This interdisciplinary research seminar (Q-Team) is designed to study issues of legal pluralism in India through the lens of gender.
India is a country that reflects the coexistence of a multiplicity of beliefs, customs and traditions. This diversity perpetuates the functioning of dispute resolution systems, laws and practices with varying degrees of authority. In choosing gender to understand India’s multi-layered society, we wish to examine this issue through four clear frames:
1. Religion based family law ("personal laws") or a Uniform Civil Code for India?: Thinking through questions of identity, politics and opportunity
2. Making law for women: Learning from women’s movements and civil society organizations in India
3. Exploring official and unofficial dispute resolution forums and their engagement with women’s rights in India
4. Policy-making: Untangling the web of institutions prescribing policy on gender justice in India
This seminar is designed to encourage students to undertake individual research projects. It will involve a series of introductory teaching seminars, followed by individual work and teamwork on specific research questions, the writing of a paper and the presentation of the individual projects among other students and researchers.