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JUSTICE VIKRAMAJIT SEN
Justice Vikramajit Sen is a Former Judge of the Supreme Court of India. He was previously the Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court, Judge of the Delhi High Court, the first Chairperson of the Delhi High Court Arbitration Centre and the first Chairperson of the Arbitration Centre - Karnataka, India. At present, he is the Chairperson (Public Interest Director) of the Bombay Stock Exchange and Chairperson of the Digital Media Content Regulation Council (DMCRC) for the term beginning from June, 2021. He is also acting as the Arbitral Tribunal in several domestic and international arbitrations in India, Singapore and London. He was previously Chairperson of the Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC), appointed as the Administrator of the Delhi District Cricket Association by the Delhi High Court and appointed by the Government of Karnataka as the Chairman of the Draft Amendment Committee for Karnataka Private Medical Establishments Act, 2007. With a special interest in minority rights, he was a core member of the Inter Denomination Committee for recommendations for Amendments to the Personal Laws relating to Christians in India, and is on the board of many prominent Christian institutions in India.
REBECCA MAMMEN JOHN
Rebecca Mammen John was designated as a Senior Advocate in 2013 by the Delhi High Court and is one of the most esteemed criminal lawyers in the country. She has appeared in several prominent cases throughout her career and has represented the Talwars in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case, the cricketer S. Sreesanth in the IPL spot-fixing case, MP K Kanimozhi in the cases relating to the 2G telecom spectrum scam. She has also represented the victims of the Hashimpura Massacre, the arrested workers of Maruti Udyog, the accused in the Batla House encounter and more. More recently, she represented the journalist Priya Ramani in a landmark #MeToo case.
Nitya Ramakrishnan is a senior lawyer practising in New Delhi. She argues before the Supreme Court, Delhi High Court, and various criminal courts in Delhi. She is an ardent defendant of civil liberties and has many terror trial defences to her credit, notably the Indian Parliament Attack Case and the Haren Pandya Murder Case. Also reputed for her media-related cases, Ms. Ramakrishnan has successfully challenged the censorship imposed on many political documentaries. She has a vibrant civil litigation practice, arguing in arbitrations and other commercial disputes.
Sanjay Hegde is a senior advocate at the Supreme Court of India. He has been in practice for more than three decades. He was on the Union of India’s arguing panel before the Supreme Court from 1996 to 2004, and also worked for a decade as the standing Counsel for the State of Karnataka, before focusing on his own private practice. After being designated as a Senior Advocate, he has appeared in several important matters in the Supreme Court. The Courts had also appointed him as an amicus curiae in the Nirabhaya case and as an interlocutor with the protestors at Shaheen Bagh. Hegde has frequently engaged in legal journalism including appearing on television panels and writing as an editorial columnist for newspapers like the Hindu , Indian Express and India Today.
Vrinda Grover is a lawyer, researcher and human rights activist based in New Delhi, India. She obtained her law degree from Delhi University and her Masters in Law from New York University.
As a lawyer she has appeared in landmark cases representing victims and survivors of sexual assault and sexual harassment, communal conflict, extra judicial executions, enforced disappearances, custodial torture, and targeted human rights defenders. She has contributed to the drafting of laws to protect women and children from domestic violence and sexual violence. More recently, she argued on behalf of the petitioner in Anuradha Bhasin vs Union of India, against the internet shutdowns in Kashmir.
She has contributed to the drafting of laws in the country including, the 2013 Criminal Law Amendment to the law against sexual assault; The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012; the Prevention of Torture Bill, 2010; a law for protection from Communal and Targeted Violence.
