The lecture slides cover the Interface between Law, Human Rights and Technology.
In the definitions covered, technology is referred to as the application of scientific knowledge – to produce goods and services for human use. Law is referred to as the rules of the State for the regulation of public conduct. Human Rights are referred to as the rights that cater to the dignity of human beings and which are a claim of both individuals and groups.
While making use of some of the more recent developments as illustrations, classifications or sub-agendas have been highlighted, including (a) a look at technologies that expand/help secure human rights, and that undermine human rights (dignity), (b) the differential impact technology can have on individuals and groups, and (c) the impact of technology on State’s capacity to regulate and monitor human rights.
The COVID-19 era has moved our physical work space to a virtual space. With this shift towards online education, the importance of understanding copyright law vis-à-vis academics has assumed importance like never before. This has pushed us to re-examine the do’s and don’ts under the copyright law.
This short lecture includes a discussion on ownership rights of copyright holders, what constitutes infringement of copyright, and what are exceptions of these rights. The lecture highlights the important conditions in which using of copyrighted content will be allowed for academic purposes. For the lecture, leading case law and statutory law applicable in India are relied upon.
International Human Rights Law on Enforced Disappearances
(10th anniversary of the entry into force of the ICPPED,)
The lecture slides give an overview of the international and regional jurisprudence on enforced disappearances. In specific, the importance and scope of the core human rights treaty (ICPED) on enforced disappearances has been discussed in light provisions on state responsibility and rights of victims. The mandate and role of the treaty body (Committee on ED) and the Working Group on Enforced Disappearances is also highlighted.
For further study, sub-topics on the subject have been provided. A set of research questions on the law on enforced disappearances have been raised.
The lecture slides include a discussion on the theme of Business and Human Rights, particularly the developments under the UN Business- Human Rights Agenda.
Key highlights of the lecture include (a ) identification of challenges faced in the making of a viable framework defining the interface between business and human rights, (b) highlighting the steps taken towards ensuring responsibility and accountability for harms caused to human rights by business practices.
Also highlighted are the developments under the international human rights framework, including the 2011 Guiding Principles, Ruggie’s Framework and the more recent deliberations on a binding human rights treaty on business and human rights.