Lectures and Seminars


The Centre for India Australia Studies hosts a number of leading Australian academics for distinguished public lectures in India. In addition, a number of public discussions have been hosted to explore interesting comparative issues of law, business and humanities from an Indian and Australian perspective. Recent public lectures and seminars include:

Distinguished Public Lecture by Professor Rick Snell on "What does 35 Years of Australian FOI/RTI tell us about Law Reform".


On 9 October 2018, Professor Rick Snell, Adjunct Associate Professor of law discussed about The Freedom of Information Act 1982 and the part it played in Australian discourse around open and transparent governance. The Act thus serves as a barometer of sorts for measuring the strength of government commitment to openness. The speaker also delved into the problems with the FOI Act, and contemporary challenges to open government and attempted to paint a fuller picture of the current structural basis for open government in Australia. He looked at three areas of structural support – legal doctrine, the framework of government, and our philosophy of government. The talk also engaged in a discussion on what Indian system can learn from Australian experiences. Read More...

Honourable Mr Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister of Australia


On 1 October 2018, the Centre for India Australia Studies was delighted to host the Honourable Mr Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister of Australia. Mr Rudd visited Jindal House, New Delhi, for a special breakfast session and spoke in his current capacity as Director, Policy, at the New York-based think tank, Asia Society.
The breakfast session was moderated by Professor Shaun Star. Read More...

Public Lecture on 'Professional Agency and Architecture in Postcolonial India' by Dr. Amit Srivastava, School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Adelaide


On 13 April 2018, Dr. Amit Srivastava, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Adelaide delivered a lecture at O.P. Jindal Global University. Dr. Srivastava’s lecture explored the establishment and subsequent development of ‘Architecture as a Profession’ in post-colonial India. He further explored whether an alternate conception of the modern Indian architect exists and discussed how her/his role may have emerged. If the scope and limitations of the architect’s vocation in India seems unclear today Read More...

Distinguished Public Lecture on “Challenges of Transnational Research Collaborations in Australian Higher Education” by Professor Fazal Rizvi, University of Melbourne


On 4 April 2018, Professor Fazal Rizvi, Professor of Global Studies in Education, University of Melbourne delivered a talk on “Challenges of Transnational Research Collaborations in Australian Higher Education”, held at O.P. Jindal Global University. During the lecture, Professor Rizvi noted that over the past two decades governments and institutions of higher education in Australia have embraced the idea of transnational research collaborations for a whole variety of reasons. He further stated that transnational research collaboration finds solutions to globally inter-connected and inter-dependent problems, nurtures lasting relationships, influences soft diplomacy, opens doors and facilitates access to new markets, international trade, Read More...

Distinguished Public Lecture on “Women in Sports” by Melanie Jones, Former Australian Cricketer


On 3 April 2018, Melanie Jones, former Australian cricketer and commentator for the Indian Premier League delivered a distinguished public lecture on “Women in Sports”. Melanie shared her experiences as cricketer in Australia and her perspectives on female participation in sport in a global context. Students and academics had the opportunity to discuss with her the challenges and opportunities for growth of female participation in sport in India, using Australian examples as a case study. Read More...

Distinguished lecture on “Introduction to property law in Australia” by Professor Paul Babie, University of Adelaide


On 23 February 2018, Paul Babie, Professor of Law (Personal Chair), Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide, Associate Dean of Law (International) and Associate Dean (International) in an engaging lecture, introduced the students to property law, particularly the law in Australia. He talked the students through the meaning, creation and implications of legal title, and gave them a broad framework within which to understand the problems thrown up by prior interests in the land. The students were also given . Read More...

Seminar and Book Discussion on “Within the Limits: Moral Boundaries of Class and Gender in Urban India” by Amanda Gilbertson, University of Melbourne


On 15 February 2018, Amanda Gilbertson, University of Melbourne, delivered a talk on the “Within the Limits: Moral Boundaries of Class and Gender in Urban India” at O.P. Jindal Global University. Within the Limits explores what being middle class means to those who claim to belong to this class. Drawing on ethnographic material from the South Indian city of Hyderabad, Gilbertson (the author of the book) highlighted the centrality of moral discourses in the production of class and gender in urban India.Read More...

