Harry Pot­ter Law

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This De­cem­ber, the Na­tional Univer­sity of Juridi­cal Sciences of Kolkata, an In­dian law school, will launch its first course on the Harry Pot­ter uni­verse. The stu­dents will study the en­slave­ment of house elves, the “un­for­giv­able curses,” and will be asked to ap­ply both In­dian and wiz­ardry le­gal prin­ci­ples to some top­ics. The course was cre­ated by Shou­vik Ku­mar Guha, an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor, to en­cour­age stu­dents to think crit­i­cally about so­cial prob­lems in In­dia, which in­clude dis­crim­i­na­tion and slav­ery. “In In­dia right now the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion is di­vi­sive,” he says, “I have my own po­lit­i­cal lean­ings, but it would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate to ap­ply them in class. So I am try­ing to use some­thing on which our stu­dents will not have any pre­vi­ous value judg­ments.”

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