Legal & Policy Analysis

Beyond Pegasus: The Story of State Surveillance in India

Not every citizen or institution is surveilled in the same manner, or for the same reasons. Categorising government surveillance into ‘Big Fish’, ‘Small Fish’, and ‘Dark Modes’ outlines how each type of surveillance seriously damages India's democracy.

Loopholes Inhibit the Enforcement of Tamil Nadu’s RTE Rules

There are too many children falling through the cracks of our education system. In principle and practice, Section 12(1)(c) needs to be reformed in the state to account for parents’ real-world situations

How the Draft Data Protection Bill Bodes Ill For Social Media Platforms and Users

The Draft Data Protection Bill is holding social media platforms hostage by risking their safe harbour protections. It also risks the privacy and freedom of speech that users are entitled to.

How CRZ Violations Are Being Regularized Instead of Regulated Across India’s Shoreline

A combination of judicial and civic action is attempting to protect India's coasts from its own regulators.

Trails of Environmental Jurisprudence in India: National Green Tribunal v/s Urban Air Pollution

A study of cases before the National Green Tribunal revealed poor representation of air pollution cases being heard. What do civil society, the government, and the Tribunals need to do to ensure better resolution of air-pollution-related conflicts?

Tracing Traceability: Why Weakening Encryption Threatens Privacy and Free Speech

Weakening encryption technology has serious implications on privacy and security. What are the workarounds to breaking end-to-end encryption?

Through The Looking Glass: The Hidden Costs of Linking Aadhaar and Voter IDs

Just because the government's proposal to link Aadhaar and voter IDs sees no allocation in the 2022-23 Union Budget doesn't mean that there are no costs to these plans.

Why India Needs A More Proactive Approach to International Law

A group of international lawyers have petitioned the MEA for greater documentation of State practice. Why is there a need for transparency and accountability in State practice?

How Technology Can Improve Citizen Civic Engagement

Technology can improve the way that citizens engage with the law. Citizen feedback is crucial to a healthy legal system- what technological tools can improve the pre-legislative consultation process in India?

Out of the Woods: How Mother Nature as a Legal Being Can Help Attain...

The Madras High Court declared 'Mother Nature' as a living entity. What are the implications of such a judgement?