Speaker Series

The India Center for Law and Justice hosts distinguished speakers from the United States, India and around the world including Indian Supreme Court judges and academic scholars. The topics include constitutional law, contract law, corporate law, and human rights law. The former U.S. Ambassador to India, Richard Verma, was the Center’s inaugural speaker in September 2019. Other distinguished lecturers include Associate Professor Ananya Vajpeyi, Associate Fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Vikram Khanna, William W. Cook Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School, and Priya Gupta, Professor of Law, Southwestern University Law School.

Recorded Lectures

Reproductive Justice During COVID-19 and Beyond: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Policy in India and the United States

State responses to COVID-19 have revealed that many national governments are not prioritizing access to safe abortion and other reproductive health care services, despite their vital importance to ensure the well being of all persons. Read more >


The Threat to the Unity and Territorial Integrity of India: The Dangers and Implications of Unravelling the Constitutional Minority Rights Package

On February 17, 2020, Joshua Castellino gave a guest lecture titled, “The Threat to the Unity and Territorial Integrity of India: The Dangers and Implications of Unraveling the Constitutional Minority Rights Package” for the Center. Read more >


35 Years After Bhopal: Lessons Learned?

The Center co-hosted the Berger Current Events Colloquium “35 Years After Bhopal: Lessons Learned?” on November 15, 2019. Read more >


The Gurgaon’s Real (Estate) Dreamworld: Governing India’s Millennium City into Financial Capitalism

In partnership with the Berger International Speaker Series, the Center hosted Priya Gupta for a guest lecture on November 5, 2019, titled, “The Gurgaon’s Real (Estate) Dreamworld: Governing India’s Millennium City into Financial Capitalism.” Read more >


Dismantling India’s Anti-Sodomy Law – A People’s Journey in India

Cornell Law School alum, Vivek Divan, presented his lecture, “Dismantling India’s Anti-Sodomy Law – A People’s Journey in India” on November 12, 2019. Read more >


The Crisis in Kashmir: History, Politics and the Law

On October 23, 2019, Ananya Vajpeyi, an associate professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in New Delhi, gave a guest lecture titled, “The Crisis in Kashmir: History, Politics and the Law.” Read more >


India and the United States: Overcoming the Hesitations of History

On September 26, 2019, the Center hosted Ambassador Richard Verma for the center’s inaugural distinguished lecture. Read more >