(Guest Post by Chintan Chandrachud) The doctrine of substantive legitimate expectations is a fairly new addition to the ‘armoury of courts in ensuring that discretions are exercised fairly’. It enables litigants, even in the absence of a legal right, to hold the government to its promise, policy or established practice. In contrast with its procedural…

Guest Post by Manish G.   On 22.08.2013, the Supreme Court Registry issued a notice listing certain pending matters before a Constitution Bench that will commence hearings w.e.f. 03.09.2013. The list is nearly ten pages long and broadly involves five sets of cases. This post takes a look at these and briefly summarises the points…

Two important IP developments in the recent past have thrown up interesting issues around the standards for judicial recusal and for determining conflict of interest.Novartis Patent Dispute and Judicial Recusal1. Justice Dalveer Bhandari recused himself from a controversial patent dispute involving Novartis’ famed anti cancer drug, Glivec; a dispute that has dogged Indian courts for…