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Committed to reforming legal education and the pursuit of academic excellence, NLSIU places significant emphasis on legal and policy research. Research at NLSIU is primarily carried out through its Centres, Chairs, multi-year research projects, and through individual faculty initiatives. The University’s specialised research centres have been repeatedly called upon to shape laws and improve implementation in intellectual property, child rights, and environmental laws, among many others.

In 2020, NLSIU identified five focus areas where it will develop new interdisciplinary research clusters:

  • Labour and Work
  • Climate Justice
  • State Capacity and Reform
  • Access to Justice & Legal System Reform
  • Law, Technology and Society

In Focus

Enquiring into India’s state capacity

India’s COVID-19 crisis has resulted in unprecedented levels of demand on its public institutions, demands they have comprehensively failed to meet. Scholars have generally been in agreement when characterising India’s state capacity, or its ability...

Labour law and the future of work

Among other activities and contributions to labour policy reform, the Centre for Labour Studies recently completed a study commissioned by the International Labour Organization on forced labour in formal and informal work, linked to migration and vulnerability.

Spotlight on the intersection of law and technology

The pace and intensity of technological development and the resulting social and economic impact have increased with each passing decade of the 21st century. While India has benefited immensely from these developments, we have by...

Research Entities


NLSIU’s research centres anchor original and deep research on a broad range of critical areas. They also form nodes through which faculty, students and scholars publicly engage on these issues to inform, educate and help shape reform measures. From human rights and gender equality to leading environmental law research and emerging issues on law and technology, NLSIU’s research centres continue to engage with and impact key societal concerns in every decade.


Research Chairs at NLS aim to advance knowledge in their respective fields through original inquiry, promotion of academic debate and dissemination of the latest research and findings. They play a critical role in strengthening the teaching, research and training capabilities of the University as a whole.

Projects & Grants

Continuing our research efforts, 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.


NLS is home to several interdisciplinary journals that have carried articles by leading scholars and experts over the years, and been cited by the Supreme Court on several occasions. The journals have a commitment to open access and the promotion of legal writing, and occupy an important space in legal academia in India.


Policy Brief

The Metaverse: A Tech and Policy Brief For India

March 8, 2023

It was the cult classic TV show Star Trek that first helped the public imagine a “communicator” that could fit in one’s pocket. This later inspired the design of the flip phone and the wireless bluetooth speaker. History has demonstrated that science fiction and real life eventually collide. The metaverse is a testament to this. The earliest references to it are found in science fiction, with popular media like film and video-games contributing significantly to its conception and popularity.

Policy Brief

Web3: A Tech and Policy Brief for India

Srijoni Sen

December 15, 2022

Web3 is a set of emerging technologies comprising blockchain, cryptographic protocols, digital assets, decentralised finance, NFTs, etc. The term is also used in the sense of a new Internet era – following on from Web2 which was characterised by centralised platforms and proprietary protocols, leading to so-called ‘walled gardens’. The umbrella term is best understood as a reference to new paradigms in the online world, that transitions from one set of core technologies to another gradually.


The Meld Model: The Holy Grail of Indian Corporate Jurisprudence

Rahul Singh

January 26, 2022

Is a model of a theory of Indian corporate jurisprudence effable? This paper posits that jurisprudence of Indian corporate law is desirable and possible. Given the relative nascence of the Companies Act 2013, Insolvency &…

Working Paper

Cartel Leniency Program in India: Why No Race Here?

Dr. T.S. Somashekar, Praveen Tripathi

December 21, 2021

This study analyses the implementation of the cartel leniency program by the Competition Commission of India using comprehensive data and finds a distinct lack of a ‘race’ to the agency. It specifically focuses on why…