JSLH Curricular Engagement with Project Hope

The Indian government has launched two ambitious, complementary initiatives designed to transform India into a global manufacturing and technology hub —‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’. APJ Abdul Kalam, the former Indian President and noted scientist, had pointed out that such schemes ought not to lead India to ‘become the low-cost, low-value assembly line of the world’. Rather, India ought to focus on hightechnology manufacturing and innovation. A large body of scholarly literature on intellectual property (IP)—dealing with the causal relationships between patents, innovation and economic growth—pointsto the beneficial effects of innovation.

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Ethnography of the Anganwadi – The JSLH Interdisciplinary Class

This study undertaken by the CHLET aimed to determine and analyze the impact of the landmark judgment of 2 July 2009 by the Delhi High Court on the lives of sexual minorities in Delhi. The Court’s judgment was in response to a petition challenging the constitutional validity of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which criminalized consensual sexual activities between homosexual adults conducted in private. The judgment held that Section 377 infringed upon fundamental rights under Articles 14, 15, 21 of the Constitution of India, and declared the section to be unconstitutional to the extent that it criminalized private consensual sexual activity between adults.

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Cosmopolitan Belongings: The Chinese Community in Calcutta

This study was undertaken by the Centre for Human Rights Studies (CHRS) in collaboration with the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre, the Human Rights Law Network, and the Centre for Development and Human Rights. It was conducted with the aim of initiating inquiry and reflection on the morality and effectiveness of the death penalty. The final report, produced as an outcome of a conference held on the subject, summarizes the arguments against the death penalty from various standpoints including empirical, historical, sociological, constitutional, and consequential. The study also includes recommendations and is intended as an advocacy tool. Recommendations were made to the Government, human rights institutions, the judiciary and the legal fraternity, NGOs, media and civil society. The report was published in November 2011.

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Organic Farming and Environmental Sustainability

CITEL in collaboration with the Oval Foundation, a non-profit think tank based in the UK, is taking the initiative to promote a New Zealand–India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) by conducting a comprehensive stakeholder consultation within India to ensure a productive bilateral dialogue in order to expedite a FTA between the two countries. The project intends to throw light on India’s trade policy stance with regards to New Zealand and ascertain the mutual economic benefits that would flow to both the countries from the completion of the FTA, given the considerable trade complementarities which exist between the two countries. The project will assess how the two countries can deepen economic cooperation in various sectors such as agriculture, infrastructure, manufacturing, construction, tourism and education. The project will determine how enhanced trade facilitation through the completion of the FTA will create mutual economic benefits for the two countries. The project intends to bring the discourse on the topic in both the public and executive domain through various stakeholder dialogues, media outreach, white papers and a final report.

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Invisible People: The Lives of Asian Workers in the Gulf

The Trade Policy Division at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India sought a legal note on key information on various reforms which were proposed to the Dispute Settlement Understanding (Agreement) of the WTO in a special session of the Dispute Settlement Body. This

was meant for the Ministry to plan India’s strategy at the WTO session on the possible DSU reform scheduled to be taken up in the 10th Ministerial Conference of the WTO.

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