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Oxford University Press launches ‘Appointment of Judges to the Supreme Court of India: Transparency, Accountability and Independence’

New Delhi, April 9th, 2018: Oxford University Press, the world’s largest university press, has released book ‘Appointment of Judges to the Supreme Court of India: Transparency, Accountability and Independence’ edited by Arghya Sengupta and Ritwika Sharma. 

The book was launched in the presence of the eminent personalities including Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Hon’ble Judge, Supreme Court of India and Professor Paul Craig, Professor of Law, University of Oxford. The book release was followed by the panel discussion on ‘The Indian Higher Judiciary: Issues & Prospects’. 

The National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) judgment, on the appointment of judges to the Supreme Court, has been the subject of a deeply polarized debate in the public sphere and academia. This volume analyses the NJAC judgment, and provides a rich context to it, in terms of philosophical, comparative, and constitutional issues that underpin it. The work traces the history of judicial appointments in India; examines the constitutional principles behind selecting judges and their application in the NJAC judgment; and comparatively looks at the judicial appointments process in six select countries—United Kingdom, South Africa, Canada, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal—enquiring into what makes a good judge and an effective appointments process. 

With wide-ranging essays by leading lawyers, political scientists, and academics from India and abroad, the volume is a deep dive into the constitutional concepts of judicial independence and separation of powers as discussed in the NJAC judgment. 

Arghya Sengupta is the founder and research director at the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, New Delhi, India and 
Ritwika Sharma is a candidate for the LLM (2017–18) at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, UK.


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