Happy to welcome you all for our 8th, and the final lecture of the semester. Dr. Anup Surendranath's (NALSAR alumni) on-ground work as part of the 'Centre on the Death Penalty' at NLU Delhi (which he heads) has been unprecedented. The Centre was preceded by the Death Penalty Research Project which has lead to a much broader engagement on the death penalty.
The Centre is now involved in representing 60 prisoners on death row across India, alongwith carrying an extensive mental health project in the context of the death penalty, in collaboration with senior psychiatrists from NIMHANS, Bangalore. They have also intitated a detailed sentencing project that looks at death penalty sentencing in trials courts over the last 15 years in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Delhi. Another leg of work includes a judges opinion study among all former judges of the Supreme Court on the state of the criminal justice system.
If and when the death penalty goes out of the statute books in India, his work in the field (culminating into the two reports on the topic) and the LCI's 262nd report will be the major contributing factors.
Dr. Anup Surendranath will deliver the lecture on 'Re-imagining Constitutional Questions on the Death Penalty' as part of the NALSAR Lecture Series on Constitutionalism.
Do join us at SAARC Law at 5 pm on March 7 (Tuesday) to meet the man himself.