C. Raj Kumar on International Law

Professor C. Raj Kumar is spearheading the initiative to establish India’s first global law school known as the Jindal Global Law School as a part of the proposed O.P. Jindal Global University to be located outside New Delhi (Sonipat, Haryana) and less than an hour from the Supreme Court of India in the heart of New Delhi. He was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, UK, where he obtained his Bachelor of Civil Law degree; a Landon Gammon Fellow at the Harvard Law School, where he obtained his Master of Laws degree, and a James Souverine Gallo Memorial Scholar at the Harvard University. He also obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Delhi, India; and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Loyola College of the University of Madras, India. Professor Kumar has held consultancy assignments in the field of human rights and governance. He is Consultant to the National Human Rights Commission in India. He has been a Consultant to the United Nations University, Tokyo; United Nations Development Programme; and the International Council for Human Rights Policy, Geneva. He has advised the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption in Sri Lanka and the National Human Rights Commission in India on issues relating to corruption and good governance.Professor Kumar’s areas of specialization, include, human rights and development, corruption and governance, law and disaster management, comparative constitutional law and legal education. He has more than hundred publications to his credit and has published widely in journals and law reviews in Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan and the U.S.  His three co-edited books are Human Rights and Development: Law, Policy and Governance, Tsunami and Disaster Management: Law and Governance, and Human Rights, Justice and Constitutional Empowerment.

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Kumar: Well, international law is that body of law which, in some ways, governs the relationship between states, and essentially, that’s now … I mean, in today’s context international law pretty much incorporates a variety of body of law, including the international trade law, intellectual property law, a wide range of issues relating to public international law, private international law. So international law is, in some ways, there are a number of aspects of the law which draws upon the domestic law itself, in some ways. So, for example, there are issues relating to conflict of law where, which jurisdictions law will become applicable in a given situation will also be governed. So, I mean, my own interest within the broader field of international law is relating to international human rights law. Now there is, essentially, human rights law could also be domestic constitutional law, which is what, in most countries, human rights is perceived to be. Now what international human rights law does is to understand what are the universally applicable set of rights on the basis of which how one’s rights and liberties can be protected and what are the institutions that could ensure that these rights are protected. In the international human rights context, for example, you inevitably look at the working of the United Nations, the working of the UN Human Rights Committee, the working of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, all these are essentially the key institutions as far as international human rights law is concerned, as well as the international trade law, you already much know the working of the WTO, the World Trade Organization, is the key organization or institution which will govern it.