Dr Nimushakavi Vasanthi

Dr Nimushakavi Vasanthi has been teaching at the NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, A.P, India for the past 8 years. She has taught a range of courses in Constitutional law, Administrative law, Criminal law, Contracts II, Property law, Poverty and law, Labour law, Taxation and Clinic courses. She is currently teaching the Legal methods and Taxation course and a seminar in Discrimination Law. She has over nine years experience in litigation prior to joining the university. She is a graduate of Osmania University and has also taught part time at the university. Her LLM was in Constitutional law. She took her Doctoral Degree in 2005. Her publications include a book titled Constitutional Policy and Environmental Jurisprudence in India. She has interests in gender, disability and clinical legal education. She co-chaired the panel on labour rights in a Session: Resurrecting/renegotiating labour rights in a globalising world and presented a paper "Critical theory and contract labour" at the CLC Hyderabad in Sept 2006.

Mostafa Mahmud Naser

Mostafa M. Naser is currently teaching in the Department of Law of the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh as a Assistant Professor. He completed LLB (Hons.) and LLM from the same University. His research interests include International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, Refugee and Migration Law.


Veena Das

Veena Das is Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology and Professor of Humanities at the Johns Hopkins University. Her most recent book is Life and Words: Violence and the Descent into the Ordinary, California University Press, 2006. She has worked on themes of violence, social suffering, health and disease, and anthropology of the everyday. Currently she is engaged in a longitudinal study of urban neighbourhoods in Delhi. Das is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Sciences for Developing Societies. She has received several honours including the Andrez Retzius Prize of the Swedish Society of Anthropology and Geography and an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from the University of Chicago.

Deepak Mehta

Deepak Mehta is Reader at the Department of Sociology. He is the author of Work, Ritual, Biography: A Muslim Community in North India, 1997 (OUP) and co-author of Living With Violence: An Anthropology of Events and Everyday Life, 2007 (Routledge). He is currently working on the afterlife of the destruction of the Babri Mosque.


Introducing Professor George H. Gadbois, Jr

Professor George H. Gadbois, Jr is professor emeritus (political science) at the University of Kentucky. Over the years he has published extensively dealing mainly with Indian Supreme Court. At present, Professor George H. Gadbois, Jr is completing a book-length manuscript dealing with the first 93 judges (1950-1989).



invites you to a seminar

"Playing Off Courts: Negotiating Divorce and Violence In Courts, Police and Mediation Boards in Kolkata"


Dr. Srimati Basu
Associate Professor, Gender & Women's Studies
University of Kentucky

TIME: 3.00 P.M.

The Indian State's management of divorce and domestic violence is enacted through a number of potentially contradictory fora, including civil and criminal remedies and formal and informal mediation. This paper focuses on Section 498 of the Indian Penal Code which legislates against "torture" and has been the primary criminal law governing domestic violence. It is a criminal provision of legendary notoriety, believed variously to be emblematic of the crux of feminist dystopia or of toothless symbolic legislation. Analyzing the discourse of litigants, judges, police and mediators in Family Courts, Women's Grievance Cells and Mediation Boards, this paper delineates the significance of domestic violence in the political economy of marriage: the tensions between looking to marriage for economic sustenance and undoing marriage through invocations of violence, the salience of social class in claiming the harm of violence, and the radical potential of laws of gender justice that may be contrarily deployed to secure dominant notions of domestic order. Existent criminal provisions may be used to leverage socioeconomic needs, but simultaneously, litigants construct violation differently than legal categories and seek complex remedies.




Centre for International Legal Studies
School of International Studies
cordially invites you to a talk
The Ethics of Humanitarian Intervention
Dr. Namrata Goswami
Associate Fellow
Time: 11 a.m.
Date: 19 September 2008 (Friday)
Venue: Room No. 117 (First Floor), SIS
All are cordially invited


Centre for International Legal Studies
School of International Studies
cordially invites you to a talk
The Ethics of Humanitarian Intervention
Dr. Namrata Goswami
Associate Fellow
Time: 11 a.m.
Date: 19 September 2008 (Friday)
Venue: Room No. 117 (First Floor), SIS
All are cordially invited


James Jaffe: Introducing Myself

I received my Ph.D. From Columbia University in New York in 1984 with a specialty in modern European history. Since then, I have written two books on industrial relations in late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Britain and edited a third, the diary of a famous political activist from that period. This work helped to develop a special interest in the history of alternative dispute resolution, especially the history of arbitration, which is now the focus of my research. I have published on the history of arbitration in Britain, but more recently I have spent the last two years expanding this research into the history of arbitration in colonial India. Currently, I am working on a monograph exploring the adaptation and contestation of Indian and British forms of arbitration to resolve civil disputes in colonial Bombay. More generally, the monograph will address competing and complementary concepts of justice and fairness during the colonial era.


