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Research Projects

Minor Research project on 'Exploratory Research on Environmental Law and Policy with particular relevance to water pollution and water resource management in Pune Municipal Corporation; the State of Maharashtra and India.

An analysis of Pending Bills (9 Bills) was done by Symbiosis Law School, Pune" on request from Mrs. Vandana Chavan, MP, Rajya Sabha.

A research project on Community Lawyering and Legal Aid has been implemented in collaboration with Community Legal Resource Network (CLRN), City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, USA. A permanent Legal Aid Centre has been set up in Pirangut Village.

  • A project on Prisoner's Rights has also been implemented to provide legal aid to the prisoners and access to justice.
  • A Project on 'Rights of Foreign National Prisoners in India' was conducted.
  • Child sexual abuse: Legalities: Research Project carried out in collaboration with Samabhavana.
  • Project on 'Centre State Relations' referred by Ministry of Home Affairs, Inter-State Council Secretariat, new Delhi, 2009 - Completed
  • Proposal to train Police Personnel (awaiting approval from Govt. of India)
  • ECOCON – Project on Commons, NLSIU, Bangalore (Completed). Won Second Prize on National Level Research Competition - Completed
  • IPC Handbook Project – Updation of data, sponsored by Adv. Ram Jethmalani, Sr. Advocate, Supreme Court of India. - Ongoing
  • Project on updation of Book of Nani Palkhivala, Sponsored by Nani A. Palkhivala Trust –
  • Research Project on 'A Crusade against Sexual harassment of women at work place' based on Guidelines issuedby Supreme Court in Vishakha Vs State of Rajasthan –
  • Project on Corporate Take-over in collaboration with ITC Ltd. -
  • Centre for Police Research, Pune –Faculty members of symbiosis law school delivered a series of lectures on handwriting analysis, criminal justice, policing and social responsibility, legal obligations, criminal psychology, stress management, women and law, constitutional law and criminal administration system. The institute conducts various seminars and workshops in collaboration with the police department of Pune city.
  • Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India - Symbiosis Law School had conducted a National seminar on "Policy on Criminal Justice System in India" in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs. The Seminar was attended by lawyers, judges, police officers, academicians and social workers. The students of Symbiosis Law School, Pune made a presentation on the reforms to be made in various criminal laws and also submitted a report of the same to the Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • Women in governance - The Legal Aid & Legal Literacy Cell conducted a research based survey on the role of women at grass root governance, which helped the ministry in its research on the said topic.
  • Samabhavana – Symbiosis Law School is conducting a research project on "Human Rights and Sexuality". in collaboration with this NGO.
  • International Collaborations – Symbiosis Law School, Punevarious collaborative research oriented activities with some international universities.
  • Erasmus Mundus Consortium - Symbiosis Law School,Pune is recognized as the core Partner of the Erasmus Mundus Consortium, which consists of Hanover University Germany, Rouen Le Havre Universities, France, Lisbon University, Portugal and two non-European Universities.

In pursuance of the above, students of Symbiosis Law School.Pune visited Hanover University, Germany in the month of May, 2006. The students from Germany visited symbiosis law school in September 2007. Both student groups jointly conducted seminars and workshops on select Legal themes. Prof. Herve Suxe, a research scholar from Rouen University,France visited symbiosis law school from 7th August 2006 to 31st August 2006, and conducted lectures in French Language on French Legal System.

Mr. Martin Gross, the Project Manger visited Symbiosis from 19th December 2006 to 5th February2007, and delivered lectures on the history of European Union, European Courts & legal system. Two Professors are expected to visit symbiosis law school in January 2008.

  • Orebro University, Sweden: Symbiosis Law School is also a partner with Orebro University, Sweden. At present the program involves faculty exchange between the two Universities. The exchange program started with the visit of Prof. Catarina Bartholdson to Symbiosis Law School in March 2006, and Dr. Marta Johanson delievered lectures on on various subjects in June 2007. Prof. Shashikant Hajare visited Orebro University in April 2006.
  • Dr Rebecca Todd, a Fulbright Scholar visited Symbiosis Law School in January 2008, for 6 months. Dr Rebecca conducted courses, workshops and lectures alongside facilitating research programs
  • Others - Apart from the above mentioned activities the institute has various upcoming projects (Sussex University, Symbiosis Fulbright Scholar Program and King's College, London, USEFI, Cardiff University, UK). A Memorandum of Understanding is signed with the University Of Dundee, UK.

Details of ongoing research projects of faculty members are as follows:

Sr. No. Names of the Funding Agencies Project Title Grants Received Project-Wise Number of Faculty
1 Symbiosis Institute of Research and Innovation (SIRI), SIU Empirical Study of Goa's Transition and Transformation from Continental to Common Law System after its Liberation Rs. 1,20,000/- 2
2 Symbiosis Institute of Research and Innovation (SIRI), SIU Exploratory research on environmental law and policy with particular relevance to water pollution andwater resource management in Pune Municipal corporation; the state of Maharashtra and India Rs. 1,20,000/- 4
3 Symbiosis Institute of Research and Innovation (SIRI), SIU Judicial Trends And Patterns In Private International Law In India With Special Reference To Marriage And Matrimonial Issues Rs. 1,20,000/- 2
Total Grants Received Rs. 
3, 60,000

Inter-institutional collaborative projects and associated grants received

a) National collaboration b) International collaboration

Sr. No. Name of the Collaborative Research Programme Collaborating Institute / Organization
1 Erasmus Mundus research grant Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany & Universities of the Erasmus Mundus Consortium
2 DAAD – German Academic Exchange Programme Grant Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany
3 DAAD – A New Passage to India grant Brunswick European Law School, University of Ostfalia, Germany
4 Certificate program on EU studies Assistance of EU degation from New Delhi. We also organize a film festival called Kinoteka EFF under EU program.

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