The Centre for Law and Policy Research (CLPR) in collaboration with its partnered Indian and American universities organised a series of workshops on U.S.- India Comparative Constitutional law in October, November 2021 and January 2022. The partnered Indian and American law universities were paired for an interactive session.
The project aims at contributing to the emergence of a new generation of young Indian citizens who understand and appreciate the constitutional traditions of India and U.S.; have a sharp awareness of the place of the constitutional values like liberty, equality and fraternity in our everyday lives and are committed to promoting, propagating and protecting them; and will take on civic responsibilities and become active citizens. One of the main goals of the project was to ignite curiosity among the Indian students about the U.S. constitutional law and its history.
This project facilitated and is a step towards building sustained partnerships and collaborations between the Indian and U.S. law schools. The workshops were attended by students, professors and US Consulate officials. A total of over 150 students attended the workshops. This included students from across various South Indian law schools including, Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai; National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi, Tamil Nadu National Law University, Trichy and National Law School of India University, Bangalore.
Various eminent academics such as Prof Mark Tushnet, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Emeritus, Harvard Law School; Prof Stephen Gardbaum, MacArthur Foundation Professor of International Justice and Human Rights, UCLA School of Law; Prof Louise Tillin, Director, King’s India Institute and Professor of Politics, King’s College London; and Prof Arun Thiruvengadam, Professor of Law, National Law School of India University, Bangalore spoke at the workshops.
Workshop I : On 23 and 24 October 2021 with students of Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai and University of California, Los Angeles.
Workshop II : On 30 and 31 October 2021, with students of National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi and Seattle University School of Law.
Workshop III : On 13 and 14 November 2021 with students of Tamil Nadu National Law University, Trichy, St. Joseph’s College of Law, Bangalore; School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore; Karnataka State Law University, Symbiosis International University, Hyderabad and National Law University, Delhi.
Workshop IV : On 18, 20 and 21 January 2022 with students of National Law School of India University, Bangalore and Tulane University School of Law.