Dr Ramanatham Memorial Meeting 2008

Peoples' Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) invites you for the

Dr Ramanatham Memorial Meeting 2008

6th September 2008 (Saturday)
INDIAN LAW INSTITUTE (opposite Supreme Court, Bhagwan Dass Road)
3.30 pm to 6.30 pm

Each year, PUDR has been conducting an annual public meeting in honour of Dr Ramanatham, Vice President of the Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee
(APCLC) and popular medical doctor, who was killed by the police in 1985.
This year, we are organizing a meeting on


The decade of the 1990s witnessed anti-poor economic reforms,
'globalization', greater contractualization and casualization of labour in
India, changing production practices, an attempt to undermine labour laws
and frequent physical attacks on struggling workers. This was accompanied by
a series of judgements and orders by the Supreme Court and lower courts -
including on the right to strike and to call for a bandh - that taken
together constitute the most serious political attack on workers' rights in

Our speakers will share their experience in their own areas, what how
workers and unions have coped with and responded to this assault by the
judiciary. The presentations will be followed by a discussion.


1. SUDHA BHARADWAJ, CMM (Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha)
2. SANJAY SINGHVI, TUCI (Trade Union Congress of India)
3. ANIMESH DAS, IFTU (Indian Federation of Trade Unions)
4. NGR PRASAD, Advocate (Labour Lawyers Practioners Association, Chennai)

The meeting will be chaired by
KAMALA SANKARAN, Faculty of Law, Delhi University.

Please do attend and pass the word around.

In solidarity,

Nagraj Adve, Harish Dhawan
Secretaries, PUDR

Prem Chowdhry: A brief biographical note

A product of Delhi University ; Ph. D from the Jawaharlal Nehru University; taught in Miranda House, University college for women from 1966 to 1988 ; a senior fellow of the Indian Council of Social Sciences, 1983-85; a University Grants Commission fellow at Jawaharlal Nehru University from 1988-1994; a fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti, New Delhi from 1994- 2006; author of Contentious Marriages, Eloping Couples: Gender, Caste and Patriarchy in Northern India, Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2007; Colonial India and the Making of Empire Cinema: Image, Ideology and Identity, Manchester University Press, Manchester, 2000; The Veiled Women: Shifting Gender Equations in Rural Haryana, 1880-1990, Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1994; and Punjab Politics, Vikas Publications, Delhi, 1984; Other publications include research articles on politics, society, popular culture and gender both in colonial and contemporary India, in edited works and reputed national and international journals.

Introducing Rishabh Sancheti

Rishabh Sancheti is presently an Associate at the Office of Assistant Solicitor General of India at the High Court of Judicature for Rajasthan. He is also a part-time faculty of law at the National Law University, India where his teaching portfolio includes Company Laws, Corporate Restructuring & Governance and Securitization laws. He has been a Law Trainee-cum-Research Assistant to Hon'ble Justice N. Santosh Hegde, at the Supreme Court of India. He completed European Master in Law and Economics with a full scholarship from the European Union as an Erasmus Mundus Scholar. He received LL.M. from University of Hamburg, Germany, Diploma di Master Universitario di I livello in Law and Economics from University of Bologna, Italy and LL.M. from University of Vienna, Austria. He graduated cum laude from the National Law University, India with S.R. Bhandari Memorial Gold Medal qualifying for B.B.A.-LL.B. (Hons.) with a specialization in the area of International Trade and Investment laws.



International Conference on Feminist Constitutionalism

Date: February 28 – March 1, 2009

Location: Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada

This conference intends to follow current debates in the intersection between constitutional law, constitutionalism, and feminist theory, both domestically and internationally. The discussions will address both rights and institutional issues and will welcome also the use of comparative methods and analysis.

Topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to: constitutional interpretation, popular constitutionalism, human rights, access to justice, multiculturalism, reproductive rights, and social and economic rights.

Key Note Speakers:

Professor Catherine MacKinnon, University of Michigan
Professor Reva Siegel, Yale University
Professor Jennifer Nedelsky, University of Toronto

The conference committee is seeking submissions of academic abstracts not exceeding 500 words. Our intention is to consolidate the papers presented and publish them in the format of an academic book (but the final decision on this will be made after the papers are submitted).

Please send abstract submissions to one of the conference organizers (below) by email.

Submission Deadline:
September 30, 2008

Notification of Acceptance:
October 15, 2008

Conference organizers:

Professor Beverley Baines, Queen’s University (bainesb@queensu.ca)
Professor Daphne Barak-Erez, Tel-Aviv University (barakerz@post.tau.ac.il)
Professor Tsvi Kahana, Queen’s University (kahanat@queensu.ca)