Online Internship Experience at Centre for Justice, Law and Society: Valuable Learnings

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Name of the Intern, Year of Study, College 

Tanaya Das, 4th  Year, Chanakya National Law University (Patna)

Name of the Organization, Address and About the Organization

The Centre for Justice, Law and Society (Formerly known as the Centre for Health Law, Ethics and Technology – CHLET).

O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonepat Narela Road, Near Jagdishpur Village, Sonipat, Haryana 

CJLS is a multidisciplinary research center at the Jindal Global Law School that critically engages with contemporary issues at the intersection of law, justice, society and marginalization in South Asia. CJLS works on issues of judicial diversity, critical pedagogy, critical legal theory, gender, sexuality, constitutional law, public health law, caste and indigeneity, and social movements and the law.

It has drafted recommendations on legislations of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules 2020, and the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 and I was also part of this project. The center focuses on research, activism, as well as advocacy.

Method of Application

Mail your CV along with cover letter and Statement of Interest (around 300 words) to cjls@jgu.edu.in and cc the same to djain@jgu.edu.in,  joshikasaraf@gmail.com and dchaudhari@jgu.edu.in. 

Selection of CV and Statement of Interest is followed by a telephonic interview. The duration of interview is of 3 to 5 minutes. They will ask you about the reason for applying in the center and some question on related to your CV. Upon selection they will provide you with the acceptance letter within a week.

Duration of Internship

1st June, 2021 to 30th June, 2021 (one month)

Online Internship Experience

The stress is on the importance of the capacity to learn, which must be developed at the earliest stage possible. Imparting of knowledge should be there which is a transcendental one crossing all socially created artificial barriers and not a negotiated relationship bound by terms and conditions.

These are the words of eminent jurist Nani Palkhivala. The imparting of knowledge should be such which promotes imagination and creativity. This capacity to learn should be combined with researching skills, which can be developed by internships experiences. 

Nature of Work

The internship was online due to the pandemic. The internship will be reading and writing intensive and will also include designing and editing tasks. The main tasks were preparing write-ups, case briefs, literature review and presentation.

Each intern is allotted a mentor. That mentor will allot you the work and guide you for that allotted task. The interns will have the opportunity to work on issues at the intersection of law and marginalization. (Such as abortion law, LGBTQ communities’ rights, health law, caste, SRHR). 

Good Things

  • The internship is all about learning, reading and interaction. The mentors are highly cooperative and approachable. In case of any queries related to work you can ask them directly. In case of any mistake, they will never reprimand you, rather they will try to make you understand and tell you how to improve.
  • With every task ample time is allotted as their motive is that the interns should learn something while working. 
  • Every week they organize reading groups. They will provide you with a reading piece of few pages a week before the schedule reading group. The piece provided is always related to intersectionality existing in the society. The reading group of one hour in which interns along with mentors discuss their ideas, emotions, take- away elated to that reading piece. 
  • The center also organizes Scholar Talk. In these various professors and researchers discuss on researching, writing, their journey in academia. This is an initiative started by the center to guide students who wants to pursue LLM from abroad or academia as their career. 

Experience

As a law student if you are interested in issues related to marginalization and law CJLS is a place for you. This internship will not provide with certificate but also with some life changing experience.

My overall experience was intriguing and enriching. I unlearned some of the prejudices which was there unconsciously. I was allotted to research on SRHR, Disability and Feminism. The work on sexuality is fraught with challenges and generally overlooked addressing the sexuality concerns of people with disabilities is much more difficult.

Women make up the majority of all disabled people, due to this the particular interests and experiences of disabled women are of importance within broader feminist debates about choices and rights. While researching on this issue I realized the importance of providing sexual autonomy to all the people.

Sexual autonomy is not only related to physical aspect but also to developmental aspect of mind, personality and spirit. The sexual desires cannot be detached from any person be it a person with disability, due to this addressing SRHR of disabled person is prominent. I learnt about Anti-Carceral Politics and Feminism.

I read pieces of Patricia J. Williams and Ramchandra Guha’s book India After Gandhi. I read “How a trans man went on a resilient journey of transformation” by Gee Imaan Semmalar.

This internship is not something that will teach you how to complete your works before deadlines. This is not some kind of firm which will make to work 12 hours in a day without stipend. This internship is something that will allow you to grow. It will make you human by introduction to the intersectionality of society and methods to deal with it. If you want an internship that is not stressful and but full of learning experience CJLS is the place for you. It will not give stipends but some life changing and enriching experiences.  

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