Remembering Prof. N R Madhava Menon
CLEA-MILAT HUMAN RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE SUMMER SCHOOL – 2020
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Observation of World Environment Day
27 May – 6 June, 2020
Press Council of India and Lloyd Law College
- Central Pollution Control Board
- Indian Law Institute
- Penn State Law University, USA
- Empowerment through Law of the Common People, Bangladesh
Plot Number 11, Knowledge Park II, Greater Noida (Uttar Pradesh)- 201306
27th May- 6th June, 2020
ABOUT SUMMER SCHOOL:
Human rights and social justice have a shared goal of human dignity and equality for all. The issues that make social justice difficult to achieve, such as poverty, exclusion and discrimination, are in direct contradiction with human rights, which apply to all individuals indiscriminately. The fundamental human right of freedom of expression is the touchstone of all the freedoms and is central to the democratic rights and freedoms. It is essential for enabling democracy to work and for facilitating public participation in decision-making. This right is important for individual dignity as well as for accountability and democracy. Freedom encompasses the freedom of speech to individuals and press, assembly and association and the corollary of this freedom is the right to receive information and disseminate with responsibility. Continuous efforts are being made to secure the right to freedom of expression and right to information.
The Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human rights reads thus, “Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people…” Further, in article 19, the Declaration states that, “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights provides the right to freedom of expression, subject to certain restrictions that are “in accordance with law” and “necessary in a democratic society”. This right includes the freedom to hold opinions, and to receive and impart information and ideas. Articles 6 and 8 of UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders provide that people have the right to seek, obtain, receive and hold information about human rights and fundamental freedom; and to have effective access to participation in the government. States should ensure that people are able to peacefully protest, publicize and circulate information and criticize the failure of governments to protect or promote human rights.
Violations of freedom of expression often result in other violations, including the right to freedom of association and assembly. Threats to the freedom of expression of any person anywhere are threats to the freedom of all people everywhere. Violations of human rights and the right of free expression have been recorded in the history of virtually every country. In the present scenario, the phrase ‘freedom of expression’ requires a revisit. In this background, the summer school aims at addressing the jurisprudential and enforcement issues relating to right to freedom of expression in the international as well as national arena.
Press Council of India
The Press Council of India is a statutory, adjudicating organization in India formed in 1966 by its Parliament. It is the self-regulatory watchdog of the press, for the press and by the press that operates under the Press Council Act of 1978. The Council has a Chairman – traditionally, a retired Supreme Court judge, and 28 other members, of which 20 are members of media. Of the 28-member council, 5 are members of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha of the Indian Parliament, one member each from University Grants Commission, Bar Council of India and Sahitya Academy. Hon’ble Mr. Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad is presently the Chairman of the Council and Dr. Anupama Bhatnagar, Indian Information Service, is the Secretary.
Central Pollution Control Board
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), a statutory organization of Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), was constituted in September 1974. It serves as a field formation, which provides technical services to the MoEFCC on various environmental legislations and coordinates the activities of the State Pollution Control Boards. Acting as an advisory body to the government, other principal functions of CPCB include environmental assessment and research; setting national standards under environmental laws and regulations; monitoring data including air and water quality; pollution prevention programs; conservation measures and mass awareness and publications. The present Chairman of CPCB is Shri Ravi Shanker Prasad.
Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA)
Founded in 1971, CLEA is a Commonwealth-wide body which fosters and promotes high standards of legal education in the Commonwealth. CLEA has regional Chapters and Committees in South Asia, Southern Africa, West Africa, the Caribbean and Europe. The goal of CLEA is to make legal education socially relevant and professionally useful by developing law curricula and teaching methodologies; supporting continuing legal education and distance learning programmes etc. The Commonwealth Institute for Justice Education and Research (CIJER) has been set up at Lloyd Law College in 2017, under the auspices of Commonwealth Legal Education Association CLEA – ASIA, to serve as a dedicated research wing. Prof. David McQuoid- Mason is the President CLEA and Prof. (Dr.) S. Sivakumar is the President CLEA (Asia).
