ISHHI – 2021

Theme 2021 : Pandemics: Health, Human Rights and Intellectual Property Perspectives

Following its successful editions from 2015 onwards, the Centre for Health Law and Policy (CHLP), the Centre for Human Rights (CHR) and the Centre for Intellectual Property Rights (CIPR) under the aegis of the National University of Advanced Legal Studies is holding its annual international event in 2021 with the central theme as the impact of pandemics on the domains of health, human rights and intellectual property as well as the numerous concerns raised in these interrelated fields. The Centres had previously collaborated in conducting four international programmes. The first edition was based on Access to Medicine and Novel Medical Technologies while the second was focused on Traditional Knowledge. The third event was on Access to Information and Communication Technologies and the fourth on Biomedical Technologies.



  1. Centre for Human Rights

The Centre for Human Rights was established to stimulate discussions on the concept of human rights and how the law can be used in the service of human rights. Since independence, India has made significant efforts to strengthen the constitutional, legal and institutional framework to protect and promote human rights. This work has been supported by an active and sensitive judiciary, which has safeguarded and strengthened existing civil and political rights as well as meaningfully expanded the notion of rights to including basic economic and social entitlements. However, human rights violations continue to be reported demonstrating the shortfalls in the existing system. This scenario illustrates the need for continuous efforts to develop a culture of human rights accompanied by legal initiatives upholding human rights. The Centre therefore works to bridge the knowledge in legal, social and cultural realms that impede the achievement of higher human rights compliance.

2. Centre for Health Law & Policy

The Centre for Health Law and Policy is an interdisciplinary Centre established in 2014 at National University of Advanced Legal Studies as its ninth Centre for study and research. Health law mainly focuses on the authority of the government at various jurisdictional levels to improve the health of the general population within societal limits and norms. It also analyzes legal issues in public health practice and also the public health effects of legal practice. The Centre aims to encourage, promote and support innovative and important scholarship including teaching, research, consultancy and advocacy in areas of health care law by undertaking various projects.

3. Centre for Intellectual Property Rights

The Centre for Intellectual Property Rights has, since its inception, been at the forefront of promoting research and education in the field of IPR. The Centre fosters R&D activities that blend with its central mission of intellectual pursuit as well as link related interdisciplinary involvement to develop an intellectual law-database which would benefit the nation at large. The two primary goals of the Centre are  to enhance research and expertise pro-actively in novel and emerging fields of intellectual property law, as well as become a source of information and expertise on the subject. Through its flagship journal, NUALS Intellectual Property Law Review as well as various other activities, it seeks to enrich scholarship in the domain of intellectual property rights.

(A) Health
The role of legal and ethical considerations for pandemic preparedness is one of paramount importance when dealing with the theme of health in the context of a pandemic. Responses to a pandemic raise a great number of social equity, health planning, regulatory and ethical dilemmas. As such, the following sub-themes have been identified as crucial to the discussion under the main theme -
1. The Role of State in protection of Public health
2. The duties of the citizenry during situations of public health crises
3. Legal preparedness of India - Tackling a public health crisis
4. Occupational Health and Safety Laws during a Pandemic
5. The Legality of Compulsory Vaccinations
6. Distributional Justice - Priority setting for Access to Vaccines and Antiviral Medications
7. Global landscape: lessons and experiences

(B) Human Rights
Responses to a pandemic that are shaped by and respect human rights result in better outcomes in tackling a pandemic and ensuring the preservation of human dignity in the process. It prepares the ground for emerging from the crisis with more equitable and sustainable societies, development and peace. Following are sub-themes that may be explored for the purposes of the conference -
1. Increased importance of health rights during public health emergencies
2. Balancing of competing human rights: Role of State
3. Addressing the Vulnerability of Migrant Workers during a Pandemic
4. Xenophobic Repurcussions of a Pandemic
5. Marginalization and Gender-based Violence during the Pandemic
6. Addressing the Plight of Refugees and Asylum Seekers during a Pandemic
7. Global landscape: lessons and experiences

(C) Intellectual Property Rights

The rising pace of intellectual and technological advancements has taken center-stage during the pandemic. In this increasingly innovation driven world, intellectual property laws plays an integral role with respect to the impact on pandemic preparedness and responsiveness. Maintaining the incentivizing framework of the IP system while satisfying the demand for knowledge and information as well as facilitation of equitable access to fruits of inventions is yet to be addressed in a comprehensive manner. Therefore, the following sub-themes have been provided to initiate the discussion -
1. Rationale for Intellectual Property Rights: Scope of exceptions and limitations
2. Role of State and duties in the domain of distribution and utilization of resources: scope of intervention to private property interests
3. Drug Repurposing and Other mechanisms
4. Licensing Agreements during a Pandemic
5. Incentivization and Open Access - Distribution of Knowledge and Innovation during a Pandemic
6. Increased synergies of collaboration: future possibilities and implications
7. Global landscape: lessons and experiences

(D) Interdisciplinary Themes (Panel Discussion)

1. The Impact of Pandemics in the spheres of Public Health Policies, Human Rights and Intellectual Property Law - Analysing in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic

2. The Way Forward - Addressing the needs of the Global Community through Public Health Policies, Measures centred on Human Rights and Intellectual Property Law

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• The paper should be in English, not exceeding 3000-5000 words (excluding footnotes).
• The paper should be accompanied by an abstract not exceeding 350 words. Please limit keywords to 4. This shall not count towards the word limit.
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Event Details
Important Dates

Abstracts Submission Closing date - 20th December 2020

Full Paper Submission Closing Date - 20th January 2021

Full Paper Acceptance and Intimation - 5th February 2021

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Rs. 1000 for teachers and research scholars
Rs. 250 for students.

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Dr. Liji Samuel
Director (i/c), CHLP, NUALS
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Dr. Athira P. S.
Director (i/c), CIPR, NUALS
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