Advisory - Justice and Human Rights in India: The role of the Indian Supreme Court

    OTTAWA, June 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Delhi High Court Judge Madan B. Lokur will
be in Ottawa on June 29 as part of The India Lectures organized by Canada's
International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Justice Madan Lokur will
explore how, since the adoption of the Constitution of India close to 60 years
ago, the Parliament and the judiciary have struggled over the nature, extent,
and scope of fundamental rights guaranteed to all its citizens. He will
describe the ways in which the Supreme Court -- through its activism and
dynamism -- has acted as a check on the arbitrary use of power and how the
responsiveness of the judiciary has improved the quality of life in India.

    Date: Monday, June 29, 2009
    Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
    Where: 150 Kent (corner of Albert), 8th Floor

    A graduate of Delhi University, Justice Lokur has vast experience in
several branches of law. He practised in the Supreme Court of India and the
Delhi High Court and later held the position of Standing Counsel in a number
of Indian government departments. He was appointed Judge of the Delhi High
Court in 1999. A member of the committees for judicial reforms established by
the Supreme Court of India, he is passionate about reforms to speed up the
justice delivery system.
    Justice Lokur's talk is the thirteenth in a year-long series organized by
IDRC. The India Lectures highlights the wealth of eminent thinkers and
stimulating ideas emanating from this rising global power. The series is being
held to celebrate IDRC's 25th anniversary of its office in New Delhi and the
Centre's enduring and valued collaboration with its Indian research partners.

    The event is open to the media. French and English simultaneous
interpretation is available. Spaces are limited and journalists are encouraged
to register by calling Angela Pereira at 613-696-2171.

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knowledge to meet the challenges of international development. For nearly 40
years, IDRC has worked in close collaboration with researchers from the
developing world to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous

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