Left to Right – Associate Professor Vijaya Nagarajan (MLS); Associate Professor Archana Parashar (MLS) , Professor Amita Dhanda (NALSAR University of Law), and Professor Gerard Quinn (Nui Galway University)
Left to Right – Associate Professor Vijaya Nagarajan (MLS); Associate Professor Archana Parashar (MLS) , Professor Amita Dhanda (NALSAR University of Law), and Professor Gerard Quinn (Nui Galway University)

Accelerating the pace of reform

Over the first two weeks in October 2016, Dr Vijaya Nagarajan and Dr Archana Parashar were at NALSAR University of Law in India as part of the Government of India’s Global Initiative of Academic Networks. This network is aimed at bringing internationally recognized academics to Indian universities for collaborative research and to accelerate the pace of reform.

During their time at NALSAR, Vijaya and Archana engaged in diverse scholarly activities. Vijaya held seminars on Modern Corporate Governance attended by staff and students from universities across India. It provided the opportunity to assess the effectiveness of recently introduced companies legislation wherein India has taken a courageous step to mandate that large companies must allocate 2% of profits to CSR and must to appoint at least one woman director. The seminars allowed participants to consider how the regulator and the Courts may enforce the law, and the potential for the legislation to regulate the conduct of global corporations which are investing heavily in the Indian economy.

Archana held seminars on contemporary legal theory and its relevance for redesigning legal education. The seminars were attended by students from across universities in India and staff. These seminars engaged the participants in thinking how personal and institutional responsibility for a fair legal system is interdependent. They also enabled all participants to assess how legal education can create more socially responsible and ethical law persons. The ideas in this course had a broader impact in that they equipped the participants to critique all areas of law.

Vijaya and Archana also participated a multi disciplinary panel discussions attended that attracted a large audience. The panel was on reconciling fundamental rights of religious freedoms and gender equality, which will resonate across the world as we continue accommodate diverse religious practices in multicultural societies.