TWAIL and Human Rights

Mohammad Umar

The Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) were a response to international law as an imperial project.

The lecture includes a case study on Intellectual Property Rights from the lens of the TWAIL approach.



Space Law and Human Rights:

An Introduction

Rabindra Kr. Pathak


The lecture slides cover the Interface between Space Law and Human Rights.

While looking at key provisions of Outer Space Law, some important jurisprudential questions governing the interface are raised, including the following;  

1. There is a need to rethink words such as ‘jurisdiction’ and ‘territory’ anew in order to appreciate the application of international human rights law to ‘outer space’.

2. There is a need to identify the legal frameworks and ethical standards governing outer space activities.



Technology, Human Rights and the Law

Nupur Chowdhury 

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.


Earth Consciousness &

Evolving Frameworks, 2020

[SPECIAL: International Day for Biological Diversity &

World Environment Day]

Kirat Sodhi &

Deepa Kansra


The expansion in the normative frameworks has brought the focus on key concepts in relation to human- nature relationships.


To name a few;


1. Defining concepts such as restoration, right to life & dignity.

2. The parameters to assess nature versus corporate interests . [both holders of legal rights and guarantees in law].

3. Standards for ascertaining damages & costs for harms caused to entities in nature.

4. Identification of guardians or caretakers of mother earth. [state or community]

5. Equitable sharing of benefits & responsibilities [between different members of communities, and sharing between different countries]

6. Concept of Ecological services & tools for measurements.


'Fair Use' of E-resources for Academic Purposes:

Specific Reference to India

Jupi Gogoi

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,) 

Deepa Kansra

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. 


Business and Human Rights:

An Introduction

Anandita Yadav

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.


Understanding the Human Right to Development


Mallika Ramachandran &

Deepa Kansra

Sub-headings covered ;

1. Chronology of important developments

2. The need and significance of the Right to Development

3. The Declaration on the Right to Development

4. The features of the right, and responsibilities of states

5. Internal–External & Process–Result Dimensions

6. Role of Special Rapporteur on Right to Development 

Classroom Series: Reading Human Rights/ All Rights Reserved/2020