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Mission Statement: Centre on Public Law and Jurisprudence (CPLJ)

Mission Statement: Centre on Public Law and Jurisprudence (CPLJ)

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Mission Statement of the Centre on Public Law and Jurisprudence (CPLJ), at JGLS located in NCR of Delhi. INDIA.
Mission Statement of the Centre on Public Law and Jurisprudence (CPLJ), at JGLS located in NCR of Delhi. INDIA.

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Centre on Public Law & Jurisprudence
 THE CENTRE ON PUBLIC LAW AND JURISPRUDENCE (CPLJ) at JINDAL GLOBAL LAWSCHOOL (JGLS)approaches the disciplines of public law and interdisciplinary jurisprudence as windows onto larger questions of culture and society. Since a trulyGlobal Law School must traverse the hemispheres of thought and not only those drawnon maps, the CPLJ has been established at the newly-builtOP JINDAL GLOBALUNIVERSITY (JGU)in the National Capital Region of India as a resource and destinationfor world-renowned scholars and public intellectuals. JGU and JGLS are non-profitinitiatives without precedent in Asian higher education. Established through a uniquephilanthropic vision, they are world-class research institutions in service to the publicinterest. The CPLJ will fulfill its public mission while promoting collaboration for thedevelopment of a multi-disciplinary JGU in the coming years.
Faculty and Staff 
Assistant Director
Vivek (Vik) KanwarB.A. Hons. (New College), J.D. (Northeastern), LL.M. (New York University)
Prof. Kanwar’s published and ongoing writings concern “the legal sources of lethalforce” and resources for regulating coercion in public and private law. His expertiseencompasses public law aspects of International, national, and local law,international humanitarian law and national security law. His writings also drawinsights from contemporary philosophy, intellectual history, social theory and thehumanities. With the CPLJ, he is pursuing the concept of public law through detailedcase studies involving legal pluralism and normative-coercive systems. Ongoingprojects include work on the concepts of “necessity” and "salus populi" in variouslegal systems.
Assistant Director
Abhayraj NaikB.A.LL.B. Hons. (NLSIU Bangalore), LL.M. (Yale)Prof. Naik’s research interests include legal theory, law and society, philosophy of law, law and language, and the fundamentals of tort and contract law. His currentresearch projects focus on interdisciplinary studies of privacy and forgiveness. He isalso interested in traditional Asian systems of thought and jurisprudential andethical issues involving science and technology.
 To solve urgent problems and meditate on long-term solutions forcontroversies that have arisen within both contemporary jurisprudence andthe practice of public law
 To publish scholarly works, contributing to knowledge of selected areas: (1)the Structural Crisis of Indian Courts, (2) Legal Pluralism and Informal DisputeResolution, and (3) the Boundaries of Public Law.
 To lend interdisciplinary expertise to urgent problems of democracy and ruleof law
 To recover lost strands of legal theory and formulate novel points of entryinto jurisprudential issues.
 The CPLJ brings together, for the first time in India, legal scholars who take theoryseriously as an endeavor that touches on everyday experience. The Centre’sresearchers are supported by an International Advisory Board composed of themost distinguished and innovative scholars in public law and jurisprudence, andaided by motivated graduatestudents and research associates committed to gainmastery over specific fields of inquiry. By engaging with broad knowledgecommunities (economists, anthropologists, scientists, journalists, cultural theorists,community leaders, administrative bodies, ethicists, judges, and theologians,
among others) the CPLJ is committed to bring interdisciplinary discussions on publiclaw and jurisprudence into the mainstream of popular discourse and public policy.
In its first two years, the Centre will focus upon three inter-relatedproblems of public law in India: (1) the Structural Crisis of Delayed Justice, (2A) Legal Pluralism and Informal Dispute Resolution and (3)The Boundaries of Public Law. These Research Areas combineconcrete engagement and normative reflection on concepts of public law:Area 1: The Normative Dimension of India’s Crisis of Delayed Justice
 The most salient problem for the administration of Justice in India is thedelay and backlog in criminal and civil cases at every level from lower courtsto the Supreme Court. This problem has been the subject of numerousreform efforts and proposals including increasing judicial strength (thoughe.g., centralism, increased numbers or improved technology) changes inprocedure (e.g., plea bargaining), and experiments in informal justice(alternative dispute resolution, the Lok Adalat movement, village arbitration).What has received almost no attention within India or outside is the crucialnormative dimension, a framework for understanding the duties of publicentities that should guide any range of options. Should legitimacy beassessed against the ends (substantive outcomes)? Should the expectationthat litigants are provided “adequate and timely relief” be understood as asubjective right or a duty of public entities? How do the obligations of theState guide the assessment of solutions? How should apex courts andlegislatures conceive of or ensure their legitimacy as ultimate arbiters of even those options that fall outside of the public law framework? Whatguidance has the Supreme Court given to date on the issue? The CPLJ willconvene lectures, workshops, and working groups to evolve a commonframework to assess the systemic crisis as well as legal and policyalternatives that have been attempted or may be formulated.

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