The Center for Constitutional Rights India is the only institution in India with an exclusive focus on providing education on human rights law and activism. With a base in Delhi, CCRI run courses throughout India in remote rural areas where access to high quality legal and human rights education is hard to find, as well as in the metro cities.
CCRI gives participants access to a wide range of human rights organizations in India and internationally through guest lecturers and invited speakers. Our teachers and trainers are all human rights activists, academics, lawyers and judges from India and abroad, who combine research with ongoing advocacy so the courses keep up to date with new developments in the field. We bring theory, practice, and law together into a truly integrated and multi-disciplinary programme.
CCRI specialises in public interest law, social activism and access to justice. We offer a radical and comprehensive curriculum from the perspective of poor and marginalized people. Our courses are designed and built around the specific issues and concerns of the time and place in which they are delivered. This means that we can respond immediately to critical situations by providing training to local lawyers and activists on how to use the law to support the community.
CCRI offers customized training for lawyers, law students, judges, social workers, law enforcement personnel, journalists, community activists and others to refresh skills and update on new developments in human rights issues and legal remedies.
As a matter of principle CCRI aims to make learning about the law accessible to lawyers and non-lawyers alike. We aim to ensure that resources are free of jargon, encourage challenge and enquiry and motivate participation and further involvement. Using a range of methods including guest lecturers, expert panels, case studies, debates, discussions, moot courts and field trips CCRI offers a comprehensive foundation for using legal instruments to promote human rights.
What you learn?
- How to research and file Public Interest Litigation.
- Provisions and procedures for Right to Information requests.
- Landmark judgements and orders and how they were achieved.
- The human rights based approach to development, poverty alleviation and service provision.
- Precedents from international law and how to make use of them.
- Expert views on the background and current state of human rights in Indian.
- Methods and approaches for campaigning for reform.
- Updates and skills sessions on Indian legislation and the impact on human rights.
Who we reach?
CCRI courses have a broad spectrum of appeal to a wide range of individuals and organisations concerned with promoting human rights, for example.
- Social activists, Trades Unions and grassroots movements.
- International, national and local NGOs and development organizations.
- Media persons, academics, medical and educational professionals.
- Lawyers, judiciary, paralegals and students.
- Law enforcement officers and civil servants.
- Individuals, families and self help groups affected by the issues.
Legal Aid Clinics
Establishing legal Aid clinics is a practical and much needed outcome of the trainings conducted by the CCRI. These will have the effect of
- Practical training for students in representing poor and marginalized people.
- Community participation in legal initiatives.
- Increased access to services for poor and marginalized communities.