The Reading List Project : Must-Read Books For Law Students & Lawyers

first_imgColumnsThe Reading List Project : Must-Read Books For Law Students & Lawyers Hamza Lakdawala12 July 2020 4:56 AMShare This – xThe Idea Most law students in India find their legal education to be outdated and incomplete. Colleges and universities often teach foundational theories and concepts with a few basic procedural and substantive laws. While this helps in creating a basic understanding, it is in no way enough. To fill this void of knowledge, most law students take to reading — only to realize that…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Idea Most law students in India find their legal education to be outdated and incomplete. Colleges and universities often teach foundational theories and concepts with a few basic procedural and substantive laws. While this helps in creating a basic understanding, it is in no way enough. To fill this void of knowledge, most law students take to reading — only to realize that they do not know what they should or shouldn’t read. Also, while a number of reading lists are already available online, many of them are generic, shallow and often cater to a non-Indian reader base. For example: I never found a must-read like K.G. Kannabiran’s Wages of Impunity on any of these widely circulated online lists. To read a good book, you should first know that the book exists. The Reading List Project is an effort to collate and curate the most exhaustive, robust and valuable reading list for law students and aspiring litigators in India. The list aims to help students and aspiring litigators to cut through the numerous books available and focus on the ones that really matter. The books mentioned in the list are reading suggestions by practicing advocates, journalists and leading academics. How It Was Done I created a Google Docs page and added a few books that I felt were important reads. For example: Anuj Bhuwania’s Courting the People. I then shared the editable Google Docs page with numerous members of the legal fraternity. They were requested to add their book suggestions from various areas of the law; the result of which is a diverse and extensive list of books written by both domestic and foreign authors. The list is not permanent and is supposed to be ever evolving. It shall be updated at regular intervals with newer book suggestions, as well as with sub-lists in different areas of study such as race, culture, finance, etc. This is my humble attempt to make the study of law a bit easier and bit more enjoyable — for law students across India and also, for me. I hope this helps you. If you have any suggestions for the list, please reach out to me on Twitter. Most importantly, I would like to thank Radhika Roy, Vikram Hegde, Anuj Bhuwania, Bhawna Gandhi, Apar Gupta, Vasundhara Sirnate, Afreen Alam and Arushi Singh for taking out the time and helping me curate this list. I would also like to thank the numerous kind-hearted law students, advocates and other reading enthusiasts on the internet who have helped me shape and share this list! The Reading List (List not exhaustive and not in any particular order of preference) On Landmark Judgements Zia Mody — 10 Judgements That Changed IndiaJustice AK Ganguly — Landmark Judgments that Changed IndiaChintan Chandrachud — Cases That India ForgotPrashant Bhushan — The Case that Shook India: The Verdict That Led to the EmergencyIndu Bhan — The Dramatic Decade: Landmark Cases Of Modern IndiaTom Denning — Landmarks in the LawAllan Hutchinson — Is Eating People Wrong? Great Legal Cases and How They Shaped the WorldAndhyarujina, Tehmtan R – The Kesavananda Bharati case: the untold story of struggle for supremacy by supreme court and parliament Constitution Justice O Chinnappa Reddy – The Court and the Constitution of India : Summits and ShallowsJustice V R Krishna Iyer  – Constitutional MiscellanyGautam Bhatia — The Transformative Constitution: A Radical Biography in Nine ActsArun K Thiruvengadam — The Constitution of India: A Contextual Analysis (Constitutional Systems of the World)Arun K Thiruvengadam, Vikram Raghavan & Sunil Khilnani (ed.) — Comparative Constitutionalism in South AsiaGranville Austin — Working a Democratic ConstitutionGranville Austin — The Indian Constitution: Cornerstone of a NationMadhav