Research

The latest addition to the CCR (Sheffield Centre for Criminological Research) Occasional Paper series titled Law Reform and Deliberative Democracy: Lessons for the Committee for Reforms in Criminal Laws (India) authored by Arushi Garg, Nikita Sonavane, Richard Percival, Rishika Sahgal and Udit Bhatia. In this paper, they develop a theoretical framework of deliberative democracy and deploy it to critique ongoing criminal law reform processes in India. Their analysis is informed by established and emergent law reform procedures from India and several other Commonwealth nations.


An interview event titled Criminal Law Reform in the Postcolony: Nikita Sonavane in Conversation with Prabha Kotiswaran and Tarunabh Khaitan. In this event, the panelists draw out the ethical, political and constitutional implications of carrying out large-scale criminal law reform in the global South, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic. They explore the need for robust pre-legislative processes, and the role that academics and activists can productively play in facilitating law reform.