Challenging The Rules(s) of Law: Colonialism, Criminology and Human Rights in India

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Kalpana Kannabiran, Ranbir Singh
SAGE Publications, Nov 11, 2008 - Social Science - 495 pages
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This collection of essays re-examines the field of criminology through an interdisciplinary lens, challenging in the process unproblematic assumptions of the rule of law and opening out avenues for a renewed and radical restatement of the contexts of criminal law in India. This collection is a significant step towards mapping the ways in which interdisciplinary research and human rights activism might inform legal praxis more effectively and holistically. The contributors are a diverse group widely respected activists, bureaucrats, scholars, and professionals who share concerns on criminal justice systems and the need to entrench human rights in the Indian polity.

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Kalpana Kannabiran is the recipient of the inaugural Amartya Sen Award for Social Scientists, 2012, for her work in Law. She is a sociologist and legal researcher and is currently Director, Council for Social Development, Hyderabad, an autonomous research institute supported by the Indian Council for Social Science Research. She was awarded the VKRV Rao Prize for Social Science Research in the field of Social Aspects of Law by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) in 2003. She was part of the founding faculty of National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University of Law where she taught sociology and law for a decade (1999–2009) and is a founder member of Asmita Resource Centre for Women where she has coordinated research and legal outreach for women. Kannabiran has been the general secretary of the Indian Association for Women’s Studies (1998–2000) and is active in the International Sociological Association. She was a member of the Expert Group on the Equal Opportunity Commission, Government of India (2007–2008) and member of the Expert Group on Legal Education Reform in Kerala, Government of Kerala. She has been an activist in the women’s movement since the late 1970s.

Ranbir Singh, Vice Chancellor of NALSAR University of Law from 1998 to 2008, is currently Vice Chancellor, National Law School, Delhi. He was Member of the DNA Profiling Advisory Committee constituted by the Department of Bio-technology, Government of India and member of the Committee appointed by the Ministry of Home Affairs, to draft a new Police Act. Before setting up NALSAR in 1998, Prof. Ranbir Singh taught Law at Kurukshetra University, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak and the National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

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