Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2008
Press Statement : Bhopal Survivors Arrive on Foot to Remind PM of Unkept Promises
28 MARCH, 2008. NEW DELHI – Marking two years since their last padayatra from Bhopal to Delhi, 50 people, including survivors of the 1984 gas tragedy, their children, people exposed to contaminated drinking water and their supporters, today concluded their second 800 km march by walking from Nizamuddin park to Jantar Mantar. "We were forced to undertake this grueling walk because the PM failed to keep his word. This time, we are not going back until we get a public declaration from him that he will deliver on his promise," said Hazra Bee, a survivor and one of the padayatris.
The PMO has rejected a request for an appointment with the PM, and two further requests have not elicited a reply. However, international support for the survivors is pouring in. More than 1300 faxes from 18 countries have already reached the PMO, prompting officials there to threaten survivors with legal action. Yesterday, members of the Scottish parliament marched to the Indian High Commission in Edinburgh, even as other Bhopal supporters in London went to the High Commission there to submit a memorandum urging the Prime Minister to meet the Bhopalis' demands.
On April 16, 2006, the Prime Minister ended a 21day strike, including a 6-day hunger strike by the Bhopalis, by promising to meet the demands of the survivors. The survivors had demanded an empowered Commission to implement social, medical and economic rehabilitation schemes for survivors and their children, in addition to cleaning up Union Carbide's toxic wastes, providing clean water to water-affected communities, and taking legal action against Dow Chemical and Union Carbide. However, the PM suggested a Coordinating Committee to oversee implementation of rehabilitation schemes and environmental remediation.
Over the last two years, the Coordination Committee has had three meetings and accomplished nothing. More than 25,000 people continue to consume poison-tainted groundwater in the absence of reliable and good quality water supply. More than 5000 tons of toxic wastes remain buried and spread in and around the factory site, and no efforts have been taken to contain them or export them to the US for final disposal. No rehabilitation schemes have been implemented.
Government inaction on rehabilitation and environmental remediation has placed Bhopalis at the receiving end of two disasters – the 1984 gas leak and the ongoing water contamination -- both with pronounced effects on children and future generations. Despite a 1991 Supreme Court order directing the Government to extend insurance benefits to 100,000 gas-affected children, not one child has been covered, leading to a spurt in destitution among families with sick children. In contamination-affected communities, congenital deformities among newborns is a rising trend.
The future generations are in danger. That, say Bhopal survivors, is why any Commission that is set up has to execute its schemes over at least 30 years. The Bhopalis estimate that the Government needs to invest in a corpus of Rs. 2000 crore to provide an annual budget of Rs. 100 crores for the Commission throughout its term.
In contrast to the inaction on Bhopal, the Government has, in the last two years, openly advanced the cause of Dow Chemical and Union Carbide. Information unearthed from the PMO through RTI indicates that ambassador Ronen Sen, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Ratan Tata, P. Chidambaram and Kamalnath have all written letters supporting Dow Chemical. In response, the Cabinet Secretary has suggested exonerating Dow Chemical keeping in mind the scope of investments by Dow and other US companies in India.
In less than a decade, Dow Chemical has chalked up an impressive list of violations of law and due process. In February 2007, Dow caught for paying more than Rs. 80 lakhs in bribes to Indian agriculture ministry officials to register three toxic pesticides. In 2005, Indian Oil revoked a technology deal with Dow after it found out that Dow was trying to sell Union Carbide's technology by lying that it was its own. Recently, Dow has managed to convince Government of India to approve the sale of Union Carbide's technology to Reliance Industries despite the fact that a 1992 court order directs the Government to confiscate all Union Carbide's assets in India.
"This is a repeat of the betrayal of 1989 where the Government colluded with Union Carbide to shortchange the people of Bhopal on the compensation settlement," said Satinath Sarangi, another padayatri and a long-time Bhopal activist from Bhopal Group for Information and Action. "23,000 people have died, and the collusion still continues. We're determined to break this corporate-Government nexus that plays havoc with people's lives."
For more information, contact:
Nityanand Jayaraman. 9717516003.
International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal
B5/136, Sadurjung Enclave, New Delhi-29
For the PMO files (Right to Information), visit: www.bhopal.net/pmo.html
For PMO files in Hindi, visit: http://www.bhopal.net/Hindi%20PDF.pdf
Please see the statement below that we have issued to the press.We are also planning to do a protest in Central Park (Connaught Place, NewDelhi) on Wednesday 2nd April, 6 pm onwards. Do join us so we can raise our voices together against these incidents of violence and moralistic reactions of the society, the media and the state. The statement below will be distributed in the form of a leaflet. If you would like to endorse it, please let us know latest by 1st April.
Women's group condemns moralism by the Judiciary, State and Media in cases of rape. In case after case of sexual violence against women we are witnessing troubling trends within the judiciary, state machinery and the media which raise serious concerns for women's safety and hope for justice. In a Sessions Court in Delhi, Additional Sessions Judge, A.K Mendiratta passed a judgment on 18 February 2008, regarding the rape and subsequent forced marriage of a young girl. A student of Class 9, the victim was lured by her friend's brother to his house and raped. When she threatened to file a case, he confined her until his parents returned, whereupon shewas forcibly married to her rapist. Then the judgment states, "under pressure, her father left her at the house of the accused wherein she was subsequently sexually assaulted by the accused Vikas". Finally, the victim was abandoned while she was pregnant. It was only then that criminal proceedings began. 2 years later, the victim took back her testimony and the accused was acquitted.Despite being aware of the horrific facts of the case, in his judgment ASJ Mendiratta fails to recognise what the victim must have suffered, choosinginstead to describe her now as, "married… and blessed with a child". Healso fails to deal with the crimes by accused or his parents, and instead shockingly issues a "warning" to parents, advising they "monitor" theirdaughters to avoid such a "slip in teenage" in our "opening society".We strongly object to the language and tenor of this judgement that seeks to police women instead of prevent or punish crimes against them. This is particularly ironic, given that the Union Home Minister, Shivraj Patil told the Lok Sabha last week that about 75% of rapes happen within the family.Such moralism has been equally evident in the case of the rape and murderof British tourist, 15 year old Scarlette Eden Keeling, in Goa. Stateofficials and the police have victimised the family with constantspeculations on the 'character' of Scarlette and her mother, FionaMackeown. On one hand, have been threats to never allow the family to re-enter India, and on the other hand, bland reassurances regarding the 'safety of all tourists' in Goa. Clearly, the real concern is to protect the tourism industry at the cost of justice. It is only after immense pressure that the Chief Minister, Digamber Kamat has finally agreed toallow a CBI enquiry into the matter. Also of great concern has been some of the regressive media coverage around the incident (especially on TV), marked by voyeuristic speculationsabout the mental state, habits, sexual life, etc. of the victim...building up towards a moral response that the victim 'deserved it'. Media reports and state officials have also systematically targeted Fiona as anirresponsible mother and hence tried to shift the onus off the perpetrators of the crime. Under such circumstances, the possibility of justice gets severely compromised. It is essential that the Government of Goa ensure a fair trial and punishment for those responsible for the rapeand murder of Scarlette.Both these cases are an urgent reminder that we need to examine the waycrimes against women are dealt with by the state, judiciary, media andsociety as a whole. We stand in solidarity with the struggles of victims,as well as those like Fiona Mackeown, fighting for justice under suchhostile circumstances.
