Law and Politics of the Subcontinent
Ed: Malcolm MacLaren
About the Book
The present volume offers a veritable cornucopia of perspectives of legal and political India.
The volume brings together comparative scholarship on India that is representative of and relevant to contemporary interests.Its chapters cover Indian policy and legislative response to global climate change, mediation in India, sacred texts in Indian law, the codes of Manu, Indian federalism in international context, the Uniform Civil Code of debate, the meaning of Indian citizenship and Gandhi’s concept of the political.
This range of theoretical and practical concerns is addressed by an equally diverse group of scholars. They are a mix of legal and political, established and up-coming, female and male, native as well as foreign scholars. together they 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 insights and learn effects for readers at home as well as abroad. Accordingly, it explores the nexus between the Subcontinent and the West, that is, points of contact and possible influences between India and European/Anglo-Saxon legal and political systems.
In the event, the volume 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 unfamiliar with them. as a whole, 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. Between 2006 and 2009, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Swiss National Centre for Competence in Research-”Chyallenges to Democracy in the 21st Century”. Between 2002 and 2007 he was a Research Associate at the Insitutue for Public International and Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Zurich.
Dr.MacLaren’s research interests are wide-ranging. His Habilitationsschrift is concerned with ethinic 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. Malcolm MacLaren has 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.