Centre For Post Graduate Legal Studies

Public Interest Law

The Centre for Public Interest Law provides an institutional space for research and advocacy on issues of public interest. It aims to bring together students and faculty at JGLS, with practitioners, lawyers and activists from outside to build empirical projects and policy interventions. CPIL is also mandated to offer clinical courses that focus on issues of socio-economic empowerment, equality and inclusion.

In the past, CPIL has been the fulcrum for legal clinics focusing on projects to help low-income individuals and expanding their legal skills. The Centre’s first project focused on poverty in Haryana. The project studied the causes and consequences of poverty to establish ways to provide relief to low-income individuals, and allowed students the opportunity to engage with legal issues surrounding poverty, including food security, homelessness and basic affronts to human dignity.

CPIL is currently the institutional base for the legal clinic on hate crimes. It is also the node for the ongoing research on housing discrimination.

The Centre offers an ideal point of collaboration and partnership with international and national projects, which involve empirically sound public interest research and advocacy.

For the Centre’s research, see ‘Housing Discrimination Project’ and ‘Hate Crimes and Criminal Justice System’.

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Research Positions – Housing Discrimination Project

The Housing Discrimination Project is an independent research project based out of the Centre for Public Interest Law, Jindal Global Law School (Jindal Global University, Sonepat). It is conducting an empirical study of social exclusion in the rental housing market in Delhi and Mumbai. We are looking for research associates for the months of October 2018-March 2019 for our field research in Mumbai. The field research will be in specific residential locations and involves the use of ethnographic methods to understand forms and mechanisms of exclusion from rental housing. Researchers will be provided requisite support and guidance. We can accommodate both full-time and part-time researchers (minimum 15 hours/week). A stipend (Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 35,000) will be provided based on the number of hours of work and experience of the candidate. Those interested may email their resumes, and statement of purpose and experience to mabhat@jgu.edu.in and asafalilone@gmail.com. We are receiving applications on a rolling basis until September 15, 2018.