Symposium: Perspectives on Fundamental Rights in South Asia - Guest Editor's Preface
Drexel Law Review, Vol. 2, No. 2, p. 361, 2010
4 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2010 Last revised: 27 Jun 2013
Date Written: May 21, 2010
This symposium issue of the Drexel Law Review marks the anticipated launch of a proposed new section on Law and South Asian Studies of the Association of American Law Schools, including several contributions that were initially presented during a session of the proposed section at AALS Annual Meeting for 2010. The proposed AALS section comes at a moment of heightened interest in the region among lawyers, policymakers, and the public at large in the United States, and is part of a rapidly growing constellation of scholarly initiatives on law in South Asia that have emerged internationally in recent years. In the symposium, Marc Galanter, Shylashri Shankar, Elisabeth Wickeri, Payal Shah, Sehla Ashai, and Arpan Banerjee offer a range of perspectives touching on the subject of fundamental rights in South Asia.
“India,” Vijay Prashad has noted, first “came to America by mistake,” in the course of Columbus’s encounter with North America. Today, individuals from the United States, including lawyers, policymakers, and scholars, are going to countries throughout South Asia rather more intentionally and in large numbers, but genuine learning and insight will remain the product of mistakes and accidental “discoveries” without concerted efforts at meaningful political, cultural, and social dialogue by both individuals and institutions. With the establishment of the proposed AALS Law and South Asian Studies section, we can look forward to another forum for such engagement with the region taking its place among those that have emerged in recent years.
Keywords: South Asia, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Constitution, Comparative Constitutional Law, Fundamental Rights, Human Rights, Marc Galanter, Shylashri Shankar, Elisabeth Wickeri, Payal Shah, Sehla Ashai, Arpan Banerjee
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