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We are pleased to announce two new initiatives of the Cornell India Law Center made possible by our interns. A Law in Common: India and the United States is a podcast that brings together legal scholars to discuss substantive law topics such as religious freedom and the death penalty in India and the United States. Apex Court Weekly is a new newsletter that covers the important matters before the Indian Supreme Court. Learn more about these and other programs, and meet our visiting scholar and interns below.  
As the world faces continued challenges caused by COVID-19, we are saddened about the restrictions placed by the U.S. government on foreign workers and students. The U.S. government recently restricted visas for foreign workers and now it threatens international students with deportation if their universities only offer online classes. All of these policies disproportionately impact Indians. Cornell University will be joining an amicus brief that will be filed in a lawsuit by Harvard and M.I.T. against the government. These restrictions harm the United States as much as they harm people around the world.

Introducing A Law in Common: India and the United States

The podcast will explore legal and policy issues that affect the world's two largest democracies. We will interview experts on both countries. We hope to attract listeners from India, the United States and around the world. 

The first episode launches today, July 13, and features Cornell Law Professor Nelson Tebbe and Dr. Abhinav Chandrachud in a conversation on religious freedom in both countries. You can find the episode and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and most streaming platforms.

Introducing Apex Court Weekly

Apex Court Weekly is a weekly round-up of judgments, petitions, orders and notices as they develop at the Indian Supreme Court. We will also occasionally cover High Courts. We will cover some stories that gather national attention and some that should.  Updates are written by Rahul Srivastava, J.D. candidate at Cornell Law School, and supported by the Law Center. Pranjal Jain assists with the research. Past updates can be found on the Center's website here. To receive the update as a weekly newsletter in your inbox, subscribe here.

Watch our May 2020 Webinar on  Reproductive Justice During COVID-19 and Beyond

State responses to COVID-19 have revealed that many national governments are not prioritizing access to safe abortion and other reproductive health care services, despite their vital importance to ensure the well-being of all persons. In this May 15, 2020 webinar, Professor Dipika Jain and Payal Shah offered comparative perspectives on reproductive justice in India and globally, in the context of COVID-19 and beyond the pandemic.  

Watch the recorded webinar here.

Meet our Summer Interns and Visiting Scholar

Professor Shireen Moti
Visiting Scholar
Cornell India Law Center

Ms. Shireen Moti is an Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Office of Alumni Relations at O.P. Jindal Global University. She is the same university's first graduate to receive the Chevening scholarship, the Human Rights Fellowship and the Jagdish Bhagwati Fellowship (received, not availed) in the same year. She completed her Master in Law degree from the Queen Mary University of London as a Chevening Scholar in 2017. She is a fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society, UK.

Her research interests are in International Human Rights Law and Constitutional Law. In particular, her work focuses on issues of access to justice, legal aid, clinical legal education, domestic violence, honor crimes, and abortion laws in India.  Her first book titled, Guide to LLM Admissions and Scholarships Abroad, was published by Universal Law Publications and LexisNexis in the year 2017.

She is currently working as a virtual visiting scholar at the India Law Center with Professor Sital Kalantry on ‘honor crimes’, ‘abortion laws’ and summaries of landmark Supreme Court cases.

Rachel Skene
Human Rights Fellow
The Centre of Health Law, Ethics and Technology (CHLET), at Jindal Global Law School
Rachel is a rising second year J.D. candidate at Cornell Law School. She graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in international relations. This summer, she is remotely working as a Human Rights Fellow at the Centre of Health Law, Ethics and Technology (CHLET), Jindal Global Law School. At CHLET, Rachel has joined the campaign against the passage of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act (Amendment 2020), and is fighting for abortion rights in India. Her other work  includes campaigning for transgender and gender-variant rights, and researching legal responses in democratic countries to the COVID-19 global pandemic. She is also a law intern at the India Law Center, where she helps Professor Kalantry with her research. 

Rahul Srivastava
Summer Intern
Cornell India Law Center
Rahul is a rising second year J.D. candidate at Cornell Law School. He is a graduate of the University of St. Andrews, Scotland and the Doon School, India. This summer, he helped create the podcast,  A Law in Common: India and the United States, and the weekly Indian Supreme Court update, Apex Court Weekly. He hosts the podcast and writes the weekly update. He is also summarizing important contemporary Indian Supreme Court cases and helping Professor Kalantry with her work.

Pranjal Jain
Undergraduate Intern
Cornell India Law Center
Pranjal is a rising sophomore at Cornell University majoring in industrial and labor relations. As the Center's undergraduate intern this summer, she is producing the podcast, A Law In Common: India and the United States. She also assists in research for the Center's weekly Indian Supreme Court update, Apex Court Weekly. She continues to explore her Indian roots and lets them fuel her work in social justice.

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