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:

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. The Sports Forum was held in the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games which are scheduled to take place at the Gold Coast in Australia.

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 and Cricket Australia Board member; Dr. Sarah Kelly, Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland; and Professor Shaun Star, Executive Director of the CIAS and Assistant Professor & Assistant Dean at JGLS. Participants discussed the importance of improving governance structures in sport in both countries and the opportunity for collaboration in this field.

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 2013, 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...