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CSLG Lectures

CSLG Lectures


Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos,University of Coimbra, Portugal: Is it Possible to Occupy the Law? on 5 February 2014, Chair: Professor Niraja Gopal Jayal.
Professor Peter Joachim Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies, Cornell University: Uncertainty, Risk and the Financial Crisis of 2008 on 06 November 2013. Prof Varun Sahni, JNU presided.
Justice Dr. S. Muralidhar, Delhi High Court delivered a series of three lectures on Socio-Economic Rights on 23-24 August 2013. 
Professor Patrick Heller, Brown University: Growth and Citizenship in Indian Cities: A Comparative Perspective on 19 November 2012. Prof. Sudha Pai, Rector, JNU presided.

Prof. Atul Kohli, David K.E. Bruce Professor, of International Affairs and Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, Princeton on Regional Diversities in India's Development on 15 January 2011.


Professor Sally E. Merry, Professor of Anthropology, New York University on Measuring the World: Indicators, Human Rights, and Global Governance  on 13 August 2010.


Professor Jane Kelsey, Auckland University, New Zealand: Embedding Neoliberalism In A Post-Neoliberal World: The Role of Free Trade Agreements on 28 November 2008.

Justice Nasir Aslam Zahid (Retd.), Former Chief Justice, Sindh High Court , Justice Pakistan Supreme Court and Dean, Law College, Hamdard University on Challenges of Access to Justice in South Asia on 19 February 2008.


Prof. Marc Galanter,  the John and Rylla Bosshard Professor of Law and South Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and LSE Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science on Everyday Justice in India on 16 January 2008.


Mr. Wajahat Habibullah, Chief Information Commissioner, on RTI - A Step towards a Democratic Empowerment of Ordinary Citizens on 14 January 2008.


Justice K G Balakrishnan, Chief Justice of India on Millennium Development Meet on Legal Literacy & Access to Justice on 1 November 2007.


Prof. Giorgio Agamben, Università IUAV di Venezia & Collège International de Philosophie Paris on What is a Dispositif? on 16 January 2007. 


Prof Pranab Bardhan on Democracy, Governance, and Economic Reform in India on 13 January 2006.


Professor N.R. Madhava Menon, then Director, the National Judicial Academy, Bhopal: Social Context Judging for Social Justice Delivery on 25 November 2005.


Prof Bob Jessop, Director, Institute for Advanced Studies in Management and Social Sciences, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK on Governance Failure, Meta-governance and the Need for Romantic Public Irony on 11 February 2005.


Professor Sunil Khilnani then at the Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C.: Nehru’s Judgement on 23 November 2004.
Prof John Keane, University of Westminster, UK, on Cosmocracy: Reflections on Global Governance on 27 February 2004.

Dr. K. Kannabiran on Law and the Question of Sexual Harassment at the Workplace [in collaboration with the Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH), JNU] in December 2003.


Professor Kaushik Basu, Cornell University: Global Labour Standards and Local Freedom: What Should India’s Position Be? on 14 November 2003.


Sir Rob Young, High Commissioner of the United Kingdom in India on Good Governance in the UK on 8 September 2003.


Mr. Soli Sorabjee, then Attorney-General for India: Essentials of Good Governance on 15 November 2002.


A warm welcome to the modified and updated website of the Centre for East Asian Studies. The East Asian region has been at the forefront of several path-breaking changes since 1970s beginning with the redefining the development architecture with its State-led development model besides emerging as a major region in the global politics and a key hub of the sophisticated technologies. The Centre is one of the thirteen Centres of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi that provides a holistic understanding of the region.

Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.