Substantive legal reform runs hand in hand with the reform and development of the government bodies and processes that implement laws. Issues related to legal design arise in diverse sectors and in relation with various activities, and Vidhi aims to bring standards of excellence in legal research wherever such problems emerge. In such research carried out by Vidhi it is regularly required to design a suitable fit between the objective of a law, the substantive rules governing regulated entities, the structure of government bodies, and the processes that these bodies follow.
In building and reforming these bodies and processes, a key concern is the development of administrative law, or the general body of law governing the activities of administrative agencies of the government. Vidhi aims to apply and develop administrative law by building on principles such as the rule of law and separation of powers, as well as by rationalising processes for adjudication, rule-making and enforcement by executive bodies.
At the same time, Vidhi is also deeply concerned with questions of effective regulation and brings cutting-edge insights from regulatory law and policy to the requirements of particular sectoral regulators and specific legal fields, such as TRAI’s (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) regulation of the telecom industry and government implementation of consumer protection laws. Vidhi’s work thus presents ample opportunity for the development of general norms as well as comparative study and cross-sectoral adaptation. This variety of research also positions it to develop best practices for drafting laws and designing legal rules for entirely novel areas of governance as well as sectors that may not have seen serious reform in decades.
With the nation on a path of tireless growth and development, Vidhi aims to keep working on the design of fairer and more effective government bodies.
The Law, the Visual and Access to Justice in the Colonial Courts of India
Rahela Khorakiwala's chapter from the book, 'Invisible Institutionalisms: Collective Reflections on the Shadows of Legal Globalisation'