Professor and Dean, JGLS
LL.B. (Delhi), B.C.L. (Oxford), L.M.(Harvard), S.J.D (Hong Kong)
As we near the end of the Spring 2017 semester, we have many accomplishments to celebrate in this second issue of Inside JGU.
A team representing Jindal Global Law School were World Finalists and won second place at the Final Rounds of the 24th Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot held in Vienna, Austria. We are extremely proud of our students, particularly given that over 330 teams from around the world participated this year, making it the single largest moot event in the world.
Our vision to expand our academic and programme offerings is continuously complemented by new additions in campus infrastructure. In late March, three new offices were inaugurated – the JGU Student’s Council Office & Student Initiatives Room, the Office of Alumni Relations and the Legal Aid Clinic. The offices will play a crucial role in strengthening new University initiatives relating to promoting student leadership and activities, strengthening alumni relations and expanding the reach of the JGLS Legal Aid Clinic in local and neighbouring communities.
Over the last month, all of JGU's six schools have actively promoted academic partnerships, policy dialogues and capacity building initiatives through JGU's international collaborations. The Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities hosted the Undergraduate Research Conference, a first of its kind platform in India for young students to present and discuss their research work. JGU's research centres have continued to explore ways to bring together rigorous interdisciplinary research and policy dialogues. The Jindal Centre for Israel Studies collaborated with Tel Aviv University, Israel and the Middle East Forum, USA to discuss India-Israel bilateral relations and intersecting issues of political and cultural significance. The Jindal Global Business School and the Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences collaborated with institutional partners Queen's University Belfast and the University of Melbourne respectively to discuss important national policy issues. Our commitment to extend training and capacity building support to national and international institutions has continued through the most recent six-day intensive capacity building initiative on Human Rights Development, Law and Management hosted by the Centre for Human Rights Studies at JGU for the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.
At the core of JGU's vision to promote higher education excellence is the University's international collaborations and partnerships. We are committed to the belief that our ability to create global opportunities for our students, researchers and faculty will play a key role in improving the quality of our research, teaching, governance and other institutional activities. While we already partner with over 175 universities and higher education institutions across 45 countries, we are conscious about deepening our partnerships with leading universities and institutions in India's neighbouring countries, in particular, China. This month's spotlight is on the recent visit to China by a JGU Delegation to explore and deepen our institutional partnerships and collaborations.
With warm wishes,
Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar
The 8-day visit to China by a JGU Delegation led by Vice Chancellor, Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, is part of JGU’s larger vision to establish strong international collaborations with universities around the world as we mark eight years of institution building. The visit covered 5 cities and 15 leading Chinese universities involving interactions with faculty from more than 20 schools and institutes across several disciplines, including law, business, humanities, social sciences, international affairs and journalism, in addition to visits to leading law firms, NGOs, legislative institutions and corporations. While JGU has international collaborations with over 175 education institutions in 45 countries, they have focused on North America, Canada and Western Europe, with limited substantive joint initiatives with many parts of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. JGU is conscious that our commitment to become a truly global university cannot be achieved if its international collaborations neglect neighbouring countries of India, particularly China. China's outstanding efforts in higher education have resulted in the radical transformation of its leading universities into world class universities. This visit builds on our previous efforts to explore and deepen our collaborations with China.
The Centre for Health Law, Ethics and Technology at JGLS in collaboration with Pehchaan Program, India, and HIV/AIDS Alliance, New Delhi, submits shadow report on human rights abuses against LGBTI persons (See Joint Submission 21)
Professor Asher Susser, Director of External Affairs, Moshe Dayan Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Tel Aviv University, speaks about India-Israel ties in the backdrop of the JSIA-Tel Aviv University joint international conference
March 31 - April 2
The Jindal School of International Affairs, the Center for African, Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the JGU Model United Nations Society organised the "JGU Model United Nations 2017" with Anand Sharma, Deputy Leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha and Former Minister of Commerce, Industry and Textiles, Government of India, as Chief Guest.
The Jindal School of Government and Public Policy hosted an Open Lecture on "Food Policy and the National Food Security Act of 2013" by Karl-Axel Lindgren, PhD candidate at the Centre for Food Policy, City University of London as part of the School's Open Lecture Series.
The Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences in collaboration with the University of Melbourne, Australia and the Institute of Human Behaviour & Allied Sciences hosted an interactive seminar on "Depression: Let's Talk About What We All Should Know" with the Honourable Andrew Robb AO, Former Australian Minister for Trade and Investment, to mark World Health Day 2017.
The Jindal School of Journalism & Communication hosted a forum on "Ethical Concerns in Indian Media and the Way to Reform" with Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, Editor, Economic & Political Weekly, Seema Mustafa, Editor, The Citizen, Vineeta Deepak, News Editor, South Asia, Associated Press Television, and Sidharth Pandey, Editor, Investigative Affairs, NDTV 24X7.
April 7 - 8
The Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities organised an "Undergraduate Research Conference" with over 120 undergraduate students from 20 universities and colleges from around the country participating in the first-of-its-kind research event.
The International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building at JGU hosted a research seminar on "Good Practices in Institutional Policy: An International Comparative Perspective" by Brigid Freeman, Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia, as part of Thinking Thursdays: IIHEd Research Seminar Series.
The Jindal School of Government and Public Policy and the Centre for India-Australia Studies at JGU hosted a Distinguished Public Lecture on "Governance and Capability" by Bob Smith, Management Consultant; Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Monash Asia Institute, Monash University, Australia; Adjunct Professor at School of Management, RMIT University, Australia; and National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration, Australia.
The Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities organised a workshop on "The Types of Therapies Used: A Cross-Border Comparison" with Ritika Kochar, freelance play therapist, Saumya Sharan, Consultant Psychologist, The Shri Ram School, New Delhi and Catherine Gatua, Doctoral Research Fellow, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences.
The Centre for Law and Humanities hosted a Public Lecture on "Was There a Temple Under the Babri Masjid?: Reading the Archaeological 'Evidence'" by Supriya Varma, Associate Professor, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.
SOCH, a student initiative at the Jindal School of Government and Public Policy, hosted a book discussion on "The Burning Forest: India's War in Bastar" by Nandini Sundar, Professor of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University.
The Jindal School of Journalism & Communication, hosted a Public Lecture on "Social Impact of Community Radio" by Esther S. Kar, IIS, Director General, Media and Communication, Press Information Bureau.
The Centre for Health Law, Ethics and Technology at JGU organised a talk on "Rethinking Touch: Discussing Caste and Sexuality" by Vikramaditya Sahai, genderqueer activist, and Dhrubo Jyoti, journalist working on issues of caste, gender and sexuality, as part of the Fourth Sexuality, Law and Society Lecture and Conversation Series 2017.
The Jindal Global Law School organised a Public Lecture on "Value, Worth and the Commons: An Environmental Justice Perspective" by Nityanand Jayaraman, environmental journalist, writer, activist and Adjunct Faculty, Asian College of Journalism, Chennai.
The Centre for Public Law and Jurisprudence hosted a talk on "Judicial Review and Money Bills" by Pratik Datta, Researcher, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi.
The Jindal School of Government and Public Policy organised a talk on "Rising Inequality in India: Why Does It Matter?" by Nisha Agarwal, CEO, Oxfam India, as part of the School's Open Lecture Series.
The Centre for Law and Humanities hosted an Author's Talk and Book Discussion on "Attendant Lords: Bairam Khan and Abdur Rahim, Courtiers and Poets in Mughal India" by T.C.A. Raghavan, Former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan and Singapore.
The Centre for Health Law, Ethics and Technology at JGU organised a talk on "Challenges Faced by Transmen and Transwomen Post Nalsa: Critical Reflections" by Aarav Singh, programme staff member, Transgender Welfare Equity and Empowerment Trust (TWEET), India, and Nirvair Kaur, transgender activist and programme manager, TWEET India, as part of the Fourth Sexuality, Law and Society Lecture and Conversation Series 2017.
The Jindal School of Government and Public Policy organised a talk on "India's Journey Towards Universal Health Care: Some Critical Reflections" by Indranil Mukhopadhyay, Research Scientist and Assistant Professor, Public Health Foundation of India, Delhi, as part of the School's Open Lecture Series.
