Karnika Seth is an Internationally acclaimed cyberlawyer and expert on Information Technology laws practicing in the Supreme court of India whose contributions to the field of cyberlaws are widely recognised.Ms. Seth is also a distinguished  Author and a speaker on pertinent legal issues,both in electronic and print media.

 

Present position

Ms. Seth is the Founding Partner of Seth Associates,a globally networked Indian law firm. She is also the Chairperson and Founder of the Lex Cyberia, World’s first integrated research centre dedicated to promoting knowledge and rendering legal consulting and cyber forensics services in India and across the globe.

Awards

In recognition of the substantial contribution in the field of commercial laws practice , Karnika Seth was  awarded the “Corporate Excellence Award” by Amity Global Business schools in the year 2009. She authored a comprehensive book , Computers, Internet & New Technology Laws published by Butterworths Lexis Nexis and received the ‘Law Day Award’ in 2012 from the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India and Hon’ble Law Minister .

She received the Speaker of Eminence Award from Indus Business Academy in 2013. She was conferred the Law Day Award in 2015 for authoring a book titled Protection of Children on Internet from the Chief Justice of India. In 2015, she was conferred the Digital Empowerment Award from the Government of India.

Litigation experience

Ms. Seth specializes in and actively handles cyberlaw & Intellectual property law matters ( both civil and criminal) before various courts in India.She has actively resolved many Cybercrime cases in conjunction with the Cyber crime cell set up in various states and other law enforcement agencies  including plastic card frauds, defamation on social Media, child abuse online,e-banking frauds,identity theft, indecent representation of women, phishing, pornography ,MMS attack cases,data theft , hacking etc. She has advised and represented reputed companies in litigation before the Supreme court of India and Delhi High court including Steel Authority of India ltd, Leela Hotel, Idea Cellular, Reliance Group, Escorts Group, Ruia Group, Jindal group, Secure Meters, Mitsubishi, Denso, Indo Asian amongst other clients.

Legal Expert to Government bodies and law enforcement

She is empanelled as legal expert to advise the National Internet Exchange of India and the Office of Comptroller of Certifying Authorities constituted under the IT Act, 2000. Lately, her views were solicited by  the office of  Controller of Certifying Authorities on introducing in India, digital signature certificates for foreign nationals. Her expert views  have been solicited by the Indian Parliament ,the Ministry of Information Technology, Government of India and the Cyber Appellate Tribunal for strengthening the framework of  cyberlaws in India. She had contributed   in the introduction of the recent amendments incorporated under the Indian Information Technology Act, 2000 . Her recommendations to the Indian Parliament on Privacy laws also led to the introduction of new regulatory  laws  under the Information Technology Act, 2000.She contributed to the Ministry deliberations on creating social media framework and laws for government organizations and developing a due diligence code for intermediaries  in India.  She regularly advises Adjudicating Officers and other functionaries appointed under Information Technology Act,2000 on any complex issues related to cyberlaw. In addition,she has recently assisted the  Supreme Court of India  to introduce technically secure & robust e-filing procedures in India.

Interaction with International organisations

Ms. Seth works with various international organizations that consistently contribute to the development of cyberlaws across multiple jurisdictions . In 2014, she was invited in an expert consultation organized by the   Commission for Protection of Child rights in conjunction with UNICEF to give her recommendations on strategies to combat the rising child abuse on internet. She is associated with the International Telecommunication Union’s initiatives and is empanelled as cyberlaw expert by its India chapter . She is also  member in the Global Cyber security Group initiative, an International network of cyber experts. In 2012, she spoke on IT Act implementation and challenges  at a deliberation on cyber and network security organized by the Council of Europe and Assocham .In 2010, She presented her views on Online Dispute Resolution at an International conference organized by UNCITRAL, Asian African Consultative organization and Singapore International Arbitration Centre.

 

Legal Advisor & consultant

As a cyber law consultant,she has significant & diverse transactional experience encompassing Internet and e-commerce laws,Social Media laws,Defamation, e-governance,Business laws, International Trade and Intellectual Property laws.She is the Principal legal advisor to many Multinational Groups, Corporate houses, Public and Private sector companies,Banks, Corporations and Government entities. She has advised  reputed multinational companies in joint ventures, foreign collaborations, cyberlaw compliance, policy matters and regulatory issues, FDI, IT outsourcing projects & various commercial arrangements and including launch (both online and offline) of  products and services in the Indian Market. Ms. Seth is appointed as  legal expert on the board of Tradeindia Group and as a Advisory board member of the ITS The Education Group, Ghaziabad and the Asian Law Journal.