Lecture on the “Bihar Famine, Green Revolution and Disaster Imaginaries” by Dr. Adil Hasan Khan, Melbourne Law School


On 2 February 2018, Dr. Adil Hasan Khan, McKenzie Fellow, Melbourne Law School delivered a talk on the “Bihar Famine, Green Revolution and Disaster Imaginaries”, held at O.P. Jindal Global University. The talk explored the techniques used in disaster framing and mobilisation by way of which the development order was re-founded and the massive transformation of the Indian agriculture sector, or the ‘Green Revolution’, was authorised in the 1960s. Read More...

Speech by Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) and Author


On 19 January 2018, Dr. Shashi Tharoor Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) and Author addressed a delegation of Australian students who were participating in the India Immersion Programme run by the Centre for India Australia Studies. The students were from The Australian National University, Monash University, Murdoch University and the University of New South Wales. During the speech, Dr. Tharoor touched on various topics including, Hinduism, Hindu nationalism, the diversity of India and India’s position in global international relations. Read More...

Speech by Mr. Naveen Jindal, Founding Chancellor, O.P. Jindal Global University


On 19 January 2018, Mr. Naveen Jindal, Former Member of Parliament, Founding Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University, Chairman of Jindal Steel & Power Limited addressed a delegation of Australian students who were participating in the India Immersion Programme run by the Centre for India Australia Studies. The students were from The Australian National University, Monash University, Murdoch University and the University of New South Wales. During the discussion Mr. Jindal shared his experiences in Business and Politics.Read More...

Distinguished Public Lecture by Justice Michael Kirby, Former Australian High Court Judge on “Evolving Constitutional Democracies: An Indian and Australian Comparison” and Presided by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, Supreme Court of India


On 11 January 2018, Justice Michael Kirby delivered a Distinguished Public Lecture by on “Evolving Constitutional Democracies: An Indian and Australian Comparison”. Presiding over this lecture, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, Supreme Court of India, also shared his remarks on India’s evolving constitutional law jurisprudent. The lecture was hosted at Indian Law Institute, New Delhi. Professor C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor, Read More...

International Research Symposium on "Other ways of Knowing and Doing: Globalizing Social Science Knowledge in Higher Education”


On 9 December 2017, the international research symposium was inaugurated by founding Professor (Dr.) Raj Kumar, Vice-Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University and Director of International Institute for Higher Education Research and Capacity Building (IIHEd), and Professor (Dr.) Y.S.R. Murthy, Registrar and Senior Fellow of IIHEd. Read More...

Roundtable discussion on “Foucauldian Approaches to Law” with Dr. Ben Golder, University of new South Wales


On 15 November 2017, Dr. Ben Golder, Associate Professor, University of New South Wales Law School delivered a seminar and Roundtable discussion at O.P. Jindal Global University. Dr. Golder is best known for his book Foucault’s Law (Routledge 2009) [co-authored with Peter Fitzpatrick and more recently Foucault and the Politics of Rights (Stanford 2015). Dr. Golder introduced some key conceptual and methodological themes that concern Foucauldian approaches to law and offered a trajectory of his own scholarly Read More...

Panel discussion on Sports Governance at the forum entitled “India and Queensland: Partnering for a Competitive Future” organised by the Queensland Government


On 4 October 2017, Professor Shaun Star, Executive Director of the Centre for India Australia Studies, addressed the audience at an event organised by them Queensland Government, Australia. The event was a Sports Forum entitled “India and Queensland: Partnering for a Competitive Future”. Professor Star presented on Sport Law and Governance, with a focus on the collaboration between the University of Queensland and Jindal Global Law School which seeks to educate the next generation of sports lawyers in both countries. Read More...

Public Discussion with Cricketing Greats: A Conversion with Bishan Singh Bedi and Michael Kasprowicz


On 27 September 2017, two cricketing greats addressed students and faculty at O.P. Jindal Global University. With over 2,000 First Class wickets between the pair, Mr. Bishan Singh Bedi, Former Indian Test cricket captain, and Mr. Michael Kasprowicz, Former Australian Test cricketer, shared stories from their cricketing careers. Read More...

