Centre of specialization has been inducted with an objective to address the issues concerning better regulation and accountability, in the domain of governance, human rights, public and private laws. The SLS Hyderabad seeks to work on both theory and methodology in the field of research at the interplay between law, governance, regulation and public policy.
The Centre deploys an interdisciplinary approach and draws on critical social science, law and governance and also all the policies which are embedded in political, economic, social and historical processes. It seeks to examine all the practices of governance from the government, bureaucracy, judiciary, community and family; the socio-legal processes which could provide access to justice; and notions of governance.
The normative ideals of justice, equity and freedom are reflected in the center’s critical examination of existing institutions and practices of law and governance. The Centre‘s academic program seeks to produce scholarly research in these areas; it also seeks to translate theory into practices of governance and by initiating debate, sharing research and providing a platform for dialogue between the academy, government, civil society and international agencies. The Centre has developed a reputation as a location where academic rigour can be meshed with reflection on policy and advocacy. The Centre seeks to become a focal point for understandingthe links between the formal legal framework and governance in practice.
Evidence of Success: The centre has successfully attempted pedagogical innovations. Its teaching of optional courses is largely in the lecture and seminar format where students read in advance of the class, making presentations and engaging in discussion in the classroom. Apart from these the faculty encourages open-book examinations.