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Law School Launches Center For India

Cornell Law School just launched its Cornell India Law Center with hopes of promoting the study of Indian law and policy and fostering international collaboration.

The center, which launched Sept. 26, was opened with a lecture by Richard Verma, vice chairman and partner at the Asia Group and former U.S. ambassador to India, the Cornell Chronicle reports.

“If there was ever a time when a center like this was needed,” Verma said in his remarks. “it’s now.”


The center offers a number of opportunities for law students to pursue their studies in a global context.

For instance, students who are enrolled in the law school’s International Human Rights Clinic can travel to India and conduct research on human rights issues.

Additionally, the Center will offer a fully-funded summer internship in New Delhi for Cornell Law students.


Cornell says its new center will build on existing India-related programs at the law school, which currently partners with the Jindal Global Law University in India.

Under the joint partnership, law students can earn a fast-track dual Indian and American law degree in just six years.

“We are extremely excited for this next chapter of Cornell Law School’s engagement with Indian law and legal institutions,” Sital Kalantry, faculty director of the center and clinical professor of law, tells the Cornell Chronicle. “India is the largest democracy in the world. India shares a number of similarities with the United States, including the common law heritage and a pluralistic society. Historically, however, only humanities and social sciences disciplines have studied India. We hope the center will encourage legal scholars and lawyers to consider India as a rich source for comparative studies going forward.”

On top of the partnership of the two universities, the launch of the center also highlights the shared values of India and the US.

“The fact that we are both democracies, and we have shared values, really matters,” Verma said in his remarks. “And there are consequences if we cast aside those shared values.”

Sources: Cornell Chronicle, Cornell