The playing field of law is growing wider and more complex with time. This is not only the result of irrelevance of national boundaries owing to globalization, whereby legal changes in India have impacts elsewhere, but also because of the multiple domains that are engaged and impacted by the operation of any particular law, even within the country.
Many well intentioned legislations fail to get off the ground or achieve the purposes that they were meant to address. This could be because of failures at the pre-legislative stage, to take account of the economic costs of operationalizing the legislation. Or it could be because of the pressure that the new law might create on the administrative and judicial structures. A new law might also be problematic because of the outcomes that it might produce in interaction with other existing laws and structures.
Social Science scholarship has drawn our attention to the unintended and unanticipated outcomes of legislations, the relevance of which is yet to be appreciated by legal professionals and researchers. There is a steadily growing awareness that analyses that focus on the internal logic or legality of legislations alone, are inadequate to have a grasp over the full range of issues that are at stake in any proposed legislation or legislative change.
The Law & Policy Research Group, at the Jindal Global Law School, brings the tools of legal analysis and policy analysis in conversation with each other. Its Law & Policy Brief aims to generate informed public debate by undertaking inter-disciplinary analyses of Bills pending before the Parliament, recent court judgments, amendments to existing laws, recently enacted laws, and other topical legal issues that have important policy implications.