Gender and Judging in India

18 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2010 Last revised: 4 Aug 2010

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Ann Stewart

University of Warwick - School of Law

Date Written: June 21, 2010


The paper provides the background for a project which traces the longer term impact on a cohort of judges in India of a major collaborative Indo British project on gender and law training in the 1990s. This group of 43 District and Sessions judges (31 men; 12 women), drawn from all over India were selected by their respective High Courts. Subsequently a significant number have been elevated to their High Courts (the final appellate body in each state). The paper places the judges within the background of the original project and the present institutional contexts in which they now function. It considers, through the lens of gender justice, two related debates: how to measure the effectiveness of international development projects involving judicial reform and the impact of women within the judiciary. It provides preliminary observations on interviews conducted with judges.

Keywords: Gender Justice, Judicial Selection, Diversity and Intersectionality, Agency

JEL Classification: B30, B31, K1, K30

Suggested Citation

Stewart, Ann, Gender and Judging in India (June 21, 2010). Warwick School of Law Research Paper No. 2010/11, Available at SSRN: or

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