Caste in legal education: A survey of law schools in Delhi

Dalwai, Sameena (2018) Caste in legal education: A survey of law schools in Delhi. Asian Journal of Legal Education, 5 (1). pp. 60-75. ISSN 23220058

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This article considers the connection between legal education and imparting of justice vis-à-vis caste crimes in India. It argues that failure of law to offer justice to survivors of caste crimes is linked with the failure of legal education to offer an understanding of caste and gender to its students. From a survey of three law schools in Delhi NCR, this article raises questions about the knowledge of caste that law students possess. It examines this data in the light of what must be known and taught to the future lawyers to prepare them as unbiased and effective officers of law. The article begins with an anthology of caste crimes in the past few decades, setting off a detailed discussion on why understanding caste is
imperative to justice machinery in India and hence to legal education.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Caste | Legal education | Law school | Delhi
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Mr Sombir Dahiya
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2021 05:37
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2021 05:53
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Additional Information: I wish to thank my student research assistants for their invaluable help during this long-drawn research, along with their cheerful company and unfailing faith in me: Deep Prabhu and Krishaal Makreja for the initial literature review, Utsav Lohia and Raghu Vinayak Sinha for playing with data in Excel, Amala Dasarthi and Kopal Raje for ideas, conversations and organization of thoughts and, lastly, Asmita Singh for help in tying the loose ends of these written pages.


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