Centre for Public Interest Law (CPIL)

The Centre for Public Interest Law provides an institutional space for research and advocacy on issues of public interest. It aims to bring together students and faculty at JGLS, with practitioners, lawyers and activists from outside to build empirical projects and policy interventions. CPIL is also mandated to offer clinical courses that focus on issues of socio-economic empowerment, equality and inclusion. 

The Centre offers an ideal point of collaboration and partnership with international and national projects, which involve empirically sound public interest research and advocacy. 

In the past, CPIL has been the fulcrum for legal clinics focusing on projects to help low-income individuals and expanding their legal skills. The Centre’s first project focused on poverty in Haryana. The project studied the causes and consequences of poverty to establish ways to provide relief to low-income individuals, and allowed students the opportunity to engage with legal issues surrounding poverty, including food security, homelessness and basic affronts to human dignity. From 2017 to 2020, CPIL provided space for an ambitious empirical research on housing discrimination in Delhi and Mumbai. In 2018-19, CPIL hosted a legal clinic of hate crime and criminal justice system.

 

CPIL is currently offering the year-long Clinic on Citizenship and Statelessness where the students are developing research outputs on citizenship issues in India and assessing the citizenship determination framework under international law. The recordings of the guest lectures delivered at the Clinic can be accessed through our website and YouTube.

Executive-Director

Mohsin Alam Bhat

Mohsin Alam Bhat



Research Fellows
Aashish Yadav

Aashish Yadav

Andrea Marilyn Pragashini Immanuel

Andrea Marilyn Pragashini Immanuel

Raushan Tara Jaswal

Raushan Tara Jaswal

Vandita Khanna

Vandita Khanna



Student Fellows

Anushri Uttarwar

Anushri Uttarwar

Student Fellow
Arunima Nair

Arunima Nair

Student Fellow
Yamini Mookherjee

Yamini Mookherjee

Student Fellow
Khush Aalam Singh

Khush Aalam Singh

Student Fellow
Jai Chander Brunner

Jai Chander Brunner

Student Fellow


Media Team

  • Vedika Kakar
  • Laxman Kanodia
  • Meghna Malik
 



CPIL has released its Securing Citizenship report on India’s legal obligations towards precarious citizens and stateless persons. The report reviews and comments on the key contemporary legal issues pertaining to citizenship and statelessness in India. The report can be accessed here.

To foster critical public engagement with the report, CPIL is hosting a series of events and symposia in collaboration with Parichay – The Blog. The flagship event will be a webinar, on 5th December 2020 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM (IST). The distinguished panelists below will discuss the key themes of the report.

 

Amal de Chickera | Co-Founder & Co-Director, Institute on Statelessness & Inclusion

Sujata Ramachandran | Research Associate, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo

Oliullah Laskar | Advocate, Gauhati High Court and Founding Member, Right to Nationality & Citizenship Network

 

The discussion will be moderated by Mohsin Alam Bhat – Associate Professor & Executive-Director, Centre for Public Interest Law.

 

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