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Webinar on "Mediating Justice: Expertise and Independence in Judicial and Non-Judicial Contemporary Settings"

18 NOVEMBER 2020
SAIELN organised a webinar in partnership with the University of Portsmouth in its 28th session of the All University Interdisciplinary Webinar Series, on 18 November 2020, at 2 PM (UK time). Titled ‘Mediating Justice: Expertise and Independence in Judicial and Non-Judicial Contemporary Settings’, the webinar featured retired judge of the Supreme Court of India, Justice B.N. Srikrishna, discussing expertise and independence in judicial and non-judicial contemporary settings with Professor Leïla Choukroune, Professor of International Law and Director of the University of Portsmouth. Justice Srikrishna recalled his unique legal career and reflected upon issues of justice and rights in a comparative fashion. He deliberated upon the events leading up to his career as a lawyer, his appointment as a judge at the Bombay High Court and subsequently, the Supreme Court of India, and his key roles as an expert presiding over commissions dealing with complex socio-political issues. This included his roles heading the Commission that investigated the 1992-93 Bombay riots, the Sixth Central Pay Commission, and the Committee on Data Protection, among others. He also contemplated his interest in Indian culture and philosophy and how this has informed his approach to his work.


Talk and a Panel Discussion on The Future of Trade Dispute Settlement: WTO Panels and The New Plurilateralism by by Professor Markus Wagner

13 January 2020
South Asia International Economic Law Network, The Centre for Trade and Investment Law and University of Wollongong, Australia organised a talk by Prof. Markus Wanger, Associate Professor, School of Law, University of Wollongong on “The Future of Trade Dispute Settlement: WTO Panels and The New Plurilateralism”. The event was chaired by Prof. Abhijit Das, Head and Professor, Centre for WTO Studies and the talk was followed by enlightening inputs from Dr. (Mrs.) Vijaya Katti, Professor and Dean, Administration (Academics) and HOD (Economics & Trade Policy), Dr. Ram Upendra Das, Head and Professor, Centre for Regional Studies and Dr. James Nedumpara, Head and Professor, CTIL. The event concluded with a question-and-answers sessions where the audience posed some deep and thoughtful questions which were answered by the brilliant experts gathered. It can be said with some conviction that a broader understanding of the events at the WTO and the “new plurilateralism” was achieved by those gathered.


Launch of the Special Issue of the Manchester Journal of the International Economic Law

25 November 2019
The launch of the Special Issue of the Manchester Journal of the International Economic Law was organized by SAIELN in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth, CTIL and CITEL. Dr. Manoj Pant, Director, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi, was the Chief Guest. The launch included informative presentations by some of the contributors to the issue, namely, Dr. James J Nedumpara, Dr. Sai Ramani Garimella, and Prof. Leila Choukroune.


Discussion Session on ‘Paradise Lost or Found? – The Post WTO International Legal Order (Utopian and Dystopian Possibilities)’

06 September 2019
The session began with a welcome address from Dr. James Nedumpara, who provided a brief background to the current crisis facing the WTO Appellate Body. This was followed by a keynote address by Prof. Picker, who shared insights from these workshops, the methodology of the studies, and some possibilities that were debated in them.


Special Session | Kerala and the Blue Economy

July 28, 2019
Keynote address given by Smt. J. Mercykutty Amma, Hon'ble Minister for Fisheries, Harbour Development & Cashew Industry, Govt. Of Kerala and remarks given by Sri. S. Venkatesapathy, Ms. Gayatri Nair, Prof. Mukesh Bhatnagar and Prof. James J. Nedumpara.


Valedictory Session of SAIELN's Second Biennial Conference

July 28, 2019
Concluding keynote address given by Ambassador Anup Kumar Mudgal putting the conference in context, remarks given by co-chairs Prof. James & Prof. Leila on the keynote address and concluding remarks on the conference by Anupal Dasgupta, Joint Secy., SAIELN


SAIELN's Second Biennial Conference on "The Law of the Blue Economy: International and South Asian Perspectives"

July 27, 2019
Dr. Christy Fernandez, Chairman, KSIDCL, gave the inaugural address, speaking on the fundamentals of blue economy. He emphasized on the need for creating awareness towards an inclusive decision making. Dr. Ravi Raman, Member, KSPB spoke on Non-Tariff Measures as the major constraints faced by the developing economies and the scope for intensifying regional trade. Prof. Peter Van den Bossche, Former WTO Appellate Body Member and President, Society of International Economic Law gave a video address. He emphasized on the need for adopting an integrationist approach among the different streams of law and policy making.


Trade Talk on “Recent Developments in EU Trade Remedies Law and Practice”

June 26, 2019
Mr. Velmust, Founding Partner, VVGB Advocaten, Brussels, explained the nuances in the recent developments in the anti-dumping and countervailing regulations of the European Union.


Trade Talk on “The Plain Packaging Dispute at the WTO”

June 18, 2019
Mr. Bohanes, Senior Counsel, Advisory Centre on WTO Law, Geneva, presented an astute summary of the issues raised and arguments advanced under the TBT and TRIPs Agreement in the Australia plain packaging dispute.


Trade Talk on “The Demise of the WTO Dispute Settlement System: Will India pay the Price for the Loss of a Common Good?”