Under the theme ‘Terror, Law and Bio-politics’ I would like to organise a panel on ‘extra-ordinary/ anti-terror’ laws. We can explore the content and substance of such laws, the politics and ideology which informs the framing and working of extraordinary laws (viz., the specific ways in which such laws unfold), the relationship between specific constitutionalisms (viz., Nepali, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Israeli, South African, Australian, USA etc.) and extraordinary laws, examining the relations between socio-cultural communities and state as they are mediated through extra-ordinary laws, the specific ways through which people support, negotiate and resist these laws. We can frame our papers around the broad theme ‘Politics, ideology and extraordinary laws’.
Kapur is the author of several books, including Erotic Justice: Law and the New Politics fo Postcolonialism (Cavendish, 2005), Secularism's Last Sigh? Hindutva and the (Mis) Rule of Law, (co-authored) (Oxford University Press, reprint, 2001), Subversive Sites: Feminist Engagements with Law (Sage, 1999). Her latest book Alien Insurrections: Gender, Migration and Law is forthcoming from Routledge in 2008.
She has contributed articles to several edited collections and also published extensively in law school journals. Her most recent articles include "Human Rights Impact of Anti-Trafficking Laws: A Case Study of India", in Collateral Damage, (Global Alliance Against the Trafficking of Women: Bangkok, 2007);"Migrant Women and the Legal Politics of Anti-Trafficking Interventions" in Human Trafficking Chapter 5 (Edward Newman and Jyoti Sanghera, eds., United Nations University, forthcoming, 2007); "Challenging the liberal subject: Law and Gender Justice in South Asia " in Gender Citizenship and Development 116-170 (Maitrayee Mukhopadhyay, ed., IDRC and Zubaan: New Delhi, 2007); "Faith and the Good Liberal: Construction of Female Subjectivity in Anti-Trafficking Discourse" in Sexuality and the Law: Feminist Engagements (Vanessa Munro and Carl Stychin, eds, Cavendish:London, 2007);"The Prurient Postcolonial: The Legal Regulation of Sexual Speech in India in The Phobic and the Erotic: The Politics of Sexualities in Contemporary India (Brinda Bose and Subhabrata Bhattacharya, eds., Seagaull: New York, 2006);"Speaking from the Margins: The Legal Regulation of Sexuality in Postcolonial India, in Gender Justice in India : A Reader (in Karen Gabriel, ed., Katha: Delhi, 2005); Revisioning the Role of Law in Women's Human Rights Struggles in The Legalisation of Human Rights, (S. Mekled-Garcia, ed., Routledge: London, 2005);"Citizen and the Migrant: Postcolonial Anxieties, Law and the Politics of Inclusion/Exclusion" Theoretical Inquiries (Tel Aviv University) (2007); "Normalizing Violence: Transnational Justice and the Gujarat Riots" 15:3 Columbia Journal of Gender and Human Rights 885-927 (2006); "Dark Times for Liberal Intellectual Thought", 11 Professions Modern Language Association Journal, 22-32 (2006); "Human Rights in the 21st Century: Taking a Walk on the Dark Side", 28:4 Sydney Law Review 665-687 (2006); "Travel Plans: Border Crossings and the Transnational Migrant Subject" in 18 Harvard Human Rights Journal
85 (2005);"The Legal Regulation of the Family in a Transnational World", Proceedings of the Ninety-Sixth Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, 198 (2003) ;"Un-veiling Women's Rights in the `War on Terror'", in special issue on Gender and War, 9 Duke Journal on Gender, Law and Policy 211 (Summer, 2002) (partly reproduced in Human Rights and the Global Marketplace: Economic, Social, and Cultural Dimensions, a textbook by Jeanne M. Woods & Hope Lewis, 2005);"Collateral Damage: Sacrificing Legitimacy in the Search for Justice", 24:1 Harvard International Review 42 (Spring 2002);"The Tragedy of Victimization Rhetoric: Implications for International Women's Rights and Post-Colonial Feminist Legal Politics", 15 Harvard Human Rights Journal, 1 (Spring, 2002) (partly reproduced in Human Rights and the Global Marketplace: Economic, Social, and Cultural Dimensions, a textbook by Jeanne M. Woods & Hope Lewis, 2005).
Please write for Contributions to Indian Sociology. We are keen to carry articles on law and society in South Asia. I notice that several of you work on other interesting issues too. We look forward to lots of interesting submissions in the new year. With regards
Nandini Sundar (Co-editor CIS) firstname.lastname@example.org
The UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science, is currently looking for a Senior Research Fellow in Water Services Regulation. Applications are invited for a person with expertise in law and economics to investigate the legal issues surrounding the economic regulation of water utilities at a national scale within the global context.
For more information, please visit http://www.jobs.dundee.ac.uk/vacancies/20080331_00001-y.html
The closing date is 31 March 2008
Dr Michael Hantke-Domas
Shamnad Basheer is a research associate at the Oxford Intellectual PropertyResearch Center. Till recently, he had been the Frank H Marks VisitingAssociate Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the George WashingtonUniversity law school. He is also the founder of SpicyIP, a blog dedicatedto analyzing IP and innovation policy news and cases from India.
He graduated from India¹s premier law school, the National law school ofIndia University, Bangalore. He then joined Anand and Anand, a leadingintellectual property law firm in New Delhi, and worked on a variety ofcontentious and non contentious IP matters before being called upon to headthe firm¹s IT and Telecommunications law division. India. Whilst inpractice, the IFLR 1000 guide rated him as an upcoming, leading technologylawyer. Shamnad went on to do his post-graduate studies at the University ofOxford. He completed the BCL (as a Shell Centenary scholar) with distinction; his thesis dealing with biotechnology and patent law in Indiawas awarded the second prize in a writing contest held by the Stanford Technology Law Review. He is currently reading for the DPhil (PhD) as aWellcome Trust scholar.