Visiting faculty to law enforcement & educational institutes

She is also an expert trainer to law enforcement authorities on IT Act , Mobile phone and cybercrime investigations,computer forensics and Electronic Evidence including Central Bureau of Investigation, and National Judicial Academy, Bhopal and National Police Academy at Hyderabad. Ms. Seth is an active Speaker on Cyberlaw issues in conferences/workshops organized by chambers of commerce including CII,FICCI, ASSOCHAM, PHD Chambers, CIAC,ICSI, ICAI,Data Security Council of India  and other leading institutions of the country. She delivers special workshops on Information technology law and practice to honorable Judges from the Judiciary, lawyers, senior Government officers, IAS officers, police officers and IT professionals.She has been Visiting Faculty for cyberlaws at Amity law School, the Indian law Institute,IIT,VIPS, ,University of Delhi,National Institute of Financial Management and other reputed educational institutions of the country.

Writing contribution

Besides authoring her book ‘Computers, Internet & New Technology laws’ ,a comprehensive reference book on cyberlaws, Ms. Seth has authored articles and reviewed books on various legal issues for several reputed publications such as Product liability in Asia Pacific , India Business law Journal, Lawyers Update, Witness, Patent & Trademark Reporter, Halsbury’s laws Journal, Indian Council Of Arbitration Journal, Cyber times newspaper, and online information portals such as tradeindia.com and stands appointed to the International Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Cybercrimes & Criminal Justice. Her views are often quoted in print media and solicited in various cyberlaw discussions held on television.

Memberships

Ms. Seth is  an Associate Member of AEA International, the International Association of European lawyers and is a Member of the International Bar Association, Bar Council of Delhi, India, the Supreme Court of India Bar Association, Delhi High Court Bar Association, the Indo Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Indian Council of Arbitration and International Council of jurists.

 

Educational Qualifications

She graduated in Law from the Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi. She studied Cyberlaws at the Amity Law School, Delhi in the year 2000 and received her the Masters degree in Law in Corporate & Commercial laws, Intellectual property , Internet laws, International Trade & Arbitration from the King’s college, University of London in the year 2002.

 

  • B.A (Eng. Hons.), LL.B(University of Delhi)
  • PGD (Internet Laws) , Amity law school, New Delhi
  • LL.M in Corporate and commercial laws ( University of London)
  • Masters in law degree in Internet law, Intellectual property ( London School of Economics) , International Trade laws, Banking laws ( King’s college London) , International Commercial Arbitration( Queens Mary College, University of London)

Professional Appointments

  • Chairperson & founder, Lex Cyberia
  • Cyber lawyer & IP Expert
  • Partner and Head, Commercial laws & Information Technology, SETH ASSOCIATES
  • Member of Editorial Board of International Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Cybercrimes & Criminal Justice

Expertise

  • Cyber Laws
  • E-COMMERCE LAW
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration & ADR
  • Corporate & Commercial Law
  • International Trade Law
  • Launch of products & services
  • Agency and Distribution
  • Antidumping laws

Affiliations

  • Telecom Consulting Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Member, Supreme Court of India Bar Association
  • Member, Indo Italian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
  • Member of AEA (The European Association of Lawyers)
  • Member of the Delhi High Court Bar Association
  • Bar Council of Delhi
  • Member of the Indian Council of Arbitration
  • Member of British Council Alumni Association India.
  • Member of the International Editorial Advisory Board of Cybercrimes and Criminal Justice
  • Member of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
  • Member, International Association of IT lawyers
  • Panel Expert, Nitron circle of experts

Contact Details

KARNIKA SETH Cyberlaw Expert
Chairperson, Lex cyberia
Managing Partner, Seth Associates
  CORPORATE LAW OFFICE 721, Tower-B, Advant Navis Business Park, Plot No. 7, Sector 142, Expressway, NOIDA-201301 (U.P.),India Tel:  +91 (120) 4585437, +91 9810155766 Fax:  +91 (120) 4331304 E-mail: mail@lexcyberia.com, karnika@sethassociates.com Website: www.sethassociates.com, www.lexcyberia.com, www.karnikaseth.com