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Law and Justice in a Globalising World

National Law University Odisha and UGC via Swayam


This course is a course on applied justice. The law is an ongoing process in society. Through various legal theories, we understand and analyze the concept of law. Through this course, they will inquire and investigate law’s relationship to other political, economic and social institutions. We use law as a lens to better understand the society they live in. With the changes in the society, law is the best tool to understand the societal phenomena such as political movements, discriminatory practices etc. Justice is the outcome when the law is applied. In this course, we try and understand the relationship between law and justice. The debate on law and justice is an age old debate which is being increasingly interrogative in the contemporary times with the advent of globalisation. Globalisation is a complex process which is making the world more interdependent. Globalisation has stimulated a revival of debates about law and justice. This course will explore the challenges of globalisation to social, political and economic perspectives on law and justice. Globalisation has stimulated rethinking in several fields, especially in law and justice and the impact of globalisation is pervasive. In recent times, words like ‘global’, ‘globalisation’ and ‘globalism’ have entered common parlance in law as well as in other disciplines. This course will also consider the diffusion of law from a global perspective and the spread of legal ideas all over the world. In contemporary times, as the societies are witnessing rapid growth, there is an increasing debate about the concept of Law and Justice. These developments have the potential to impact the modern legal thought and all forms of governance.


Week 1:Concept and meaning of law, justice and globalisation
Week 2:Globalisation of law and legal theory
Week 3:Globalisation of law and legal theory
Week 4:Utilitarian Justice
Week 5:Robert Nozick’s Libertarianism
Week 6:Amartya Sen’s Idea of Justice
Week 7:MichealSandel’s Communitarianism and Civil Republicanism
Week 8:Feminism and Justice
Week 9:Economic theory of law and justice- Coase, Calbresi, Posner and Marx
Week 10:Gandhi and Ambedkar’s Emanicipatory justice, and Jay Prakash Narayan, Ram Manohar Lohia’s socialism
Week 11:UpendraBaxi’s conception of justice
Week 12:William Twinning on Globalisation and legal theory
Week 13:Impact of globalisation on human rights
Week 14:Globalisation and its impact on administration of justice and access to justice
Week 15:Global Justice and International Law

Taught by

Prof. Srikrishna Deva Rao


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