Supreme Court Statistics Pack 2018

July 13, 2019

The Supreme Court Observer’s Statistics Pack 2018 (“Stat Pack”) is the first in an annual series that aims to collate, analyze and present a quantitative data overview of the work of the Supreme Court of India.

‘The primacy of the elected’

July 10, 2019 | Mathew Idiculla

CLPR associate Mathew Idiculla write for the Hindu about argues that the rights of a legislative assembly of a Union Territory should be seen as an integral element of federalism and that the Supreme Court should affirm the primacy of the elected government.

Section 377 and Beyond: A New Era for Transgender Equality?

July 3, 2019 | Jayna Kothari

Senior Advocate Jayna Kothari shares her perspective on the progress of transgender rights and equality in India. Beginning with the history of legal battles of the LGBTI and the campaign against Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, she moves on to review the Supreme Court’s recent “trans-formation”by recognizing transgender identity. She concludes that criminal law and sexual assault in India is, “still gender specific. It only recognizes rape and sexual assault where the victim in defined as a ‘woman’. Thus, transgender persons facing sexual violence have no criminal remedy”.

Is the Indian Constitution Liberal?

July 3, 2019 | Dr. Sudhir Krishnaswamy

In this essay, Prof. Sudhir Krishnaswamy asks if liberalism is a key value embedded in India’s Constitution. He shows that it was not keenly discussed in the constitution making process or integrated in Supreme Court decisions. Moreover, a brief summary of debates in comparative constitutional design confirms that liberalism is rarely expressly embedded in a constitutional text.

Bhavika Pore v. Union of India & Anr.

November 4, 2019 | Itla Ragiri Jayalakshmi

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.


Dec 2019

SC Observer | The Supreme Court in Review, 2019

Venue St. Joseph's Institute of Management

Time 2.30 PM to 7.45 PM

As a part of our ongoing efforts to facilitate critical public engagement with the Supreme Court, we are hosting 'Supreme Court in Review, 2019', in partnership with the NCS chapter at the St. Joseph's College of Law.

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Nov 2019

Celebrating Constitution Day

Venue Ananya Trust

Time 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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Oct 2019

Supreme Court in the Classroom: St. John’s Medical College

Venue St.John's Medical College

Time 8:30 - 9:30 AM

The SCO team, as part of its ‘Supreme Court in the Classroom’ series, made a presentation at the St. John’s Medical College, Bengaluru on the right to privacy and how it came about to occupy a place in the Indian Constitution.

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The Hindu

‘Constitutional and political history must be compulsory’ says NLSIU vice-chancellor Sudhir Krishnaswamy

October 21, 2019

The new vice-chancellor of NLSIU, Sudhir Krishnaswamy, says ‘Constitutional and political history must be compulsory’ when interviewed by The Hindu.

Over 90 North Indian teams battle it out for top prize at ConQuest

August 31, 2019

Rachel John from ThePrint attended and covered the north regional rounds at National Law University, Delhi.


BITS-Pilani is the big winner as ConQuest 2019 wraps up western round with mind-benders

August 25, 2019

ThePrint reported on the West Regional rounds of ConQuest, 2019.

IIT-KGP and NUJS teams qualify for ConQuest finals at eastern round in Kolkata

August 18, 2019

ThePrint reported on eastern regional round of the fourth edition of ConQuest, 2019.

RTI Judgment: Confusions about Public Interest

November 29, 2019 | Jai Brunner

Last week, the Supreme Court opened up the Office of the Chief Justice of India to the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005. In a unanimous judgment authored by Justice Sanjiv Khanna, the Court held that the need for judicial independence does not place an absolute bar on information disclosure. Can we expect this to usher in a new era of transparency and accountability?

Dialogues on the Right to Life and Personal Liberty at Ananya Trust

September 27, 2019 | Kruthika R

On 25th September 2019, Kruthika R from the Centre for Law and Policy Research along with Gunjan Rathore and Zoaib from NCS Bangalore Chapter put together a session on the right to life for the children – aged 10-16 –  at Ananya Trust. The sessions focused on the death penalty and right to housing – two concepts inextricably linked to the right to life.