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What can we learn from the Novartis case?

What can we learn from the Novartis case?

By Swaraj Barooah Last week’s decision by the Indian Supreme Court to reject Novartis’ patent application over a leading leukemia drug, Gilvec, has resonated globally. Many hail it as a...
To Whomsoever it May Concern? The Case of Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 2013

To Whomsoever it May Concern? The Case of Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 2013

The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2013was passed by the Indian Parliament and now awaits the sanction of the President before it replaces the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance 2013. Despite, what...
Death Penalty in India: What the Future Holds

Death Penalty in India: What the Future Holds

By Vrinda Bhandari – Constitutionally speaking, the death penalty in India is limited to the “rarest of the rare” cases and should be implemented in a time frame which is...
A Quick Overview

A Quick Overview

Blog posts have been coming in thick and fast over the last month. To help you get up to speed, the editorial team has put together a quick summary of...
Lifting As We Climb

Lifting As We Climb

Upon the formation of the National Association of Colored Women’s Club, the chosen motto read: Lifting As We Climb. This principle was guided by the aspiration that the movement of...
Disappointing Departures from the Verma Committee Report

Disappointing Departures from the Verma Committee Report

  The Union Cabinet of the Government of India has cleared an ordinance making changes to India’s rape laws. This comes a few days after the Justice Verma Committee submitted...
Clarifying the Law on Consent in The Verma Report

Clarifying the Law on Consent in The Verma Report

After the tragedy of the gang rape in Delhi on December 16, 2012, the Committee on Amendments to Criminal Law (The Verma Report) has submitted recommendations to the Prime Minister...
The Justice JS Verma Committee Report on Amendments to Criminal Law relating to Sexual Violence in India- Preliminary Observations

The Justice JS Verma Committee Report on Amendments to Criminal Law relating to Sexual Violence in India- Preliminary Observations

The Justice JS Verma Committee, set up by the Government of India after the horrific gang-rape in Delhi on December 16, 2012, submitted a 630 page report on 23 January...
Legal Aid in India: The Need for Strong Laws and High Minds

Legal Aid in India: The Need for Strong Laws and High Minds

By Persis Sidhva The Indian legal system has been ineffective in promoting a pro bono culture. The Legal Services Authorities Act 1987 provides for free legal services to Scheduled Castes,...
The More, the Murkier: Of Several Draft Laws on Disability in India

The More, the Murkier: Of Several Draft Laws on Disability in India

India has finally been taken over by the wave of legislative engagement with the rights of persons with disabilities (PwDs), several years after ratifying the United Nations Convention on the...
Horizontal Application of the Right to Education in India

Horizontal Application of the Right to Education in India

A Full Bench of the Supreme Court of India delivered the long awaited judgment on the constitutionality of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 (RTE...
Public Duties and Private Schools: the Indian Supreme Court’s Landmark Ruling

Public Duties and Private Schools: the Indian Supreme Court’s Landmark Ruling

Problems of affordability and access have perennially plagued the Indian educational system. State-run schools, while affordable, have suffered from a severe absence of quality in every respect; and private schools...

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