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PUBLIC INTEREST LAW

The Centre aims to increase student participation in projects to help low-income individuals, while expanding their legal skills at the same time. The Centre’s rst project will focus on poverty in Haryana. The project will study the causes and consequences of poverty to establish ways to provide relief to low-income individuals, and will allow students the opportunity to engage with legal issues surrounding poverty, including food security, homelessness and basic affronts to human dignity.

Mission:

The Centre for Public Interest Law aims to get students at JGLS involved in projects geared to help low-income individuals, while expanding their legal skills at the same time.  In essence, the Centre for Public Interest Law is an independent research centre and clinic functioning within the framework of O.P. Jindal Global University.

The Centre’s first project will focus on poverty in Haryana, the state in which JGLS is located and which is in the National Capital Region of Delhi. The project will study the causes and consequences of poverty to come up with ways to provide relief to low-income individuals. India faces high levels of poverty, which have remained practically unchanged despite its rapid economic growth in the past 20 years. In 2009-10, the Government of India estimated that 30 percent of the population lived below the poverty line, including 21 percent of the urban population.

This Project will allow students at JGLS the opportunity to engage with legal issues surrounding poverty, including food security, homelessness and basic affronts to human dignity. The Project will have several elements: legal framework (international law and Indian law); report-writing and analysis (gathering data on the effects of poverty on low-income individuals); and advocacy, outreach, and legal services to low-income clients (using these reports as a basis to develop the best methods for students and faculty attorneys to work--through both one-on-one client contact and broader report writing--to help solve these issues).