Law and Politics of the Subcontinent
Ed: Malcolm MacLaren
About the Book
The book is a veritable cornucopia of perspectives on legal and political India. It brings together comparative scholarship on India that is representative of and relevant to contemporary interests, including: Indian policy and legislative response to global climate change; mediation in India; sacred texts in Indian law; the codes of Manu; Indian federalism in the international context; the Uniform Civil Code of debate; the meaning of Indian citizenship; and Gandhi’s concept of the ‘political’.
These theoretical and pragmatic concerns are addressed by an equally diverse group of scholars, who all together present an extraordinary breadth of views and depth of knowledge. What unites the volume’s concerns and contributors is the belief that India is a promising locus for comparative scholarship, offering knowledge and insights for readers both at home and abroad. Accordingly, it explores the nexus between the Subcontinent and the West, that is, the points of contact and possible influences between India and European/Anglo-Saxon legal and political systems.
The book succeeds in demonstrating something of the potential of Indian law and politics for comparative scholarship. The individual chapters’ findings are compelling, offering new learning for those teachers and students familiar with the concerns covered as well as basic information for those who are in unfamiliar terrain. The volume is a stimulating exercise in comparative law and politics, fields of study that are of increasing importance for anyone interested in cross-border activity.
About the Editor
Malcolm MacLaren is a Habilitand (in comparative constitutional law) and occasional lecturer (in international law) at the Law Faculty of the University of Zurich. Between 2008 and 2010, he was a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Federalism of the University of Friborg. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Swiss National Centre for Competence in Research-”Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century” from 2006 to 2009. He previously worked as Research Associate at the Institute for Public International and Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Zurich, from 2002 to 2007.
Dr. MacLaren’s research interests are wide-ranging. His Habilitationsschrift is concerned with ethnic conflict, constitution-making and political participation rights. It is entitled “Constituting the Polity: Can Divided Societies really pull themselves up by their own Bootstraps?” One of the divided societies analyzed is India. His doctoral dissertation was entitled, “Rechte,Rechtsmittel and Rechtfertigungen im Volkerrecht-Eine Studie uber den Zugang Privater zu internationalen Streitbeilegungsmechanismen (Rights, Remedies and Rationales in International Law -A study of Private Access to International Dispute Resolution Mechanisms)” and was published in 2008. He earned his Dr.iur from the University of Zurich, LL.M from the University of Frankfurt am Main, LL.B from the University of Toronto, M.A. (Modern History) from the University of Oxford, and B.A. (English and Latin) from the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Ontario Bar.