<Rodney D. Ryder> is a Partner with Scriboard, a full service commercial law firm with cutting edge specialisation in technology, new media and intellectual property laws. He is the author of Guide to Cyber Laws:  the Information Technology Act, 2000, E-Commerce, Data Protection and the Internet, the first section-wise analysis of the Indian Information Technology Act, 2000.  He is presently Advisor to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India on the implementation of the Information Technology Act, 2000.  Mr. Ryder has been nominated as a ‘Leading Lawyer’ in intellectual property, technology, communications and media law by Asia Law, Who’sWhoLegal, Asia Legal 500, amongst other International publications.  Mr. Ryder is also advisor to the Data Security Council of India [a NASSCOM initiative] on the structuring of industry data privacy and information security policies and contractual standards.

His second book, Intellectual Property and the Internet, published by LexisNexis is perhaps the only one of its kind in Asia.  The text has been acknowledged to be an authoritative work by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and has been quoted in the first and only judgement by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India on domain names [Satyam Infoway Ltd. v. Sifynet Solutions Pvt. Ltd.; (2004) 6 SCC 145]. He is advisor to the National Internet Exchange of India [NiXI] and a member of the panel of independent and neutral arbitrators with NiXI.

Representative Publications

“The Legal Challenges of Banking Online in India” in International Internet Law Review, March 2000. [35-37]. Published by Euromoney Legal Publications

“Analysis of the SEBI clearance to Net based trading in India” in World Internet Law Report, March 2000. [5-7] Published by BNA International; funded by the International Bar Association.

“Telecommunications Regulation in India: “Converging” telegraph, cable broadcasting, satellite and the Internet”, presented at the Communications Law Committee Session at the International Bar Association [IBA] Annual Conference at Durban, South Africa, October 2002.

“Data Protection, Privacy and Information Security in Asia”, presented at the Technology and E-commerce Committee Session at the International Bar Association [IBA] Annual Conference at San Francisco, USA, September 2003.

“Managing Intellectual Property in a Borderless World: Version 2.0”, presented at the UIA International Seminar on Information Technology Law and Governance, Bangalore, 2005.

“Data Protection: Strategies for Compliance in Asia”, presented at the Computer Law Association [iTech Law], First Asian Conference, Bangalore, 2005.

“Intellectual Property Strategies: Concept to Commercialisation”, presented and taught at the Institute of Judicial Training & Research; Lucknow, 2007.

“Intellectual Property and the Internet”, presented and taught at the Judges’ Round Table; Judicial Academy, Bangalore 2007.

“Data Protection, Privacy and Outsourcing”, presented at the International Bar Association [IBA], Annual Conference, Singapore, 2007.

“Legal Issues in the IT and Telecom Industry”, workshop at the Judicial Academy, Hyderabad, 2007.

“Regulating ‘Indian’ Cyberspace – Law, Technology and Governance”, workshop conducted at the Karnataka Judicial Academy, July 2008.

“Regulating ‘Indian’ Cyberspace – Law, Technology and Governance”, workshop conducted at the National Judicial Academy, December 2008 and May 2009.


Supreme Court Bar Association [SCBA]

Delhi High Court Bar Association [DHCBA]

International Bar Association [IBA]

Inter Pacific Bar Association [IPBA]


  • Adjunct Professor [legal management] to the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow [IIML], the Fore School of Management, New Delhi [FSM] and the Amity Business School [ABS]. Adjunct Professor [Internet related laws, intellectual property, telecommunications and media laws] to the National Law School of India University [NLSIU], Bangalore, NALSAR, Hyderabad, National Law University [NLU], Jodhpur, Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, Amity Law School, Indian Institute of Technology[Kharagpur] and the CBI Academy [Ghaziabad].


  • Guide to Cyber Laws [E-commerce, the Information Technology Act, 2000, Data protection and the Internet]. {LexisNexis Butterworths Wadhwa Nagpur, India}. Third Edition 2007.
  • “Intellectual Property and the Internet”. {LexisNexis, 2002}.
  • “Brands, Trademarks and Advertising”. {LexisNexis, 2004}.
  • “Internet Law and Policy”. {Oxford University Press, to be published in 2010}.
  •  “Drafting Corporate and Commercial Agreements : legal drafting guidelines, forms and precedents”; {Universal Law Publishing, 2005; Reprint 2007}
  • “Right to Information – Law, Policy and Practice”. {LexisNexis Butterworths Wadhwa Nagpur, India, 2006}.
  • “An Introduction to Internet Law and Policy: a course book on cyber law”. {LexisNexis Butterworths Wadhwa Nagpur, India, 2007}


Member, ‘Legal Action Group’ constituted by the Ministry of Information Technology and Communication, Government of India, to advise on the implementation of the ‘Act’ [].

Honorary Legal Advisor, Nepal Telecom Authority [NTA]

Honorary Legal Advisor, Computer Association of Nepal [CAN]

Honorary Legal Advisor, Office of the Attorney General, Sri Lanka

Honorary Advisor, Cyber Crime Police Station, C. O. D. Head Quarters, Bangalore.

Honorary Advisor, Cyber Crime Police Station, Hyderabad.

Honorary Advisor & Visiting Faculty, Delhi Police Training Centre


Corporate Law Adviser [CLA]

Patent and Trademark Reporter [PTR]

Law Wire™

The GNLU Journal of Law, Development and Politics [GJLDP]