The NLS Public Lecture Series

India Justice Report 2020

September 15, 2021

This lecture will be delivered by Maja Daruwala, Chief Editor of the India Justice Report and Senior Advisor with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI). This session offers a glimpse into the India Justice Report which ranks 18 large and mid-sized, and 7 small states according to their capacity to deliver justice to all. It uses government data to assess the budgets, infrastructure, human resources, workload, diversity and 5 year trends of police, prisons, judiciary and legal aid in each state, against its own declared standards.


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Gender and the “Faith” in Law: Equality, Secularism, and the Rise of the Hindu Nation

April 21, 2021

Prof. Ratna Kapur, International Law, Queen Mary University of London, analyzes how concepts of gender, gender equality, and secularism have been addressed by the higher judiciary in India in cases dealing with matters of religion. The discussion focuses on three landmark decisions of the Indian Supreme Court on gender equality. The cases involve challenges to discriminatory religious practices that target women in the Muslim-minority and Hindu-majority communities.

Cities of Indus Civilization: New Perspectives

January 17, 2020

The session was chaired by Historian, Archaeologist, and Professor of History, Nayanjot Lahiri. This edition of the public lecture series looks to the nuances of the Indus Valley Civilization, and how the study of our past informs our understanding of contemporary sociopolitical circumstances.

Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity: Development in International Law 

December 13, 2019

The session was chaired by UN Independent Expert on violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Victor Madrigal-Borloz. This edition of the public lecture series explores and addresses issues related to the legal recognition of sexual orientation and gender identity associated rights, within the realms of municipal and international law.

The Supreme Court Today: Mostly Final but Rarely Infallible

November 28, 2019 

This session was chaired by Suhrith Parthasarathy, who  practices as an advocate at the Madras High Court in Chennai, India. In the last few weeks, the Supreme Court delivered several judgments on issues of immense national importance, like the Ayodhya and the Sabarimala Review cases. At this juncture, it is important to understand these constitutional developments and also the evolution of the Supreme Court.

Sectarian Secularism: Limits of Subaltern Politics

November 21, 2019

Critiquing earlier formulations of democracy and secularism, JNU Professor Ajay Gudavarathy spoke about his new edited volume Sectarian Secularism: Limits of Subaltern Politics. The book argues that secular politics in India has not been able to challenge sectarianism in India because it lacks a political imagination that resonates on the ground. His talk therefore, provoked the audience to think about challenging the rise of the Right, not through current articulations of secularism, minority-ism and Left politics but instead to reinvent the language and practice of an alternate politics of fraternity.