Course on Criminal Justice Institutions in India | CPAJ | CHRI

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Course on Criminal Justice Institutions

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CPAJ of National Law University Odisha, in collaboration with CHRI is organising a Single Credit Course on Criminal Justice Institutions in India.

About National Law University Odisha

The National Law University Odisha (NLUO) was established in the year Act IV of 2008 of the State of Odisha. In a span of twelve years, the University has made a name for itself by earning laurels with excellent performance of its students in various moot courts, literary debating competition and other co-curricular activities. Our competition and other co-curricular activities.

Our faculty research output has always been of a very high standard. Faculty publications in several top-tier international publications bespeak about their subject expertise and scholarship. Our rigorous academic discipline coupled with a friendly learning environment provides a platform to the students to realize their true potential and develop n their fields of interest and passion.

The University’s degrees/certificates are duly recognized by the University Grants Commission and Bar Council of India. It is also an associate member of the UGC-INFLIBNET, and a participant in the National Knowledge Network under the Ministry of Information Technology and Communication, Government of India.

The University has been accredited with ‘A’ Grade by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). National Law University of Odisha, Cuttack (NLU Odisha) has been ranked at number 6 under the ‘Top 10 Emerging Colleges’ (Law) category in the India Today’s Best Colleges Ranking of 2021.

About Centre for Poverty and Access to Justice

The Centre for Poverty and Access to Justice was established in the year 2020 with the aim of minimising and mitigating the obstacles faced by the socially and economically disadvantaged people in accessing justice. The objective of the Centre is to promote community and traditional justice systems that are relatively easily accessible to vulnerable groups, and to make them more compliant with Human Rights.

The Centre aims at studying the barriers to access to justice with emphasis on the groups disadvantaged due to inequality in their economic status, discrimination, and lack of legal awareness; and overcoming the barriers through State, Civil Society and policy Intervention.

About Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

CHRI specialises in the areas of Access to Justice (ATJ) and Access to Information (ATI). The ATJ programme has focussed on Police and Prison Reforms, to reduce arbitrariness and ensure transparency while holding duty bearers to account. CHRI looks at policy interventions, including legal remedies, building civil society coalitions and engaging with stakeholders.

The ATI looks at Right to Information (RTI) and Freedom of Information laws across geographies, provides specialised advice, sheds light on challenging issues, processes for widespread use of transparency laws and develops capacity.

CHRI reviews pressures on freedom of expression and media rights while a focus on Small States seeks to bring civil society voices to bear on the UN Human Rights Council and the Commonwealth Secretariat. CHRI has special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council and is accredited to the Commonwealth Secretariat. Recognised for its expertise by governments, oversight bodies and civil society, it is registered as a society in India, a limited charity in London and an NGO in Ghana.

Although the Commonwealth, an association of 54 nations, provided member countries the basis of shared common laws, there was little specific focus on human rights issues in member countries. It works on and collaborates around public education programmes, policy dialogues, comparative research, advocacy and networking on the issues of Access to Information and Access to Justice.

About the Course on Criminal Justice Institutions in India

The single-credit course of 16 hours  focuses on ‘Criminal Justice Institutions in India’ particularly on Police and Prison Reforms, policy, research and advocacy in the area. Under the wide area of Access to Justice, the course is designed around the topics of police oversight bodies, police accountability, the questions of custodian violence as a part of the police reforms.

Further, under prison reforms, the course touches on the areas of conditions of prisons, rights and vulnerabilities of the prison population among more interesting topics. The course will consist of lectures, presentations, case study, video, exercise and assessment. Thus, in order to undertake focused learning and cover the different stages in the course, the seats are being limited to 40 students only.

Resource persons for the course will consist of Members of CHRI having undertaken research in the area, Retired Police and Prison Officers, representatives of City Core Group – Mumbai (steered by CHRI) and Civil Society members.


This course is open to all the students of NLUO and other law students currently enrolled in a 5-year or 3-year law programme. This course will be particularly helpful to the students from 1st and 2nd year of five-year law course, 1st year students of three-year law course and the students having interest in the field of Access to Justice.

Course Details

  • Dates: 15th to 24th February (4 sessions per week)
  • Timing: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm (8 sessions of 16 hours)
  • Mode: Online (Google Meet)
  • Maximum Participation: 40 students only


  • Registration Fee: Rs. 1000/-
  • Last Date of Registration: 10th February 2022
  • Register LinkClick Here

Payment is to be made through Bank Transfer/NEFT/IMPS/UPI Bank Transfer to the Account mentioned in the Brochure.

On filling the Registration From, you will need to attach the screenshot of payment clearly showing the Beneficiary name/details and Amount

Brochure: Click Here


E-mail: [email protected]

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