Mr. Ninad Laud is a Counsel practicing at the Supreme Court of India. He read law at the V.M. Salgaocar College of Law in Goa. He was admitted to the bar in 2006 and read in the Chambers of Senior Counsel Mukul Rohatgi, (former Attorney General for India) for over 7 years, before starting his independent practice in 2014. Mr. Laud’s primary practice is at the Supreme Court, but he also regularly appears at the National Green Tribunal, National Company Law Appellate Tribunal and the PMLA Appellate Tribunal. His core areas of practice are constitutional law, mining, environment, insolvency and white-collar crime. He has been involved in prominent constitutional cases including the Shreya Singhal PIL challenging Sec. 66A of the Information Technology Act, the challenge to the NJAC, as well as the cases arising from the Enrica Lexie incident which led to a reference to the Permanent Court of Arbitration for a dispute between the Republic of Italy and India, under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The work at his Chambers offers significant exposure to constitutional and commercial litigation at the Supreme Court.
Anupam Srivastava, an alumnus of Campus Law Centre, Delhi University, is the Managing Partner of TCL, and has been in practice since the year 1991. He is a civil lawyer with expertise in the laws relating to property, commercial transactions, personal laws and defamation. His area of practice has largely been Courts in Delhi, wherein several of his judgements have been reported. He is currently holding the office of Additional Standing Counsel for the Government of NCT of Delhi. On the corporate side, he advises clients on real estate transactions in setting up power plants and creation of equitable security.
Besides being a keen litigator, he has an academic side as well and has authored/edited the following books: Mulla’s Code of Civil Procedure 16th edition (2002); Legal Ways of Money Recovery - A Handbook (2004); A Handbook on Real Estate Investment - A legal perspective (2007, 2011); Code of Civil Procedure 1908 (2010); Guide to Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 (2014). These books have been published by reputed law publishers, Lexis Nexis, Manupatra and Wolters Kluwer.
Trilegal is a full-service law firm with offices in NCR (Delhi and Gurugram), Mumbai and Bangalore. They have been consistently recognized as the best Indian law firm for the quality of services provided and client satisfaction. Their practice areas include Corporate, Banking and Finance, Capital markets, Competition, Disputes resolution and arbitration, Energy and Infrastructure, Financial Regulatory and Enforcement, Labour and Employment, Tax, and White collar crimes and Investigation. We also have expertise in specific sectors such as real estate and TMT (Technology, Media And Telecom).
Samvād: Partners is a full-service corporate law firm with offices in Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi. Their key practice areas include Banking & Finance, Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions, Dispute Resolution (mediation, arbitration, and litigation), Real Estate and more. Samvad's gender diversity ratio is one of the best in the country, with 87% of their partners being women, and some of the best practicing lawyers in their fields. They also won the "Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Asia-Pacific Awards 2020: Outstanding Pro Bono Programme- Regional Category Award" in 2020.
AZB & PARTNERS
AZB & Partners is one of India’s premier law firms. It was founded in 2004 and has since received wide admiration within the legal sphere. A pan–India law firm, AZB is spread across 6 offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Gurgaon, Bangalore and Pune. Their practice areas include Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures & General Corporate, Private Equity, Banking & Finance, Employment, Insolvency & Bankruptcy, Infrastructure & Project Finance, Competition/Antitrust Law, Disputes Resolution, Competition, Capital Markets, Real Estate, Intellectual Property, White-Collar Crimes, and Tax.
IN-HOUSE LEGAL TEAMS
Xiaomi is a consumer electronics and smart manufacturing company with smartphones and smart hardware connected by an IoT platform at its core. It is one of the world's leading smartphone companies and has established the world's largest consumer AIoT platform. Xiaomi products are present in more than 100 countries and regions around the world. Xiaomi continuously pursues innovation, high-quality user experience, and operational efficiency.
The legal team at Xiaomi advises on all legal, compliance, regulatory, and policy matters in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. The team is broadly divided into sales and marketing; internet services; compliance and regulatory; and dispute management.
The core philosophy of Xiaomi is ‘innovation for everyone’ and ‘always believe that something wonderful is going to happen’. The success of the Xiaomi team emanates from this inclusiveness and positive culture.
