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 Design 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 in 2020 and 2021, 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.



Feminism and its Discontents: Punishing Sexual Violence in India

Preeti Pratishruti Dash

January 25, 2021

Mapping the responses of feminist groups to the J. S. Verma Committee, this article underscores inconsistencies between the positions on defining sexual offences on the one hand and suggesting appropriate punishments on the other. It argues that the absence of engagement around complex issues of criminal law and sentencing not only left feminists divided on the outcome in Mahmood Farooqui’s case but also revealed unintended consequences of the newly introduced law on rape.


Penological Justifications as Sentencing Factors in Death Penalty Sentencing

Preeti Pratishruti Dash

January 20, 2021

When the Supreme Court of India upheld the constitutionality of the death penalty in Bachan Singh v. State of Punjab in 1980, it also laid down a sentencing framework for subsequent sentencing courts. This article argues that it is not within the mandate of sentencing judges to invoke penological theories as separate sentencing factors in individual cases when deciding between life imprisonment and the death sentence.

Book Chapter

Consumer Protection in Electronic Commerce and Online Dispute Resolution Through Mediation

Dr. Ashok R. Patil

November 28, 2020

This chapter focuses on consumer protection in E-Commerce in India and the success of online dispute resolution through mediation initiative carried out by National Law School of India University, Bengaluru.


The Evolution of the Right to Property in India: From a Law and Development Perspective

Rashmi Venkatesan

November 19, 2020

Looking at Article 31 and its initial amendments from a “law and development” perspective provides a critique of the current narrative of “conflict” and offers an alternative interpretation of its history. The paper argues that rather than arising from the pursuit of either authoritarian socialist planning or an egalitarian social revolution, the travails of the Article came in the context of India’s quest for economic modernity through a process of “passive revolution”.