Argha Kumar Jena

Argha Kumar Jena is CELIS Assistant Country Reporter for India.

Argha Kumar Jena, is an advocate from India, with a master degree (LL.M) in international dispute resolution from the Humboldt University of Berlin. As an advocate licensed to practise law in India since 2017, Argha has worked as a junior counsel associated with the chambers of senior advocates in Calcutta High Court, Telangana HIgh Court and the Supreme Court of India. In doing so, he had amassed experiences in a wide variety of common law litigations, especially in Constitutional Law, Contract Law, International Commercial Arbitration and White-collar Crimes. From May 2020 to May 2021, Argha was engaged as a research associate with Alexander & Partner Rechtsanwälte in Berlin, Germany where he assisted the counsels in international commercial arbitrations with legal research, drafting, strategising and organisation of virtual hearings. During his time as a research associate he also co-authored a comprehensive guidebook for international commercial arbitration in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) states that was published in association with the German Emirati Joint Council for Industry and Commerce (AHK).

Since composing his master thesis on "Shifting of burden of proof in investment arbitration", Argha has shown demonstrable interests towards international investment law and has assisted Prof. Dr. Steffen Hindelang, vide legal research and drafting reports in multiple studies of the European Commission regarding foreign investment policies. He now aspires to compose his phD dissertation in the same field.

Apart from his interests in international commerce and investments, Argha is a keen enthusiast of global data privacy and surveillance law. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional - Europe (CIPP/E) i.e., a certified expert in the European data privacy landscape, specifically the General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR). Argha believes that data driven decisions are going to substantially affect global investment flows more than it already has. He leads his own data privacy collective composed of data scientists and other data privacy experts, who advise corporate clients from India, Canada and France on data infrastructure, privacy policies, cybersecurity protocols, general compliances and dispute resolution.

Argha is a young legal professional, with targeted interests and an obsession to study the international economic landscape by gathering professional experiences in relevant sectors. Given that investment screening regulations in India are often vague, fragmented and heavily politicized, Argha has taken it upon himself to make a notable contribution to the context in association with CELIS.