Centre for Child and the Law

About the Centre

The Centre for Child and the Law (CCL) was established as a specialized multi-disciplinary research centre of NLSIU on April 1, 1996. The Centre integrates research, direct field action, and teaching on child rights law. We use law and socio-legal strategies as tools for transformative social change to enable children to live with dignity. Our aim is to ensure social justice, human rights and quality of life for all children in India, with special focus on equitable quality education, care, protection and justice for marginalized and excluded children. More

Child Protection

We have been working on issues related to child protection since the centre's inception. The main focus of our work has been to contribute to the law making process. A large quantum of our work during the formulation of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 was focused on preventing inclusion of transfer system.
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Study on Pendency before the Juvenile Justice Boards, Bengaluru Urban

A study to analyze the progress of cases before the Juvenile Justice Boards and the stages at which delays occur.

Case Study

Considering Children in Conflict with Law as Children in Need of Care and Protection

A case study to highlight the lack of support in the system to children in conflict with law.


Invitation to the High Court Juvenile Justice Committee Meeting

CCL had the honor of being invited to attend the Juvenile Justice committee meeting at the High Court of Karnataka.

Right to Food

Our work in this area has evolved over the past few years and has become an integral part of the ‘Right to Food’ fraternity in the country. We draw our energies from the constructive engagement with the state, which is strengthened with each collaborative endeavor.
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National Consultation with State Food Commissions

A National Consultation bringing State Food Commissions together to understand the status of National Food Security Act, 2013.


Ascertaining the status of existing AWCs in urban and tribal areas

A study to analyze the adequacy of anganwadi centres in tribal and urban areas and the status of their functioning.


What motivates policymakers to ask Questions on nutrition?

An analysis of the questions raised by parliamentarians on nutrition.

Right to Education

In the early years, we focused on the abolition of child labor using multi-pronged strategies. Work on ensuring good quality education to all children under 18 years started as a strategy to abolish child labor. Since then, we have done focused work in the field of education and all allied areas.
Right to Education


Community Participation – Founding Stone of Universalization of Quality Education in the neighbourhood

This article explores the mandated structure of SMCs, under the RTE Act in India and the evolution of the School Development...


Implementation of RTE Act, 2009 in the state of Karnataka

Report of the empirical study undertaken in the state of Karnataka to understand the measures taken by the concerned authorities for effective implementation of RTE Act.


Neighbourhood Common School System: A discussion paper towards policy formulation

The discussion paper brings an alternative discourse to transform the existing education system into Gram Panchayat/Ward Public School.


CCL has been bringing out publications which includes awareness generation materials, research reports and training materials. See all publications.

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