Symposium on Law and Public Health @ NALSAR, Hyderabad [Feb 16-17]: Register by Feb 8

NALSAR Student Law Review will be hosting its inaugural symposium on the theme of ‘Law and Public Health’ at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad on the 16th-17th of February, 2019.

The interdisciplinary symposium will bring together experts and practitioners from diverse backgrounds, including senior government officials, policy analysts, academicians, researchers, and medical professionals.

The 1st NSLR Symposium hopes to improve the visibility and effectiveness of law as a tool to protect and promote public health in India from a human rights perspective. To this end, the symposium encourages individuals from law, medicine, public policy, development studies and other disciplines to engage with law and public health, with an emphasis on looking for ways to bridge the gap between research and policy.

Sessions and Speakers

There are four panel discussion and two special lectures spread over two days. The following is a list of the tentative speakers for the respective sessions.

Panel Discussion I – Law, Gender and Public Health:  Evolving a Legal Framework to Confront Gender-Based Violence from a Health Systems Perspective

  • Amita Pitre, a senior consultant with expertise in gender justice and public health.
  • Dipika Jain, Associate Professor, Associate Dean (Academic Affairs) and the Executive Director of the Centre for Health Law, Ethics and Technology at Jindal Global Law School, India.
  • Mrinal Satish, Professor and Executive Director of the Centre for Constitutional Law, Policy, and Governance at National Law University, Delhi.
  • Sreeparna Chattopadhyay, Senior Research Scientist and Associate Professor at the Ramalingaswami Centre on Equity and Social Determinants of Health.
  • Vyjanti Vasanta Mogli, transgender activist and founding member of the Telangana Hijra Transgender Samiti.

Panel Discussion II –  Law, Technology and Public Health: The Privacy Implications of the Storage and Use of Electronic Health Records

  • Dhvani Mehta, Senior Resident Fellow and Lead, Vidhi Aid at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy.
  • Divya Raj, Adjunct Faculty and Principal Technical Strategist in the E-Health Research Centre at International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore.
  • Murali Neelakantan, a lawyer who is currently Principal at Amicus.
  • Ruhi Khandari, a journalist with The Ken who covers healthcare policies.
  • Varalakshmi Elango, a freelance consultant with the World Health Organisation.

Panel Discussion III – Mental Health Policy in India: Challenges and Suggestions

  • Amba Salelkar, a lawyer with the Equals Centre for Promotion of Social Justice.
  • K Chandra Shekhar, Founder Director, Managing Director and senior consultant at Asha Hospital, Hyderabad.
  •  Rahul Shidhaye, a researcher with the Public Health Foundation of India.
  •  Reshma Valliappan, an artist-activist advocating for mental health issues and  founder-director of The Red Door.
  •  Vaishnavi Jayakumar, co-founder of the Banyan and disability rights activist.

Panel Discussion IV – The Future of Right to Health in India: The Path to Realising Universal Access

  • Imrana Qadeer, Distinguished Faculty at Council for Social Development.
  • K. Sujatha Rao, former Union Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
  • N. Purendra Prasad, Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology, University of Hyderabad.
  • Soumitra Ghosh, Assistant Professor at the School of Health Systems Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
  • Sreelatha Rao Seshadri, Professor at Azim Premji University.

Special Lecture I: The Legal Journey of Surrogacy Regulation in India

  • Arathi PM, Assistant Professor, Council for Social Development;

Special Lecture II: Human Rights & Health: Learning from HIV

  • Vivek Divan, an independent consultant on health, sexuality, law and human rights.

For participants requiring accommodation at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, the cost of attendance is Rs. 750 for students and Rs. 1000 for non-students.

For participants not requiring accommodation, the cost of attendance is free and food will be available at a nominal cost.

Kindly note that limited accommodation is available on campus and, as such, will be allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Students interested in participating are required to register here by 8th February 2019 at 11:59 PM.


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The concept note for the symposium may be accessed here.


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