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Centre for Social Justice

Bodakdev, India
Joined August 2018

Human rights Organisation established in 1993. Fights for the rights of the marginalised and the vulnerable, principally in the sphere of access to justice.

Presence in: India
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Traditional / Customary Justice

Established in 1993, the Centre for Social Justice (“CSJ”) is a human rights organisation fighting for the rights of the marginalised and the vulnerable, principally in the sphere of access to justice. Inspired by Freirean thought, CSJ has been active in more than ten States across India creating human rights interventions using law as a key strategy through an intimate engagement with grassroot realities. Over the last 25 years, CSJ’s experience in the access to justice field has led to the development of a unique conceptualisation of vulnerability founded in the interface between individual and collective identities. This has meant that CSJ not only assists in the empowerment of vulnerable communities through the enforcement of socio-economic and civil-political rights, but also (within a broadly restorative view of justice), more crucially, engages with reordering social relations that perpetrate discrimination and violence with a view towards a long-term re-alignment of intra- and inter-community dynamics of power.

Central to CSJ’s efforts are its institutional interventions in legal reform and research which bridge and symbiotically combine grassroots activism, law and policy-making on a wide gamut of issues concerning the rights of women, Dalits, Adivasis, minorities and other socially vulnerable groups. This has only been possible because of the Centre’s tireless efforts – through its wide network of law centres – in training and strengthening community lawyers and paralegals; thus, building capacities for paradigm-altering leadership within their communities. The law centres – consisting of a team of lawyers, paralegals and researchers – not only provide litigative support and outreach to communities but become nodes for the propagation of a more holistic conception of Human Rights that incorporates a vision for peace and justice beyond the confines of the rights-framework.

People Associated With This Organization

Krishnananda Pai

Centre for Social Justice (Unverified)
Joined October 2017
Interests: Governance, Accountability & Transparency
sir, we as an NGO functioning in the social service for the welfare of underprivileged section of the society. while working we come across hundreds of issues relating family problems to domestic violence.
hence we request you to give us a paralegal volunteer status we can work for the benefit of needy.

thanking you

with regards

Nikita Sonavane

Centre for Social Justice
Joined August 2018
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Health, Traditional / Customary Justice
I have been working as a Research Associate with the Centre for Social Justice. My key responsibilities include legal research, capacity building of volunteers and paralegals, conceptualizing and strategising the organisation’s intervention on local governance and community rights in the Adivasi (tribal) region of Gujarat in India.

Shubham Gurav

Centre for Social Justice
Joined August 2022
Interests: Community Paralegals, Criminal Justice, Ethnic / Religious Minorities' Rights, Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Labor & Employment, Legal Aid & Public Interest Law, Refugees & Migrant Rights, Right to Information, Women's Rights
Working as program manager at Centre for Social Justice, India. I hails from Atpadi tehsil of Sangli, Maharashtra, India. I work in domains of- informal labour, Legal empowerment, Access to Justice, Caste and Gender issues, intersectionality. I completed my masters in Development from Azim Premji University Bangalore. Previously, I graduated in political Science from SPPU, Pune.

Sonal Soni

Centre for Social Justice (Unverified)
Joined October 2018
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Family, Gender-based violence, Right to Information, Women's Rights
Sonal is a fierce feminist and a young law-graduate from NLU, Ranchi whose interest areas include gender studies, culture and community development, and access to justice. Currently working as Research Associate with Centre for Social Justice, an organisation working for countering human rights violations and reinforcung rule of law through Advocacy.
I truly believe that together, as collectives, we can create a sustainable and just society.

Tanay Gandhi

Centre for Social Justice (Unverified)
Joined August 2018
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Traditional / Customary Justice
I am a graduate in law, but with a deeper interest in political theory. I work with the Centre for Social Justice in Ahmedabad, India as a research fellow. My work is centred on issues of forest land rights and local self-governance for Adivasi communities in the state of Gujarat. I have joined this network to leverage the immense wealth of knowledge experience of legal empowerment available here (and hopefully, also contribute to) in my own work and to learn from other countries and contexts about legal empowerment strategies, theories and principles, chiefly in the context of indigenous people's rights.

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