Khosla, Pratap Bhanu Mehta & Sujit Choudhry — The Oxford Handbook of the Indian ConstitutionRohit De — A People’s Constitution: The Everyday Life of Law in the Indian RepublicMadhav Khosla — India’s Founding Moment: The Constitution of a Most Surprising DemocracyAakash Singh Rathore — Ambedkar’s Preamble: A Secret History of the Constitution of IndiaMarc Galanter, Competing Equalities: Law and the Backward Classes in IndiaDesai, Ashok H. – Supreme but not Infallible: Essays in Honour of the Supreme Court of India.Upendra Baxi     – The Supreme Court and PoliticsAndhyarujina, Tehmtan R., and William Wade. – Judicial activism and constitutional democracy in India.Sixteen Stormy Days: The Story of the First Amendment to the Constitution of India by Tripurdaman Singh Public Interest Litigation Anuj Bhuwania — Courting the People: Public Interest Litigation in Post-Emergency India Free Speech Gautam Bhatia — Offend, Shock, or Disturb: Free Speech under the Indian ConstitutionAbhinav Chandrachud — Republic of Rhetoric: Free Speech and the Constitution of IndiaGarton Ash, Timothy — Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected WorldStrossen, Nadine — Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not CensorshipGodwin, Mike — Cyber Rights : Defending Free Speech in the Digital AgeCoetzee, J.M. — Giving Offense: Essays on CensorshipLaura Weinrib — The Taming of Free Speech: America’s Civil Liberties Compromise Privacy Zuboff, Shoshana — The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of PowerBartlett, Jamie — The People Vs Tech: How the Internet Is Killing Democracy Jurisprudence/Legal Philosophy/Social Philosophy Tom Bingham — The Rule of LawAakash Singh, Garima Goswamy — Rethinking Indian Jurisprudence: An Introduction to the Philosophy of LawAtul Setalvad — Introduction to LawAmartya Sen — The Idea of JusticeMichael Sandel — Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?Abhinav Chandrachud — Due Process of LawStephen Breyer — Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s ViewStephen Breyer — The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global RealitiesPreet Bharara – Doing Justice: A Prosecutor’s Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of LawRichard Prosner – How Judges Think?Richard Prosner – Law and Literature Biography/Autobiography — Famous Lawyers & Judges M.C. Chagla — Roses In DecemberFali S. Nariman — Before Memory Fades: An AutobiographySusan Adelman — Rebel: A Biography of Ram JethmalaniIndu Bhan — Legal Eagles: Stories of the Top Seven Indian Lawyers.George H Gadbois – Judges of the Supreme Court of India.Ruth Bader Ginsburg — My Own WordsMotilal Setalvad — My Life — Law and other thingsH. R. Khanna — Neither Roses Nor ThornsSoli J. Sorabjee, Arvind P. Datar — Nani Palkhivala: The Courtroom GeniusNoah Feldman — Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR’s Great Supreme Court JusticesShanti Bhushan — Courting Destiny: A MemoirShweta Bansal — Courting PoliticsLouis Nizer — My Life In CourtLeila Seth — On Balance, an AutobiographyJustice M. Hidayatullah — My Own BoswellJustice Sonia Sotomayor – My Beloved WorldJustice Clarence Thomas – My Grandfather’s SonJoan Biskupic – American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin ScaliaSandra Day O’Connor – The Majesty Of The LawJoan Biskupic – The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John RobertsTom Denning, Baron Denning – Lord Denning, The Discipline of Law Religion Abhinav Chandrachud — Republic of Religion: The Rise and Fall of Colonial Secularism in IndiaRonojoy Sen — Articles of Faith: Religion, Secularism, and the Indian Supreme CourtGary J. Jacobsohn — The Wheel of Law: India’s Secularism in Comparative Constitutional Context Social Issues Palagummi Sainath — Everybody Loves a Good DroughtK G Kannabiran — The Wages of Impunity: Power, Justice and Human RightsMarc Galanter, Law and Society in Modern IndiaJames C. Scott — Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have FailedJosy Joseph — A Feast of Vultures: The Hidden Business of Democracy in IndiaMarc Galanter – Competing Equalities: Law and the Backward Classes in India.Feminism/Women’s RightsKaviraj Singh — Law and Her: A Handbook on Women Laws In IndiaNivedita Menon — Seeing Like a FeministLinda Hirshman- Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the