Panel discussion and launch of combined course on “Sports Law and Governance” at the Australian High Commission, New Delhi


On 23 September 2017, the Centre for India Australia Studies (CIAS) and Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) launched a joint course on Sports Law and Governance in partnership with TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland. Panelists during the launch included Mr. Bishan Singh Bedi, former captain of the Indian cricket team; Mr. Chris Elstoft, Australia’s Acting High Commissioner in India; Mr. Michael Kasprowicz, Former Australian Cricketer Read More...

Lecture on the “The Power of Music” by Professor Mark Carroll


On 15 September 2017, Professor Mark Carroll, Associate Dean (International and Engagement), Faculty of Arts, University of Adelaide delivered a talk on “The Power of Music”, held at O.P. Jindal Global University. The lecture was delivered to undergraduate students from the Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities. Read More...

Lecture on the “Australia’s atomic past: frameworks of remembering and forgetting” by Professor David Lowe


On 12 September 2017, Professor David Lowe, Chair in Contemporary History, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, delivered a talk on, “Australia’s atomic past: frameworks of remembering and forgetting” held at O.P. Jindal Global University. The lecture was delivered to undergraduate students from the Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities. Read More...

Dr. Paula Jops, Visiting Fellow from Curtin University, Australia


On 10 July-10 October 2017, In summer 2017 Dr Paula Jops, Curtin University, joined JGU as a Visiting Faculty with JSIA and CIAS. During this visit Dr Jops supported Dr Jessica Field, JSIA, in running a Refugee Research Programme summer internship with four BA Global Affairs and one PhD student. In this Programme, Dr Jops delivered lectures and research training to the interns and other students, and co-led a visit to a Tibetan refugee colony in Delhi with Dr Field. Dr Jops also strengthened JGU’s institutional links with local NGOs through undertaking collaborative research with the Jesuit Refugee Services. Read More...

Public Discussion by Mr. Richard Mitry, Co-founder and Partner Mitry Lawyers and Mr. Sarim Naved, Partner, Srivastava, Naved and Parashar Partners on “Developments in Defamation Law: A Comparison between India and Australia”


On 27 April 2017, Mr. Mitry and Mr. Naved participated in a discussion moderated by Director of the Centre for India Australia Studies, Assistant Professor Shaun Star, on “Developments in Defamation Law: A Comparison between India and Australia”. It was observed that while the law attempts to strike a balance between an individual’s freedom of speech and a right to reputation, each jurisdiction has adopted a very different in trying to achieve this. Indeed, the incidence of criminal law defamation cases is much higher in India than in most other countries, including Australia. Speakers also spoke about the developments in technology and how this is shaping defamation law.

Seminar by Dr. RFI Smith, Adjunct Professor, RMIT University on “Governance and Capability”


On 13 April 2017, Dr. Smith presented a distinguished public lecture on “Governance and Capability”, sharing his decades of experience as a senior public servant in Australia. The presentation posed some interesting questions on whether India’s public service is at an inflection point, especially under the strong political leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Seminar by Dr. Brigit Freeman, University of Melbourne on “Good Practices in Institutional Policy: An International Comparative Perspective”


On 13 April 2017, Dr. Freeman presented on the topic “Good Practices in Institutional Policies: An International Comparative Perspective” based on her research in the United States, Australia and Papua New Guinea. There was lively discussions during the Q&A session moderated by the founding Executive Director of CCGE, Dr. Mousumi Mukherjee. Issues about colonial roots of comparative education and the problematics of “good practices” in diverse contexts where institutions operate, were discussed during the session by the participating faculty and PhD students of JGU with the speaker.

Conference on Professor Ian Everall, Professor Chee Ng, Ms. Julia Fraser, University of Melbourne on “'Depression: Let's Talk about what we all Should Know”


On 6 April 2017, on the eve of World Health Day, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences in collaboration with the Centre for India Australia Studies and the University of Melbourne organised a seminar on “'Depression: Let's Talk about what we all Should Know” at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. This seminar that has brought together psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, counselling therapists and academics from India and Australia who are renowned experts in the mental health sector.

Seminar by Dr. Tony Bryant, Macquarie University on “A Brief Overview of the State World Economy”


On 4 April 2017, Dr. Bryant presented his research on the world economy to a group of enthusiastic students and faculty from Jindal Global Business School. This involved an interacted Q&A session with students on his research area.

