The implementation of domicile reservations in various National Law Universities (NLUs) has raised pertinent questions surrounding constitutional principles and the future of Indian legal education. These questions include whether domicile reservations have led to a more accessible and inclusive legal education, and whether the beneficiaries stay back to work in their domiciled states. This is complicated by the differential application of this quota across different NLUs and its interaction with the already existing affirmative action policies – some NLUs provide domicile reservation solely to students admitted via the SC/ST and OBC categories, while others accord it horizontally across all categories. This necessitates a perusal of the contribution of domicile reservation in furthering inclusivity and constitutional values (aiding the state and benefiting the disadvantaged groups in remote areas of the state), as well as a scrutiny of its constitutionality itself.
The two-part panel discussion on Constitution, Domicile, and Inclusivity in Indian Legal Education, organised by the NLSIU Kautilya Society, a legal policy collective supported by the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, aims to analyse these questions in the context of its recently-published research brief on the issue of residency or domicile-based affirmative action in National Law Universities. The discussions will be held online, in the Zoom webinar format.
The first panel will extensively discuss the constitutional law and policy questions around domicile reservation in NLUs. The second panel will look at general inclusivity-oriented reforms in Indian legal education and the role domicile reservations can play in it.
Panel Discussion 1
Constitutional Issues Surrounding Domicile Reservation in National Law Universities
- Mr. C.K. Nandakumar: Senior Advocate in the High Court of Karnataka with 15 years of experience and was directly involved in the NLSIU Domicile Reservation case.
- Prof. (Dr.) G. Mohan Gopal: ex-Director (Vice-Chancellor) of NLSIU. He is a former Director of the National Judicial Academy of the Supreme Court of India and Chair of the National Court Management Systems Committee.
- Prof. Sidharth Chauhan: Professor at NALSAR, Hyderabad, where he is also pursuing his Ph.D. He holds an LLM in Constitutional Law and Legal Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. [Moderator]
Panel Discussion 2
Inclusive Legal Education Reforms
- Prof. (Dr.) Amita Dhanda: Professor Emerita at NALSAR, Hyderabad. She has extensively researched, and assisted the Central Government and the Supreme Court, on the topic of legal and policy reform in the field of disability rights.
- Mr. Alok Kumar: Co-Founder of the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy and Lead, Vidhi Karnataka. He is a 2008 graduate of NALSAR, Hyderabad and obtained his BCL from the University of Oxford in 2009.
- Ms. Svetlana Correya: Executive Director at IDIA Karnataka. She was a Bertha Fellow with the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights, Berlin and has worked extensively on human rights litigation and capacity building programmes for diverse audiences.
- Ms. Adeeba Rahman: Director at IDIA Karnataka.
- Mr. Husain Aanis Khan: 2021 graduate of Jamia Millia Islamia University and is currently a Research Fellow at the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy. [Moderator]
To register, click here. We look forward to your enthusiastic participation!
Click here to access the research brief dealing with this issue – Domicile Reservations in National Law Universities.
Categories: Legislation and Government Policy