WorldPratiksha Baxi — Public Secrets of Law: Rape Trials in IndiaFlavia Agnes, Monmayee Basu, and Sudhir Chandra —Women and Law in IndiaSimone De Beauvoir – The Second SexJudith Butler — Gender TroubleCinzia Arruzza, Nancy Fraser, and Tithi Bhattacharya — Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto Studying Law Nicholas J. McBride — Letters To A Law Student History Abhinav Chandrachud — Supreme Whispers: Conversations with Judges of the Supreme Court of India 1980–89Ornit Shani — How India Became Democratic: Citizenship and the Making of the Universal FranchiseTarangini Sriraman — In Pursuit of Proof: A History of Identification Documents in IndiaBipin Chandra — India’s Struggle for IndependenceBipin Chandra — India Since IndependenceJawaharlal Nehru — Discovery of IndiaJawaharlal Nehru — Glimpses of World HistoryH M Seervai          – Partition of India : Legend and RealityRamachandra Guha — India After GandhiAmartya Sen — The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and IdentityRomila Thapar — The Past Before UsShashi Tharoor- Inglorious EmpireWilliam Dalrymple — The AnarchyMichael H. Roffer — The Law Book: From Hammurabi to the International Criminal Court, 250 Milestones in the History of LawAruna Roy — The RTI Story: Power to the PeopleAlexander M. Bickel — The Least Dangerous Branch: The Supreme Court at the Bar of PoliticsGeorge Harold Gadbois – Supreme Court of India: The BeginningsWill Durant – The Story Of Philosophy How To Law/Research/Write/Draft/Argue Justice Antonin Scalia, B. A. Garner — Making Your Case: The Art Of Persuading JudgesJustice Antonin Scalia, B. A. Garner — Reading Law: The Interpretation Of Legal TextsPhilip Meyer — Storytelling For LawyersJoel P. Trachtman — The Tools of Argument: How the Best Lawyers Think, Argue, and WinGuberman, Ross — Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation’s Top AdvocatesTomorrow’s Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future by Richard Susskind. Criminal Law Avirook Sen — AarushiPinky Anand — Trials of Truth: India’s Landmark Criminal CasesChitranshul Sinha — The Great Repression: The Story of Sedition in IndiaErle Stanley Gardner — The Court of Last ResortClarence Darrow – Attorney for the Damned Fiction Harper Lee — To Kill a MockingbirdJohn Grisham — The FirmGeorge Orwell — 1984J. D. Salinger — The Catcher in the RyePrayaag Akbar — LeilaJeremy Blachman – Anonymous LawyerTruman Capote – In Cold BloodScott Turrow – Personal InjuriesFranz Kafka – The TrialJohn Grisham – A Time To KillScott Turrow – Presumed Innocent Fyodor Dostoyevsky – Crime and Punishment Casual Reads The Secret Barrister — The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It’s BrokenRanjeev C Dubey — Legal Confidential: Adventures of an Indian LawyerErle Stanley Gardner — Perry Mason series Books by Journalists/Non-Legal Professionals Sunetra Chowdhury — Black Warrant: Confessions of a Tihar JailerSunetra Chodhury — Behind Bars: Prison Tales of India’s Most FamousArun Shourie — Anita Gets Bail: What Are Our Courts Doing? What Should We Do About Them?Arun Shourie — Courts and Their Judgments: Premises, Prerequisites, ConsequencesAnand Teltumbde and Suraj Yengde – The Radical in Ambedkar: Critical ReflectionsArun Shourie – Falling Over Backwards Other books by Judges, Lawyers & Eminent Juristic Minds Justice Markandey Katju — Whither Indian JudiciaryJustice Markandey Katju — The Shape of Things to Come: An Impassioned ViewFali S. Nariman — India’s Legal System: Can it Be Saved?Fali S. Nariman — God Save the Hon’ble Supreme CourtFali S. Nariman — The State of the Nation: In Context of India’s ConstitutionNani Palkhivala — We, the Nation: The Lost DecadesNani Palkhivala — We, the People: India, the Largest DemocracyAbhishek Singhvi — From the Trenches : India’s top lawyer on his most important casesNani Palkhivala – Our Constitution: Defaced & Defiled(Hamza Lakdawala is Mass Media & Journalism graduate from Mumbai. He worked as a content writer and media consultant with leading media conglomerates and currently works as a freelance writer and researcher. Hamza is deeply interested in law, history, entrepreneurship & education. He is pursuing his LL.B. at Kishinchand Chellaram Law College, Mumbai. You can follow him on Twitter at Next Storylast_img read more