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Vidhi's Briefing Book Launch & Public Debate

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Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy celebrated the occasion of its fourth anniversary with the launch of its fourth Briefing Book titled 'Towards the Rule of Law: 25 Legal Reforms for India' on December 22, 2017 at Constitution Club of India. The launch of the Briefing Book was followed by a public debate on the topic: “This house believes that India is a rule of law state.”

The public debate was moderated by Mr. Rajdeep Sardesai (Consulting Editor, India Today Group). The speakers included  Ms. Madhavi Divan (Advocate, Supreme Court of India), Mr. Sidharth Chauhan (Asst. Professor, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad), Mr. Baijayant “Jay” Panda (Hon’ble Member of Parliament), Mr. Swapan Dasgupta (Hon’ble Member of Parliament), Ms. Shruti Kapila (University Lecturer, Cambridge University) and, Mr. Alok Prasanna (Senior Resident Fellow, Vidhi).

View the video for event here

Vidhi seeks legal recognition for Advance Directives

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The Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, represented by Senior Advocate, Mr Arvind Datar, intervened before a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court today in a writ petition filed by Common Cause, seeking legal recognition for Advance Directives, also known as living wills. Advance directives are instruments that allow a person to express her prior wishes regarding what medical treatment she should or should not receive at a future time, should she lack the capacity to make an informed decision then. Vidhi argued that the recognition of Advance Directives was a necessary extension of the right to life and the right to die with dignity under Article 21 of the Constitution, as well as the right to refuse medical treatment. Vidhi provided the Court with examples of legislation from other jurisdictions recognising advance directives and asked the Court to lay down guidelines that would grant legal validity to Advance Directives while also preventing their misuse.

A copy of Vidhi's written submissions is available here. Vidhi's intervention application can be accessed here