In the past, he has been an invited research fellow at the Institute of Intellectual Property (IIP), Tokyo, an International Bar Association (IBA)scholar and an Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) scholar. He has alsobeen an editor of the Oxford Commonwealth Law Journal (OUCLJ) and a foundingmember of EDIP (Electronic Database of Intellectual Property). His research interests include patents and developing countries and the interface between patents and antitrust. He has spoken on these themes at various conferencesand also published papers in leading technology journals such as IPQ(Intellectual Property Quarterly), EIPR (European Intellectual Property LawReview) and JILP (Journal of law technology and policy).
This website provides access to his studies of lawyers, litigation, legal culture and other topics, as well as some biographical information and commentary on his work and its reception.
cordially invites you to a talk on
International Law and State Building in Historical Perspective: The Mandate System of the League of Nations
Professor Antony Anghie, Professor of International Law, Utah University
Time: 11 am
Date: 13 March 2008 (THURSDAY)
Venue: SIS, Conference Room (203 – Second Floor)
David T. Johnson, Professor of Sociology and Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Hawaii
The Next Frontier: National Development, Political Change, and the Death Penalty in Asia
Over the last three decades, the number of countries in the world to abolish capital punishment has tripled, and some regions of the world, such as Europe and Latin America, are now almost death penalty free zones. In this context, Asia has become the regional capital of capital punishment, the site of more than 90% of all the judicial executions in the world. But death penalty policy and practice is changing in Asia too. This talk, based on a forthcoming book with the same title, describes and explains how capital punishment is changing in Asia and explores some possible death penalty futures in Asia generally and in India specifically.
Friday March 14th 2008
Conference Room, CSLG, JNU
H69 - The Economics and Business Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia
Pearson G 2007 'Consumer Law in the 21st century: Challenges and Opportunities', Competition and Consumer Law Journal, vol.15:1, pp. 1-6.
Pearson G 2006 'Risk and the consumer in Australian financial services reform', Sydney Law Review, vol.28:1, pp. 99-137.
Pearson G 2006 'The Place of codes of Conduct in Regulating Financial Services', Griffith Law Review, vol.15:2, pp. 333-69.
Pearson G 2005 'Consumer expectations and risk in implantable surgical devices: Courtney v. Medtel and Carey-Hazell', Competition & Consumer Law Journal, vol.13:2, pp. 139-157.
Pearson G 2005 'The ambit of unconscionability in relation to financial services', Company and Securities Law Journal, vol.23:2, pp. 195-219.
Pearson G, Fisher S and Ali P 2004 Commercial law: Commentary and materials, Law Book Co.
Pearson G 2004 'Tradition, law and female suffrage movement in India' in Women's suffrage in Asia: Gender, nationalism and democracy, ed. M Roces and L Edwards, Routledge, London pp. 195-219.
Pearson G 2003 'Constructive possession and constructive delivery in transfer of title to goods', The University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol.26:1, pp. 159-178.
Pearson G 2003 'Finance brokers - a regulatory anomaly', Journal of Banking & Finance Law and Practice, vol.14:1, pp. 200-208.
Pearson G 2003 'The pregnant preposition and the definite and indefinite article: Sections 82 and 87 of the TPA damages for the whole or the part of the loss', Competition and Consumer Law Journal, vol.11:2, pp. 163-186.
Governance, Political Theory, Constitutional Law and Political Economy
B.A.(Philosophy, Politics and Economics) from Oxford University and Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University.
He was previously Visiting Professor of Government at Harvard University and Associate Professor of Government and of Social Studies at Harvard. He was also Professor of Philosophy and Law and Governance, JNU. He has published widely in reputed national and international journals in a variety of fields including, political philosophy, intellectual history, constitutional law, international politics, society and politics in India. His most recent book are "The Burdens of Democracy" and "Public Institutions in India: Performance and Design". He has been a prolific contributor to public debates and his columns have regularly appeared in The New Republic, Foreign Policy, The Hindu, Indian Express, Telegraph, Yale Global, and numerous other papers. He has served as Editorial Consultant to the Indian Express. He is co-editor of The Oxford Companion to Politics in India (forthcoming), and serves on the editorial board of numerous journals. He has lectured widely in universities in the United States, Britain, New Zealand, Europe and Japan.
Mehta's current research projects center around four themes. The first is understanding India's Great Transformation, the profound social, political and economic changes of the last two decades, and the trajectory they are likely to take in the future. This will result in a book. The second project looks at the role of law in Indian society. It will specifically focus on the justiciability of social and economic rights, and whether judicial intervention is a good means of achieving those objectives. This project will result in a series of papers. The third project - a collaborative project-related to the first two is on Globalization and the Indian State, that looks at the legitimacy challenges facing the Indian State in an era of globalization. The fourth project continues Mehta's long standing interest in philosophical ethics and explores what it means to lead an examined life. In addition Mehta will continue to perform the role of loyal opposition and engage the public and government through columns on topical issues.
The Burden of Democracy (Penguin)
(editor, with Devesh Kapur)India's Public Institutions (Oxford)
(editor) Hindu Nationalism and Indian Politics (Oxford)
India's Parliament as an Institution of Accountability (Inter Parliamentary Union, Geneva)
The Consolations of Modernity
Religion, Law and Constitutionalism in Modern India
Co editor (with Niraja Jayal) The Oxford Companion to Politics in India
Self Interests and Other Interests in K. Haakonsen (edited) The Cambridge Companion to Adam Smith (Cambridge University Press, 2005)
From State Sovereignty to Human Security (via Institutions) in Terry Nardin and Melissa Williams (edited) Humanitarian Intervention (New York University Press, 2005)
India's Judiciary: The Promise of Uncertainty in P. Mehta and Devesh Kapur (edited) India's Public Institutions (Oxford University Press, 2005)
Indian Higher Education Reform: From Half Baked Socialism to Half Baked Capitalism, CID Working Paper, Harvard University (co-author Devesh Kapur)
Cosmopolitanism and the Circle of Reason, Political Theory, Vol.28, No.5, 2000, pp. 619-639
The Ethical Irrationality of the World: Max Weber and Hindu Ethics, Critical Horizons, Vol.2, No.2, 2001, pp 203-227
Empire and Moral Identity, Ethics and International Affairs, Volume 17. No 2, 2003
The Inner Conflict of Constitutionalism in Sreedharan, Hasan, Sudarshan (edited) India's Living Constitution (Permanent Black)
Democracy, Accountability and Governance, UNRISD, Geneva, 1999
Hinduism and Self Rule, Journal of Democracy, Volume 15, No 3. 2004 reprinted in Larry Diamond (ed) World Religions and Democracy (Johns Hopkins University Press)
Secularism and the Identity Trap in Mushirul Hasan (edited) Will Secular India Survive? (Imprint One)
Hinduism and Modernity in Lawrence Harrison (edited) Developing Cultures: Essays on Cultural Change (Routledge, 2005)
Language Rights and Language Policy: The Case of Urdu in S.Khurshid (edited) The Future of Urdu (Oxford)
Affirmation Without Reservation, Economic and Political Weekly, 24 (7)
The Constraints on Electoral Mobilization, Economic and Political Weekly, Dec 2004
Rousseau, Education and the Quest for Dignity, Contemporary Education Dialogue, Vol 2. No 1.
