Location: K6.07 (War Studies Meeting Room)
Chaired by Victoria Schofield.
Doctor Aman Hingorani presents his book that documents how the Kashmir problem assumed its current dimensions not only by India’s habitual bungling and the inadequacies of solutions often proposed to resolve it but also by the political expediency of the international community as well as Pakistan’s sustained efforts to keep the issue alive. Hingorani argues that the way forward on the Kashmir issue is to first depoliticize it. And a convenient way of depoliticizing any issue is by subjecting it to a legal analysis.
It is imperative to separate the legal from the political aspect of the issue, so as to test the legality of the stand of India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue before an international adjudicatory body like the International Court of Justice at The Hague. While law alone cannot resolve the Kashmir issue, a confirmation of the correct legal position by the International Court of Justice will help alter the current political discourse on this issue, so necessary for a just resolution. This is what the book does with the help of comprehensive analysis of court rulings, UN papers, political observer reports and international law. The book then details the steps that must be taken in Kashmir for restoring some semblance of accountability and governance, respect for human rights and the rule of law, and a clear, directed policy conforming to principles of civilized society.
Biography: Aman M. Hingorani is a lawyer and mediator in the Supreme Court of India and the High Court of Delhi. Dr Hingorani has also acted as an arbitrator and as adjunct faculty to teach law students and run training courses for young law teachers and judicial officers. He has taught in programmes at various institutions in India (including National Judicial Academy, Bhopal; Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi; Indian Law Institute, New Delhi) and abroad (including Keble College, University of Oxford, UK; Law School, Warwick University, UK; South Asian Institute of Advanced Legal and Human Rights Studies, Dhaka, Bangladesh). He has prepared curriculum for law courses and other activities, such as the modules for the Indo-British Project on Advocacy Skills Training, British Council, New Delhi; the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) preparatory material for the All-India Bar Examination conducted annually by the Bar Council of India; and the ADR Manual for the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry as its National Consultant. Dr. Hingorani has another 28 publications, both national and international, on varied subjects ranging from the grant of intellectual property protection to bioengineered life forms to the dynamics of missile proliferation globally.
About the chair: Victoria Schofield is an historian and commentator on international affairs, with specialist knowledge and love of South Asia, having travelled widely in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. She is acknowledged as one of the leading international experts on the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir and has given lectures on the subject. Her books include Kashmir in the Crossfire (1996), Kashmir in Conflict: India, Pakistan and the Unending War (2000, 2002, 2010) and Afghan Frontier: at the Crossroads of Conflict (2003, 2010). Victoria is a frequent contributor to BBC World TV, BBC World Service and other news outlets including Al Jazeera. She has also written on South Asia for British newspapers as well as for Asian Affairs and The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs.