Call for papers : THIRD INTERNATIONAL SEMINARON HEALTH, HUMAN RIGHTS AND IPR PERSPECTIVES

The Centre for Health Law and Policy (CHLP), the Centre 

for Human Rights (CHR) and the Centre for Intellectual 

Property Rights (CIPR), NUALS, Kochi call upon the legal 

fraternity, academicians from law and other social 

science disciplines, research scholars, social activists, 

representatives of governmental and non-governmental 

organizations and students of relevant disciplines and 

other stakeholders to present their well-researched 

papers at the Third International Seminar on HEALTH, 

HUMAN RIGHTS AND IPR PERSPECTIVES- THEME 2017 : 

ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION 

TECHNOLOGIES.

GUIDELINES

An abstract shall be submitted for the selection of papers 

(Word limit: 250-500 words, Font: Times new Roman, Size 

12, Line spaces: 1.5).

The abstract shall provide the scheme of the research paper. 

It must contain the synopsis of the paper, subtitles and 

conclusion indicating the author’s perspectives.

Abstract must be accompanied with Name, Designation, 

Official Address, Phone Number and Email Id of the author 

(s).

Research papers should apply research skills and must 

highlight the specific research problem. 

The final paper must contain cover page with Name, 

Designation, E-mail ID, Contact number and address for 

communication. The papers must follow a uniform 

format:

 Times New Roman, Font Size 12 

 1.5 line spacing 

 Word limit : 2500-7500 

 1-inch margin throughout 

(left/right/top/bottom)

 Citation Mode – Bluebook 19th Edition 

(Mandatory)

 Bibliographies or references not 

necessary

 Footnotes : Times New Roman, Font

The work should be original, previously unpublished and 

must not be in the stage of submission/consideration 

elsewhere. All submissions should be made in MS Word 

format (.docx) in editable version ONLY.

Failure to comply with the above stipulations will result in the 

rejection of the paper.

One Co-author is permitted per paper. Co-author is also 

required to pay for all the charges as per the prescribed terms 

of participation. 

Presentation of papers can be done only by the author(s) of 

the paper 

All submitted abstracts and final papers shall undergo an 

internal peer review process and the acceptance of the Abstract 

& Full Paper for the seminar will be communicated 

personally. The best papers shall be published in a publication, 

with due ISBN recognition.

In all the matters relating to the acceptance of the abstracts 

and the research papers, the decision of the Organizers shall 

be final and conclusive.

CORE THEMES OF THE SEMINAR

Access to Technology and Knowledge in the Human 

Rights Framework

 Human rights aspects of access to Technology-Role of information

 The Right to Development- Parameters of Actualization 

 Knowledge society- Information society- The Role of the Internet in 

Bridging Gaps.

 Paradigm shift in the nature of access- Role of intercessors and 

intermediaries- Administration and management of transnational 

policies on access- Actions and Reaction. 

 Digital Literacy and barriers to Digital Literacy 

 The need for expansion of current legal systems – new threats to 

Human Rights

Right to Privacy

 Recognising Privacy as a Human Right – international legal 

framework – UDHR, ICCPR

 Privacy as a Fundamental Right in India 

 Challenges – National and International

 Surveillance by the State – the conflict between national security and 

right to privacy

 Big Data- Legal and Illegal Uses-Implications – Ethical, legal, Policy 

issues. 

 Data Mining by Corporations – Involvement of Human Rights 

 Data Protection v. Disclosure

 The right to be forgotten

Human rights and Governance

 E-Governance – national and international perspectives, examples

 Social Networking websites -Role in Modern Democratic Process-

Impact on formation and discussion of Democratic Opinions-

Platform for Democratic Discourse- Democratic values and ICT

 The new roles of a State- strategies of protection of rights –

Constitutional protections- Scope of ICT as a tool for Governance 

and actualization of State obligations

 Information as a Right- Access to information and Communications 

Technology-means of facilitation to citizens-protection of such 

rights by state-effectiveness of such measures.

 Paradigms on use of ICT-Measures to realize Human Rights and 

Role of ICT.

 Public and Private Partnerships-Authorities- Incident Response 

systems 

 Privatisation- Monopolising access to information and 

communications technology- Competition- Measures to level playing 

field- Statutory and Judicial tenets

 E-Learning and Educational Technologies. 

Technology and environment

 The interconnection- technology to protect environment 

 Technology that harms environment- Electronic waste 

 Technologies and its impact on the biodiversity 

 Green Information and communication Technologies-

 Climate change and monitoring devices 

 Access to technologies for environmental sustainability- Transfer of 

Technology- Differentiated Responsibility-Communication and 

Access to Information Technologies

 Digital Divide; The dual consequence of technology as an agent of 

oppression and upliftment

 Digital Literacy, the barriers for a multilingual internet. 

 Connectivity in India, with particular reference to rural areas. 

 Issues of Digital Convergence & interoperability

 The Possibilities of Open and Cloud Computing. 

 The politics of information. Challenges in the access to Information 

and Communication technologies. 

 Social Networking and fragmentation of the Internet. 

Intellectual Property Rights in the Digital Age

 Proprietary data, knowledge and information- the interrelationship 

between private and public domains- role of State 

 Barriers to Access to Technology, as a result of IPR regimes, the 

control of information in the internet. 

 Piracy, protection of Copyrights and IPR in the Internet, the ethics of 

Piracy

 The Future of IPR in the future, with special reference to Internet of 

things and Artificial Intelligence 

 Communication protocols- international and national regimes of 

protection

 Disclosure-Commercialising knowledge – differences between 

traditional and modern national perceptions- Legal precepts

 Undisclosed information- Test Data- Data Protection -Data 

Exclusivity –Intellectual Property – International scope of protection

 Creative Commons and commercial realities

 Economy for digital innovation- E-commerce, open markets

 Biomedical Research and Scientific Collaborations using core 

technologies- Intermediary beneficiaries– Protection of IPR

Technology & Health 

 Right to medical Information- Information sharing and connectivity-

Issues of Disclosure

 Assistive Digital Medical Technology- Cognitive Technologies-

identification of legal parameters 

 Health Information Management- Medical Record Keeping-

Electronic Medical Records-electronic health records- Digital 

Imaging and Communications in Medical Sector

 Disability and Medical Technology: Possibilities/ ICT for the 

differently abled-international obligations- role of technology in their 

realization.

KEY DATES

Last date for submission of Abstract 25.06.2017

Notification for acceptance of Abstract 30.06.2017

Last date for submission of Full Paper 31.07.2017

Notification of acceptance of Full 

paper

10.08.2017

Last date for Registration 31.08.2017

Registration Fees:

1. Academicians /Teachers/Research Scholars and Other 

Participants : Rs. 2500/- (Individual/Co-author)

2. Students : Rs. 500/- (Individual/Co-author)

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