Day: December 17, 2014

Ombudsman: A Critical Appraisal

by Soumik Chakraborty Editor’s Note: An ombudsman is a person who acts as a trusted intermediary between either the state, elements of state or an organization, and some internal or external constituency, while representing not only but mostly the broad scope of constituent interests. Ombudsman is etymologically rooted in the Old Norse word umboðsmaðr, essentially meaning “representative”. In its […]

Critical Appraisal of Information Technology Act

by Soumik Chakraborty and Sreedhar Kusuman Editor’s Note: The Information Technology (Amendment) Act, 2008 serves as a suitable case study for an analysis of the legislative exercise of law and policy formulation in the field of cyber crime legislation, revealing quite emphatically the need for carefully worded provisions, foresight in the drafting […]

Rights under the Semiconductor Act, 2000

Soumik Chakraborty Editor’s Note: The Semiconductor Integrated Circuit Layout-Design Act, 2000, protects original, inherently distinctive layout-designs that have not been previously commercially exploited. Registration is a necessary pre-requisite for protection.  The Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Layout-Design Act, 2000 gives recognition to a new form of intellectual property, namely, the ‘layout-designs’ used in […]

Multimodal Transport Contracts: A Critique

Soumik Chakraborty Editor’s Note: Today’s commercial actors use sophisticated systems weighing relevant factors such as storage costs, placement of production facilities and transportation expenses against each other in order to generate highest possible profit. This also necessitates the putting in place of legal framework capable of addressing the various issues. […]

Uniform Civil Code & Gender Justice

Soumik Chakraborty Editor’s Note: A liberal, forward-looking uniform civil code may be expected to win many adherents, especially from those with cross-cultural backgrounds.  The paper is a short analysis of this topic. Arthur M Schlesinger, historian, political advisor and Pulitzer-winning author, wrote in his landmark book The Disuniting of America: Reflections […]