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Public Interest Litigation and the Transformation of the Supreme Court of India

Consequential Courts: Judicial Roles in Global Perspective (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2013)

Posted: 1 Aug 2013 Last revised: 10 Sep 2016

Manoj Mate

Harvard Law School; University of California, Berkeley - School of Law

Date Written: October 6, 2013

Abstract

This article analyzes the expansion of the power of the Supreme Court in India, by tracing the development of Public Interest Litigation (PIL). It examines how the Indian Supreme Court, through PIL, was able to dramatically expand its role in the governance of the polity, by intervening and challenging key governance failures by the other branches of Indian government. The article then seeks to provide an explanatory account of how the Indian Court was able to expand its power through greater activism and assertiveness in governance decisions.

Keywords: Comparative Constitutional Law, Constitutional Law, Public Law

Suggested Citation

Mate, Manoj, Public Interest Litigation and the Transformation of the Supreme Court of India (October 6, 2013). Consequential Courts: Judicial Roles in Global Perspective (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2285654

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