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PCGT Webinar on COVID-19 and Courts with Dr. Menaka Guruswamy [Oct 2, 12-1 PM]: Register Now!

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About SVKM’s Pravin Gandhi College of Law

Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal (SVKM) is a Public Charitable Trust registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and The Bombay Public Trusts Act, 1950. SVKM has always been committed to the cause of providing high quality education at various levels. SVKM’s Pravin Gandhi College of Law ( situated in Vile Parle, Mumbai, offers the 5-year law course of BLS LLB; under the auspices of Mumbai University.

About PCGT

Public Concern for Governance Trust (PCGT) is a registered trust founded by Mr. Julio Ribeiro, Dr. R.K. Anand and late Mr. B.G. Deshmukh to increase public participation and activism towards creating a more transparent and efficient governance system. For more details about the organization, please visit:

About V. G. Vaze College

V.G. Vaze College is one of the finest Teaching–Learning Education Institutions in the country and has emerged as a role model of Quality Academic Institution. The College has established a unique Industry-Academic – Agriculture interface. Situated in Mumbai, under the auspices of the University of Mumbai, this is a multi-faculty institution established in 1984.

About Vaze Model United Nations

Vaze Model United Nations was established in the year 2017 by the then 12th Grade students who wished to bring about change in our college. They wanted to give something back to the college that was shaping them to become the leaders of tomorrow.

About the Webinar

Topic: COVID-19 and Courts with Dr. Maneka Guruswamy

About the topic: In a historic move, an entire bench of the Supreme Court of India conducted its first ever paperless hearing on June 1. Virtual courts in India have been a temporary response to the COVID19 pandemic, but several judges and legal professionals have shown an inclination to include virtual elements as a part of usual court proceedings even after the health crisis subsides.

  • Date: 2nd October 2020
  • Time: 12 PM to 1 PM
  • Platform: Zoom
  • The link to join the meeting will be shared on the registered email of the attendees as well as on the WhatsApp group in accordance with the registration procedure.
  • Brief instructions about the online platform will be provided therewith.
  • E-Certificates will be provided to all participants
  • Participation Fee: Free
  • Deadline: Upon reaching 400 unique registrations.

About Dr. Maneka Guruswamy

Dr. Menaka Guruswamy is a Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India.

Through her litigation practice, she has successfully sought reform of the bureaucracy in the country through fixed tenure, defended federal legislation that mandates that all private schools admit disadvantaged children, and most recently overturned section 377 the colonial-era law that criminalizes consensual same-sex relations.

Dr. Guruswamy is amicus curiae appointed by the Supreme Court in a case concerning 1528 alleged extra-judicial killings by security personnel. She is known for having played a significant role in many landmark cases before the Supreme Court, including the Section 377 case, the case of the bureaucratic reform, the Augusta Westland bribery case, the Salwa Judum case, and the Right to Education case. In her private law practice, she litigates in the areas of civil law, commercial law and white-collar crime.

She was on Foreign Policy magazine’s list 100 most influential Global Thinkers for 2019 and along with Arundhati Katju on Times Magazine’s 2019 list of 100 most influential people. In 2017, her portrait was unveiled at Rhodes House in Oxford University.

Dr. Guruswamy has also advised the United Nations Development Fund, New York and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), New York and UNICEF South Sudan on International Human Rights Law and has also supported the constitution-making process in Nepal.

Dr. Guruswamy’s most recent publications include a co-edited volume of essays on Founding Moments in Constitutionalism (Hart/Bloomsbury, 2019), an essay on Constitution-Making in South Asia, in the Handbook on Constitution-Making (Edward Elgar, 2019). She has written widely for publications including the New York Times, the Indian Express, Hindustan Times, Mint, and

Dr. Guruswamy was educated at Oxford University, Harvard Law School and the National Law School of India. She was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and a Gammon Fellow at Harvard. She has been visiting faculty at Yale Law School, New York University School of Law and University of Toronto Faculty of Law. She was the B.R Ambedkar Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School from 2017-2019, where she taught constitutional design in post-conflict democracies.


Law students/Professionals/Anyone interested in the said session.

Registration Procedure

Kindly submit the registration form using this Registration link.

Join the Whatsapp group through the link provided after submitting the registration form.

A day prior to the lecture the meeting link and instructions with regards to MS Teams will be shared on the WhatsApp group and registered email ID.

E-Certificate will be provided to all participants.

Contact Information

Student co-ordinators:

Manas Patil (V.G. Vaze College) : +91 9967127887

Dharmil Doshi (Pravin Gandhi College of Law): +91 9773884458

Email ID: [email protected]

Faculty co-ordinator, PGCL:

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