The Cornell India Law Center is dedicated to promoting the study of Indian law and policy in the U.S. legal academy.
As the largest democracy in the world, India has a rich constitutional tradition and jurisprudence that lends itself to comparative legal studies. India and United States are both pluralistic, democratic, and common law systems. Yet, historically only disciplines in the humanities and social sciences have engaged in the study of India.
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Law programs in India have undergone significant change in the last decade and law professors are increasingly focusing on producing scholarship. We work with law schools in India to promote legal education and mentor emerging law scholars.
Based in the Cornell Law School, the Center hosts distinguished speakers and conferences of legal scholars and lawyers from India and the United States. We provide housing and a small stipend for legal scholars from India to visit Cornell Law School to conduct research and interact with our faculty. To build legal capacity, Cornell Law faculty regularly teach at a newly established university outside of New Delhi. Cornell Law School has developed an innovative fast-track dual degree program with Jindal Global Law University where students are able to complete both an Indian law degree and American law degree in two years less time than it would otherwise take.
We seek to promote engagement with India among future lawyers. Students enrolled in the International Human Rights Clinic travel to India to conduct research on human rights projects. Cornell Law School has also a dedicated and fully-funded summer internship for Cornell Law Students to work at a public interest center during their summer.
Our programs promote the study of Indian law in the United States legal academy, foster collaborations among Indian and American law scholars, encourage student engagement in Indian legal studies.
Based in the Cornell Law School, the Center is guided by an internationally-acclaimed Board of Advisors. Leading law scholars who study India are affiliated with the Center. The Center is managed by Sital Kalantry, the Faculty Director, and a dedicated program assistant and law school and undergraduate interns.
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