Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud, an distinguished alumnus of Harvard Law School, was bestowed with the prestigious ‘Award for Global Leadership‘ by his institution. This recognition stands as a testament to his exceptional contributions to the field of law and justice.
A Proud Alumnus
Chief Justice DY Chandrachud’s association with Harvard Law School goes back several decades. He reminisced fondly about his time at the institution, where he pursued his Master of Laws (LLM) from 1982 to 1983 and later embarked on his Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) journey from 1983 to 1986. These formative years at Harvard shaped his perspective and laid the foundation for his distinguished career in the legal profession.
100 Years of Graduate Law Program
The occasion also coincided with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Harvard Law School’s Graduate Law Program, highlighting the enduring commitment of the institution to legal education and innovation.
Incorporating Technology in the Court
During his tenure as the Chief Justice of India, Chandrachud has been at the forefront of judicial reform. The Supreme Court under his leadership has taken significant steps in incorporating technology in court processes. This modernization has not only improved efficiency but has also made legal proceedings more accessible and transparent to the public.
Breaking Stereotypes: Launch of Handbook
Chief Justice Chandrachud also emphasized the importance of combating gender stereotypes within the legal profession. Under his guidance, the Supreme Court launched a ‘Handbook on Combating Gender Stereotypes.’ This initiative is a testament to his commitment to promoting equality and inclusivity in the field of law.
The Chief Justice passionately spoke about the interconnectedness of law with other fields of knowledge. He stressed that the law cannot operate in isolation and is intrinsically linked to various other domains such as medical science and technology. His vision for an interdisciplinary approach to legal studies is paving the way for a more holistic understanding of the law.
Democratizing Legal Profession
Addressing the democratization of the legal profession, Chief Justice Chandrachud shared insights into the new law clerk scheme implemented during his tenure. This scheme aims to provide equal access for all individuals to apply for a clerkship at the Supreme Court, ensuring that opportunities in the legal field are accessible to a broader spectrum of society.
A Fireside Chat at Harvard
During the ceremony, Chief Justice Chandrachud engaged in a fireside chat with David Wilkins, a renowned professor at Harvard Law School and Faculty Director of the Center on the Legal Profession. This discussion provided an invaluable opportunity for students and faculty to gain insights into the Chief Justice’s vision for the legal system.
An Interaction with the Harvard Community
Throughout the event, Chief Justice Chandrachud had the privilege of interacting with students and faculty members from various departments at Harvard University, fostering meaningful dialogues and enriching the academic environment with his wisdom and experience.