By Ruth Dreifuss, Anand Grover and Michel Kazatchkine, Special to CNN Updated 1020 GMT (1820 HKT) November 17, 2015 Ruth Dreifuss is former President of Switzerland and Minister of Home Affairs. Anand Grover is former U.N. special rapporteur on the Right to Health, India. Michel Kazatchkine is former executive director of the Global Fund to…

India revolutionized democracy when it introduced the 73rd and 74th amendment in 1994 calling for 1/3rd seat reservation for women in the Panchayat Raj. Twenty years later, these gains are being rolled back by new qualifications for running for office: a bathroom and an education. What is the correlation between a bathroom and running for…

It is neither authorised by the law to assess patent issues nor does it have the institutional competence for this This is in regard to Uttam Gupta’s recent column in The Financial Express (‘Drug licensing must recognise patents’, October 30). The article not only betrays ignorance of patent and drug regulatory laws but also mixes up…

Memon was sentenced to death in 2007 after being convicted of providing financial and logistical support for the 1993 Mumbai bombings The execution of the 1993 Mumbai bombings convict Yakub Memon last week has caused a great deal of debate in India. Questions have been raised over whether the execution was carried out in accordance…

हम आज एक ऐसे भारत में रहते हैं जो हमारे संविधान निर्माताओं के ख़्वाबों से काफ़ी अलग है. संविधान निर्माताओं की परिकल्पना थी कि नागरिकों (सिटिज़ेन) और नागरिक अधिकार नहीं रखने वालों (नॉन-सिटिज़न) समेत सभी लोगों के पास ये मौलिक अधिकार होगा कि क़ानूनी प्रक्रिया का पालन किए बिना उनके जीने का अधिकार उनसे नहीं…

22nd July, 2015:  In what comes a huge victory to patient groups around the world, the Indian Patent office in Chennai, revoked the grant of a patent on Roche’s Valganciclovir. Valganciclovir is an important drug for the treatment of active cytomegalovirus retinitis (CMV) infection which, if left untreated, can lead to blindness in persons living…

INDIRA JAISING Almost thirty  years after the disaster in Bhopal in December 2-3, 1984, the numberless, unidentified and ever increasing victims of the tragedy have not been forgotten by the nation, though forgotten by the legal system. Although the world’s most spectacular law suit has vanished without a trace, leaving no legal legacy which could…

October 26 marks the first anniversary of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act. The law was conceived as a civil law as distinct from the existing criminal law: Section 498A IPC. It was often said that criminal law had no space for settlement of disputes and could give no relief beyond a conviction….

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