Protecting Human Rights and Preserving Civil Liberties: The Role of Courts in a Democracy

UCLA School of Law, together with the Promise Institute for Human Rights, is proud to invite you to a special discussion with Dr. Abhishek M. Singhvi of O. P. Jindal Global University. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Jonathan Zasloff, with introductory remarks by ​Dean Michael Waterstone. Dr. Singhvi’s talk will focus on the need for protecting human rights and preserving civil liberties in societies based upon the rule of law. He will draw upon both the Indian Supreme Court’s jurisprudence and the democratic evolution of institutions and rights in India to underscore the role and responsibilities of courts in a democracy.

Light refreshments will be served until 6pm in the room following the event.

This event is cosponsored by UCLA Law’s International & Comparative Law Program and Transnational Criminal Justice Program.

Speaker Biographical Information:

Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi is an eminent jurist, politician, visible media personality, well-known columnist, author, thinker, and commentator. He is a Member of Parliament (third-term), the senior most National Spokesperson of the Congress Party and the youngest designated Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India (at age 34). He was the youngest Additional Solicitor General of India at the young age of 37 and a former elected Vice President of the Supreme Court Bar Association.

Additionally, Dr. Singhvi was also the former Vice Chairman of Congress’ Media Department, and the former Chairman of the AICC, Human Rights Department, and the Parliamentary Committee on Law, Justice, Personnel & Grievances. He has also been a member of the Indian Supreme Court, where he created and administered bilateral legal forums, including the Indo-British, Indo-US, Indo-Canadian and Indo-Israel forums.

After obtaining his B.A. (Economics) degree from St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi, Dr. Singhvi went on to complete his M.A. and Ph.D. from Trinity College, Cambridge, UK and Harvard University, U.S.A., respectively. He has taught at St. John’s College, University of Cambridge, and had joined a brief summer program at Harvard University as well. He has delivered lectures to student/faculty groups and general audiences at Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Boston, MIT and George Washington Universities, as well as NGOs and think-tanks, and has addressed several international conferences, including those at Paris and Pakistan. He was a visiting Trumbull Lecturer at Yale University, USA, in 2011 and is currently an Honorary Adjunct Professor at Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global University.