The NUJS Chapter of the International Law Students Association (ILSA) and Centre for International Law and Diplomacy, on the 13th of February 2023, from 3 – 4:30 PM, organised its first offline lecture for 2023, on the theme of “The Role of International Law in the Construction of Minority Identities in India”, by Dr. Nizamuddin Ahmad Siddiqui, Associate Professor of Law at Jindal Global Law School (JGLS), O.P Jindal University, and former Assistant Professor of International Law at the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata.
Dr. Nizamuddin Ahmad Siddiqui, holds a PhD in International Law from Jindal Global Law School (2022) and is an alumnus of South Asian University (LL.M. 2013), Indian Society of International Law (PG Dip., 2012) and Aligarh Muslim University (B.A LL.B., 2011). Mr. Siddiqui has also previously taught at Aligarh Muslim University-Murshidabad (2013-2014), West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences Kolkata (2014-2017), and RSA Crescent Institute of Science and Technology (2021-2022). He is a Member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Law and Religious Affairs and the Journal of International Law and Comity. His research works around the themes of the plurality of legal imagination, civilisation history of law, religion in public space and Islamic jurisprudence. His PhD Thesis explores the Shari’a Praxis in International Law and argues for a plurality of legal imaginations
Delivering the lecture, Dr. Siddiqui, spoke on the role of international law in its essence in influencing the construction of minority identities, where identity itself must not be viewed singularly but as a plurality. In the lecture, Dr. Siddiqui provided a historical exposition on the emergence of minority identities, as well as the changes that have transcended over the decades in the conceptualization of minority identities, and also expounded on the contemporary minority identities apart from religious minorities, such as cultural, ethnic and sexual.
The lecture concluded with a Question and Answer (QnA) session and was followed by light refreshments outside the MCS Hall. In total there were 50 participants, from the first to the fourth year.