Local Government Elections in Rajasthan: “Let the grassroots breathe”

January 11, 2019 | Mathew Idiculla

Centre for Law and Policy Research Consultant Mathew Idiculla writes on local government elections in Rajasthan for The Hindu. He discusses the minimum educational qualification criteria in Rajasthan’s local body polls.

Maharashtra has boldly expanded NOTA, with Haryana following suit. Will it pass legal scrutiny?

November 26, 2018 | Mathew Idiculla

The State Election Commissions of Maharashtra and Haryana recently ruled that if the NOTA option receives the…

City Plights: Indian states’ tight leash on urban governance

November 15, 2018

Mathew Idicualla writes an essay in The Caravan on urban governance issues in India.

Castles in the air

October 16, 2018 | Mathew Idiculla

Last week, Paul Romer (along with William Nordhaus) was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on “endogenous growth theory”. Interestingly, Romer has also been championing the creation of Charter Cities – new cities with distinct laws that seek to attract investment and economic growth. In this op-ed, Mathew Idiculla critically examine the motivations and the realities of such an idea in the Indian context.


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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Nov 2018

Looking Back at 25 years: A Review of the 74th Amendment

Venue United Theological College, Bangalore

Time 11A.M to 12.30 P.M

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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.

Citizen Consumer and Civic Action Group

Rethinking Urbanization and Right to the City

October 2, 2018

Mathew Idiculla was invited to speak at the “Rethinking Urbanization and Right to the City” Conference which was held on October 2nd, 2018 in the context of the World Habitat Day . “In the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhiji, it is only fitting that we talk about local self government, decentralization of governance”, he added while speaking on the 74th Amendment to the Constitution of India, 2018.

New Indian Express

Legal Aid? What’s that, ask prisoners

July 27, 2017

In our research, we have designed a qualitative study of court observations over a period of 45 days in lower criminal courts chosen randomly in three districts in Karnataka i.e. Bengaluru, Dharwad, and Tumakuru.

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.