Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
This week we will discuss recent developments in India's death penalty jurisprudence in light of the Supreme Court's decision in Santosh Kumar Bariyar v. Sate of Maharashtra. The judgment can be found here. Please read it for this week's session. We will meet at 4:00 p.m. on July 30, 2009 (Thursday) in the 5th year classroom.
Suggestions for additional reading (optional):
Bachchan Singh v. State of Punjab
Machhi Singh v. State of Punjab
EDIT: The link to the judgment seems to break ever so often. The judgment is available on JUDIS and Manupatra. It is dated 13th May, 2009 and was delivered by Justice S. B. Sinha. As additional reading it might also be instructive to go through Swamy Shraddananda @ Murali Manohar Mishra v. State of Karnataka (Judgment of Justice Aftab Alam delivered on July 22, 2008. Citation AIR 2008 SC 3040).
The Forum will meet once a week for a 2-hour session to discuss topics and readings assigned for that session. The topic for each week’s discussion will be decided the previous week and a group of students will be assigned the task of leading discussions. Students can either sign up to be graded for one-credit, or can audit some or all sessions without grading. The Forum will meet every Thursday between 4:00–6:00 p.m. Where possible, the Forum will invite other Faculty members and outside experts to speak on the issue under discussion.
Since students will be working as a group, they will be expected to read beyond the assigned material for the week for which they are responsible. They should be familiar with the most important legal developments on the topic of discussion and should know the important previous cases, statutory measures, reports, etc on the area of their responsibility. Students will be graded as a group for the presentation component of the course. As far as possible we will try forming groups such that they cut across batches. Each registered student has to be involved in leading discussions and writing up on ONE session of the Forum.
Students interested in participating in the Forum for credit are requested to sign up with the Exam Dept.