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LL.M. – Legal Theory

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1. School of Ethics, Governance, Culture & Social Systems


Legal Theory


1 Year

Eligibility :

Candidates should have scored a minimum of 50% in their LL.B. There will also be tests/interviews to determine selection of the candidates for the programme

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The LLM in Legal Theory is a unique programe that offers an array of select theoretical courses on Law. We approach legal theory to include critical reflection on issues in domestic as well as international law that integrates methodologies and perspectives from several disciplines such as legal history, political philosophy, cultural anthropology, political economy, social and political psychology, public policy, feminist legal theory, critical legal theory, Indic knowledge systems and Indology etc. to gain a multidimensional understanding of legal problems.  The programme builds on collaborative efforts of the different departments of the Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth and creates an excellent opportunity for interdisciplinary engagement with leading scholars from India and abroad in a lively intellectual community. The programe is a highly distinctive course centered on lectures and seminars delivered by some of the most leading theorists designed for highly motivated students who wish to seek a career in academia.

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Course Structure

Programme Structure

Core Courses:

  • Fundamentals of Legal Theory 
  • Comparative Law: Theory and Praxis
  • Advanced Jurisprudence
  • Advanced Course on Indian Constitutional Law and History 
  • Theory and History of International Law
  • Law and Justice in globalizing word

Foundation Courses:

  • Introduction of Indic Knowledge Systems
  • Indian Conceptions of Dharma and Niti
  • History of Social Reformation in India

Elective Courses:

  • Group I
    • Law and Public Policy 
    • Law and Political Sociology
    • Introduction to Philosophy
    • Fundamentals of Nyaya and Mimansa
  • Group II
    • Arthasastra and Rajaniti
    • Buddhist Legal Traditions
    • Jaina Conceptions of Law
    • Bharhaspatyam and Aushanasam
    • Contributions of Islamic Jurisprudence in Indian Administration
  • Group III
    • Sixty years of Indian Supreme Court
    • Works of International Law Commission
    • Modern Political Thinkers and Legal Scholars of India
    • Principles of Global Legal Order

Exit Criteria

Students should complete all the core and foundational courses, along with 3 elective courses chosen separately from each group. Further, they need to submit a dissertation and defend their thesis in an open viva-voce. Internships or research assignments may also be prescribed by the School from time to time. 

Faculty Information

1. Dr. Vanisree Ramanathan
Associate Professor & HoS, EGCS School
Course Offerings:      
(1) Law and Justice in Globalizing World
(2) Law and Political Sociology

2. Dr. Sushree Sasmita Pati 
Assistant Professor, EGCS School
Course Offerings:
(1) Indian Knowledge Systems
(2) Indian Conceptions of Dharma and Niti

3. Arun Krishnan
Distinguished Fellow for Legal Theory Research and Studies, EGCS School
Course Offerings: 
(1) Fundamentals of Legal Theory
(2) Advanced Course on Jurisprudence

Known for his teaching of Legal Theory in National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, he has been instrumental in launching the LL.M. Legal Theory Programme in Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, the only post-graduate programme in Legal Theory in India. His recent publications include “The possibility of Theorizing a Realistic Idea of Global Justice”, NLUO Law Journal (2018), “Preserving Citizen’s Liberty in Democratic Governance: A Case for Nudging the Citizens to Vote”, Elenchus Law Review (2017), “A Thin Theory of Global Justice”, AALCO Journal of International Law (2016), & “Patenting Nanotechnology: A Comparative Study”, Rostrums Law Review, Vol.1 (2016). He along with Nithin Ramakrishnan, Assistant Professor of International Law, Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, recently wrote an article on “Justice as an inter-generational idea: foundational perspectives from Indian Philosophy”. The Article will be soon published by a leading Law Journal in India. He has more than 6 years of teaching experience and a few years of litigation experience.

4. Nithin Ramakrishnan
Assist. Professor & Programme Co-ordinator (LL.M. Legal Theory), EGCS School
Course Offerings: 
(1) Research Methods in Law and Theory
(2) History and Theory of International Law
(3) Indian Constitutional Law and History

5. Dr. Shilpa Pandit
Associate Professor, PPSH School
Course Offering:    
(1) Inter-disciplinary Research in Law and Psychology

6. Prof. Nagaraj Neerchal
Vice-Chancellor (officiating August), Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth
Course Offering:  
(1) Statistics for Lawyers

Prof. Nagaraj Neerchal has been the Graduate Program Director for Statistics and the Director of Center for Interdisciplinary Consulting and Research in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Maryland. With a Ph. D in Statistics from the Iowa State University, Prof. Neerchal's research and publications span a broad range of disciplines including transportation, environment and ecology, pharmacology, high-performance computing and many others. He has guided several PhD and master’s students and has innumerable publications to his credit including 3 books. He has won numerous awards including the University of Maryland Board of Regents Award for Innovation Excellence, the Kauffman Entrepreneurship Fellowship, and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Statistical Association.

7. Bastian Steuwer 
Visiting Faculty, Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth & Research Scholar, Department of Philosophy, London School of Economics
Course Offering:     
(1) Discrimination, Morality and Law            

Bastian Steuwer is a PhD student at the London School of Economics. His doctoral research revolves around the separateness of persons. He is mostly interested in moral and political philosophy, but also works on personal identity and philosophy of law. He did his LL.M. from University College London, 2015–2016. He has been recently awarded Watkins Prize for his paper “What we owe… to whom?”

Board of Studies
  • Prof. Manoj Kumar Sinha, Director of Indian Law Institute, New Delhi
  • Prof. Sreenivasa Varakhedi, Vice Chancellor, Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Nagpur
  • Prof. Sai Baba, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore
  • Prof. Valson, National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Cochin
  • Prof. Nagraj Paturi, Director, Indic Academy and Former Professor of Cultural Studies, FLAMES School of Communication, Pune Maharastra
  • Prof. B Kannan, Retired Professor of Sanskrit, Jain University Bangalore and Academic Director, Swadeshi Indology
  • Mr. K M Gopakumar, Legal Advisor, Third World Network, New Delhi
  • Dr. DhanuRaj, Director, Centre for Public Policy Research, Kochi
  • Mr. Arun Krishnan, Adhoc Faculty, EGCS School & Consultant LL.M. Legal Theory programme
  • Prof. Vanisree Ramanathan, Head of the EGCS School
  • Dr. Sushree Sasmita Pati, Assistant Professor of Dharmasastra, EGCS School
  • Mr Nithin Ramakrishnan, Assistant Professor of International Law, EGCS

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