Research Grants

Committed to reforming legal education and the pursuit of academic excellence, NLSIU places significant emphasis on legal and policy research. Continuing our research efforts in 2020, NLSIU has entered into a slew of collaborations both at the local and international level. We hope to initiate more such collaborations in the coming months and bring together scholars and researchers from across India and around the world to produce innovative and relevant outcomes through our research.

Listed below are some of our research projects initiated this year:

UGC-DAAD Grant – July 2020

NLSIU has embarked on a collaboration with the Chair for Comparative and Public Law, Humboldt University, Berlin under the Indo-German Partnership in Higher Education (IGP) programme of the University Grants Commission, in collaboration with DAAD. Founded in 1925, The German Academic Exchange Service or DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) is the German support organisation in the field of international academic cooperation.

Titled ‘Law and Transformation: Opening Conversations between India and Germany,’ the programme will touch upon multiple legal themes including constitutional and administrative law, intellectual property rights, economic laws, among others. Under the grant approved by the UGC, the programme establishes a four-year joint research and academic exchange between the two partner institutions, initiating a comparative dialogue on law and transformation in India and Germany. Prof. Dr. T. Ramakrishna from NLSIU is the Principal Investigator for this collaboration, with Dr. Yashomati Ghosh as Co-Principal Investigator.

Karnataka Government Future of Work Grant – March 2020

The Centre for Labour Studies at National Law School has embarked upon a collaboration with the Karnataka State Labour Institute. The team of researchers and faculty supported by the Government of Karnataka will work on understanding the changing nature of work and its implications for the people of Karnataka. It will generate research, ideas, programmes and instruments of intervention in order to empower working people and develop capabilities. Its activities will include developing research and academic courses, assistance with drafting rules and regulations, and conducting orientation programmes on labour laws.

Research on Regulatory Governance supported by Omidyar Network India – September 2020

To develop a cross-cutting view on regulatory governance, NLSIU will be initiating a project on Regulatory Governance supported by Omidyar Network India, to understand how regulators monitor, supervise and penalise regulated entities. The project aims to ‘restock the regulatory toolkit’ for India by identifying the legal structures and norms of regulatory authorities and their parent bodies that best serve to create autonomous and accountable institutions. This understanding is intended to assist policymakers and regulators in shaping targeted improvements in regulatory frameworks and practices, and update them for the twenty-first century.