Next Generation Laws”. 20 February 2004 The first annual Asia Entrepreneurship Forum (AEF), organised by Enterprise Asia kicked off on 19 September 2012. Five hundred of the region’s leading business leaders and industry thought leaders gathered in Macau, one of Asia’s fastest growing cities to discuss the future of entrepreneurship in Asia. Hemant K. Batra, Secretary General at SAARCLAW spoke on legal and regulatory issues in mergers and acquisitions deals.
Though not as a Secretary General of SAARCLAW but taking advantage of his standing in South Asia including Pakistan, he took up the issue of grant of mercy to the Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh (now deceased). Batra has done substantial work for ensuring legal rights of people living with HIV and key populations at higher risk of exposure to HIV.
Considered as one of the prominent authorities on cross-border issues connected with legal profession, he was invited by the Harvard Law School to share his thoughts with senior students on the Future Market for Corporate Legal Services in India.
He has always mooted for opening up of the legal profession in India be it allowing foreign lawyers as well as showcasing. According to him medicine and law were once on the same footing as “noble professions” and as the corporatization of the medical profession has been permitted, the restrictions on lawyers are unjustified. These views were expressed by him to the Live Mint and the Wall Street Journal.
He recently mooted the idea of large scale repeal of laws. He supported and complimented the landmark initiative taken by the Narendra Modi Government in India in repealing obsolete laws. He also emphasized that repeal of laws is as significant as the passage of new laws. He was one of the first set of legal experts who covered the legal aspects connected with Coronavirus or COVID-19.
As Chairman of the Jury, Batra has propagated a policy change in the way businesses are run and managed. According to him a successful business goes beyond money making. Societal responsibilities are key to successful businesses.
- Elected Vice President of SAARCLAW (2016-2018)
- Re elected Secretary General of SAARCLAW (2014-2016)
- Elected Secretary General of SAARCLAW (2011-2013)
- Vice President of SAARCLAW (2008-2010)
- Founder of AKNOI
- Chairperson of IICLAM
- Expert-Observer for a hearing of the United Nation’s Global Commission on HIV and the Law
- Member of the Advisory Board of Organization for International Cooperation (OIC)
- Member of leadership programme committee of ICAAP11
- Chairman of the panel of Jury of prestigious Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability Awards (ACES)
- Active Elected Member of Union of International Associations (UIA)
- Law & Policy Specialist in Goeman Bind HTO, Think Tank