Gender and Legal Education in India

Law schools play an integral institutional role in promoting women's legal rights by shaping legal thinking, affecting and training future lawyers and policymakers, and by creating authoritative structures for legitimizing legal strategies to combat discrimination against women. In order to eliminate gender bias in the laws and in legal institutions, there is a need to incorporate women's human rights and gender issues into the law school curriculum.

In 2000, the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, together with the Women and the Law Program at AUWCL and with funding from the US Department of State, launched an initiative to promote the integration of gender into Indian legal education. Project implementers worked closely with legal educators and women’s rights advocates in India to address the need for legal education that would integrate a gender perspective through the nascent Gender and the Law Association (GALA)—a network of Indian law teachers and practitioners committed to improving the position of women within legal education and within the legal system. The project coordinated a series of exchanges of scholars and practitioners in the US and India, and facilitated workshops, trainings and meetings designed to build the capacity of teachers and practitioners to mainstream gender in legal education. Core activities focused on curriculum development and clinical legal education; and the development linkages between women’s rights advocates and legal educators, and the relationship of legal education and law reform.

For more information about this project, please contact