Bail Decision Making in Karnataka’s Lower Criminal Courts: Why the Nature of the Offences Matters

June 6, 2019

Sudhir Krishnaswamy and Deekshitha Ganesan write for the National Law School of India Review, about the consistently high under-trial detention rate in India. Breaking down an empirical study by the Centre for Law and Policy Research, they focus on bail decision making at the pre-trail stage and the natural of the offence as a substantive legal factor. 

‘Does the First-Past-the-Post System Still Make Sense for India?’

May 29, 2019 | Kruthika R

CLPR associate Kruthika R, writes for TheWire about the FPTP electoral system and why it was chosen in the first place. Looking at the arguments for and against the system as opposed to one of proportional representation and transferable votes, she assesses whether they still stand in today’s context. 

‘A half-written promise’ | Jayna Kothari, Maya Unnithan & Siri Gloppen on Reproductive Rights

April 23, 2019 | Jayna Kothari

Jayna Kothari, Maya Unnithan and Siri Gloppen note how political parties have been virtually silent on sexual and reproductive rights policy, in the on-going 2019 general election. They urge political parties to “steer the public debate to [often overlooked] crucial issues”.

Education and the 2019 Elections – Is it a Crucial Point? (Kannada)

April 22, 2019 | Dolashree Mysoor

Prajavani carries Dolashree Mysoor’s piece on the BJP and INC’s education vision in Kannada. Mysoor analyzes the election manifestos of the BJP and INC and asks, “what do political parties have in store for school education in 2019?”


Jun 2019

Crime Victimisation Survey Workshop | Azim Premji University

Venue Bangalore International Centre, CA Site, No. 7, 4th Main Rd, Stage 2, Domlur, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560071

Time 10 AM to 4:45 PM

On 8th June this Saturday, Prof. Sudhir Krishnaswamy will present on the Karnataka Crime Victim Survey at Azim Premji University's workshop on the same. Organised by their Centre for Constitutional and Legal System Reform, the workshop will involve 5 sessions on victimisation, safety, lessons to learn from and strategies for the future. 

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Apr 2019

Janaagraha | Governing Cities: Reflections from South Africa and India

Venue Omidyar Network, SKAV 909, 15th floor, Richmond Circle, Bengaluru 560001

Time 4 PM to 6.30 PM

On Monday 29th April, CLPR's Sudhir Krishnaswamy and Mathew Idiculla will discuss the Greater Bengaluru Governance Bill at the Governing Cities consultation. In addition, Andrew Boraine will speak about urban governance in Cape Town. In particular, he will dicuss the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership, of whom he is the CEO. The consultation takes place at Omidyar Network.

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Feb 2019

Unbox 2019 | The Burgeoning City

Venue Bangalore International Centre (BIC), Domlur, Bengaluru - 560071

Time 10.30 AM to 11.30 AM

CLPR Research Consultant Mathew Idiculla will speak at Unbox 2019. He will sit on the "Burgeoning City" panel with Pavan Srinath, Anjali Mohan and Prem Chandavarkar. What would cities of the future look like and what role can the citizens play to help our cities from bursting at the seams?

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Dec 2018

Workshop on The Future of Urban Governance in India

Venue Centre for Law and Policy Research D6, Donna Cynthia,35, Primrose Road,Craig Park Layout, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560025

Time 9:30 A.M - 5:30 P.M

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[Book Review] The stories of our roots

June 20, 2019

In a recent interview about their book, Harini Nagendra and Seema Mundoli speak of joined efforts with colleagues from CLPR to “change the narrative of urban ecology by looking at economic growth and development through environment protection.”

The Hindu

Multiple Solutions for a Better Bengaluru

May 18, 2019

The Hindu quotes Sudhir Krishnaswamy on retired bureaucrat V. Balasubramanian’s proposal for a separate Bengaluru Metropolitan Council at the Bengaluru Metropolitan Region level.

Live Mint

Flawed Electoral Roll Inclusion a Likely Reason for Low Voter Turnout in Bengaluru, Chennai

April 19, 2019

Live Mint quotes Sudhir Krishnaswamy in commentary on “abysmal” voter turnout. Points to constituency demarcation and flawed voter roll preparation.


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.

Comments on the Karnataka Budget: Urban Development and Infrastructure

February 13, 2019 | Mathew Idiculla

On February 8, 2018, Chief Minster H.D. Kumaraswamy presented the Karnataka state budget for the financial year 2019-20. In this short comment in Prajavani, Mathew Idiculla analyses the urban development and infrastructure components of the state budget. He argues that though there are no trailblazing ideas on urban development in this budget, an overall emphasis on sustainability and public transportation is positive. The proposals for a “Bengaluru Mobility Scheme” and a “Parking Rules and Implementation Policy” are particularly noteworthy.

The Abidjan Principles | Adoption Conference | Ensuring the Right to Education

February 13, 2019 | Jai Brunner

On 12-13 February 2019, human rights and education experts from around the world will meet in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire at the Adoption Conference of the Abidjan Principles. They will review the final text of the Principles, following which, the Principles will be adopted. The Abidjan Principles are a set of guiding principles aimed at ensuring that States guarantee the right to education, during a time where private actors are increasingly more involved in the delivery of education.