Why SC Disallowing RTI Requests for Pleadings Is a Missed Opportunity

March 16, 2020 | Jai Brunner | Balu Nair

In this piece published by the Wire, Jai Brunner and Balu Nair argue that Supreme Court’s recent judgment that preventing citizens from filing RTI requests to obtain pleadings represents a missed opportunity to make the courts more transparent.

Benched By the Bar

February 29, 2020 | Jayna Kothari

In this piece published by The Indian Express, Jayna Kothari argues that Bar associations in Karnataka instructing members not to represent accused in sedition cases violates constitutional morality.

Abrogation of Article 370: Can the president act without the recommendation of the constituent assembly?

February 5, 2020 | Balu Nair

The paper examines if the commonly cited reasons & modes for abrogating Article 370 are legally and normatively valid. It goes on to argue that the attempts to abrogate Article 370 without the recommendation of a constituent assembly for J& K is constitutionally suspect.

The Argumentative Constituent Assembly: How the Constitution was framed.

February 4, 2020 | Kruthika R

In this Deccan Herald piece, Kruthika looks at the Indian Constitution making process as a project grounded in an argumentative tradition.

Bhavika Pore v. Union of India & Anr.

November 4, 2019 |

The Centre for Law and Policy Research recently filed an intervening application on behalf of Swati Bidhan Baruah, lawyer and transgender activist, in a case titled Bhavika Pore v. Union of India. The Petitioner through this Petition is invoking the writ jurisdiction of the Hon’ble Supreme Court under Article 32 of the Constitution of India to direct the concerned authorities to fulfil their statutory obligations with regard to setting up/specifying special Human Right Courts in each district for the better protection of Human Rights and also to appoint a Special Public Prosecutor for the same, vis-à-vis section 30 and 31 of the Human Rights Act, 1993.


Mar 2020

SC Observer Workshop: Dayanand Sagar University

Venue College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Dayananda Sagar University

Time 10:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.

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Feb 2020

RBG – Film Screening and Discussion

Venue Christ (Deemed to be University)

Time 4:00-6:00 P.M.

The National Constitution Society Christ (Deemed to be University) Chapter will organise a film screening and discussion on Ruth Bader Ginsburg for their college students from diverse disciplines. The event will focus on Justice Ginsburg's contribution in shaping gender equality jurisprudence in the United States.

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Feb 2020

SC Observer Workshop: Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media

Venue Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM), Bangalore

Time 11:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.

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The Quint

Internet Shutdowns need to be challenged- Jayna Kothari, Senior Advocate, High Court of Karnataka

February 20, 2020

The Quint covered a video interview of our Executive Director Jayna Kothari on the issue of internet shutdowns where she argues how internet shutdowns across the country muzzled the freedom of speech and expression of the people and therefore it needs to be challenged.

Hindustan Times

CAA stir spurs demand for copies of Constitution

February 11, 2020

Hindustan Times story mentioned the Constitutional and Civic Citizenship project of CLPR which seeks to enhance public awareness and critical engagement with India’s constitutional tradition.

Bar and Bench

Supreme Court judgments passed in 2019: Discussion held by CLPR

February 5, 2020

Bar and Bench reported the CLPR conference on decisions of Supreme Court in 2019 organized in collaboration with NCS chapter of St. Joseph College.The conference comprised three panel discussions on the topics — strengthening democracy, SC reform and verdicts concerning religion and faith.

The Hindu

Scrutinising the house of justice

February 5, 2020

The Hindu reported the CLPR conference on decisions of Supreme Court in 2019 organized in collaboration with NCS chapter of St. Joseph College.The conference comprised three panel discussions on the topics — strengthening democracy, SC reform and verdicts concerning religion and faith.

Need to introduce the concept of ‘vicarious liability’ for the Police

April 7, 2020

The mark of a democracy is to let people express their dissent without any reprehension or threat. Democracy itself can only work so long as the differences between groups do not impair a broad substrate of shared values.

The right to assemble peacefully has been enshrined in Article 19(1)(b) of the Indian Constitution. Amid the increasing police brutality against the anti-CAA protestors, the Allahabad High Court’s recent decision of directing the state to give compensation to the AMU students who were injured during lathi-charge and asking the authorities to take action against the erring police officials is nothing less than the silver lining in this saga of despair.

Content Moderation by Private Platforms: Can Fundamental Rights be Invoked?

April 3, 2020 | Balu Nair

As the Corona pandemic rages across the world, another scourge has gripped the internet ever so strongly – misinformation. The hard task of fighting misinformation has become even harder as the human content moderators are forced to sit at home due to the outbreak. Privacy-related restrictions mean that such moderators are unable to work from home and Artificial Intelligence has taken over the bulk of the work. This, in turn, is leading to arbitrary moderation of even content which is legitimate.

Call for Research Associate/Associate Editor |CAD India Website

March 30, 2020

CLPR is looking to engage an Research Associate for CLPR’s Constitutional and Civic Citizenship project. The Research Associate/Associate Editor will be engaged in research, writing and producing a range of content for on themes that include constitutional law, constitutional history and political history.

The Women’s Indian Association and Indian Constitutional Thought: Part II

March 16, 2020 | Vineeth Krishna

In Part I, we looked at the Women’s Indian Association’s (WIA) involvement in constitutional negotiations with the British in the late 1910s. The WIA vociferously demanded equal voting rights for women – but the British did not budge.  During this time, Indian leaders were also demanding measures for greater levels of self-government. These too, the British dismissed. Indian legislators across the country were becoming restless.