For those who watch Telugu news, Raghunandan Rao needs no introduction. The swashbuckling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson, well known for his measured and reasoned arguments, is a sought after guest and usually takes part in at least one morning debate and one evening debate a day. The man who once secured bail for his present political rival Asaduddin Owaisi when everyone else failed, spoke to Bar & Bench about what drew him to the legal profession, why land records in the state of Telangana are in shambles, his foray into politics, and much more. Give us an insight into the early […]

Kalpana Kannabiran is a sociologist, author and lawyer. She has taught at the National Academy for Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), and currently serves as Director of the Council for Social Development Hyderabad. In this interview with Bar & Bench, she speaks fearlessly on issues ranging from the death of Judge Loya, to the Supreme Court’s recent judgments on Section 498-A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act. Several laws have been enacted to protect the rights of women, children and weaker sections of society in this country. Why does their implementation fall short? […]

Arun Shourie is a man who has donned many hats. He has worked as an economist with the World Bank, the editor of the Indian Express, the Cabinet Minister for Disinvestment in the Vajpayee Government, and has authored several books. His latest book, titled ‘Anita gets Bail – What are our courts doing? What should we do about them?’, was recently launched amidst great fanfare, with several members of the legal fraternity acknowledging its importance.   The book is written in the backdrop of a false case against Shourie’s wife Anita, who is ailing from Parkinson’s disease. The case was […]

An editor once said that you have arrived as a journalist when you get threatening calls giving you ultimatums to take down stories. The equivalent for a criminal law practitioner is perhaps when a prominent gangster puts out a hit on you. What is it about criminal law that makes it a less attractive area of practice? How do you convince a judge to acquit someone whom society has already declared guilty? Why is it that not a single judge has ever been impeached by Parliament? Who better to answer these questions and more than Majeed Memon? The 71-year-old Rajya Sabha Member […]

Iddo Porat, an Associate Professor at Israel’s College of Law and Business, is an expert in comparative Constitutional law and Legal Theory. Among various publications to his credit, he has also written extensively on the role of proportionality and balancing tests in legal cultures. In 2013, he co-authored a book Proportionality and Constitutional Culture.  Recently, he visited Tamil Nadu National Law School, Trichy to teach a course on Comparative Human Rights Law. In this interview with 

Avikshit Moral heads Juris Corp’s Real Estate Practice. He started his career in Mumbai with Manilal Kher Ambalal & Co. and after a brief stint at Law Point, he joined Juris Corp as a Senior Associate in 2014. He was involved with the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 (RERA) right from the time the Bill was passed in 2015. He has been working on the Act very closely and has made representations on behalf of various market participants.

This year’s budget made a short yet significant reference to amendments that will be introduced in the Arbitration Act, 1996 to ‘streamline institutional arrangements for resolution of disputes in infrastructure related construction contracts, public-private partnerships and public utility contracts’. This, however, is not the first time that such reforms were suggested in the budget speech. Last year’s budget speech, also, proposed a ‘Public Contracts (Resolution of Disputes) Bill’ which, inter alia, made provisions for . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to […]

Darshan Kulkarni is part of the limited club of lawyers working on US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory and compliance. A member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania State Bar Associations, Darshan Kulkarni has also worked as a pharmacist for more than a decade, and has even participated as a clinician in clinical trials. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Varun Marwah, among other things, Darshan Kulkarni speaks about the Indian legal landscape for . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited […]

Dispute financing (also known as third party funding, or litigation financing), an area of practice which is relatively unheard of in India is a multi-million dollar industry which is young, but growing by the day in countries such as USA, Australia and England. And Selvyn Seidel is one of the forerunners in this industry, being one the first few to have set up a company for dispute financing. Not just one, but two, first Burford Capital, and then Fulbrook Capital Management.

