February 18, 2024
CJI Chandrachud Highlights Role of Women Senior Advocates in Legal Transformation
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CJI Chandrachud Highlights Role of Women Senior Advocates in Legal Transformation

CJI Chandrachud Highlights Role of Women Senior Advocates in Legal Transformation

CJI Chandrachud Highlights Role of Women Senior Advocates in Legal Transformation

Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud, speaking at the annual lecture series commemorating the Supreme Court’s diamond jubilee, emphasized the pivotal role of women designated as senior advocates in shaping the future of the legal profession. CJI Chandrachud revealed a recent positive shift as the Supreme Court designated an equal number of women from various regions as senior advocates, countering the historical underrepresentation. He expressed confidence that these women would be “torchbearers of change.”

Legal Realities Evolve: Social Context Crucial for Legal Fora

CJI Chandrachud highlighted the evolving perspective within legal fora worldwide, recognizing the interconnectedness of law with social and political realities. He stressed the importance of fostering an environment conducive to mutual learning and the exchange of ideas, breaking away from the notion that law exists in isolation from society.

Shared Responsibility for Judicial Diversity

Addressing the need for diversity in international and national judicial offices, CJI Chandrachud shared insights on his academic journey at Harvard Law School with International Court of Justice judge Hilary Charlesworth. He emphasized that achieving more women judges is a shared responsibility involving nation-states and national groups engaged in the nomination process.

Advancements in India’s Judiciary Towards Inclusivity

CJI Chandrachud highlighted the strides made by the Supreme Court of India in promoting inclusivity. Initiatives include a sensitization module for the judiciary on LGBTQIA community matters and a handbook to combat gender stereotypes. These efforts underscore the court’s commitment to addressing contemporary challenges and fostering a more inclusive legal environment.

International Perspectives on Judicial Independence

International Court of Justice judge Hilary Charlesworth addressed the challenges to judicial independence, emphasizing the need for a nuanced understanding that accommodates intellectual, social, cultural, and national differences. She also discussed challenges in the context of disinformation, online harassment, threats, and the misuse of artificial intelligence, stressing the critical role of judiciary composition in upholding judicial independence.

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