Circumvention of Federalism & The GNCTD (Amendment) Bill, 2021

In this explainer piece, our Reporter, Shravani analyses the GNCTD (Amendment) Bill that makes substantial changes to Delhi’s unique federal structure. The new Amendment is studied using the principles of cooperative federalism to understand how the Bill fails to achieve a federal balance in tandem with democratic values enshrined in the Constitution.

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The #Me Too Judgement : M.J. Akbar vs Priya Ramani

In India, one of the most high-profile cases to come out of the #MeToo movement against workplace sexual harassment perpetrated has finally seen its culmination. The Case involved Journalist Priya Ramani, as an accused after former Union minister MJ Akbar charged her with defamation. The Delhi trial Court judgment is a landmark one not only because it acquitted Ramani but made several progressive statements. In this post, we will go through the cause of action and the rationale of the Court which ultimately led it to make the observations which hold significant implications for the future of victims of sexual harassment in India

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Regulatory Framework for the COVID-19 Vaccine

In this explainer, our Reporter Shravani explains the regulatory framework for the development, approval and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in India. It explains the legal compliances required under the current regulatory regime while also analysing recent developments as India gears up for the second phase of its vaccination drive. The article also looks at post-vaccination liability and the legal recourses available to recipients of the vaccine.

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Labour Codes: Code on Social Security, 2020

Sahil discusses some crucial new changes introduced by the Code on Social Security, 2020 and its potential limitations in light of the recent release of the corresponding Code on Social Security (Central) Draft Rules, 2020 by the government. Essentially, the Code on Social Security, 2020 was introduced in an attempt to consolidate and simplify nine of the central social security regulations. However, it has attracted much attention of the stakeholders pursuant to the altered definitions, provisions and introduction of new governance bodies. Hence, it becomes imperative to reflect upon these responses and criticisms presented to this Code and the Rules.

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Labour Codes: Industrial Relations Code 2020

The Government recently passed three labour codes – the Industrial Relations Code, 2020, the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020, and the Code of Social Security, 2020 – in a bid to consolidate 29 central labour legislations. We will be publishing explainers on each of these three labour codes in the coming days. In this post, our reporter, Chitranksha Kumari will look at the first of these Bills – The Industrial Relations Code.

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Over-Regulation of The Civil Society: Unpacking the FCRA 2020

In this Explainer, our Legal Reporter Shravani, unpacks the substantive and procedural issues with the recent Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Amendment Act, 2020. FCRA 2020 seeks to regulate foreign funding of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in order to increase transparency and ensure accountability. However, the amendment creates challenges that hinder the proper functioning of NGOs, especially those at grassroots by over-regulating the sector.

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Right to Protest v. Right to Mobility: The Shaheen Bagh Case

This article presents an account of the recent Supreme Court judgment in Amit Sahni v. Commissioner of Police and Ors. which answers a disputed question of drawing the balance between the right to protest and the protection of people’s public rights. The judgment has come in response to the Shaheen Bagh protests, and it directly affects the essential relationship between democracy and the voices of dissent within. Thus, it is important to dwell on the events and responses of the Courts and the members of the concerned community that finally led to this judgment.

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