This panel discussion examines judicial politics in five South Asian states: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. It will deliberate on the contribution of distinct political and social groups to judicial politics in South Asia, the impact of constitutional and political developments on judicial behaviour, and provide interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives on judicial politics.
Professor Tarunabh Khaitan, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford will explain aversive constitutionalism in India. Prof Ridwanul Haque, University Fellow, Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University will talk about judicialisation of politics and politicisation of judiciary in Bangladesh. Dr Dinesha Samararatne, Senior Lecturer in Public International Law, University of Colombo will discuss judicial innovation in Sri Lanka. Dr Nauman Reayat, Department of Politics, University of York will speak on judicial populism and judicial independence in Pakistan. Mohammad Qaeem Danishyar, Justice and Judicial Affairs Expert, Administrative Office of the President of Afghanistan will explain judicial independence in Afghanistan.