The Trajectory of Indian Nationalism, in Sumit Ganguly and Neil De Votta (edited) Understanding Contemporary India (Westview)
A Democratic Conception of Toleration in Russell Hardin and Ingrid Crepell (ed.) Toleration: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (New York: Russell Sage)
Naipaul and the Burdens of History in P. Pawar (ed.) V. S. Naipaul: Critical Perspcectives
The Nuclear Politics of Self Esteem, Current History, Dec, 1998
India 1998: Asian Survey, Vol.39. No.1 1999, pp. 163-177
The Dilemmas of Muslim Politics in Chaitanya (edited) Fascism in India (Konark)
Ethnicity and Violence in South Asia, Pacific Affairs, Vol.71. No.3, 1998, pp.377-397
Fragmentation Amongst Consensus, Journal of Democracy, Vol.8, No.1, 1997, pp.56-70
Pluralism After Liberalism, Critical Review, Vol. 11, No.4, 1997, pp. 503-519
Ideology in India After the Cold War (with Atul Kohli) in Melzer and Zinman (ed.) The Future of Ideology, Kansas University Press)
India's Disordered Democracy, Pacific Affaris, Vol 64. No 4., 1992
Democracy and the Idea of Social Cooperation in A Common Cause (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2002)
Rajamani has authored a Monograph on Differential Treatment in International Environmental Law (OUP, 2006) and numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals including the Yearbook of International Environmental Law and the Journal of Environmental Law. In her current research she is exploring ways of further integrating developing countries into international environmental regimes, in particular the climate change regime, and studying national laws and policies in select developing countries (Brazil, China and India) implementing international climate change law. She is also writing a book provisionally titled International Environmental Law in Indian Courts: the Vanishing Line between Rhetoric and Law.
Rajamani has been invited to serve as Director of Studies for the 2008 research session on Implementation of International Environmental Law at the Hague Academy of International Law. She works as a consultant to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat, and has worked with the UNDP, the World Bank, the Alliance of Small Island States, and the International Institute of Sustainable Development. She is associated with the Yale Centre for Environmental Law and Policy, and serves on the editorial board of the Review of European Community and International Environmental Law.
1)( Forthcoming)" From Status to Contract: Or How Law shaped Labour Relations in Colonial India"
in Jan Breman etal (ed) Debt Bondage in India
2)(Co authored with T.C.A Ananat, R.Hasan, R Nagraj and S.Sasikumar)
"Labor Markets in India: Issues and Perspectives" ( Author of the Section on Labour
Law and Trends in Industrial Relations ) in Labor Markets in Asia : Issues and
Perspectives (ed) Jesus Felipe and Rana Hasan , Palgrave MacMillan ,New York,
3) "Regulated Informality: Legal Construction of Labour Relations in Colonial India
1814-1926" in Workers in Informal Sector: Studies in Labour History 1800-2000 (ed
Sabyasachi Bhattacharya and Jan Lucassen), Macmillan 2005
4) " Assam and the West Indies: 1860-1920 : Immobilising Plantation Labour" in D.Hay
and P.Craven (ed) Masters ,Servants and Magistrates in Britain and the Empire: Criminalisation
of Free Labour 16th-20th Century" , University of North Carolina Press (American Law
Library Series) 2004.
5) "Restoring the Family: Wife Murders and the Making of a Sexual Contract for
Indian Indentured Labourers in the British Caribbean Colonies" in Studies in History,
Vol. 10,No 2, 1995, Sage New Delhi.
6) (Coauthored with Rana P. Behal) "Tea and Money versus Human Lives: The Rise
and Fall of Indentured system in Assam Tea Plantations 1840-1908. "in Journal of
Peasant Studies, Vol, No2 1992,Frank Cass, London.
Publications: Articles and Essays
"Toward the Next Generation of Galanter-Influenced Scholars: The Reach of a Law-and-Society Founder." Law and Contemporary Problems (forthcoming 2008). With Stewart Macaulay.
"Scholarly Discourse and the Cementing of Norms: The Case of the Indian Supreme Court and a Plea for Research." 9 Journal of Appellate Practice and Process, (forthcoming 2008). Click here for full draft text on SSRN.
"Outsourcing and the Globalizing Legal Profession," 48 William and Mary Law Review 2189 (2007). Click here for a full draft text on SSRN. Full text on Lexis and Westlaw.
"Analyzing the Friedman Thesis through a Legal Lens," 81Tulane Law Review 923 (2007). Full text on Lexis and Westlaw.
“Lawyering for a Cause and Experiences from Abroad,” 94 California Law Review 575 (2006). Click here for full draft text on SSRN. Full text on Lexis and Westlaw.
“Transgressive Cause Lawyering in the Developing World: The Case of India,” in The Worlds Cause Lawyers Make: Structure and Agency in Legal Practice (eds., Austin Sarat and Stuart Scheingold, Stanford University Press, 2005).
“From the ALI to the ILI: The Efforts to Export an American Legal Institution,” 38 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 1255 (2005). Click here for full draft text on SSRN. Full text on Lexis and Westlaw.
“Professor Kingsfield Goes to Delhi: American Academics, the Ford Foundation, and the Development of Legal Education in India,” 46 American Journal of Legal History 447 (2004). Full text on Westlaw. Click here for full draft text on SSRN.
"Bread for the Poor: Access to Justice and the Rights of the Needy in India,” 55 Hastings Law Journal 789 (2004). With Marc Galanter. Full text on Lexis and Westlaw. Full text on SSRN.
"India's Patriot Act: POTA and the Impact on Civil Liberties in the World’s Largest Democracy," 22 Law and Inequality 265 (2004). Full text on Lexis and Westlaw.
"Mobilizing Immigrants," 11 George Mason Law Review 695 (2003). Full text on Westlaw.
"The Rights of the New Untouchables: A Constitutional Analysis of HIV Jurisprudence in India" 25 Human Rights Quarterly 791 (2003). Full text on SSRN.
"Social Policy Advocacy and the Role of the Courts in India." 21 The American Asian Review 91 (2003). Full text on SSRN.
"Debased Informalism," in Beyond Common Knowledge: Empirical Approaches to the Rule of Law (eds. Thomas Heller & Erik Jensen, Stanford University Press, 2003). With Marc Galanter.
