Lawctopus Law School Book Club is discussing the book ‘Sex and the Supreme Court: How the Law is Upholding the Dignity of the Indian Citizen’ with Senior Advocate Saurabh Kirpal. Saurabh Kirpal, an LGBT rights activist, is also the editor of the book ‘Sex and the Supreme Court’ which is a collection of essays on how the court has shaped gender, sex and sexuality.
Join the conversation as he talks about the books and other things. Registration link below.
Keeping with the theme of Pride Month, this June, Lawctopus Law School Book Club is reading ‘Sex and the Supreme Court: How the Law is Upholding the Dignity of the Indian Citizen’. You can check out the book here.
Launched in 2020, the book ‘Sex and the Supreme Court’ features a collection of essays on gender, sexuality, rights and law. Navigating through several judgements of the Supreme Court, the book unravels the effect of such landmark judgements on identities, society, social change and autonomy. In highlighting the importance of the transformative character of the Constitution, the many essays try to understand the relationship between constitutional and social morality. The book is edited by activist and Senior Advocate Saurabh Kirpal, and features contributions from senior advocates, journalists, petitioners and former judges of the Supreme Court.
And guess what?
Saurabh Kirpal will be joining us to discuss the book!
Saurabh Kirpal is a practising advocate at the Supreme Court. He has been designated as a Senior Advocate recently.
He did his graduation from St. Stephen’s at Delhi University. He transitioned into law soon after. He read law from the University of Oxford and did his Masters from the University of Cambridge. He has worked with the United Nations in Geneva. He was the counsel for the Navtej Singh Johar v. Union of India. The judgement eventually led to the decriminalisation of Section 377.
Saurabh Kirpal was recommended as the Delhi High Court judge in 2017. Since 2017, his appointment has been deferred several times, including once this year. The delay on the part of the Centre is attributed to Senior Advocate Kirpal’s sexuality. His Twitter bio describes him as an ‘accidental lgbtqia+’ activist. Thanks to his activism, we are reading ‘Sex and the Supreme Court’ edited by him.
About Lawctopus Law School Book Club
This book club is part of Lawctopus Law School. Here we read books related to “law” and discuss them. At the end of the book, we have a guest to discuss the book with. Till now we’ve read ‘Behind Bars: Prison Tales of India’s Most Famous’ and ‘Black Warrant: Confessions of a Tihar Jailer’ and discussed it with journalist and author Sunetra Choudhury (here); ‘East-West Street’ and discussed it with Prof. Philippe Sands (here); ‘A People’s Constitution’ and had Dr. De himself come for the book (here). We also had TG Shenoy over to discuss the book ‘The Moon is a Harsh Mistress’ by Robert Heinlein (here). Read more about the club here.
Currently we have more than 450+ members who read one book each month and discuss it.
If you wish to join the Book Club and read with usfill the form here, we’ll contact you soon.
Sonali has a Master’s in Law, Politics and Society from Ambedkar University Delhi. She has a background in Journalism and Mass Communication. She has worked in several news media organizations, including Indian Express Pune. She also designed a 360-degree advertising campaign for the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). Consequently, she bagged a job as a project-based media advisor at the organisation. She loves theatre and improv and theorizes everything in her reach. Her spirit animal is a koala bear, as she loves to sleep and hang upside down.