Human Rights

The future of legal aid in India: Lessons from Mewat, Haryana

What is the future of legal aid in India? What role do lawyers, law schools, and NGOs have in securing the rights and entitlements of citizens in rural India? Jane E. Schukoske, a firm believer in the potential of legal aid in alleviating poverty, is the CEO of the Institute of Rural Research and Development (“IRRAD“). Navneet Narwal is a Programme Leader at the same organisation and works with their Good Governance Now project, which has conducted structured training of citizens about their rights and entitlements in Mewat district in Haryana. They spoke with us about enhancing the current framework of the National Legal Services Authority and subordinate legal services authorities and the requirements placed on law schools to conduct legal aid clinics.