by  Siddharth Peter de Souza


As we turn four, we thought it would be a good time to reflect on our journey so far. We are thrilled to announce that we are launching a new website, with new features, ideas and services!


When Justice Adda was launched, it started with the ambition of being a blog that produced legal content in an accessible and engaging manner for an audience primarily in India.  The idea was to examine the ways in which judgments, legal documents like wills and lease agreements, and legislations were drafted and we sought to find new ways to communicate them. We worked on matters related to the Rights of a Child through music, the Sustainable Development Goals through film, how court reporters work through visual mediums, and built content which we hoped would make the law interactive and interesting for the citizen in India.

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Justice Adda’s project with Manupatra Information Solutions Pvt. Ltd. of the E-book on the Illustrated Cases of the Supreme Court of India has been selected as part of the 50 Solutions featured in the 2018 edition of the Youth Solutions Report.

The Youth Solutions Report is a flagship initiative of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth which seeks to identify and celebrate 50 youth-led solutions and ideas from around the world that are successfully contributing towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in business, charity, education and research.

The 2018 Youth Solutions Report can be accessed here.

The E-book on the Illustrated Cases of the Supreme Court of India can be downloaded here.



Justice Adda and the Cambridge Pro Bono Project are happy to release a Handbook on Designing Socially Responsible Law Firms in India published by EBC.

‘The Handbook on Designing Socially Responsible Law Firms in India is a publication that draws on comparative legal scholarship, lessons and solutions from practice, and the latest innovations being introduced around the world, to suggest a framework to foster a culture of social responsibility among Indian law firms.

The handbook attempts to provide both theoretical and practical approaches that can be used by law firms, but also by policy makers, regulators, and academics in order to develop strategies that could be used to tackle barriers to justice in India.

The chief utility of the handbook is in providing implementable suggestions that law practitioners and law firms in India can easily adopt in their daily working practices. In doing so, it pioneers methods of thinking which can help Indian legal practice emerge as responsible and socially conscious agents in the delivery of legal services worldwide.’

For a copy of the handbook click here.




Justice Adda in partnership with Manupatra have released an E-book of 50 landmark cases of the Supreme Court of India which have had an impact on the public discourse. For a free copy please click here.



Justice Adda was incubated  and completed  a 12 month incubator programme  with the Cambridge Social Ventures programme  at the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation, of the Cambridge Judge Business School .




by  Siddharth Peter de Souza


by  Siddharth Peter de Souza

by  Siddharth Peter de Souza

by  Siddharth Peter de Souza


Justice Adda
Rethink. Reimagine. Reinvent.


Found this introduction ironic? Check out a chart explaining how we work.


Conversations on human rights and justice have for far too long become academic and theoretical, employing a sophisticated flourish instead of being useful and usable for a citizen and a justice user. These conversations that often address the common legal needs of citizens become inaccessible to those untrained because the form and medium that they utilize is inherently restrictive to those not engaged in the field.

This needs to change and there is a growing need to democratize access to information about ordinary justice problems and facilitate greater participation among different sections of society in advancing innovations and ideas for access to justice.

There are several barriers to justice: crippling poverty, a lack of knowledge about rights and duties among citizens, complicated and beguiling court procedures, as well as financial and opportunity costs of accessing the law and justice delivery systems.

Addressing barriers to justice implies focusing on what the justice user requires, experimenting and seeking out new ways of doing things and curating a range of solutions that inspire a culture of openness, efficiency and effectiveness.

Justice Adda seeks to provide a space where design and technology enable the development of content that helps to improve access to justice by employing creative forms of disseminating and producing information with the explicit aim of reducing educational, financial, spatial and temporal boundaries that might inhibit a justice user.

The inspiration for building a conversation where knowledge and information is democratized comes from the idea of an “Adda” which colloquially, in India, represents a commune for discussions and banter, a space for theorizing, and dreaming and a collective where persons of all expertise, affiliations and peculiarities dissect the next big and small idea threadbare.

Justice Adda aims to provide a platform for rethinking problems inherent in the pursuit of justice, reimagining solutions to such problems, and reinventing ways to theorize and converse about such problems.


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Justice Adda was a part of the Cambridge Social Ventures Programme in the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation at Cambridge Judge Business School 2016-17.