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Hub for Law and Policy

Overview

The Hub for Law and Policy anchors, integrates and promotes field-based learning by students in the LL.M. in Law and Development program, the Master of Arts in Public Policy and Governance (MPG) program, and the Law, Governance and Policy (LGP) specialisation of the M.A. (Development) program at Azim Premji University.

Field-based learning for the MPG students currently involves two discrete short-term field engagement projects during the first year of the program and a longer two-month internship during the second year of the program. Students work with a faculty supervisor and the Hub to design and carry out these field engagement projects and internships. Field-based learning for the LL.M. and LGP specialisation students involves group projects spread over one academic year (a period of approximately nine months - August to the following May). Mixed groups of 5-6 students (from both the LL.M. and LGP specialisation) work with a faculty supervisor and the Hub to conceptualise, plan and implement a focused project within the fixed time period.

Optimal learning from experience involves a continuous, circular four stage sequence of experience, reflection, theory, and application. The Hub for Law and Policy organises workshops, public speaker sessions, faculty conclaves, student exhibitions, and other events through the academic term that are dedicated to experiential education with a focus on law, policy, governance and development.

Learning Objectives for Experiential Education in Law, Policy, Governance and Development

The learning objectives promoted by the Hub for Law and Policy include

  • To expose students to the demands, constraints, and methods of thinking in role, and to explore the impact of role on thinking.
  • To expose students to the demands, constraints, and methods of analyzing and dealing with unstructured situations, in which the “issues” have not been pre-identified.
  • To give students a basis for examining the interaction of legal/governance/policy analysis and human behaviour, including interpersonal dynamics and communication.
  • To provide professional skills instruction and to prepare students for professional careers.
  • To provide the basis for insights into the functioning of the legal and governance system in India, and to raise questions about their capacities and limitations.
  • To give students an opportunity to learn how to learn from experience.
  • In general, to provide students with the opportunity to develop and to guide them in developing - a breadth of perspective, a depth of insight, and a rigorously systematic set of analytic and behavioural techniques, which they can train on varied problems that confront practitioners interested in issues of law, governance and development.
 
Ongoing Group Projects 2016-17
  • The Constitutional and Public Law Project (cplp@apu.edu.in)
  • The Criminal Justice Project (crimjp@apu.edu.in)
  • The Ecological Justice Project (ecojp@apu.edu.in)
  • The Education Law and Policy Project (edulpp@apu.edu.in)
  • The Human Rights Project (hrp@apu.edu.in)
  • The Legal System Reform Project (lsrp@apu.edu.in)
  • The Media and Politics Project (mediapp@apu.edu.in)
  • The Politics and Society between Elections Project  (psep@apu.edu.in)
  • The State Public Service Commission Reforms (Litigation) Project (spscrp@apu.edu.in)
Contact

The Hub for Law and Policy can be contacted at lphub@apu.edu.in



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