Session Speakers and Moderators
M. Amir-ul Islam
Barrister Islam, a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, was called to Bar of England & Wales in the year 1961. A leader of the Bangladeshi Bar, Barrister Islam has also served as a distinguished member of the Drafting Committee for the Constitution of Bangladesh. Having served in various capacities as the Principal Adviser to the Prime Minister (1971) during the war of liberation and author of the proclamation of Independence, leader of the Bangladesh Official Observer Delegation to the U.N. General Assembly (1972) and as a member of the Bangladesh National Assembly.Currently, he is the Head of Chambers at Amir & Amir Law Associates in Dhaka. A widely published author on Constitutionalism, Public Interest Litigation, Law Regulating Migratory Movements, and Freedom of Press. Mr. Islam has also been associated with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Tuft’s University in an academic capacity.
Hon’ble Justice Dr. Arjan Kumar Sikri
Justice Dr. A.K. Sikri is a serving judge of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. Justice Sikri served as the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court until his appointment to the Supreme Court in 2013. Justice Sikri has delivered various landmark judgments on constitutional issues such as the majority opinion in the Aadhaar challenge, the NALSA judgment (recognition of rights of the transgender community) and freedom of peaceful protest as a fundamental right (Ramlila Maidan case).
Prof. Christopher E. Stone
Prof. Stone, a member of Red Lion Chambers in the UK, currently serves as a senior Research Scholar at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and Visiting Researcher at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights in the Law Faculty of Oxford University. A former president of the Open Society Foundations (2012-2017), Prof. Stone also served as the Guggenheim Professor of the Practice of Criminal Justice at the Harvard Kennedy School (2005-2012), and as president of the Vera Institute of Justice in New York (1994-2004). In 2005, he received an honorary OBE for his contributions to criminal justice reform in the United Kingdom.He chaired the Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety for the United States Department of Justice at the Harvard Kennedy School (2006-2011) and co-authored “Toward a New Professionalism in Policing” for the U.S. National Institute of Justice, with Jeremy Travis. Prof. Stone has written extensively on the issue of policing and some of his publications on the issue are: Tracing Police Accountability in Theory and Practice.” Theoretical Criminology 11 no. 2 (2007) and, “Strengthening Accountability in the New Global Police Culture,” in Crime and the Threat to Democratic Governance, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2003.
Mr. Chander Uday Singh
Mr. Chander Uday Singh is a senior advocate practicing in the Supreme Court of India, New Delhi. He was a late entrant to the practice of law. Having earned a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, he started out by returning to his agricultural roots, and ran a crop farm in Punjab, followed by a small dairy and milk supply business in Haryana and Delhi. He then worked as a journalist (Bombay Correspondent for ‘India Today’, a newsmagazine), and during his four-year stint with that magazine, he earned his Bachelors in Law from the Government Law College, Bombay (now Mumbai). He was enrolled as an Advocate in September 1984, and after four years of trial work in the Labour & Industrial Courts, he practiced primarily in the Bombay High Court (with occasional forays into the Supreme Court) for the next two decades.
Mr. Singhwas designated a senior advocate in 2005, and in 2009 he shifted to the Supreme Court of India, where he has appeared as counsel in a broad array of cases, ranging from public causes like the Aadhaar challenge, National Anthem case, LGBTQIA+rights and a challenge to the beef ban in Maharashtra, to employment matters, commercial causes, ADR, and regulatory matters for the Securities and Exchange Board of India.
Mr. Essen Lee
Mr. Lee is a partner at The Banyan Law Firm, Taiwan. Apart from being a legal practitioner, Mr. Lee serves as the Chairman of the Human Right Protection Committee, Taiwan Bar Association, Commissioner of the Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty, Chairman of the Criminal Law Committee, Taichung Bar Association, and Commissioner of the Judicial Reform Foundation, Taiwan. Mr. Lee has also served as the Vice Chairman of Amnesty International (Taiwan) from 2014 to 2016. In March, 2017, Taiwan’s highest constitutional court ruled in favour of same-sex civil unions in the country, making it the first Asian country to legalize gay marriages.
Mr. Gopal Subramanium
Mr. Subramanium is a Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India and former Solicitor General of India. Mr. Subramanium served as the Special Public Prosecutor in the prosecution of the accused in the terrorist attack on the Indian Parliament and the counsel for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the Bombay Blasts case. As Amicus Curiae, Mr. Subramanium assisted the Supreme Court of India in framing guidelines to deal with the menace of child-trafficking.Mr. Subramanium is a Director at the London Courtof International Arbitration (India), an Arbitrator on the panel of the Singapore InternationalArbitration Centre, a Judge with the Qatar International Court, and Associate Member of 3Verulam Buildings Chambers, London. In 2009, he received the National Law Day Award forOutstanding Jurist from the President of India.Among his other academic works, Mr. Subramanium has contributed to and edited, “Supreme But Not Infallible:Essays in Honour of the Supreme Court of India ”, published by the Oxford University Press in 2004.
Ms. Lizzette Robleto de Howarth
Lizzette Robleto de Howarth is the International Programmes Manager at the Law Society of England & Wales, where she is responsible for the Society’s international public interest work in the areas of legal development assistance, the rule of law, and human rights. She designed the Society’s international rule of law programmes and is leading on their implementation.