“So Help Me God: A Comparative Study of Religious Interest Group Litigation." 30 Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law 233 (2002). With K. den Dulk. Full text on Lexis and Westlaw.
"Perceptions and Interpretations of Law from Past to Present in the Subcontinent." 34 George Washington International Law Review 639 (2002). Full text on Lexis and Westlaw.
"Public Interest Litigation in a Comparative Context." 20 Buffalo Public Interest Law Journal 19 (2001-2002). Full text on Lexis and Westlaw.
"Personal Law and Human Rights in India and Israel." 34 Israel Law Review 101 (2000). With M. Galanter. Full text on Lexis.
"Lawyers Seeking Clients: Clients Seeking Lawyers: Sources of Contigency Fee Cases and Their Implications for Case Handling." 21 Law & Policy 347 (1999). With H. Kritzer.
Law and Hinduism (Advance Contract from Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2008) co-edited with Timothy Lubin and Donald Davis.
Publications: Anthology & Encyclopedic Entries
“Law and Society in India,” in Encyclopedia of Law and Society: American and Global Perspectives (ed., David S. Clark, Sage Publications, 2006).
"India" in Volume 2 Legal Systems of the World 693. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2002. H. Kritzer, editor.
Publications: Short Book Reviews
Review of Journal of National Human Rights Commission, India (Inaugural Edition). Published by The National Human Rights Commission (India) 2002. 26 Human Rights Quarterly 542 (2004).
Book Review. Judicial Activism in India: Transgressing Borders and Enforcing Limits, by S.P. Sathe. 13 Law and Politics Book Review (February 2003).
Book Review. Jurists and Judges: An Essay on Influence, by Neil Duxbury, 11 Law and Politics Book Review 472 (2001).
Assistant Professor, History
416C Lehman, Barnard College
New York, NY 10027-6598
Assistant Professor/Postdoctoral Fellow, Global Histories, Draper Program in Humanities and Social Thought, New York University, 1998-2001.
University of Michigan, Ph.D. August 1999, Interdepartmental Program in Anthropology and History
Awards and Fellowships
*NEH Fellowship [calendar year 2004]
*Charter Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Oxford University.
*NEH Summer Stipend, June 1-July 31, 2001.
*Postdoctoral Fellow, Sawyer Seminar “The Production of the Past: History in the Making,” Columbia University, September 1999-May 2000
*Fellow, International Institute, University of Michigan, Advanced Study Seminar on “Violence and Ethics.”
*Rackham Predoctoral Dissertation Grant, University of Michigan, 1997-1998
*Rackham Dissertation/Thesis Grant and Hewlett International Dissertation Grant, University of Michigan, 1996
*American Institute of Indian Studies Junior Research Fellowship, January 1996- December 1996
*Social Science Research Council/ACLS International Dissertation Award
*Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities (1992-1997)
The Caste Question: Struggles for Civil Rights and Recognition by Untouchables in India, 1927-1991 (University of California Press, forthcoming 2008)
“The Gender of Caste and Sexual Economies of Violence,” Feminist Studies (under review).
“Affect, Memory, and Materiality: An Essay on Archival Mediation,” (a review essay) Comparative Studies in Society and History (forthcoming Spring 2008)
“Death of a Kotwal: Injury and the Politics of Recognition,” Subaltern Studies XIII. New Delhi: Permanent Black, 2005.
“Problems of Violence, States of Terror: Torture in Colonial India,” special issue “Discipline and the Other Body,” Interventions: Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2001: 186-205. [reprinted in Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XXXVI, No. 43, October 27, 2001: 4125-4133; reprinted in Postcolonial Passages. ed.Saurabh Dube. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2003.]
"Understanding Sirasgaon: Notes Towards Conceptualizing the Role of Law, Caste, and Gender in a Case of 'Atrocity' , " Thamyris, Amsterdam, Volume 4, Number 1, Spring 1997: 103-136.[guest edited by Prof. Rajeswari Sunder Rajan] reprinted in Signposts: Gender Issues in Post-Independence India. New Delhi: Kali for Women, 1998.
Crime Through Time (co-edited with Saurabh Dube), a reader for Oxford University Press, India (forthcoming 2008).
Discipline and the Other Body: Correction, Corporeality, Colonialism. (co-edited with Steven Pierce), Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2006
Gender and Caste: Contemporary Issues in Indian Feminism, for a series on Indian feminism, guest editor Rajeswari Sunder Rajan, New Delhi: Kali for Women, 2003 (hardback). Paperback published Spring 2005 in India; co-published internationally by Zed Books, Summer 2005.
Violence, Vulnerability, and Embodiment: A Gender and History Reader. London: Blackwells, Summer 2005.
Journal Special Issues
Co-editor with Shani D’Cruze, “Violence, Vulnerability, and Embodiment,” a special issue of Gender and History, Volume 16, Number 3, November 2004.
Co-editor with Steven Pierce, “Discipline and the Other Body,” Interventions: Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2001.
Essays in Edited Volumes and Special Issues
“Who is the Dalit? The Emergence of a New Political Subject,” in a festschrift in honor of Eleanor Zelliot, Oxford University Press (forthcoming winter 2007).
“Ambedkar and the Politics of Minority: A Reading,” in From the Colonial to the Postcolonial: India and Pakistan in Transition, eds. Dipesh Chakrabarty, Rochona Mazumdar and Andrew Sartori, Oxford University Press, 2007.
“Dalit Selfhood and Problem of Representation,” Seminar special issue on “Dalit Perspectives,” February 2006.
“Sexuality, and the Family-Form,” in a symposium on Marriage, Sexuality, and Community, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XL, No. 8, February 19, 2005: 715-718.
“Testifying to Violence: Gujarat as a State of Exception?” in Elizabeth Castelli and Janet Jakobsen eds. Interventions: Activists and Academics Respond to Violence. (New York: Palgrave and MacMillan, 2004.
University, Madison, New Jersey.Jinee's research is on Torture in
Contemporary Liberal Democracies focusing on the United States and India
..Her areas of interest include Public Law, Jurisprudence, Civil
Liberties, Political Theory (Postcolonial, Feminist and Marxist theory)
and Cultural Studies.
.A. LL.B (Hons) (1998) National Law School of India University , Bachelor of Civil Laws (BCL) (2000) Oxford University .
He is Asst. Professor at National Law School of India University, Banaglore
His areas of interest includes Jurisprudence, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Intellectual Property Rights Law, Legal Methods.
Submitted PhD thesis to the University of Calcutta, July 2007
Topic: “Gendered Construction on Culture of Silence/Insignificant Articulation”
Completed Masters in Sociology from CSSS, JNU in 2000
Completed Graduation in Sociology from Presidency College, Kolkata in 1998
• Presently working as Lecturer in Sociology at The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata since December 2004. Offering LLB Optional courses on Disability and Law and Law, Culture and Pluralism besides co-teaching Sociology of Law and an LLM course on Law and Social Change
• Visiting Faculty at the M Phil course on Women’s Studies in the Women’s Studies Research Centre at the University of Calcutta teaching a module on Feminist Methodology since July 2005.
