Invitation to CPR Workshop on a Draft Anti-discrimination Bill

AM TO 4:00 PM
Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research
India is amongst the few regimes with a
constitutional commitment to a liberal democracy that nevertheless lack a
comprehensive, multi-ground, antidiscrimination legislation. A conversation on
the need and shape of an antidiscrimination law began after it was recommended
by the Sachar Committee in 2006. While the UPA government did briefly consider
setting up an Equal Opportunity Commission, the idea was quietly buried. The
aborted Equal Opportunity Commission Bill had been criticised as an
overly-bureaucratic response that would have failed to substantively address
the problem of discrimination. Some recent political developments, especially
the debate on intolerance, underscore the need to revisit the issue.
The Centre for Policy Research is pleased to
invite you to a one day workshop on the 18th of December 2015 to discuss a
model Equality Bill, drafted by Tarunabh Khaitan (author of A Theory of Discrimination Law, OUP
2015). The Bill, available at this
, is designed with NCT-Delhi in mind, but can be adapted for other
states or the centre. The policy debate has been going on for about a decade.
It is hoped that the existence of a draft Bill will give concrete shape to this
conversation and draw attention to details. The workshop is very much intended
as a preliminary one, and we hope that you will bring your insights and
expertise to improving the design of the proposed legislation. A full schedule
for the day’s events will be posted on the CPR website shortly. Confirmed
speakers include Pratap Bhanu MehtaTarunabh KhaitanVidhu
Jayna KothariSaumya Uma, and Danish
Pratap Bhanu Mehta is the President and
Chief Executive of CPR
Tarunabh Khaitan is an Associate Professor in Law at
Wadham College, Oxford
Danish Sheikh works for the Alternative Law Forum,
Jayna Kothari is an Advocate in Bangalore and a
founding member of the Centre for Law & Policy Research
Saumya Uma is an Assistant Professor at the National Law
School, Bangalore and Assistant Director of the Centre for Study of Social
Exclusion and Inclusive Policy
Vidhu Verma is a Professor, Centre for Political
Studies, JNU

Please RSVP to [email protected] for
catering purposes.
Written by
Tarunabh Khaitan
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