The Cornell Law School, USA inaugurated the Cornell India Law Center (CILC) with its institutional partner Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) on 7 February 2020 at the Hotel Ambassador, New Delhi. This was followed by a distinguished lecture on “Transforming India’s Justice System: Proposals for Reform” delivered by Dr. Abhishek M. Singhvi, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India; Member of Parliament, India. Hon’ble Mr. Justice Arjan K. Sikri Former Judge, Supreme Court of India; International Judge, Singapore International Commercial Court delivered a presidential address.
The welcome address and introduction about the CILC was given by Professor Sital Kalantry, Clinical Professor of Law, Cornell Law School & Faculty Director, CILC. Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor of JGU addressed the audience on the evolution of the Cornell-India partnership. Professor Dipika Jain, Vice Dean (Research), JGLS delivered the vote of thanks.
Bios of the Speakers:
Dr. Abhishek Singhvi
Dr. Singhvi is an eminent jurist, parliamentarian, visible media personality, well known columnist, author and commentator. (MP; National Spokesperson, Congress; former Chairman, Parliamentary Committee on Law; eminent jurist; former Addl Solicitor General, India; former Chairman, AICC Law & Human Rights Department; writer, speaker, thinker, well known media personality. He is a Member of Parliament; the senior most National Spokesperson of the Congress Party; the youngest designated Senior Advocate, Supreme Court (at age 34); a former and youngest Additional Solicitor General of India (ASG) (at 37) and former elected Vice President, Supreme Court Bar Association. Abhishek Manu Singhvi is currently the Chairman of the AICC All India Law and Human Rights Department and Chairman, Parliamentary Committee on Law, Justice, Personnel & Grievances. He was formerly Vice Chairman of Congress’ Media Department. His qualifications are: B.A.(Hons.), M.A., Ph.D., PIL Educated at St. Columba’s School, Delhi, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, Trinity College, University of Cambridge, U.K. and Havard University, U.S.A. He topped India at the school leaving Indian School Certificate exam and did BA Economics Hons, St Stephen’s College, and MA and PhD from Trinity College, Cambridge, UK. He also taught at St. John’s College, Cambridge and did a summer program, PIL, from Harvard, USA. He has lectured to student/faculty groups and general audiences at Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Boston MIT and George Washington Universities, to NGOs and think tanks (like Heritage Foundation, International Council of World Affairs in Washington, DC, USA) and addressed several international conferences, including those at Paris and Pakistan. Abhishek Manu Singhvi was conferred honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Amity, Rajasthan and Jain Viswa Bharati Universities. Abhishek Manu Singhvi is visiting Trumbull Lecturer at Yale University, USA in 2011.
Hon’ble Mr. Justice A.K. Sikri
Arjan Kumar Sikri (born 7 March 1954) is an eminent jurist and a former judge of the Supreme Court of India. He was sworn in as a Supreme Court judge on 12 April 2013. Earlier, he had served as the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. He retired as senior most puisne judge of Supreme Court of India on 6 March 2019. Presently, he is an International Judge, at the Singapore International Commercial Court, [SICC] Singapore Supreme Court, he was sworn in to the post on the 2nd of August 2019, by the President of Singapore. He is also the Chairperson of News Broadcasting Standards Authority. Sikri has an excellent academic record. He stood third in the merit list in Higher Secondary from CBSE, Delhi. He completed his B.Com. (Hons.) from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi in 1974. He completed his LL.B. from Faculty of Law, University of Delhi in 1977 and won a gold medal for attaining First position in LL.B. in Delhi University. He completed his LLM from Delhi University and stood first in the three-year course. Sikri was appointed as Judge of the High Court of Delhi in July, 1999 and has also served as the Acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court from 10 October 2011 before being elevated as the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court in September 2012.  in 2013 he was elevated to the Supreme Court of India.
Professor Sital Kalantry
Professor Kalantry is the Clinical Professor of Law at the Cornell Law School. Professor Sital Kalantry writes in the fields of comparative feminist legal theory, international human rights, and empirical studies of courts. Her scholarship seeks to identify how legal norms aimed at promoting human rights sometimes undermine gender and racial equality when they migrate across national borders. Informed by a decade of human rights practice in international and domestic courts, she uses interdisciplinary methods to understand what mechanisms best promote state compliance with international human rights. She also studies why judicial institutions, particularly in India, fail to effectively provide justice using empirical methodologies. In her book, Women’s Human Rights and Migration, she examines how regulations on migrant women are influenced by a contextual and limited knowledge about laws and practices in migrant-sending countries. She has argued for the need for a new transnational feminist approach drawing on comparative, empirical, and other methodologies. Her works have appeared in the Stanford Journal of International Law, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Cornell Journal of Public Policy, UCLA Journal of Law and Foreign Affairs, Human Rights Quarterly, the Nordic Journal of Human Rights, and a number of other peer-reviewed journals and university presses. Her opinion pieces have been published in the New York Times, Slate, the New York Daily News, and in other publications. She received a Fulbright-Nehru Research Scholar grant to conduct research on the Indian Supreme Court as well as several other awards and grants for her work. She is a regular media commentator on reproductive rights, human rights, surrogacy, and immigration. She serves as referee for a human rights journal and an academic press. She is on the editorial board of the Jindal Global Law Review and the Maharashtra National University Law Review.