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Study of Law and Governance

Study of Law and Governance

Centre for Study of Law and Governance has been committed towards the dissemination of knowledge and research of Justice and the Rule of Law. The term justice itself calls to mind images of fairness, equality and institutions that legislate the principles of justice and execute them. In this regard the functioning of the three branches of government i.e., legislature, executive and judiciary needs a close analysis and critique. The Centre for Law and Governance endeavors to adopt a multidisciplinary approach of framing research and teaching on the complex relationship between law and governance for students of the Institute. The study of governance, in its various forms and at different facets is central to several contemporary issues: reform of public institutions and public law; the creation and establishment of procedures and rules that lead to greater efficiency, transparency, and accountability; and the challenge of making governance more inclusive and participatory through the strengthening of democracy and civil society.

Centre for Law and Governance has been established with the following objectives:

To generate legal knowledge on various issues

  1. to create a dynamic environment for research on concerned issues related to law and governance.
  2. to catalyze the critical understanding of civil society under the legal framework.
  3. to document current developments, progress and expansions in public policy framework.

The Mandate of the Centre for Law & governance may be enumerated as:

  1. Compilation and documentation of relevant material available in the University.
  2. Create a network of advocates/alumni willing to render help in case an indigent is directed to them.
  3. Deep involvement in pro-bono and public policy-oriented research and the development of partnerships with other organizations.
  4. Coordination with NGOs and Government officials to ensure development of the community and maintenance of basic necessities, such as Health, Sanitation, Water and Education.
  5. Creation of awareness of legal rights and the manner of enforcement of these rights.


  • Conducted a certificate course on Public Education in United States from 19th March 2019 to 22nd March 2019


  1. Publication of Research Journal (Biannual)
  2. Distinguished Lecture in the field of Law and Governance & Public Policy
  3. Legal Awareness Activities in social set-up
  4. Essay Competition
  5. Debate Competition
Name Designation
Ms Smriti Tanvani Head

Journal of Centre for the Study of Law and Governance
Law & Governance Journal (JCLG) is an initiative of the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance. It aims to provide a forum for discussions and debate about public law, governance and politics in order to contribute to the inter- and intra-regional discourse amongst all the stakeholders of society, particularly the advocates, academics, researchers, NGOs and students’ academics. Nevertheless, the Journal addresses contributors and readers from all sections of society and welcomes contributions from all related sciences as well as from representatives of courts, executive authorities, and agencies of development cooperation. It also seeks to provide a peer-reviewed venue for academic analysis in which the legal lens allows scholars and practitioners to address issues of compelling concern to the India. The journal is multi-disciplinary – offering contributors from a wide range of backgrounds an opportunity to discuss issues of governance, jurisprudence, and socio-political organization, thereby promoting a common conceptual framework and vocabulary for exchanging ideas across boundaries – geographic and otherwise. It is also broad in scope, discussing issues of critical importance without treating the region as a self-contained unit. Through this approach, JCLG hopes to contribute to shared understandings between peoples, and enhanced discourse on institutional and human development at the local and global levels.

Panel Discussions and Expert Lectures.
The Centre for the Study of Law and Governance aims to arrange panel discussion and public lectures of distinguished Persons, Judges, Advocates, Activists, Research Scholars to discuss recent developments in various fields of Law and Governance. This is with the view to enhance the knowledge and bring new insights on the various aspects of issues related with law and governance in India.

Research Activity
The Centre for the Study of Law & Governance believes that such analyses fail to recognize that the origin, structure and pathologies of government and the legal system in India are at the core of the problems of governance and development and has therefore hamstrung our response to these problems. Hence, the initiative seeks to create new knowledge and restore the study of the structures and practices of government and the constitutive and instrumental role of the legal system to the core of our enquiry into the problems of development and governance. This research initiative engages with the field of law and development with a healthy skepticism towards instrumentalist claims about legal reform and with a view to develop the intrinsic values of a well-organized legal system.

RTI Initiative
The Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Institute of Law, Nirma University is planning to create a Right to Information (RTI) portal. Under the flagship of this portal, we are planning to achieve the following twin objectives: Firstly, the Centre plans to create alertness among the students of our institute and if possible among the students of our university about this very important tool of awareness- the basic concept of RTI, its objective, the process of filing one and what are the after steps to be taken if the RTI goes unheard after the specified time limit defined for the public authority to answer it. This initiative can be met by conducting a session by the Centre addressing the aforesaid or by calling in an RTI activist to do the same. Secondly through the medium of this portal we want to lend our support to anyone who feels that he/she lacks knowledge of the legal and technical aspects of this programmed or have some doubt about the same. The Centre aims in helping them in whatever way possible- by preparing brief of the case for them, searching for the specific department of government to whom the RTI has to be filed etc. The Centre can also in addition in its own capacity will to try to file RTIs on contemporary issues and prepare and submit a report on its website or newsletter.

YouTube Channel
Formulation and drafting of different statutes, rules and regulations by the legislature is an important and a tedious task but what really matters is the implementation of these statutes, rules and regulations and how it effects the common citizen of this country. We are blessed to have so many N.G.Os and various other organizations working day and night to make common people aware about their rights and duties also if needed, to raise their voice against the Government. The Centre of the Study of Law and Governance, Institute of Law, Nirma University aims to bring legal awareness among the people and make them understand their rights and empower them to raise their voice against any atrocities.

Upcoming Initiatives

  • A symposium on transgender rights
  • Publication of Research Journal (Annual)
  • Distinguished Lecture in the field of Law and Governance & Public Policy.
  • Legal Awareness Activities in social set-up.
  • Essay Competition.
  • Debate Competition

Center for Law and Governance
Institute of Law, Nirma University,
S.G. Highway, Chharodi,
Ahmedabad (Gujarat)
India. PIN: 382481.