OCSI DIALOGUES – Bringing Transformation in the Indian Legal System on Friday, 9 February 2018

What :  OCSI DIALOGUES – An Evening with Authors
Where :  Committee Room I, India International Centre Annexe, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.
When : 9th February, 2018, at 07:00 pm (Drinks will be served at no charge)

After a very stimulating discussion with authors at the last OCSI Dialogues, on behalf of the Oxford and Cambridge Society of India, The President, Oxford and Cambridge Society of India is delighted to invite you to the next edition of OCSI Dialogues – Bringing Transformation in the Indian Legal System on Friday, 9 February 2018 at 7 pm at Committee Room – I, India International Centre Annexe, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.

Please join us for an evening of conversations with some of our dynamic lawyers who will discuss their motivations which made them choose their respective fields within the legal profession, the challenges they faced in pursuing their chosen paths and their efforts to bring transformation in the Indian legal system.  Drinks will be served during this event at no charge.

The speakers for the evening are Dr. Anup Surendranath (Director, Centre on the Death Penalty, NLU Delhi), Karuna Nundy (Advocate, Supreme Court of India), Prof (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer (Founder, Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education (IDIA)) and Vishavjeet Chaudhary (Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat). Eminent senior advocate & visiting professor at Northumbria University,  Mr. Sidharth Luthra  has kindly agreed to moderate this edition of OCSI Dialogues.

Information on the Speakers:

Anup Surendranath: Anup is the Director of the Centre on the Death Penalty (CDP) at National Law University Delhi, where he also teaches constitutional law and legal methods. The CDP provides pro bono legal representation to prisoners on death row and is currently involved in representing nearly 60 death row prisoners across the country. The CDP also carries out extensive research on the administration of the death penalty in India and also develops strategies for public outreach on the issue. Anup obtained his undergraduate law degree from NALSAR, Hyderabad and was then a Felix Scholar at the University of Oxford between 2007-12 where he was awarded the BCL (Distinction), M.Phil in Law (Distinction) and the D.Phil in Law.

Karuna Nundy: Karuna is an advocate practising in the Supreme Court of India. She works on matters related to constitutional law, human rights, criminal law, commercial litigation and arbitration. She studied Economics at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi followed by law at the University of Cambridge where she was awarded the Emmeline Pankhurst Prize, the Amy Cohen Awards and the Becker Studentship. She obtained a masters degree in law from Columbia University. Karuna has been honoured by the French Republic as a ‘Personnalites D’Avenir’ and serves as an expert on the Columbia University Global Committee on Freedom of Expression. She is actively engaged on issues related to gender justice, digital and media and working with the victims of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy to obtain justice for them, in addition to various other matters. She is qualified to practise law in India and New York.

Shamnad Basheer: Shamnad is the Honorary Research Chair Professor of IP Law at Nirma University. He is also the founder and Managing Trustee of IDIA (Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education), a project to empower underprivileged communities through legal education and training. After graduating from NLS Bangalore, Shamnad joined Anand and Anand, one of India’s leading IP firms. He then went on to do his post-graduate studies at the University of Oxford, where he completed the BCL, M.Phil and D.Phil as a Wellcome Trust scholar. He has also taught IP law at several leading universities in India and abroad. Shamnad was awarded the Infosys Prize for Humanities in 2014-15 for his outstanding work pertaining to access to law, legal education and justice. This year, he received the Piranpanncode Memorial Award for outstanding lawyer with social justice commitment.

Vishavjeet Chaudhary: Vishavjeet is a Barrister-at-Law. His areas of interest include criminal law, human rights law, professional ethics and advocacy. He is currently an Assistant Profesor at Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat. Vishavjeet holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury and a Masters degree from the University of Cambridge. ‎He was called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. Other than law, he is passionate about agriculture, horses and travelling.

RegistrationThe event is open to members of the OCSI and alumni. As there is limited capacity of the hall, please register your participation by emailing Neha Goyal at neha.goyal82@gmail.com

Looking forward to seeing you.

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