The Chair on Urban Poor and the Law was established at NLS with the vision of engaging the concerned stakeholders to address the problems of the subaltern in the urban milieu & explore for solutions through law. The Chair was instituted by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) and National Law School of India University, Bangalore on 30th March 2012.
The chair is engaged in the following activities
- Policy Intervention: To serve as a Brain Trust and Laboratory for the development of the Jurisprudence on the subject, through research, review and refinement of legislative drafts and policy formulations and publications undertaken by the Ministry from time to time.
- Legal Capacity Enhancement Endeavours: To serve as the centre for equipping and enhancing the Legal Capacity of all those engaged in the management and administration of the subject of Endowment (by offering training in the knowledge and application of law on the subject and also expose the trainees to the best practices around the globe).
- Dissemination of Legal Knowledge and its application on the subject: To serve as the forum and medium (through conferences, seminars, round table, journal publication etc.) for the dissemination of legal knowledge on the subject and its application.
- Introduction of Course on Urban Poor and the Law in select Law Schools and Colleges in India: To carry out academic training programmes and organize reading and research materials, for the teachers of different law schools and enable them to introduce a Course on the subject, including on Housing/Real Estate Law, as part of the curriculum.
The Chair is administered by Prof. M K Ramesh, Professor of Law, NLSIU.