INTERNET FREEDOM FOUNDATION
Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) is a domestically funded not for profit organisation with a mission to advance digital rights in India. Our work is guided by the principles of progressive constitutionalism to advance the democratizing potential of technology and individual liberty. IFF is committed to defending and expanding fundamental rights as India gets more digitally connected. As part of this mandate, we strategically engage with courts, regulators, and other legal institutions across India with a focus on institutional change. Our model draws the public into processes which otherwise lack glamour and wider engagement. Technology and user rights are mainstream concerns impacting a growing number of Indians and need greater resources and organisational infrastructure. Apart from strategic litigation, we also engage with different government ministries and Members of Parliament. We believe in institutional change and these verticals play an integral role towards furthering our mission. More information about our model is available here, and on our website.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECT
The Criminal Justice and Police Accountability Project (CPAP) is a Bhopal based litigation and research intervention team that focuses on building police accountability against the criminalization of Denotified Tribal (DNT) Communities and other persecuted communities. Their recent study “Countermapping Pandemic Policing: Sanctioned Violence in Madhya Pradesh” looked at the disturbing rates of incarceration and police brutality against marginalized communities during the Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing Government lockdown. CPAP was one of the winners of the prestigious Agami Prize in 2020.
COMMONWEALTH HUMAN RIGHTS INITIATIVE
The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit organisation registered as a society in India in 1993. They work for the practical realization of human rights through research, capacity building and engagement. CHRI specializes in the areas of access to justice, with a focus on police and prison reforms, and access to information. CHRI's work increasingly focuses on accountability of systems towards vulnerable groups, including women, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Transgender persons, persons with diabilities and Human Rights Defenders, including RTI activists and journalists under attack. They also work to address pressures on the freedom of expression and on media rights. CHRI is a Commonwealth Accredited Organisation and has a Special Consultative Status with the UN ECOSOC. Their recent publications include Life and Death in the time of RTI – Case Studies from Maharashtra; Police Registration of Sexual Offences: A Guide on Procedures and Holding Police Accountable; and Lost Identity: Transgender Persons in Indian Prisons. For more information, please visit www.humanrightsinitiative.org.
Oishik Sircar is a professor at Jindal Global Law School and has studied at the universities of Pune, Toronto and Melbourne. Oishik is an adjunct fellow at University of Technology Sydney Law School and an associate member at the Institute for International Law and the Humanities, Melbourne Law School. Oishik teaches and writes in the areas of critical jurisprudence, postcolonial studies, queer theory, law and violence, and law and aesthetics. Oishik has recently published Violent Modernities: Cultural Lives of Law in the New India (Oxford University Press 2021) and his forthcoming book is Ways of Remembering: Law, Cinema and Collective Memory in the New India (Cambridge University Press 2022). Oishik has co-directed the documentary film We are Foot Soldiers (PSBT 2011) which won the 3rd prize at the Jeevika-Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival in 2012. In 2020, Oishik was a recipient of the WISCOMP-Saahas Award for "exemplary work to promote gender justice in higher education campuses in India". Oishik's published works are available here:
DR. MANWENDRA KUMAR TIWARI
Dr. Manwendra Kumar Tiwari has been teaching in National Law Universities, since 2008. He worked for 9 years as an Assistant Professor in Law at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow. He has also served Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur for two years as an Assistant Professor in Law. Presently, he is an Associate Professor in Law at the Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur. He completed his LL.B. from the Faculty of Law, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi and LL.M. from the Indian Law Institute (ILI), New Delhi. He was awarded the degree of Ph.D. in law by Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow. His areas of interest are Jurisprudence, Constitutional Law, Human Rights and Research Methodology. He is one of the mentors for Project ‘Iqra’ - an initiative to help Indian Muslim Students study at world's best universities with a focus on policy.
Madhavi Gopalakrishnan is an Assistant Lecturer at Jindal Global Law School, where she researches and teaches constitutional law. She has previously worked with the Centre for Law and Policy Research in their constitutional culture initiative. Her research focuses on public participation in constitution-making, federalism, and comparative constitutional studies. She is an alumnus of the University of Nottingham and Jindal Global Law School.