Thursday, February 12, 2015

Seminar on Judicial Independence -- Bangalore, February 15, 2015

Guest Post by Shreyas Jayasimha, Advocate, Karnataka High Court
Karnataka (India) Section of the International Commission of Jurists are delighted to invite you to a seminar on

Independence of Judiciary and National Judicial Appointments Commission

Date: February 15, 2015 (Sunday)

Venue: Karnataka Judicial Academy

Crescent House, Crescent Road, Bangalore – 560 001.

Background on KSICJ

The Karnataka (India) Section of the International Commission of Jurists, which was formerly known as the Mysore (Karnataka) State Commission of Jurists, owes its existence to the progressive and erudite members of the Bangalore Bar, who founded it on 4th April 1959. The inspiration was the International Commission of Jurists, which was founded in 1953, in the aftermath of the Second World War. Its main role was to defend Human Rights and fundamental freedoms, so that the universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on the 10th of December 1948, could become a reality in all parts of the World. The ICJ has been functioning and fighting many a battle, such as against apartheid in South Africa and the repressive regimes in Spain, Argentina and other parts of the World. The ICJ has worked tirelessly for the evolution of many International Human Rights Instruments for the propagation of the Rule of Law, such as the Declaration of Delhi (1995), the Bangalore Declarations (1995), etc.

As on date, the Karnataka (India) Section is the only active affiliate of the ICJ in India. Continuing its role in galvanising public debate on important legal issues, particularly those concerning the rule of law - the KSICJ has organised this seminar on Independence of Judiciary and National Judicial Appointments Commission.  


The judges in India's Supreme Court and High Courts are the guardians of our democratic institutions and fundamental freedoms. Especially today when the public increasingly turns to judges, almost exclusively, to safeguard our constitutional values. This calls for a rigorous evaluation of the competence and qualities of those who occupy these positions and the processes by which are appointed. However surprisingly, the widespread concerns regarding competence and efficiency of judges, their independence and their accountability has not been matched by public or parliamentary debates on these issues. The current seminar therefore, is an attempt to remedy this. It hopes to provoke public debate and invite comments of respected jurists on these significant issues.

Programme and Speakers

Hon'ble Mr. D V Sadananda Gowda (Union Minister of Law) will inaugurate the seminar and Mr. Anil Divan Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India will deliver the keynote address. Following the welcome address by Mr. S.S. Naganand Senior Advocate President Karnataka (India) Section of the International Commission of Jurists, there will be two sessions chaired by Mr. Justice V.S. Malimath (Former Chief Justice of Karnataka and Kerala High Courts) and Mr. Justice S. Rajendra Babu (Former Chief Justice of India). Papers will be presented by several distinguished speakers including Justice R Jayasimha Babu (Former Judge, High Court of Karnataka and Madras), Mr. DLN Rao Senior Advocate, and advocates Mr. V Sudish Pai, Mrs. P Anu Chengappa, Mr. Shreyas Jayasimha and Mr. Amit Pai. The closing session will be addressed by Mr. Prashant Kumar, Advocate and President-elect Law Asia.

Delegate Fee

Students: Rs. 200/-

Practicing Advocates with less than five years experience: Rs. 300/-

Other Advocates: Rs. 500/-

Senior Advocates: Rs. 2000/-
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