The Law, Society and Culture
Programme expands and reinvigorates interdisciplinarity in legal
studies, seeking to impact pedagogic and research practices in
institutions of higher education, especially in India.
Vision and Objectives:
The CSCS LSCP recognises the significance, of law as a 'professional'
body of knowledge emphasisizing the primacy of 'black letter law',
as well as the view of law as primarily a means of providing justice
to the disempowered and marginalized. However its own focus is
primarily to engage with law as an important and unique knowledge
resource that helps us rethink and theorise human societies as
well as human behaviour and processes.
The broader objectives of
the programme are:
1. To contribute to
the overall process of interdisciplinarity in legal studies across
Asia, especially in South Asia;
2. To engage with and intervene in the pedagogic practices of
law with a view to generating acceptance and legitimacy for interdisciplinary
approaches to study and teach law;
3. To carry forward the research agenda of the law and society
movement and contribute to its reinvigoration and expansion especially
among the emerging law institutions;
4. To contribute to setting new research agendas that help rethink
and contextualise legal pedagogy in the Indian scenario;
5. To contribute to the formation of peer groups among researchers,
teachers and students to foster sustained spaces of interdisciplinary
6. To generate a public resource for knowledge on law-society
culture in India and South Asia;
7. To collaborate with other institutions, both at the national
as well as international levels.
Current Thrust Areas: The LSCP currently has three thrust
areas of research and teaching:
(i) Asian Constitutionalisms;
(ii) Law and Cultural Diversity; and
(iii) Indian Traditions of Legal Thought.
However, these are indicative and the programme is not confined
to these areas alone. The LSCP is also currently working around
the themes of 'comparative constitutional cultures' and 'grassroots
constitutionalism in India'. Two topics, 'Contextualising human
rights teaching and research in India' and 'Civil society and
grassroots legal cultures' are currently being pursued as project
LSCP Faculty: Dr.
Kakarakla Sitharamam, Senior Fellow.
to Ongoing Projects