Prior to joining the Law Society, Lizzette worked for over 16 years in the international development sector focusing on international policy and advocacy on issues including: the rule of law, gender and women’s rights, business and human rights, governance and parliamentary affairs, statelessness and migration, illegal logging and the environment. She successfully advocated for the adoption of the EU legislation “(Illegal) Timber Regulation (EU) No 995/2010” and for a European Parliament Resolution on “The murder of women (femicide) in Mexico and Central America and the role of the EU in fighting that phenomenon”.
Her academic qualifications include: LL.B Law (Hons.), LL.M Human Rights (Merit), and LL.M International Economics Law, Justice, and Development (Distinction) from Birkbeck Law School (University of London). She is an Associate Tutor on Constitutional and Administrative Law and Associate Lecturer on Public International Law at Birkbeck where she is also studying for her MPhil/PhD Law.
She is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI), an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), a member of The Honourable Society of Inner Temple, and a member of the Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA).
She has obtained Professional Certificates in: Management; Strategic Policy Planning; Strategic Management and Leadership; Supporting Learning in Higher Education; Law, War and Human Rights; International Human Rights Law and Practice.
Prof. Madhavi Menon
Professor Menon is Professor of English and Director of the Centre for Studies in Gender & Sexuality at Ashoka University. Her work focuses on the intersection of identity, desire, politics, and literature. She is the author of Wanton Words: Rhetoric and Sexuality in English Renaissance Drama (Toronto 2004), Unhistorical Shakespeare: Queer Theory in Shakespearean Literature and Film (Palgrave 2008), and Indifference to Difference: On Queer Universalism (Minnesota, 2015). She is also the editor of Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Duke 2011), which put queer theory in conversation with every one of Shakespeare's poems and plays. Her most recent book,Infinite Variety; A History of Desire in India (Speaking Tiger, 2018),discussesthe confluence between major ideas of queer theory and the history of ideas in India.
Ms. Madhu Trehan
Ms. Trehan is a veteran journalist and writer. She is the Editor-in-Chief and Co-founder of Newslaundry, a media critique, news and current affairs portal and YouTube channel.The founding editor of the leading Indian magazine, India Today, Ms. Trehan is a keen observer of the Indian media space and analyzesemerging trendsin mainstream journalism in India through Newslaundry.She founded India’s first online video magazine, Newstrack and,in 2009, she published her first book, ‘Prism me a Lie, Tell me a Truth: Tehelka as Metaphor’.
Mr. Matthew Baird
Mr. Baird is an environmental lawyer with over 30 years’ experience in both Australia and Asia. He was a practicing Barrister in Sydney from 1994 to 2014. Since 2010 he has been based in Asia as an environmental law consultant working with a number of governments, NGOs and international organisations such as ADB, UNDP, UN Environment and the Vermont Law School.
He has assisted with training for judges and environmental law professors and was involved in the drafting of the Cambodian draft Environmental and Natural Resources Code and with the Myanmar Ministry for Natural Resources and Environment Conservation. He has also worked with AICHR on EIA and human rights. He was the editor with Earth Rights On the Manual on EIA in the Mekong Region and is currently the Director of the Asian Research Institute for Environmental Law. Mr. Baird is also a Visiting Scholar of Vermont School Law.
Mr. Mukul Rohatgi
Mr. Rohatgi is a Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India and former Attorney General for India. Mr. Rohatgi was one of the counsel who represented the petitioners in the NavtejJohar case where a Constitution bench of the Supreme Court read down the provisions of S. 377 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, decriminalizing homosexuality in India. As Attorney General for India, Mr. Rohatgi led the Indian delegation at India’s Universal Periodic Review before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Mr. Rohatgi has represented the Government of India in many cases of constitutional significance including theTriple Talaq case,Manipur Extra Judicial Killings’ case, and the National Judicial Appointments Commissioncase. He has the unique distinction of having appeared in two unprecedented midnight hearings in the Supreme Court of India, namely, the Yakub Memon case and the Karnataka Assembly no confidence motion case.He has been appointed as an Eminent Jurist Member in the Selection Committee of Lokpal&Lokayuktas by the Government of India .
Dr. Pinky Anand
Dr. Pinky Anand, is a designated Senior Advocate and the incumbent Additional Solicitor General of India. A Doctorate of Law, graduate of the Harvard Law School and an Inlaks scholar, Honorary Professor at Amity Law School, she is the second woman in India to have been awarded this high Constitutional Law office.Her accomplishments extend from legal expertise to media, politics and social activism. The causes espoused by her have led us towards milestone changes in the legal fabric with regard to development of the country, right of free speech, eradication of malpractices or protection of children.
She currently servesas the Alternate Councillor (India) of LAWASIA and Chair, ADR Subcommittee, LawAsia, Vice-president of Bar Association of India, and Convenor of the International Committee of BRICS Legal, Member of the BRICS Steering Committees and Governing Body Member of Indian Council of Arbitration. She has been the recipient of the French National Order of Merit by the President of the French Republic, and has several awards to her credit, including for excellence in law from FICCI, Lions Club, Amity University, Bhar+-t Nirman, PHD Chambers for Progress and Harmony Development. She has held the platform of the Spokesperson for BJP, and led the All India Legal team of BJP.
She co-chaired BRICS Legal delegation to South Africa 2018. As a Founding member of the BRICS Legal Forum, she has represented India in the Brazil, China, India and South Africa Conferences. She is amember of Group of Experts for Commonwealth for Drafting Model Law on Cyber Crime and has co-authored a book on Family Law in international jurisdictions. Vice-Chairperson Advisory Body of Campus Law Centre Alumni Association. She has authored a book Trials of Truth published by Penguin.