Sarah Grimmer, a former senior counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration, was recently appointed as the Secretary General of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center. A graduate of the University of Wellington in New Zealand and Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, Sarah Grimmer practiced Refugee Law before becoming a member of the international arbitration group at Shearman & Sterling LLP (Paris). She spent three years as deputy counsel at the ICC International Court of Arbitration (Paris), and has been . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: […]

Stefan Schicker is a Partner at German law firm SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwalte. Specialising in the areas of Intellectual Property and Information Technology law, he spoke about his pet topic, the Darknet, at the ITechLaw Conference held in India earlier this year. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Aditya AK, Schicker discusses the legal issues surrounding the Darknet, data protection, and how disruptive technologies are likely to affect . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One year […]

The Global Initiative for Access to Justice recently released the Access to Justice Index 2016. The Index, which found mention at the World Economic Forum, was the brainchild of NLSIU graduate Basavanagouda Patil. The Index attempts to quantify the level of access to justice in the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), based on various parameters like Government, Judiciary, Legal Profession and Legal . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One year […]

Mishi Choudhary, is a technology lawyer, Legal Director of the Software Freedom Law Center, New York and the Executive Director of Software Freedom Law Center, India. One of Asia Society’s 21 young leaders of 2015, Mishi Choudhary spends her time between New York and India, representing some of the most significant free software developers in the world. In this interview with Bar &amp . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One year access to all archival material […]

The Supreme Court recently struck down the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) Telecom Consumers Protection (Ninth Amendment) Regulations, 2015, which prescribed penalties for call drops on telecom operators. The apex court brought up a number of issues, including the competence of TRAI to pass these Regulations, and the manifest arbitrariness of the amendment. It was also made clear that the regulator had failed to fulfill its mandate under the TRAI Act, which is to balance the interests of the consumers and the Telcos.

Having set up a flourishing sports law practice in Bangalore, Nandan Kamath is an Indian Jerry Maguire of sorts. A graduate of the National Law School of India University, Kamath has a fairly illustrious academic track record. He did his B.CL from Oxford University after receiving a Rhodes scholarship. He then went on to pursue an LL.M. from Harvard University, before returning to set up the Law Offices of Nandan Kamath in 2006.  In this interview with

Taking into the consideration the urgent need to regulate the civil use of unmanned aircrafts (UAs), the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued a set of draft guidelines for laying down rules governing the registration and usage of the UAs . In India, the existing aircraft rules do not account for unmanned vehicles, a void the DGCA hopes to fill up in the near future. Along with defining UA’s . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles […]

Last month, the Child Rights International Network released a report on child rights, more specifically, on children’s access to justice across the world. Titled Rights, Remedies and Representation, the report takes a detailed look at judicial systems across the world, and examines the rights granted (or often denied) to children. The report, in which India is ranked 43 in the world, also provides a comparative listing of countries ranked . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One […]

Wolfgang Kaleck is the General Secretary of the  European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights. In the second part of the interview with Bar & Bench’s Anuj Agrawal, the civil rights lawyer talks about the criminal liability of corporations, Edward Snowden, and more. Anuj Agrawal: Coming to the criminal liability of corporations, in the Jeddaliya interview you said,“A CEO can be as much as a war criminal as a Muammar Gaddafi.” Wolfgang Kaleck: Yes, but . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and […]

Wolfgang Kaleck is the General Secretary of the  European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights. In the first part of an interview with Bar & Bench’s Anuj Agrawal, the civil rights lawyer talks about the “double standards” of international criminal law, going after the Bush administration, and more. Anuj Agrawal: What brings you to India? Wolfgang Kaleck: I wanted to get to know India better, see different parts of the country such as Bombay, and the . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access […]

Earlier this year, Columbia University launched an online database of court rulings on freedom of expression. Covering judicial decisions emanating from 65 countries, the database is curated by the Global Freedom of Expression and Information project. In an e-mail interview with Bar & Bench’s Anuj Agrawal, the project’s Program Officer Bach Avezdjanov talks about FoE trends, the global FoE report published in March this year, and much more . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One year access to all archival material […]

