Shri Soli J. Sorabjee was born at Mumbai. Having joined the field of advocacy nearly half a century ago, he has had the rare distinction of holding the highest law posts under the Constitution--besides being Additional Solicitor General and Solicitor General of India (1977-80). He was the Chief Law Officer of the country, the Attorney General for India. A winner of Kinloch Forbes Gold Medal in Roman Law and Jurisprudence (1952), Shri Sorabjee's numerous attainments cannot be listed on this page.
Inter alia, he is President, United Lawyer's Association; Chairman, Transparency International (India); Convenor, Minority Rights Group (India); Vice President of the Human Rights Committee of the International Bar Association and of the Commonwealth Lawyers' Association; Member, Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Lawyers; Member of the Committee on Arms Control and Disarmament Law of the International Law Association; U. N. Special Rapporteur (1997) to report to the UNGA on the human rights situation in Nigeria; Member (since 1998) of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities of the UN Commission for Human Rights to report on the human rights situation in East Timor; and Member (2000-06) of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague. Shri Soli Sorabjee has a very large number of publications to his credit, among which are The Law of Press Censorship in India (1976) and The Emergency, Censorship and the Press in India (1975-77)