Menon Institute of Legal Advocacy & Training (MILAT)
MILAT was set up by Prof Menon’s students and well-wishers as an educational nonprofit society for legal education, training, research and extension activities for legal personnel with an objective of skill development, professional training, building legal awareness and legal reform. Prof Menon was the first Chairman of MILAT. Prof. (Dr.) S. Sivakumar is the current Chairman. MILAT, in association with Bar Council of India, State Bar Councils and various law schools across the country, conducts professional development training programmes on legal education and legal advocacy for law teachers and advocates. These training programmes have created a cadre of welltrained lawyers, legal professionals, law teachers and researchers in India.
Indian Law Institute (ILI)
The Indian Law Institute [ILI] was set up in 1956 as an autonomous body registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. ‘Cultivating and promoting the science of law and contributing substantially in reforming the administration of justice, so as to meet the socio-economic aspirations and needs of the people through law and its instrumentalities’ are the prime objectives of the ILI. The Institute has achieved the stature of being a premier centre of national and international legal research and studies, in which the lawyers from all branches of the profession, judges, government officials and academicians have been participating. It is a UGC-recognized centre for refresher and orientation programmes. The Chief Justice of India is the Ex-officio President and Prof. (Dr.) Manoj Kumar Sinha is the Director.
Penn State Law University, USA
Penn State Law provides legal education to prepare students for success in a rapidly changing legal profession. Technology, globalization and the need for cross-cutting knowledge are transforming the society and how legal services are provided. Penn State is innovating and providing individualized mentoring and career support to help students to develop and achieve their goals.
At Penn State Law they have all the resources of a world-class public research institution with small classes taught by a faculty of prominent legal scholars and leading practitioners. The many areas of strength include advocacy and litigation; antitrust and competition law; arbitration, mediation, and negotiation; corporate law and practice; energy and environmental law; health law; intellectual property; international, foreign, and comparative law; law, science, and technology; national security, military, and veterans; and more. They also prepare their students to lead by exposing them to cuttingedge technology through their Legal-Tech Virtual Lab.
Empowerment Through Law of the Common People (ELCOP)
Empowerment Through Law of the Common People (ELCOP), Dhaka, Bangladesh is a voluntary, non-profitable, non-political, non-governmental human rights education, research and training organization dedicated to the common people of Bangladesh. ELCOP is embracing communities for democracy, justice and empowerment through action and participation. ELCOP aims at achieving objectives such as providing people with specific legal information; making them conscious of their rights and duties; fostering justice, tolerance, fairness and transparency in the society; contributing effectively to bringing up the marginalized sections of the society and for their empowerment etc. The dominant feature of ELCOP is that it is administered and managed by the law students and teachers of different universities of Bangladesh. The Chairman is Professor Dr. Mizanur Rahman.
Lloyd Law College (LLC)
Lloyd Law College is a premier educational institution offering legal education since 2003 in affiliation with CCS University, Meerut, U.P. (state university established in 1965), and approved by the Bar Council of India (Statutory body for professional legal education in India). The College offers three-year and five-year L.L.B. courses focusing on imparting skills required for excelling in legal profession through moot courts, mock trials, arbitrations, legal aid clinics, legal research, etc. rather than merely providing theoretical academic inputs. A sprawling green campus, well-equipped class rooms, a library with an impressive collection of books and e-resources, court rooms for holding mock trials and moot courts, specialized centres for ADR and Corporate Law Practice and a committed army of passionate law teachers to guide the students have earned the College a position in the top 10 Law Colleges in the country. The College has progressed tremendously under the mentorship and has greatly benefitted from the patronage of Padma Shri Prof. (Dr.) N.R. Madhava Menon. Mr. Manohar Thairani is the President of Lloyd Group of Institutions.
19th Feb, 2020
31st March, 2020
SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION
09th April, 2020
INTIMATION OF SELECTED APPLICANTS
15th April, 2020
PAYMENT OF THE REGISTRATION FEES
16th April, 2020
FINAL LIST OF PARTICIPANTS & INVITATION LETTER
27th May, 2020
LLOYD LAW COLLEGE PLOT NO- 11, KNOWLEDGE PARK II GREATER NOIDA (U.P.) – 201306