Our Story

The Centre for Law and Policy Research (CLPR) is a not-for-profit trust that was started in 2009 by Jayna Kothari and Sudhir Krishnaswamy.

The Centre was established in recognition of the need to have a legal research organisation dedicated to the rule of law and defense of constitutional values.

Impact Timeline


    Launch of CADIndia




    A curated and accessible portal on the Constituent Assembly Debates

    Launch of ConQuest




    India’s first quiz on the Indian Constitution, History and Politics

    Amendment of Karnataka Police Act




    Section 36A of the Act which criminalises transgender persons is amended

    Independent Thought Judgement




    Supreme Court criminalised child marital rape

    Section 377 Judgment




    The Supreme Court decriminalised Section 377 of the IPC in its application to same sex relationships between consenting adults

    Adultery Judgment




    Supreme Court struck down Section 497 of IPC and decriminalised adultery.



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We, at CLPR, believe that the Constitution of India is the most authoritative and comprehensive point of reference and our core purpose is to ensure that the Constitution works for everyone.

We take a multidisciplinary approach towards public interest intervention and legal research which is built on an ethic of social engagement and a rigorous and independent analysis of the law. Through our work we aim to equip citizens to better evaluate their own socio-political contexts and improve access to justice to marginalised groups.

Our Theory Of Change

At CLPR, we are constantly working towards Social Justice and Transformation

We address situations of discrimination and inequality by looking at the law, the wider social context through grass root interaction with community and develop strategies using rigorous social science research and analysis.

Secondly, we develop and advance strategies that are grounded in core constitutional and liberal human rights values, which further the interests of the community we represent, whether they are women and girls, people with disabilities, transgender persons and sexual minorities.

Thirdly, we are committed to an advocacy strategy that delivers maximal impact through law reform, policy advocacy, research and through strategic litigation in the lower courts, High Courts and the Supreme Court.

All Discrimination & Intersectionality pages are co-funded by the European Union

Disclaimer: This website page was created and maintained with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the Centre for Law and Policy Research and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

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