The Common Law and Other Things

Justify | Podcast · March 9, 2020
Author(s): Arghya Sengupta

On the eleventh episode of Justify: The Common Law and Other Things ft. Professor Shivprasad Swaminathan

Round Up important cases from February including the Sabarimala reference and a preventive detention case from the J&K High Court [starts at 1:25]

Deep Dive into the common law and what noted jurists have had to say about it [starts at 11:16 ]

Listen in to a Tete-a-tete with legal philosopher Professor Shivprasad Swaminathan on the nature of the common law. Understand what he means by the proposition that ‘knowing’ the common law is more akin to an aesthetic sense than scientific knowledge [starts at 14:07]

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About Arghya Sengupta:

Arghya is the Founder and Research Director at Vidhi. His areas of specialisation are constitutional law and regulation of the digital economy. He has served on a number of government committees including most recently the Justice B.N. Srikrishna-led committee of experts on a data protection framework for India. Arghya has a number of academic publications on the Supreme Court, Parliament, fundamental rights in leading law journals such as Law Quarterly Review and Public Law. He is also a columnist at The Telegraph, The Hindustan Times and The Times of India. He has most recently authored a book "Independence and Accountability of the Indian Higher Judiciary" (Cambridge, 2019) which builds on his doctoral work at Oxford University. Prior to founding Vidhi, he was at Oxford as a Lecturer in Administrative Law at Pembroke College. Link to full bio