FRIDAY, 18 DECEMBER 2015
10:30 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 link, 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 Mehta, Tarunabh Khaitan, Vidhu Verma, Jayna Kothari, Saumya Uma, and Danish Sheikh.
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, Bangalore
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
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