Jindal Global Law School (JGLS), the flagship faculty for O.P. Jindal Global University, is an ambitious entrant into the Indian, and indeed the global—academic scene. The model is simple. Faculty with outstanding academic qualifications have been assembled, given world class facilities, extensive academic freedom, and embedded—in many cases re-embedded—into the Indian academic fabric. The result is an institution for research and scholarship that exists at a unique set of crossroads for almost any research issue. JGLS combines perspectives unique to the Global North as well as to the Global South, applies the potential for global collaboration towards local application, has the ability to disseminate Indian legal and policy research to a global audience, enjoys the in-house expertise to engage in seamless comparative law review, to bridge jurisdictional divides, and to draw upon a global set of faculty contacts to coordinate scholars and scholarship.
Thirteen Research Centres are now established in this unique academic context. Each of these Centres addresses cutting edge issues of legal and policy research from an interdisciplinary, inter-jurisdictional perspective. Research Centres are part of the landscape for any leading research university. They are, however, seldom so integrated into the faculty research agenda. At JGLS, this approach has been given primacy for several reasons. Our Research Centres are already developing inter-institutional collaborations which consolidate and extend research possibilities via select partnerships. True to our global name and vision, JGLS’ Research Centres aim to generate a global network of minds bent on solving leading legal and policy questions. Secondly, no other university in India, and few globally, has centres that are intended to cover as near as possible the entire range of cutting edge issues in legal and policy research. We see the establishment of these ten Centres as a stand against the scarcity of academic inquiry into many of India’s leading legal and policy issues. Simultaneously, we see the establishment of these Centres as a stand for new, more globally considered, perspectives on these same leading legal and policy issues.
The infrastructure for research is now well established. Five full-time Research Associates, all possessing Masters in Law, support research centre activity. Collaborations are developing apace, with academic institutions and private sector partners worldwide eager to engage on global research projects. Beyond project-based collaboration and funding, sponsorship of JGLS’ Research Centres is conducted on an endowment basis.