Action Oriented Researches –
- “Study to Review the Efficacy, Status & Implications of the Nyaya Panchayats” supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation: The objective of the research was to delve into the mechanism of justice delivery by Nyaya Panchayats.Study to review the Subject laws which infringe upon the domain of the Panchayat Raj Institutions” supported by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj was one of the important action oriented researches conducted by RLEK. The study dwelled upon the laws which infringe upon the functions of the Panchyats as stipulated under the Constitution.
- “Local Democracy in Asia: Representation in Decentralized Governance” supported by the UNDP Bangkok Regional Office: The broad aim of the research was to explore the different types of mechanisms that can affect the degree of accountability present in local governance. The research was carried out in the states of Haryana and Chhattisgarh.
- Evolving Jurisprudence for Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) financed by the UNDP and supported by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India: The orientation of the study was to evolve and enrich the jurisprudence of PRIs. The research constituted a study of judgments, State Laws (State Panchayati Raj Acts and subject laws) of the 14 northern Indian States.
- UNESCO Small Grants Programme on Poverty Eradication “Analysis of the existing laws and policies at the National level in addressing poverty eradication within the human rights framework”: The research aimed at analysis focusing on the relationship between poverty and human rights. It dealt with the issue of effectiveness of the existing legal and policy frameworks in ensuring and promoting pro-poor policies and eradication of poverty within a human rights framework.
- “Self imposed Rules and Traditional practices of Natural Resource Management amongst Tribal/ Hill Communities in Uttarakhand”: The study was conducted with the support of National Law School of India University, Bangalore. The study examined the practices of various hill communities of Uttarakhand like Van Gujjars-a nomadic tribe, Bhotias, Jaunsaris, Van Rajis, Boksas, and Tharus to ascertain the effectiveness of local level practices in protecting the environment and preserving natural resources and addressing the issues of equity, sustainability, and minimization of conflicts.
- Compilation, categorization and analysis of judgments on Panchayati Raj:- The legal team was engaged in the compilation, categorization and analysis of the cases on Panchayats of Supreme Court and all High Courts delivered from 1993–2004 for the National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad