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.