The Centre for Public Law and Jurisprudence held the second talk in the Public Law Conversation Series with Khagesh Gautam, Associate Professor and Assistant Director, Centre on Public Law and Jurisprudence, presenting his paper on "Martial Law in India: The Deployment of Military Under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958", in conversation with Alexander Christoph Fischer, Associate Professor and Executive Director, Centre on Public Law and Jurisprudence.
The Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities organised a Tango workshop and special performance by Kiran Sawhney, a professionally trained Argentine Tango teacher.
The Centre for Health Law, Ethics and Technology at JGU organised a talk on "Law and Lives: Discussing the Impact of Law on the LBT Community" by Rituparna Borah, Co-founder of Nazariya, a queer feminist resource group, as part of the Fourth Sexuality, Law and Society Lecture and Conversation Series 2017.
Students of the Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities organised an edition of "Relay for Life" on the JGU campus. Relay for Life is the world’s largest movement to end cancer. Initiated by the American Cancer Society, the Relay For Life event brings together people from communities across the world to raise awareness about the disease. Proceeds from the event went directly to the Indian Cancer Society.
The Centre for Law and Humanities hosted a talk on "The 'Sporting' Parsi and the Making of Indian Cricket: Colonial Bombay, 1875-1915" by Prashant Kidambi, Associate Professor in Colonial Urban History, Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester, UK.
The Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities hosted an Author's Talk and Book Discussion on "India's New Independent Cinema: Rise of the Hybrid" by Ashvin I. Devasundaram, Lecturer, World Cinema, Queen Mary University of London.
The Center for IP and Technology Law at JGU hosted a discussion to mark World Intellectual Property Day. The theme for the 2017 World Intellectual Property Day was "Innovation – Improving Lives".
SOCH, a student initiative at the Jindal School of Government and Public Policy, hosted a fim screening of "Flames of Freedom: The Ichchapur Declaration" and interaction with the filmmaker Subrat Kumar Sahu, an independent filmmaker, journalist, and researcher. The film documents a spontaneous uprising of Shudras (Dalits, Adivasis, and OBCs) against age-old, Brahmanic-Feudalism in the village of Ichchapur in Odisha’s Kalahandi district.
The Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities organised an Open Lecture on "Emotional Strategies in Krishna Bhakti" by Galina Rosseva-Sokolova, Associate Professor, Sofia University, Bulgaria, and Visiting Faculty, JGU.
The International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building and the Centre for Comparative and Global Education at JGU hosted a research seminar on "Pedagogies of Difference: A Processual Framework for Re-orienting Professional Education in the 21st Century" by Group Captain V. Krishnappa (Retd.), Doctoral Research Fellow, Jindal Global Business School, as part of Thinking Thursdays: IIHEd Research Seminar Series.
The Centre for India-Australia Studies at JGU hosted a Distinguished Panel Discussion on "Developments in Defamation Law: A Comparison between India and Australia" with Richard L. Mitry, Co-founder and Partner, Mitry Lawyers, Australia, and Sarim Naved, Partner, Srivastava, Naved & Parashar Partners, New Delhi.
The Centre for Health Law, Ethics and Technology hosted the Annual Lecture in collaboration with the Centre for Public Law and Jurisprudence on "BDSM, Consent and Social Justice" with Jaya Sharma, feminist, queer and kinky activist working on issues of gender, education, sexuality and violence, and Manish, activist with the Kinky Collective.
The Centre for Middle East Studies at JGU hosted a Distinguished Public Lecture on "Saudi-India Relations: Past, Present and Future" by His Excellency Dr. Saud Bin Mohammed Al-Sati, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to India.
The Centre for Public Law and Jurisprudence at JGU organised an Academic Colloquium on "Judicial Reasoning and Judicial Behaviour: A Study of the Supreme Court of India".
The Centre for International Trade and Economic Laws at JGU in collaboration with the University of New South Wales hosted the Inaugural Conference of the South Asia International Economic Law Network.
The International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building at JGU hosted an Open House on the Aspire India Scholars Programme (AISP) Summer School. The two-week Summer School will be held on 16-30 June 2017 and is designed to mentor high school students (IX, X, XI & XII Standard) through their crucial transition from high school to higher education.