• Resource person at the Administrative Training Institute, Kolkata training government officials on various human rights related issues since 2007
• Presented a paper on Laws relating to Sexual Harassment of Women in Workplaces at the JD Birla Institute, Department of Home Science and Commerce in a Seminar on Emerging issues to Empower Women in October, 2007
• Presented a paper jointly with Prof Ved Kumari of the University of Delhi on Image of Family in Women’s Narratives and its interface with Family Law Curriculum at NUJS in August, 2007
• Presented a paper on Silenced Voices in Women’s Autobiographies organized by the Women’s Studies Unit, JNU, Delhi in April, 2007
• Presented a paper on Women and Partition Narratives: Experiences, Emotions and Expectations at a National Workshop on Women’s Histories, Women’s Narratives commemorating Lila Majumdar’s Birth Centenary, organized by Jadavpur University, School of Women’s Studies in March 2007
• Presented a paper on Democracy and Gender in a national seminar on Democracy and Democratization organized by Jadavpur University, International Relations Department under the UGC-ASIHSS programme in March 2007
• Presented a paper on Silenced Women, Talking Women: Women Narrating Conflict at the All India Women’s Studies (Eastern Region) Conference in February, 2007
• Presented a paper on Integrating Sociology in Law School Curriculum: Discontent, Dilemma, Direction in a Workshop on Mapping Practices in Sociology and Thinking the Role of Social Sciences in India at JNU in January 2007
• Presented a paper on Courtroom Dramas: Juxtaposition of ‘Objective’ Truths and Empathetic Listening? at the XXXIInd All India Conference of the Indian Sociological Society in Chennai, December 2006
• Presented a paper on Women, Violence and Human Rights in a panel discussion on Status of Women in India at Gokhale Memorial College, Kolkata in December 2006
• Presented a paper on Analysis of the Domestic Violence Act, 2006 in a panel discussion on Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act organized by Jadavpur University Women’s Studies Department in December 2006
• Presented a paper Law’s Perception of Sexuality: Morality vs. Objectivity on the Closing Plenary of the IVth International Congress on Folk Law and Legal Pluralism held at the University of Indonesia, Jakarta In June 2006
• Presented a paper at the annual International SHARP Conference on Women’s Personal Narratives: Creating Women’s History at Jadavpur University in January 2006
• Presented a paper on Sociological Insight into Women’s Lives in the Private Sphere at the All India Women’s Conference Seminar on Personal Laws and Women’s Rights: The Indian Experience in January 2006
• Presented a paper on Sociology in Law Schools: An Emerging Pedagogy at the All India Sociological Conference at Jaipur organized by the Rajasthan Sociological Association in December 2005.
• Presented a paper on the Background and Existing Provisions of the Bengal Vagrancy Act, 1943 as a part of a Workshop on Bengal Vagrancy Act, 1943: Recommendations for Change organized by the Centre for Women and Law, The WB National University of Juridical Sciences and Action Aid International—India, in November 2005.
• Given a Faculty Seminar at NUJS on Laws and Women’s Lives—an unbridgeable fissure? Bengali Women’s Autobiographies and Social Reform Legislations in the 19th century in August 2005.
• Given a Faculty Seminar at NUJS on Sociology, Criminal Law and Social Order: An Interdisciplinary Perspective in January 2004.
• Presented a paper entitled “A Sociological Approach to the legal principles dealing with Persons with Disabilities” at a Seminar on Socialisation of Women with Disabilities, organized by Calcutta University, Women’s Research Centre and Action Aid, India on 5th December 2003.
• Presented a paper “Uniform Civil Code and Gender Just Laws” at a Seminar on “The Different Personal Laws in India” organized by State Commission for Women and National Commission for Women in association with National University of Juridical Sciences at NUJS on the 15th of March 2003.
Involved in a number of training programmes as resource person on issues related to women’s rights, rights of persons with disabilities and child rights
Active member of a women’s rights group in the city, Nari Nirjatan Pratirodh Mancha (Forum for Oppression against Women) and Maitri, a women’s network of NGOs and women activists in West Bengal
Prior to the PhD Brenna practiced law briefly in Canada. Her reseach interests lie in the areas of indigenous rights, post-colonial and critical legal theories, theories of recognition, and property law. Her current research is in the area of biotechnological forms of property and processes of propertisation.
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BA LLB (Hons.), Macquarie University, Sydney,1993; LLM ( Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, 1996; Ph.D, Birkbeck, University of London, 2005.
Previously, Associate to Judge of the Federal Court of Australia, 1994-5, Lecturer in Law, University of Adelaide, South Australia, 1997; Legal Officer, Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement, South Australia, 1998; Lecturer in Public Law and Regulation, Lancaster University, 2003; joined Kent Law School in 2004.
Constitutional and Administrative Law, Land Law, Legal Theory.
Sovereignty, Postcolonial theory, indigenous land rights and self-determination, law and war, social movements, globalization, theories of democracy, political philosophy.
S. Motha (ed.) (2007) Democracy’s Empire: Sovereignty, Law and Violence (Blackwell, London). ISBN: 9781405163132
Also published as a Special Issue of the Journal of Law and Society, (2007) Vol: 34/1 pp. 1-161, ISSN: 0263-323X.
Edited Journal Special Issue
S. Motha (ed.) (2002) (with C. Perrin), “Deposing Sovereignty after Mabo”, Special Issue of the Journal Law and Critique, Vol: 13(3). pp. 231-338. ISSN: 0957-8536
S. Motha, (2007) “Veiled Women and the Affect of Religion in Democracy” Vol: 34/1 Journal of Law and Society 138 – 161. ISSN: 0263-323X. ACCESS FULL TEXT.
S. Motha, (2005) “The Failure of Postcolonial Sovereignty in Australia” Vol: 22 Australian Feminist Law Journal 107 – 125. ISSN: 1320-0968. ACCESS FULL TEXT.
S. Motha, (2003) (with T. Zartaloudis), “Law, Ethics and the Utopian End of Human Rights” 12(2) Social and Legal Studies. (Article length review of C. Douzinas, The End of Human Rights. 2000, Hart Publishing). pp. 243-68. ISSN: 0964 6639 (033089)
S. Motha, (2002) “The Sovereign Event in a Nation’s Law” 13 Law and Critique 311-338. ISSN: 0957-8536
S. Motha, (1998) “Mabo: Encountering the Epistemic Limit of the Recognition ‘Difference’” 7 Griffith Law Review 79–96.
S. Motha, (2007) “Reconciliation as Domination” in Scott Veitch (ed.) Law and the Politics of Reconciliation (Ashgate) pp. 69-93 ISBN: 978-0-7546-4924-3.
