Envisioning an Inclusive Legal System
CEDE (Community for the Eradication of Discrimination in Education and Employment) is a network of lawyers, law firms, judges, and other organisations and individuals, who are committed towards reforming the Indian legal profession.
Even 70 years after the enactment of the Constitution, there is systemic under-representation of Dalits (Scheduled Castes), Adivasis (Scheduled Tribes), Other Backward Classes, Nomadic & Denotified communities, transgender individuals, persons with disabilities, people from North-East India, and other minorities in both the legal profession and the judiciary. In the absence of due representation, the legal profession and the judiciary cannot ever be truly representative of the historically marginalised.
What we do to reduce the gap in representation
Organising internships for the marginalised
Why Representation Matters
CEDE Inaugural Lecture delivered by Justice DY Chandrachud on April 14th, 2021.
Disha Wadekar is an advocate practicing in the Supreme Court. She has worked as an associate at the chambers of Sr. Adv. Indira Jaising on constitutional matters including the Sabarimala case and the Jarnail Singh case (reservation in promotions). Wadekar has also headed a legal resource center set up under a project by London School of Economics. Her work has involved representation in cases of campus discrimination, atrocities against Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes and custodial torture. Wadekar has also represented victims of violence at Bhima Koregaon in 2018. She has previously worked as a Consultant Advocate for Project 39A at National Law University, Delhi, and Centre for Women's Development Studies, New Delhi.
Anurag Bhaskar is an Assistant Professor at the Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat. He is also an affiliate faculty at the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession, USA. He is recipient of Indian Equality Law Fellowship at Melbourne Law School, Australia, and the Bluestone Rising Scholar Award 2021, Brandeis University, USA. Anurag completed his LLM from Harvard Law School and his BA LLB from Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU), Lucknow. He has also clerked for an year with Justice DY Chandrachud (Judge, Supreme Court of India). Read about his journey here.
Avinash Mathews is an advocate at the Supreme Court, working in the Chambers of Adv. Ninad Laud, previously having worked at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co, Delhi. A gold medallist at the Jindal Global Law School and an Economics Graduate from St. Stephen's College, Delhi, he has also interned at the Chambers of Justice UU Lalit (Judge, Supreme Court of India). While in law school he assisted with the preparation of arguments for the Money Bill aspect of the KS Puttuswamy v. Union of India (II) (Aadhaar) case. Avinash was a business analyst at a multinational consulting firm, before deciding to pursue a career in law in the hopes of creating lasting social change.
Justice K. Ramaswamy Fellow
Sitamsini Cherukumalli is currently pursuing her LL.B from Jindal Global Law School. She has previously worked as a Campaigns Manager for Bebaak Collective (Voice of the Fearless), a forum of autonomous women’s movements fighting against fundamentalism and oppression. She is also currently a Research Volunteer at Parichay, a Legal Aid Clinic for NRC Appeals.