Examining the Humanitarian Intervention Doctrine in International Law Through the Prism of 2021 Afghanistan Crisis

In this post, the author evaluates the Doctrine of Humanitarian Intervention through the prism of the 2021 intervention of Afghanistan by the Taliban. The author further analyses the extent to which other States can aid Afghanistan in this crisis and the extent to which use of force is allowed in such circumstances. Continue reading Examining the Humanitarian Intervention Doctrine in International Law Through the Prism of 2021 Afghanistan Crisis

Whose Photo is it, really?: Dichotomy of rights and copyrightability of paparazzi photographs

In this post, the authors argue that the Copyright Act, 1957 has not kept pace with the technological advances, such as the rise of social media giants and the concomitant growing legal discourse on the publicity rights of a celebrity. The authors in this article analyse dichotomy and suggest a balancing approach to accommodate the celebrity’s concerns of publicity rights as well as the paparazzi photographer’s copyright over the photograph. Continue reading Whose Photo is it, really?: Dichotomy of rights and copyrightability of paparazzi photographs

Analysing the Scheme of Open Texture of Legal Language in the Goonda Act, 2021 (Part 2)

The second part of the series uses Ronald Dworkin to elaborate upon how constitutional rights would function as limitations that must be observed by courts to ensure that the interpretive discourse retains ‘justice-qualities’ in the light of broad and vague provisions of the Goonda Act. Continue reading Analysing the Scheme of Open Texture of Legal Language in the Goonda Act, 2021 (Part 2)

Analysing the Scheme of Open Texture of Legal Language in the Goonda Act, 2021 (Part 1)

This blog series throws light upon the controversy surrounding ‘Lakshadweep Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Regulation 2021’ using the understanding of the core and penumbra. The first part of the series shows how open texture inhabits most of the provisions of the Goonda Act and how it can prejudice the adjudication process. Further, the first part shows that reversion to ‘rights’ as indicators of ‘justice-quality’ of judicial discourse is apt in ‘Hard Cases’ in the backdrop of the Goonda Act. Continue reading Analysing the Scheme of Open Texture of Legal Language in the Goonda Act, 2021 (Part 1)

Conferment of designation of Senior Advocate: Are the Indira Jaising guidelines enough? (Part 1)

In this post, the author takes a look at the procedure of designation of Senior Advocates in the pre-Indira Jaising era, then proceeds to venture into the debate surrounding the designation itself and finally analyses the current position of law in the post-Indira Jaising era. Continue reading Conferment of designation of Senior Advocate: Are the Indira Jaising guidelines enough? (Part 1)

The UP-Draft Population Control Bill: An Archetype of Misguided Policy-Making

In this post, the authors explore the various provisions of the proposed The Uttar Pradesh Population (Control, Stabilisation and Welfare) Bill, 2021, and analyse it from constitutional and sociological perspectives. The authors conclude with their take on the need, legality and effectiveness of the proposed measures. Continue reading The UP-Draft Population Control Bill: An Archetype of Misguided Policy-Making

Copyrights and Comments: The Value of Opinions

In this post, the author discusses the ever increasing relevance of online comments and whether they carry value or not, and if they do, who is the rightful owner of the content. The author further analyses how the owner of such value carrying content may be determined and discusses a way forward to simplify the process for the Indian legal regime. Continue reading Copyrights and Comments: The Value of Opinions

Call for Entries: 9th RMLNLU-Khaitan & Co Conference & Essay Competition on Labour Laws (Submission Deadline Extended – 17 October 2021)

The Journal Committee (“Committee”) at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (“RMLNLU”), in collaboration with Khaitan & Co, is organising the 9th edition of the RMLNLU International Legal Essay Writing Competition (“Competition”) along with the RMLNLU-Khaitan & Co. Conference on Labour Laws. Continue reading Call for Entries: 9th RMLNLU-Khaitan & Co Conference & Essay Competition on Labour Laws (Submission Deadline Extended – 17 October 2021)

The Downing of Flight PS752: Mistake of Fact and Self-Defence in International Law

In this post, in the background of downing of flight PS752, the authors analyse the right of self-defence under Article 51 of the UN Charter and determine whether Iran could take recourse to it without admitting to its mistake of fact. They also analyse the state practice on use of force in self-defence due to a mistake of fact. The article further explores whether state responsibility should be subjected to an objective or subjective standard under such circumstances. Finally, the authors look at Iran’s jus ad bellum obligations in light of the investigation report by the UN Special Rapporteur and suggest a strict liability rule for determining state responsibility under such circumstances. Continue reading The Downing of Flight PS752: Mistake of Fact and Self-Defence in International Law