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Research Associate
Field : Legal System

At present, we are looking for candidates for the profile of Research Associate (Legal) and Research Associate (Quant.) to participate in an ongoing research program in the field of legal system reform.

Our work in this field includes:

a. Evaluating contract enforcement by courts in India: a litigant's lens (Manivannan, Thomas, Shah, 2021)

b. Helping litigants make informed choices in resolving debt disputes (Manivannan, Thomas, Shah, 2023)

c. How to Modernise the Working of Courts and Tribunals in India, (Shah, Datta,, 2019)

d. Indian Legal System Reform Seminar (2023)

More information can be found on

As a research associate, you will work on project deliverables under the supervision of a project lead. You will be expected to conduct field research in courts, implement defined research tasks, work on written documents, reports and articles and interface with external collaborators and stakeholders. 

The requirements for the role of a research associate (Legal) are:

a. An undergraduate degree in Law such as B.A.L.L.B (Hons.)/ B.B.A.L.L.B. (Hons.) or graduate degree in Law such as L.L.B.  

b. Minimum one complete year of work experience, preferably in a research intensive organisation.

c. Familiarity with procedural laws and practice rules in litigation and ability to understand court documents. 

The requirements for the role of research associate (Quant.) are: 

a. An academic background in the fields of Data Science, Economics, Engineering, Management and/ or Public Policy.

b. Minimum one complete year of work experience, preferably in a research intensive organisation.

The remuneration offered will be commensurate with your skill and experience and will be comparable with what is found in other research institutions. Interested candidates must email their resume to with the subject line: Application for "Research Position, Legal System Reform” 

Skill Requirements

Candidates must possess high quality research skills, basic Excel skills, coding skills and a functional understanding of any one programming language. In keeping with the current work environment at the organisation, a working knowledge of LaTeX and Linux are preferred.

You must be comfortable with working in an interdisciplinary research environment consisting of people from varying backgrounds such as economics, law, public policy and data science. You should be curious and passionate about research and willing to work on outputs independently as well as in teams.

What is XKDR Forum?
We are a non-profit research organization located in Bombay, India. 'XKDR' stands for 'Cross Disciplinary Knowledge Data Research'. We synthesise knowledge and capabilities from diverse specialised fields in order to diagnose and solve the great problems of the age.
Are you a university, a research institution, a think tank, or a consulting organisation?
We are not a university in that we do not grant degrees but we do engage in a variety of mechanisms through which we diffuse knowledge into society. We are a research institution, in that we create new knowledge, write papers and books, and disseminate these. We engage in public debates, but not in a partisan or ideological manner, so the phrase 'think tank' makes us a bit uncomfortable. We are not a consulting organisation in the conventional sense of the term, but we do engage with many partners on practical solutions to felt needs.
In what field do you produce research papers: Economics or Statistics or Law?
We do all of these, but we define ourselves by none of these. We are interested in the grand questions of the world. We seek to achieve knowledge and expertise in order to be useful, without narrow definitions of a discipline.
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