June 14, 2019
Mr. Appleton, Founding Partner, Appleton Luff, Geneva, talked about how the loss of common good namely WTO's dispute settlement system will affect India and highlighted its importance in global governance.


Trade Talk on “World Trade without (Enforceable) rules?: The Existential Crisis of WTO Dispute Settlement”

June 11, 2019
Mr. van den Bossche, Former Appellate Body Member, WTO, presented a talk on the existential crisis in the WTO dispute settlement with the Appellate Body being reduced to one member.


Discussion Session on "Trade 2019 - Challenges and Trends in U.S. Trade Law"

February 27, 2019
This discussion session focused on the current approach to the US Trade Policy captured in the phrase, ‘Free’, ‘Fair’ and ‘Reciprocal’ trade; and its possible implications for the US and the global economy at large.p>


Panel Discussion on “Shaping the future of WTO

January 29, 2019
The Panel discussion was held on "Shaping the Future of WTO". The crisis with regard to the functioning of the Appellate Body was the key point of contention. Many options were explored and a comination of approches were discussed for strengthening the WTO and preserving the WTO dispute settlement system.The discussants stressed on the importance of a working Appellate Body to establish a rule-based discipline in the WTO.


Discussion Session on "Belt and Road Initiative"

November 22, 2018 | NTH Complex, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi
Panel discussion on issues relating to BRI while also addressing the development of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership given that one of the main focus of the BRI is to practice its peripheral diplomacy in South Asia.


Discussion on "Recent Developments in International Trade": Mr Gary N Horlick

November 20, 2018 | CRIT Conference Hall, NAFED House, Ashram Chowk, New Delhi
Discussion session certain recent developments in the sphere of International trade such as the renegotiation of NAFTA 2.0, the making of United States-Mexico-Canada agreement and the future of mega-regional trade agreements.


Case discussion on "In the matter of Guatemala- Issues Relating to the Obligations under Article 16.2.1(a) of the CAFTA-DR’ dispute and its implication"

September 25, 2018 | CRIT Conference Hall, NAFED House, Ashram Chowk, New Delhi
Discussion session on the legal nuances of the decision of the arbitral panel in the dispute concerning Guatemala’s breach of labour clause in CAFTA-DR, 2017, it is the first instance in which a labour law complaint has been adjudicated under an FTA.


Discussion Session on "Indonesia – Safeguards on Certain iron or Steel Products and its implications on US 232 Tariffs"

September 4, 2018 | CRIT Conference Hall, NAFED House, Ashram Chowk, New Delhi
The WTO Appellate Body decision in Indonesia-Safeguards deals with what constitutes a ‘safeguard measure’ under Article XIX of the GATT and the Safeguards Agreement. In light of the same, the panel discussed the impact of the unilateral actions of the United States’ i.e., the Section 232 tariffs.


Entry of Foreign Law Firms and Lawyers into India: The Continuing Debate

April 05, 2018 | Nalanda, IIFT, NEW DELHI
Discussion session on the entry of foreign law firms into India and on the implications of the recent Supreme Court decision A.K. Balaji v. Union of India on the future of Indian legal services sector.


Discussion Session on "War Against ISDS: Rebellion without a cause or Lost battle?"

December 19, 2017 | NTH Complex, New Delhi
Given the increasing number of investment arbitration cases and their attached criticism of their abusive use, a discussion session on the current ISDS crisis and also initiated discussions for a suitable and possibly new ISDS system in South Asia and India, in particular.


Case discussion on "European Union – Countervailing Measures on Certain Polythene Terephthalate (PET) from Pakistan"

December 11, 2017 | NTH Complex, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi
Discussion session the legal nuances of the WTO panel decision in EU-PET (Pakistan), 2017 with respect to the SCM Agreement and in light of the same, its impact on practices adopted by Indian and other investigating agencies vis-à-vis their evidence mechanism.


Discussion Session on "The New Geometry Trade: Beyond WTO, What Trade for Democratic and Sustainable Societies?"

October 16, 2017 | Nalanda, IIFT, NEW DELHI
Discussion session on the new geometry of trade in reflecting upon the engines and actors of the WTO with a special focus on the expected positive outcomes of globalisation for the emerging and developing world and South Asia in particular.


"Mediating Justice: Expertise and Independence in Judicial and Non-Judicial Contemporary Settings"

18 November 2020, at 2 PM (UK time).

SAIELN is organizing a webinar in partnership with the University of Portsmouth in its 28th session of All University Interdisciplinary Webinar Series on 18 November 2020, at 2 PM (UK time). The Webinar is titled ‘Mediating Justice: Expertise and Independence in Judicial and Non-Judicial Contemporary Settings’. Former Indian Supreme Court Judge, Justice B.N. Srikrishna will be joining the event and will give a talk on the expertise and independence in judicial and non-judicial contemporary settings. From 1993 to 1998 he presided over the "Srikrishna Commission", which investigated the 1992-93 Bombay riots. His independence and expertise have been recognised in a large variety of judicial and non-judicial settings. Rapporteur to the government of India on issues of arbitration, data protection or finances, he has been able to bring together scholars and practitioners of different backgrounds and opinions. In his conversation with Professor Leila Choukroune, he will also recall his unique legal career and reflect upon issues of justice and rights in a comparative fashion.

All are welcomed to join the talk by registering on Eventbrite or simply click on the Webex link.