As the largest democracy in the world, India has a rich constitutional tradition and jurisprudence that lends itself to comparative legal studies. India and United States are both pluralistic, democratic, and common law systems. Yet, historically only disciplines in the humanities and social sciences have engaged in the study of India.
Law programs in India have undergone significant change in the last decade and law professors are increasingly focusing on producing scholarship. We work with law schools in India to promote legal education and mentor emerging law scholars.
Founded at Cornell Law School in 2019, and now based out of Seattle University School of Law since July 2021, the India Center for Law and Justice hosts distinguished speakers and conferences of legal scholars and lawyers from India and the United States. We provide housing and a small stipend for legal scholars from India to visit Seattle University School of Law to conduct research and interact with our faculty. Seattle University School of Law will be commencing innovative fast-track dual degree programs with leading law schools in India where students are able to complete both an Indian law degree and American law degree in two years less time than it would otherwise take.
We seek to promote engagement with India among future lawyers. Students working with the center will travel to India to conduct research on human rights projects.