CBI does not need to be saved from Narendra Modi. It needs to be dismantled

February 14, 2019 | Mathew Idiculla

CLPR Research Consultant Mathew Idiculla asks, is the CBI an institution worth saving? Writing in the Scroll, he traces the historical origins of the Central Bureau of Investigation, the concerns over its legal validity, and growing public distrust, to argue that CBI is one institution that does not deserve to be “saved”.

India’s founders gave us our Constitution. We must prove to them that we can keep it

November 28, 2018 | Vineeth Krishna

In this article, published on Consitution Day 2018, Vineeth Krishna warns against assuming that India will always remain a constitutional democracy. He argues for viewing the Constitution as a ‘civic’ and emphasises the need to create a popular constitutional culture in India.

India’s Supreme Court is making landmark judgements in social change

November 22, 2018

In this article Jayna Kothari argues that – In the last few years, public interest litigation at India’s Supreme Court has brought significant wins for human rights—but success is best assured when litigation is linked to broader mobilization.

ThePrint asks – Bigger hurdle for Indian democracy: Unchecked institutions like courts or autocrat leaders?

November 2, 2018

While unchecked institutions can pose a hurdle for constitutional democracy in India, autocrats with their ability to subvert the entire institutional landscape are far more dangerous


Feb 2019

NCS | Aligarh Muslim University | Thinking Sedition, Thinking Freedom

Venue Library Canteen, Maulana Azad Library, Aligarh Muslim University

Time 3.00 PM

The Aligarh Muslim University Chapter of the National Constitution Society (NCS) invites you to a public discussion on Thinking Sedition, Thinking Freedom Participants will closely examine key arguments that were made by the framers of our Constitution on sedition and freedom and explore how these could aid us in making sense of contemporary debates around these ideas.

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Feb 2019

Kala Ghoda 2019 | Hon’ble Justice DY Chandrachud w/ Sn. Adv. Jayna Kothari

Venue David Sassoon Library, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001

Time 6.30 PM to 8.00 PM

At the Kala Ghoda Festival 2019, Honourable Justice Dr. D Y Chandrachud will be in conversation with Senior Advocate and CLPR Executive Director Jayna Kothari. They will discuss the recent Section 377 judgment, where the Supreme Court decriminalised sexual relations between same-sex and between transgender consenting adults.

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Feb 2019

IIHS | CityScripts 2019 | Dignity & Law: Judgements as Public Texts

Venue Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS), Sadashiva Nagar, Bengaluru - 560080

Time 5.15 PM to 6.15 PM

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Jan 2019

St. Joseph’s College of Law | Teaching Faculty Workshop on the Constitution

Venue St Joseph's College of Law, Field Marshal Criappa Road, Bengaluru

Time 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM

On 30th January 2019, St. Joseph's College of Law will host workshop for its teaching faculty, "Teaching and Learning the Constitution of India: The Letter, the Spirit and the Law". The workshop aims in-part to introduce social science educators to new methods of teaching the Constitution. The Centre for Law and Policy Research will run Session III. It will introduce faculty to its CADIndia and SCObserver workshops, which leverage the wealth of materials on the two respective websites to teach students the Constitution and its interpretation by the Supreme Court in an interactive and effective manner.

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Governance Now

Constitutional morality is rooted in the constitution: Justice DY Chandrachud

February 12, 2019

Governance Now summarizes Justice DY Chandrachud’s panel at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2019. Justice Chandrachud was in conversation with Senior Advocate Jayna Kothari. They discussed the Constitution, landmark Supreme Court judgments such as the Section 377 one and constitutional morality.

The Times of India

Kala Ghoda 2019 | Justice Chandrachud & Jayna Kothari | ‘If courts are vigilant, liberties will be safe’

February 11, 2019

The Times of India covers the Honourable Justice DY Chandrachud’s panel at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2019. Justice Chandrachud was in conversation with Senior Advocate and CLPR Executive Director Jayna Kothari. They spoke about the value of the Constitution and the role of the Supreme Court in interpreting it.

Live Mint

Live Mint on Kala Ghoda 2019: Justice Chandrachud & Jayna Kothari in conversation

February 7, 2019

In celebrating Kala Ghoda turning 20 this year, Senior Advocate Jayna Kothari describes some of the highlights of this year’s festival, including the panel on the Supreme Court’s Section 377 judgment. The Section 377 panel will feature Honourable Justice DY Chandrachud in conversation with Senior Advocate Jayna Kothari.


End of ‘face value’ in senior designation, towards transparency in legal elevation

November 25, 2018

The Karnataka High Court example amply demonstrates that the new process of senior designation gives confidence to the young lawyers without ‘connections’ in the legal profession. It gives them hope that if they are deserving, no one can take away their opportunity to be one day considered for the senior designation. Conferral of this distinction has been duly democratised

Noted women rights and child rights lawyer Jayna Kothari — who has worked with Jaising in the past — has also been designated as a senior advocate.