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Speaker Series: October 18

indiaResponding to the Challenges of Corruption, Human Rights and Rule of Law: Reforms in Legal Education and the Establishment of India's First Global Law School

Monday, October 18, 2010, 5:00 pm
Pound 204, Harvard Law School

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Professor C. Raj Kumar
Vice Chancellor, O.P. Jindal Global University, Delhi

Professor Kumar will discuss the challenges of corruption and its implications for the protection and promotion of human rights in India. India's effort to establish a rule of law society is inextricably connected to its ability to confront corruption and the need for upholding human rights. The talk will juxtapose the establishment of India's first global law school with the need for reforms in legal education as the foundation for building a society based on the rule of law. Reforms in legal education and the legal profession are integrally connected to the efforts of building a rule of law society in India. Professor Kumar will provide insights into the establishment of India's first global law school and the promise it holds for seeking higher standards in legal education and the legal profession. In particular, he talk will reflect on the importance of legal scholarship and research and the need for understanding issues relating to access to justice in India through rigourous academic research and publications.

Professor C. Raj Kumar spearheaded the initiative to establish the O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU), India’s first global law school, the Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) and India’s first multi-disciplinary global business school, Jindal Global Business School in India in the National Capital Region of Delhi (Sonipat, Haryana). He is the Vice Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University and the Dean of the Jindal Global Law School. Professor Kumar is a Member of the National Legal Knowledge Council (NLKC) and a Honorary Consultant to the National Human Rights Commission in India. He was a faculty member at the City University of Hong Kong, where he has taught for many years. He was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, UK, where he obtained his Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) degree; a Landon Gammon Fellow at the Harvard Law School, USA, where he obtained his Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree and a James Souverine Gallo Memorial Scholar at the Harvard University. He also obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from the University of Delhi, India; and a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) degree from the Loyola College of the University of Madras, India.

Professor Kumar's areas of specialisation, include, human rights and development, terrorism and national security, corruption and governance, law and disaster management, comparative constitutional law and legal education. He has nearly hundred publications to his credit and has published widely in journals and law reviews in Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan and USA, some of which are the American University International Law Review, Asia Pacific Law Review, Australian Journal of Asian Law, Columbia Journal of Asian Law, Corporate Governance International,Denver Journal of International Law & Policy, Hong Kong Lawyer, Human Rights Quarterly, Indian Journal of Criminology, Indian Journal of Public Administration, ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law, Journal of the International Peace Research Institute, Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review, Michigan State Journal of International Law, New England Journal of International and Comparative Law, Proceedings of the American Society of International Law, San Diego International Law Journal, Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law, and Tulsa Journal of Comparative and International Law. Professor Kumar is the Co-Editor in Chief of the Jindal Global Law Review (JGLR), the flagship of the Jindal Global Law School. The commemorative issue of the JGLR (Volume 1, Issue 1, September 2009) was published recently. His three co-edited books are Human Rights and Development: Law, Policy and Governance (2006) published by LexisNexis, Butterworths; Tsunami and Disaster Management: Law and Governance (2006) published by Sweet & Maxwell Thomson; and Human Rights, Justice and Constitutional Empowerment (2007) published by the Oxford University Press (OUP). He has contributed shorter articles in newspapers and magazines published from Hong Kong, India and the UK, which include, South China Morning Post, The Standard, Frontline, The Hindu, The Pioneer and Open Democracy. He has been interviewed on issues relating to human rights and governance by the media in Hong Kong and Japan, including radio and television, which include, Star News & ATV (both TV), and RTHK & NHK (both Radio). 

Professor Kumar has held consultancy assignments in the field of human rights and governance. He has been a Consultant to the United Nations University (UNU), Tokyo; United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); and the International Council for Human Rights Policy (ICHRP), Geneva. He has advised the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) in Sri Lanka and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in India on issues relating to corruption and good governance. Professor Kumar is an Attorney at Law and is admitted to the Bar Council of Delhi, India and the Bar of the State of New York, USA.

Co-sponsored with East Asian Legal Studies and International Legal Studies.

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