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Book Talk: “Supreme Court of India: The Beginnings”

March 26, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Supreme Court of India: The Beginnings, George H. Gadbois, Jr., edited and introduced by Vikram Raghavan and Vasujith Ram (Oxford Univ. Press 2018).
Book Talk Panelists include:
Mark Tushnet, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law
Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs
Mitra Sharafi, Associate Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin School of Law
Vasujith Ram, LLM student, Harvard Law School

“This work seeks to determine the roles played by the paramount judiciary in the Indian polity between 1937 and 1964. The discussion starts with an examination of the Federal Court, the establishment of which in 1937 brought into existence Indias first central judicial institution. After a consideration of events leading to the creation of the Federal Court, the nature of its jurisdiction and representative decisions are analysed. Other matters considered include the relationship of the Federal Court with the Privy Council, and the unsuccessful efforts made to empower the Federal Court with a jurisdiction to hear civil appeals. In addition, the major part of this work is devoted to the present Supreme Court of India, which replaced the Federal Court in 1950. After discussing the general features of the new judicial establishment, attention is focused upon the nature of its review powers and the manner in which the Court can exercise these powers. Against the background of debates in the Constituent Assembly that reflect the attitudes of the Constitution-makers towards judicial review, the important decisions which provoked clashes between the judges and politicians have been analysed.” — Oxford University Press

Lunch will be served.

This talk is co-sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library, the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute at Harvard University, and the Harvard South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA).


March 26, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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WCC 2036 Milstein East B


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