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Constitutional Ideals is a curated volume of essays by legal academics and practitioners that explores the ways in which the judiciary has interpreted and enriched constitutional values in diverse political, social, and economic circumstances. It covers a broad range of topics like how judicial decisions have shaped the identity of citizens, the changing nature and scope of constitutional rights, and the examination of foundational principles such as criminality, equality and dignity. Contributors to the volume also examine the judiciary’s engagement with other institutions, such as the legislature and religion, that play a role in defining the ideals of public life. It is a flagship publication of DAKSH and is available online at Amazon.
The book will be launched by the Justice B.V. Nagarathna, currently serving in the Supreme Court, followed by a discussion on the themes of the book between Senior Advocate Harish Narasappa and leading academic, Dr Aparna Chandra.
Refreshments will be served from 6pm. Talk begins at 6:30pm.
Justice BV Nagarathna
Hon’ble Mrs Justice BV Nagarathna is currently serving as a judge at the Supreme Court of India. She served as a judge at the Karnataka High Court from 2008 to 2021. She is in line to become the first female Chief Justice of India in 2027.
Dr. Chandra is an Associate Professor of Law at National Law School of India University, Bangalore. She researches and writes on constitutional law, human rights, gender and the law, and judicial process reform. Her current research focuses on rights adjudication by courts, gender and the law, and empirical legal studies. She is part of a European Research Council funded project by the Israel Democracy Institute on fundamental rights adjudication in various jurisdictions around the world and a national co-convenor of the Indian Feminist Judgments Project.
Harish Narasappa is a senior advocate at the Karnataka High Court. Harish Narasappa is the co-founder of DAKSH and a founding partner, Samvad Partners. He is the author of Rule of Law in India: A Quest for Reason. Harish has extensive experience in advising on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, banking, corporate financing, private equity, projects, regulatory, and dispute resolution matters.