The Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law is a public law school and a National Law University located in Patiala, Punjab, India. It was established in 2006 by the Punjab Government as a university dedicated to the field of Legal Education. The first vice-chancellor of the University was Gurjit Singh.
About the Centre
The Centre for Advanced Studies in Human Rights (‘CASIHR’) is a research centre under the aegis of the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab (‘RGNUL’). The Centre’s primary objective is to undertake, support and promote advanced study and interdisciplinary research on the emerging trends in human rights and its allied fields.
About the Blog
The Human Rights Blog is an egalitarian space welcoming original contributions involving critical interdisciplinary research on human rights developments across the world. It aims to initiate and promote dialogue, discussion and discourse between various actors and stakeholders in the field of human rights. It intends to provide an accessible forum for timely, relevant, well-researched, and edited scholarly articles. It is based on a contributor-based model.
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About the Theme
Nearly every country in the world identifies itself as a democracy. The notion of what modern democracy is has come a long way from its conception in the 1700s, widening discourse on rights and effective and just governance. Though democratic ideals have evolved over the centuries, it remains imperative that we analyse our democracies critically.
Egregious human rights abuses continue to take place in the democracies of the world. Whether it be state-sponsored torture, extrajudicial killings, flawed electoral processes, or discriminatory legislations, the modern democracies of the world have in many ways, failed ideas they purport to hold. The lacunae in these democratic institutions of the State have led to unequal, divided, and oppressed societies.
The need now is for solutions to the problems that democracy has not been able to solve. A solution-based approach through intelligent and rights-centric lawmaking will be an important step in ensuring that countries are able to better fulfil their democratic ideals. Jurisprudence and legal precedent also give us an important insight into the flaws within and the requirements from a system that claims to be democratic. Only once systems that entrench abuse, bigotry, and unfairness are removed, will democracies succeed.
The special series on undemocratic democracies hopes to further discourse on this subject and provide new insight into where such literature is lacking.
- Electoral Laws: The Legal and Political Intricacies of Representation in Democracies
- The institutionalisation of Racism, Casteism and Sexism: Legal Analysis
- Models for Effective Decentralisation: A Rights Perspective
- India and the Erosion of Separation of Powers: Judicial Overreach and Delegated Legislation
- Policing and Due Process in Modern Democracy
- Reformative and Punitive Justice: A Jurisprudential Analysis
- The Relevance of Uniform Personal Laws in Diverse Democracies
- Namesake Democracies: A Comparative Analysis
- Fair and Effective Implementation of Welfare Policies
- A Democratic Response to Refugee Crises in the 21st Century
The sub-themes are only illustrative, and submissions are not restricted to the aforementioned sub-themes, provided that they fall within the ambit of the main theme.
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