The Centre for Research in Criminal Justice was established to promote and advance national and comparative research and scholarship in the area of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, Criminology, Victimology, and Human Rights. The Centre has been inaugurated by Hon'ble Justice Naresh Patil (Judge, Bombay High Court) and Hon'ble Justice A.S. Oka (Judge, Bombay High Court) in the presence of Shri. Ashutosh Kumbhakoni (Advocate General, State of Maharashtra), Dr. Milind Sathe (Advocate and President, Bombay Bar Association), and other legal luminaries from Bar and academia on 13th January 2018.
Following are the key objectives of the Centre:
• To carry out coordinated research into the efficacy and adequacy of the Criminal Justice System in India and communicate the findings and recommendations to the agencies of Government concerned with the same.
• To research, analyze, and critically examine the laws, policies, and programs related to criminal laws and disseminate the findings through publications, workshops, seminars, and other means. Further, the centre also undertakes specific research programs in many areas.
• To organize various training programs, webinars, seminars, for stakeholders in these fields like students, academicians, researchers, etc.
• To organize student’s centric initiative in the form of an outreach program.
• To provide an interactive platform for exchanging thoughts about current events and interesting topics in the field of criminal law and human rights.
With many more objectives in the core, CRCJ has successfully introduced two Postgraduate Diploma programs in the year 2021. One in Crime Investigation, Medical Jurisprudence and Forensic Science and the Second one is Postgraduate Diploma in Litigation Lawyering and Law Firm Management. The Centre also organises ‘Criminal Justice Talks’ which are aimed to encourage the discussion between research, policy, and practice, and further, to contribute to wider public debates. This initiative is to explore various perspectives in Criminal Law. CRCJ Quizzical are organised every month for students across India and has undertaken research work in the form of Research Projects in areas such as 'Suggestive Amendments in Criminal laws', 'Revisiting the Law and Policy of Prison Administration in India’ etc.
Director: Prof. (Dr.) Anil G. Variath, I/c. Registrar
Deputy Director: Mr. Chirag Balyan, Assistant Professor
Coordinator: Ms. Gauri Rane, Teaching and Research Associate
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