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
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
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
Times New Roman, Font Size 12
1.5 line spacing
Word limit : 2500-7500
1-inch margin throughout
Citation Mode – Bluebook 19th Edition
Bibliographies or references not
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The work should be original, previously unpublished and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
Presentation of papers can be done only by the author(s) of
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Future of IPR in the future, with special reference to Internet of
things and Artificial Intelligence
Communication protocols- international and national regimes of
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
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
Last date for Registration 31.08.2017
1. Academicians /Teachers/Research Scholars and Other
Participants : Rs. 2500/- (Individual/Co-author)
2. Students : Rs. 500/- (Individual/Co-author)