Tarunabh Khaitan

August 3, 2018 was a proud day for the Law and Other Things (LAOT) family. One of the former editors of the blog, Dr. Tarunabh Khaitan, received the inaugural Letten prize for his work on equality and non-discrimination. Dr. Khaitan emerged as a winner out of five shortlisted candidates from a pool of 200 applicants….

J. Vineet Saran, J. K.M. Joseph and J. Indira Banerjee were administered oath on 7th August 2018. This set of appointments has been in news for a variety of reasons including the alleged role of the government in compromising the seniority of J K.M. Joseph. However, these appointments are also important from a routinely overlooked…

I recently wrote 3 guest posts for the Indian Constitutional Law and Philosophy blog reflecting on the legal journey of section 377, culminating in the just-concluded hearings in the Supreme Court.  In the first post, titled “Inclusive Pluralism or Majoritarian Nationalism”, I argued that the Court should use an expansive reading of Article 15 when…

India’s new trafficking bill relies exclusively on the stick to achieve its goals. It will fail. Smt Maneka Gandhi, the Indian minister for women & child development, is likely to table ‘The Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill 2018’ (hereafter, the bill) in the monsoon session of parliament scheduled to take place be-tween…

In this report we aim to analyse the socio-economic impact of judicial delay on the affected parties (such as, under-trial prisoners, corporations, government) and on the subject matter of the dispute (such as, property, education, environment). Analyses of the socio-economic impact of delay should use data to support findings, and contributions should also suggest solutions…

This post is the fourth in a loosely-linked set of posts on colonial continuity in the Indian judiciary. Previous posts can be found here, here and here. In my previous post on India’s ‘British judges’ after Independence, I noted that the assumption of a rigid racial dichotomy between coloniser and colonised replicates colonial assumptions of…

Following the footprints of state governments in Karnataka and Odisha, Rajasthan state government has also proposed to extend domicile reservation in National Law University, Jodhpur. Last year, an amendment bill which provided for reserving 50% of seats in National Law School of India University, Bangalore for the residents of Karnataka was passed by the legislative…

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 (‘the Bill’), has failed the transgender community, and severely waters down the guarantees of the NALSA judgement. (Its several critiques can be found here and here). One provision, in particular – that of a screening committee- is a blatant violation of their right to self-identification recognised by…

2017 was a rather eventful year of the Supreme Court of India which delivered some important and unexpected judgments. The year also witnessed the retirement of 4 judges including 2 Chief Justices and appointment of 5 additional judges to the court. Most remarkably however was the later part of the year which witnessed extraordinary accusations…