S. Motha (2007) in press, “Spectres of Communism in Post-apartheid South Africa” in K. van Marle and W. le Roux (eds) Post-apartheid Fragments (Pretoria: UNISA Press).
S. Motha, (2006) “Guantanamo Bay, ‘Abandoned Being’, and the Constitution of Jurisdiction” in Shaun McVeigh (ed.) Jurisprudence of Jurisdiction (Routledge, London). pp. 63-83, ISBN: 1-84472-032-2.
S. Motha (2006), “Soberanía ‘Postcolonial’ y el Evento de la Pluralidad” [Spanish Translation of “‘Postcolonial’ Sovereignty and the Event of Plurality”] in Correas, Oscar (coordinator) Pluralismo Jurídico. Nuevos Horizontes, , en coedicióne entre la Editorial Coyoacan de la Ciudad de México y la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México.
S. Motha, “The Political Theology of Democracy”, commissioned article for the Journal of Law, Culture and Humanities, publication in January, 2008.
S. Motha, “From Ubuntu to a Jurisprudence of Sacrifice in Post-Apartheid South Africa”
S.Motha, “A Methodology for Research on Colonised Peoples and the Law” (1998) 11 Australian Feminist Law Journal. Review of Jeannine Purdy, Common Law and Colonised Peoples: Studies in Trinidad and Western Australia’. (1997, Ashgate). pp. 173 – 181.
SYLVIA JANE DUTRA VATUK
Department of Anthropology (m\c 027)
University of Illinois at Chicago
Education: 1970 PhD Harvard University
1958 MA University of London, School of Oriental & African Studies
1955 BA Cornell University
Major Academic Positions:
2002-present Professor Emerita of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
1970-2002 Assistant, Associate & Professor of Anthropology, UIC
1965-69 Assistant Professor of Anthropology, California State College at Hayward
Major Fellowships and Grants (since 1998):
2005-06 American Institute of Indian Studies Senior Research Fellowship
2001 (Fall) American Institute of Indian Studies Senior Research Fellowship
2000 (April) British Academy Visiting Professorship, Institute for Commonwealth Studies, London
1999-00 UIC Institute for the Humanities Fellowship
1998-99 U.S. Department of Education, Fulbright-Hays Senior Research Fellowship
1972 Kinship and Urbanization: White Collar Migrants in North India. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.
Articles (since 1990)
In Press “Summary of the Developments in Hindu, Muslim and Other Laws Related to Marriage, from 1771 to the Present.” Encyclopedia of Women in World History. New York: Oxford University Press.
In press “Islamic Feminism in India? Indian Muslim Women Activists and the Reform of Muslim Person Law.” Special Issue, F. Osella and C. Osella, eds., Modern Asian Studies 42.
In Press “A Rallying Cry for Muslim Personal Law: The Shah Bano Case and its Aftermath.” IN Islam in India in Practice, Barbara Metcalf, ed. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
2008 “Divorce at the Wife’s Initiative in Muslim Personal Law: What are the Options and What are Their Implications for Women’s Welfare?” IN Redefining Family Law in India: Essays in Honour of B. Sivaramayya, pp. 200-235. Archana Parashar & Amita Dhanda, eds. London and New Delhi: Routledge.
2007 “The ‘Cancer of Dowry’ in Indian Muslim Marriages: Themes in the Popular Rhetoric from the South Indian Muslim Press.” IN Living With Secularism: The Destiny of India's Muslims, Mushirul Hasan, ed. pp. 155-176. New Delhi: Manohar Publishers and Distributors.
2006 “Bharattee’s Death: Domestic Slave-Women in Nineteenth-Century Madras.” IN Slavery and South Asian History, Indrani Chatterjee & Richard Eaton, eds. pp. 210-233. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
2006 “Domestic Violence and Marital Breakdown in India: A View from the Family Courts.” IN Culture, Power, and Agency: Gender in Indian Ethnography, Lina Fruzzetti & Sirpa Tenhunen, eds. pp. 204-226. Calcutta: Stree.
2005 “Moving the Courts: Muslim women and Personal Law.” IN The Diversity of Muslim Women’s Lives in India. Zoya Hasan & Ritu Menon, eds. pp. 18-58. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.
2005 “Muslim Women and Personal Law” IN In a Minority: Essays on Muslim Women in India. Zoya Hasan & Ritu Menon, eds. pp. 18-68. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
2004 “Hamara Daur-i Hayat: An Indian Muslim Woman Writes her Life.” IN Telling Lives in India: Biography, Autobiography, and the Life History. David Arnold and Stuart Blackburn, eds. pp. 144-174. New Delhi: Permanent Black and Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
2004 “‘The Family’: A Contested Concept in Early-Nineteenth-Century Madras.” IN Unfamiliar Relations: Family and History in South Asia, Indrani Chatterjee, ed. Pp. 161-191. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press and Delhi: Permanent Black.
2003 “Muslim Women in the Indian Family Courts: A Report from Chennai.” IN Divorce and Remarriage among Muslims in India, I. Ahmad, ed. Pp. 137-160. New Delhi: Manohar
2003 “Credit System (Women's Private Banking in Rural India).” IN South Asian Folklore: An Encyclopedia, P. J. Claus and M. A. Mills, eds.
P. 130. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc.
2002 “Older Women, Past and Present, in an Indian Muslim Family.” IN Thinking Social Science in India: Essays in Honour of Alice Thorner, S. Patel. J. Bagchi and K. Raj, eds. Pp. 247-263. New Delhi: Sage Publications.
2001 “‘Where Will She Go? What Will She Do?’ Paternalism Toward Women in the Administration of Muslim Personal Law in Contemporary India.” IN Religion and Personal Law in Secular India: A Call to Judgment, G. J. Larson, ed. Pp. 226-238. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.
2000 “Epilogue.” IN Culture, Creation and Procreation: Concepts of Kinship in South Asian Practice, A. Rao and M. Bock, eds. Pp. 357-366. London: Berghahn.
1999 “Shurreef, Herklots, Crooke, and Qanoon-e-Islam: Constructing an Ethnography of 'the Moosulmans of India'.” South Asia Research 19:5-28.
1999 “Family Biographies as Sources for an Historical Anthropology of Muslim Women's Lives in Nineteenth-Century South India.” IN The Resources of History: Tradition, Narration and Nation in South Asia, J. Assayag, ed. Études Thematiques 8:153-172. Paris and Pondichery: Écôle française d'Extrême Orient and Institut français de Pondichery
1996 “Migration and the Elderly.” IN Meeting the Challenges of Ageing Populations in the Developing World, J. Calleja, ed., Proceedings of an Experts' Group Meeting, 23-25 October 1995, pp. 85-99. Valleta: United Nations International Institute on Ageing.