Seminar on “The Future of Education in Australia and India” at the Australia India Youth Dialogue


On 18 February 2017, Professor C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University, delivered an address on “The Future of Education in India” to an audience of young politicians, entrepreneurs, athletes and journalists at the Australia India Youth Dialogue conference, hosted by Macquarie University. Other panelists included Mr. Tim Beresford, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Macquarie University and Sue Freeman, Director of Australian Retail College India.

Distinguished Public Lecture by Professor C. Raj Kumar on “The Crisis of Higher Education in India: How can Public Policy and Governance Reforms help?” at the University of Melbourne


On 16 February 2017, Professor C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University, delivered a Distinguished Public Lecture on “The Crisis of Higher Education in India: How can public policy and governance reforms help?” to an audience of about 40 academics working the field of education, hosted by the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne (in collaboration with the Centre for India Australia Studies).

Roundtable discussion on “International Collaborations in Higher Education: An Indian Perspective” at the University of Melbourne


On 14 February 2017, Professor C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University, delivered a keynote address on “International Collaborations in Higher Education: An Indian Perspective” at a roundtable session attended by Vice Chancellors, Deputy Vice Chancellors, Deans and Government Officials hosted jointly by Asialink Business and the Australia India Institute (in collaboration with the Centre for India Australia Studies) at the University of Melbourne. Executive Director of the Centre for India Australia Studies, Shaun Star, also played an active role in the roundtable discussions.

Distinguished Public Lecture by Professor C. Raj Kumar on “Corruption, Rule of Law and Governance in India” at Asialink, Melbourne


On 13 February 2017, Professor C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University, delivered a Distinguished Public Lecture on “Corruption, Rule of Law and Governance in India” to an audience of over 125 guests at an event hosted jointly by Asialink Business and the Australia India Institute at the University of Melbourne. The lecture was attended by academics, policymakers, researchers, lawyers, business leaders and representatives of civil society. Executive Director of the Centre for India Australia Studies, Shaun Star, also addressed the audience during the public lecture.

Distinguished Public Lecture by Ambassador (retd.) Amit Dasgupta, Former Indian Consul General to Sydney on “India Australia Relations: Is Education a Game Changer?”


On 6 February 2017, Ambassador Dasgupta delivered a distinguished public lecture at O.P. Jindal Global University on “India Australia Relations: Is Education a Game Changer?”. The focus of the lecture was on the importance of education as the fulcrum in the growing Australia India relationship.

Seminar by Dr. Steve Shaw, Murdoch Law School and Assistant Professor Aditya Swarup, Jindal Global Law School on “A Comparative Overview of Costs: India and Australia”


On 6 February 2017, Dr. Shaw and Mr. Swarup presented on led a comparative discussion on costs in India and Australia. It was argued that the purpose of a cost order is to compensate the successful party in litigation for those costs necessarily incurred towards vindicating his or her right and obtaining justice. Yet there are numerous differences in the application of costs orders in both jurisdictions. Read More...

Distinguished Public Lecture by Professor Bruno Zeller, University of Western Australia on “Cross-Border Law and Practice”


On 19 October 2016, Professor Zeller delivered a lecture to a full lecture theatre of corporate law students, sharing his knowledge and experience of cross-border transactions. Professor Zeller spoke about the difference domestic corporate law frameworks around the world and how transnational contracts are structured.

Distinguished Public Lecture by H.E. Ms. Harinder Sidhu, the Australian High Commissioner to India on “The Importance of India – Australia Relations”


On 13 October 2016, Her Excellency Ms. Harinder Sidhu, the Australian High Commissioner to India, inaugurated the Centre for India Australia Studies at the O.P. Jindal Global University. The High Commissioner delivered a distinguished public lecture on “The Importance of India – Australia Relations” to an audience of students and faculty from JGU. Read More...

Distinguished Public Lecture by Professor Sandeep Gopalan, Dean of Deakin University Law School on “Corporate Governance and Law: A Comparison between India and Australia”


On 5 October 2016, Professor Gopalan addressed a full lecture theatre on trends in Corporate Governance in India, Australia and the rest of the world. In particular, Professor Gopalan shared his research on the importance of diversity on Boards and the different schools of thought on how increased diversity can improve a company's performance. Read More...