The OxHRH has a number of significant ties with academics, practitioners and policy makers advancing human rights law and research in India. Last week our Deputy Director, Laura Hilly was in Delhi and met with representatives from the Death Penalty Research Project and the new Death Penalty Litigation Clinic at the National Law University (NLU) in Delhi; and Indira Jaising, Additional Solicitor General of India, and members of the Lawyers Collective Women’s Rights Initiative.
Some of the conversations between Laura Hilly and these organisations will be showcased in our upcoming podcast series, ‘RightsUp’ with special episodes featuring both Indian perspectives on the death penalty and women’s rights litigation.
These meetings also provided an opportunity to deepen the links between the work of the OxHRH and the Death Penalty Research Project, the Death Penalty Litigation Centre and the Lawyers Collective and start planning for future collaborations.
About the Death Penalty Research Project and the Death Penalty Litigation Clinic:
The Death Penalty Research Project (‘the Project’) is a research project that was established in early 2013 at NLU Delhi in collaboration with the National Legal Services Authority in order to address the absence of empirical research on the death penalty in India. As part of the Project, all prisoners currently sentenced to death in India were interviewed, along with their families and lawyers.
The Litigation Clinic is part of the Death Penalty Research Centre, which was set up in August 2014 to deepen engagement with the death penalty in India through various initiatives. The Clinic was established to ensure that all indigent prisoners sentenced to death in India have access to competent and effective legal representation. Read more here.
About the Lawyers Collective Women’s Rights Initiative:
The Lawyers Collective Women’s Rights Initiative (“LCWRI”)’s mission is the empowerment of women through law. This is based on the belief that law is an instrument of social change and can be used in different ways to further the constitutional and human rights of women. Since its inception in 1998, the LCWRI has been actively engaged with the entire legal regime of addressing the rights of women in law. Read more here.