Dato' Mahadev Shankar

Dato' Mahadev Shankar


Dato' Mahadev Shankar was called to the Bar of the Inner Temple in 1955 and enrolled as an Advocate and Solicitor in Malaya in July 1956 whilst in Shearn Delamore and Company where he became a partner in 1961 whence he retired in 1983. During this period he was actively engaged in general litigation and was a Board Member of several public companies including Malaysian Airlines System Bhd from 1975 to 1983.

He was appointed Judge of the High Court in August 1983 and a Judge of the Court of Appeal in 1994. He retired from the judiciary in 1997.

In the course of his legal and Judicial career he has been a member of the Malaysian Bar Council for many years, and was appointed a member of the National Goodwill Council in 1969, a  Royal Commissioner in 1971  for the Reform of the Laws of Marriage and Divorce in Malaysia and for many years he was a member of the Legal Qualifying Board established under the Legal Profession Act. In 1998 he was appointed a member of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Injuries sustained by Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim whilst in police custody.

He was a visiting professor to the University of Malaya in 1998 and is currently a  Honorary Visiting Professor in Monash University Melbourne Australia  and is also an associate of the College of Law in Sydney Australia for their course on Advocacy for post graduate students.

He was one of the founder members of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia which was established in 1999.

He is an Honorary Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators, and is a registered Panel member in the Regional Centre of Arbitration Kuala Lumpur and also in the Singapore International Arbitration Centre.

He is a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary International and was recently nominated by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia as its Advisory Jurist to the Asia Pacific Forum.

Since 1999 to date he has been a Consultant in Zaid Ibrahim and Company which is one of the larger law firms in Malaysia which also has a branch in Singapore.