Sarayu Natarajan is currently pursuing her Ph.D. from King’s India Institute, an affiliate of King’s College, London. The NLSIU alumnus also holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Aditya AK, she talks about her research in electoral politics, solutions to improve the quality of education in Indian law schools, and more. Aditya AK . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One year access to […]

Amba Salelkar is a Board Member at Equals Centre for Promotion of Social Justice, a disability rights advocacy organization. She has previously worked with Inclusive Planet Centre for Disability Law and Policy and prior to that, as a criminal lawyer in Mumbai with Raja Thakare & Chimalkar. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Aditya AK, the NLSIU grad shares the trials and tribulations faced by a litigation lawyer with mental health difficulties, what it takes to be a policy lawyer, and more.

Rajeev Chandrasekhar, a Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament, started his career as an engineer in the Silicon Valley before becoming a telecom entrepreneur, and finally joining politics. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Pallavi Saluja, Chandrasekhar talks about Net Neutrality, the role of the Supreme Court and why he filed the Section 66A petition. Pallavi Saluja: What is your stand on Net Neutrality? Rajeev Chandrasekhar: My position on net . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and […]

It is his smile that stays with you long after the interview is over. It is a smile filled with optimism and hope and a powerful belief that things can change for the better. There is no bitterness, no anger. It is certainly not what you expect from someone who spent nearly five years in the anda barrack of Nagpur Central Jail. Accused and imprisoned for crimes he did not commit. Published in 2014, Arun Ferreira’s

Early last month, Akosha raised $16 million, with a projected valuation of $70 million. It was the third round of funding for the customer dispute redressal portal, with another round of infusion ($50 million) expected before the year ends. Akosha was founded by law graduate Ankur Singla five years ago, one of the earliest entrants in this space. In this interview with . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One year access to all archival material Access to […]

In March this year, Member of Parliament Vivek Gupta introduced a Private Member Bill in the Rajya Sabha to set up a Bench of the Supreme Court in Kolkata. In an exclusive interview with Bar & Bench, he discussed the reasoning behind the Bill, and how the Bill would alleviate the difficulties of poor litigants. (Excerpts below) Bar & Bench- Why Kolkata? Why not . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One year access to all […]

“And they reply that we have been told that your kok (womb) produces terrorists.” Forty-five minutes into the interview, Gagan Sethi looks right into my eyes and recounts Bilkis Banu’s deposition before a special court set up after the Godhra riots. The then 19-year old Bilkis was being attacked by men she thought were part of her family, and she was pleading for the men to stop tearing her clothes, stop raping her. For a moment, the only . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year […]

Shubhankar Dam, an Assistant Professor of Law at the Singapore Management University School of Law, recently published a book on the history of ordinances in India. In this conversation with Bar & Bench, he talks about the common perception that ordinances enjoy, the role of the judiciary and the administrative challenges of a national law school. Bar & Bench: One-sixth of all federal legislations between 1952 and 2009 are in the form of ordinances. That’s a disturbing . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of […]

Babloo Loitongbam is one of the most well known human rights activist in Manipur and the founder of one of the earliest human right organisations in Manipur, Human Rights Alert. In Bangalore to attend a two-day conference organized by the Alternative Law Forum, Babloo spoke to Bar & Bench about the “Pandora’s box” that is human rights, the quiet persistence of Irom Sharmila and why he is grateful he studied mathematics in school. Bar & Bench: Human right issues in Manipur are not really . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a […]

Amy Hariani is the Director and Legal Counsel for the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC), which is the largest bi-lateral trade organization between the U.S. and India representing about 350 companies that do business either in India or in the U.S. or both. Amy manages the Life Sciences and Legal and Professional Services portfolios at USIBC.  In this interview with Bar & Bench, Amy talks about investor sentiment – both from an Indian perspective and U.S. perspective, legal hurdles U.S. companies . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: […]