What We Do
The Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy is an independent think-tank doing legal research to make better laws and improve governance for the public good. Vidhi is committed to producing legal research of the highest standard with the aim of informing public debate and contributing to improved governance. It was founded by Arghya Sengupta, Debanshu Mukherjee, Dhvani Mehta and Alok Prasanna in the year 2013.
Vidhi works with Ministries of the Government of India and State Governments, as well as other public institutions, providing research and drafting support at various stages of law-making. This work is conducted by the Public Law, and Corporate Law & Financial Regulation verticals. Vidhi’s work includes engagements with the Central Ministries of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Home Affairs, the Finance and Law Commissions of India, the State Governments of Delhi and Karnataka, and the Reserve Bank of India.
Vidhi also conducts and freely disseminates independent research in areas of legal reform which it believes is critical to India’s future. Currently, the areas of research are:
This vertical aims at ushering in reforms in the financial sector, and focuses on several areas including insolvency, corporate affairs and banking regulation. It assists government departments responsible for framing financial and corporate policies for the country. So far, the vertical has engaged with the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Finance and the Reserve Bank of India. Click here to know more.
Research in this area takes a data-driven approach to suggest reforms that address the problem of judicial delays. In 2017, Vidhi began the multi-year JALDI project on Justice, Access, and Lowering Delays in India, funded by Tata Trusts. The twin targets of this project is to tackles demand-side and supply-side issues through interdisciplinary research. Click here to know more
The Public Law vertical focuses on issues of constitutional law, administrative law and allied issues in public policy. The vertical works on engaged projects with Government Ministries and Commissions, providing research and drafting support at various stages of law-making. The Public Law vertical’s engagements are primarily with Central or State Ministries and independent regulators or commissions. The chief output from this vertical is in the form of research reports and draft legislation and regulation. Click here to know more.
The Tax Law vertical aims at facilitating reforms in the Indian tax landscape, specifically focusing on direct taxes, indirect taxes such as Goods and Service Tax, and International Taxation. The vertical seeks to achieve this goal by conducting independent legal research; and by providing research and drafting assistance to Union Ministries, State governments as well as statutory and constitutional bodies. Its past assignments include engaged work with the Finance Commission and the Goods and Services Tax Network. Click here to know more.
The Vidhi Aid Initiative works in the areas of education, environment and health. It aims to bridge the gap between legislative and judicial institutions and civil society organisations (CSOs) to ensure better governance through implementable legal frameworks. The main focus of Vidhi Aid’s work across its three subject areas is the enforcement and implementation of legal rights. It seeks to achieve this through independent legal research, assistance to CSOs and strategic public interest litigation. Click here to know more.
Nyaaya is a pioneering initiative of Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, conceived of by Rohini Nilekani and supported by Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies and The Lal Family Foundation. It seeks to assist everyone to understand and deal with everyday legal problems. Nyaaya provides comprehensive information on various legal topics, covering most aspects of the law that people interact with in their daily lives. Visit Nyaaya.in for more information.
Vidhi is a not-for-profit company set up under Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013. Donations to Vidhi are exempt from income-tax under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961.