1996 “The Art of Dying in Hindu India.” IN Facing Death: Where Culture, Religion, and Medicine Meet, H. M. Spiro, M. G. M. Curnen, and L. P. Wandel, eds. Pp. 121-128. New Haven: Yale University Press.
1996 “Identity and Difference or Equality and Inequality in South Asian Muslim Society.” IN Caste Today, C. Fuller, ed. Pp. 227-262. Delhi: Oxford University Press.
1995 “The Indian Woman in Later Life: Some Social and Cultural Considerations.” IN Women's Health in India, M. Das Gupta, T. N. Krishnan and L. C. Chen, eds. Pp. 289-306. Delhi and New York: Oxford University Press.
1994 “Schooling for What? The Cultural and Social Context of Women's Education in a South Indian Muslim Family.” IN Women, Education, and Family Structure in India, C. C. Mukhopadhyay and S. Seymour, eds. Pp. 135-164. Boulder: Westview Press.
1992 “Forms of Address in North India: The Family Domain.” IN Concepts of Person, 2nd ed., A. Ostor, S. Barnett, and L. Fruzzetti, eds. Pp. 56-98. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
1992 “Sexuality and the Middle-Aged Woman in South Asia.” IN In Her Prime: New Views of Middle-Aged Women, 2nd rev. ed., V. Kerns and J. K. Brown, eds. Pp. 155-170. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press.
1990 "’To Be a Burden on Others’: Dependency Anxiety among the Elderly in India.” IN Divine Passions: The Social Construction of Emotion in India, O. M. Lynch, ed. Pp. 64-88. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.
1990 “The Cultural Construction of Shared Identity: A South Indian Muslim Family History.” IN P. Werbner, ed., Person, Myth and Society in South Asian Islam. Special Issue, Social Analysis 28:114-131.
Roshan joined the Law School from the University of East London (UK) in 2001. He graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London in 1990 and completed his London LLM in 1992. He received his doctorate from the University of Kent in Canterbury in 1999. His research interests lie in the field of law and social theory, with particular reference to the relationship between law, colonialism, and the postcolonial, and he has published articles in Social and Legal Studies, Law/Text/Culture, the Griffith Law Review, and Social Identites. He has published a number of articles on the relationship between Buddhism, law and identity in Sri Lanka using phenomenological, deconstructive and psychoanalytical perspectives. In 2003 he finished co-editing a special issue of the Griffith Law Review on Tracking the Postcolonial in Law. He has been asked to write entries on Sri Lanka and Buddhist Law in South Asia for the Oxford Encyclopaedia of Legal History. In addition he is currently working on a book on Constitutionalism and Buddhism in Sri Lanka, and is also working on a book proposal with John Strawson (of the University of East London, U.K) on Postcolonial Legality.
Since 1997 Roshan has also undertaken two major consultancies with leading law firms in London. Between 1997-2000 he was commissioned to write a report on Sri Lanka in relation to a shipping arbitration. In addition in 1999 he was asked to provide a country report on Sri Lanka to a London law firm in relation to an Asian Development Bank project. He is also an active participant in debates about peace process in Sri Lanka and in 2006 attended a conference in Zurich sponsored by the Berghoff Foundation. To this end Roshan has also a number of journalistic pieces on the peace process in Sri Lanka for papers in both Sri Lanka and the U.K.
Roshan is currently contracted with Routledge for a book on Nation, Constitutionalism and Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Roshan is also working on a journal article on Islam and community.
University of Singapore. He obtained his formal legal education from the
National Law School, Bangalore (B.A., LL.B (Hons.), 1995; LL.M, 2001) and New
York University School of Law (LL.M, 2002, J.S.D., 2007). After completing his
undergraduate education in 1995, he served as a law clerk to Chief Justice A.M.
Ahmadi at the Supreme Court of India for eighteen months. Between 1997 and 1999,
he practiced in the fields of administrative, constitutional and commercial law
before the High Court of Delhi and the Supreme Court of India. He has been a
Research and Teaching Fellow at the National Law School (1999-2001), as well as
at the Global Public Service Law Project at NYU School of Law (2003-05).
The areas in which he has research and teaching interests are: comparative
constitutional theory and practice; Constitutional and administrative law in
India; law and development; and legal education. In recent years, he has
presented academic papers at conferences/seminars at the following venues: the
Faculty of Law, McGill University; the School of Oriental and African Studies,
University of London; and at the Faculties of law at the Universities of
Indonesia, Hong Kong, Toronto and Kyushu. In 2007, he undertook stints as
Visiting Professor twice, and taught intensive courses on constitutional theory
and Indian constitutionalism at the National University of Juridical Sciences,
Kolkata and at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
Department of Area Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences,
the University of Tokyo.
Ph.D. candidate in area studies (South Asia).
Department of Area and International Studies, Graduate School of Area and Culture Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.
M.A. in area studies (South Asia), 2006.
Department of South and West Asian Studies, Faculty of Foreign Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.
B.A. in area studies (South Asia), 2004.
Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, Germany where she heads the research
group ‘Law against the State’ which examines the juridification of
protest and the globalisation of transnational legal norms. Her research
interests are in legal anthropology, conflict theory, the anthropology
of the modern state, and the anthropology of security. She is currently
writing a book on the police in Bombay focusing on everyday conflicts
over norms of justice, citizenship and authority. Among her publications
on this research are "The Trimurti of the State" in: Sociologus 2005;
"From Subject to Citizen: Legalism from Below and the Homogenisation of
the Legal Sphere" in: Journal of Legal Pluralism, 2006. Her work on a
Hindu-nationalist movement in India resulted in her book "The Charisma
of Direct Action" (Oxford University Press, 2003). Other than India, she
conducted research in Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. She was a researcher
at the German Institute for international pedagogical research,
Frankfurt am Main, and lecturer at the Humboldt University, Berlin and
the Free University of Berlin from where she holds a PhD.
(2000 - 2002), before obtaining an MPhil in social science from Hong
Kong University of Science and Technology in 2004. She has worked as a
human rights activist and a researcher in the past. Her research
interests include, human rights, the indigenous question, property
regimes, and citizenship. Currently she is a PhD student at the
Department of Anthropology at Stanford University.
He joined NUJS in 2001. He teaches two compulsory
papers on economics. The first one is on principles of
economics (mainly microeconomics) and the second one
on problems of Indian economy with additional modules
on basic macroeconomics and international trade. He
also offer two optional courses on Law and Economics,
and Ecology, Policy and Law.