Mr. Adam Israelov
Specialization: Law
Home institution in US: Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
Host Institution in India: O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonepat, Haryana  
Start date/Month in India: August 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Mr. Adam Israelov received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 2012 and his B.B.A. in risk management and insurance from Georgia State University in 2003. His law related interests have focused on corporate law in the United States and abroad. To better understand corporate law beyond the casebooks, he interned for two months with an Indian law firm based in Mumbai where he worked on financing and securities related transactions. The following summer he worked with the corporate team at the law firm of Baker & McKenzie LLP in Chicago. In 2012, Mr. Israelov participated as a law fellow for the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE). He traveled to Germany and Poland with FASPE to learn about the role of legal practitioners in Nazi Germany and he also contemplated modern ethical issues through this lens.

Prior to law school, Mr. Israelov worked for six years in private equity, investment banking, and risk management. At the private equity fund, he primarily worked on deal origination and portfolio analysis. During his time in private equity, he observed that business and legal professionals could benefit from a greater understanding of corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices. Mr. Israelov is keenly interested in learning about and explaining how corporations may structure deal terms that are profitable as well as socially responsible and legally enforceable. He has written on leading business issues and has been published on topics such as socially responsible investing and alternative energy. When not busy with work, Mr. Israelov can be found hiking, biking, running or scuba diving somewhere with friends. He also enjoys spending time as a volunteer at hospice with patients and families.

Mr. Israelov’s Fulbright-Nehru research project is titled “The Role of Law in the Development of Corporate Social Responsibility in India.” With the backdrop of the Companies Bill, 2012 and its new clause mandating CSR disclosure, his research in India (1) documents CSR practices by large corporations, and (2) analyzes whether India's various legal and business communities perceive a tension between the law and CSR practices.