About Us

Inclusive Planet Centre for Disability and Policy works with various stakeholders to try and ensure that India is fully compliant with its obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Centre aims to achieve this objective by research, intervention with the Government and collaboration with stakeholders in the disability sector, policy makers and researchers.

Inclusive Planet Centre for Disability Law and Policy works broadly in three areas:

1) Support to the disability sector on upcoming law: Inclusive Planet Centre for Disability Law and Policy helps the disability sector understand the implications of upcoming laws, conduct research on international legal precedents and best practices in the area, prepare submissions and engage in advocacy with policy makers to ensure that the concerns of persons with disabilities are adequately addressed when the law is enacted.

2) Support to the disability sector on reform of existing law: Inclusive Planet Centre for Disability Law and Policy helps the disability sector with respect to reforming existing law and policy by articulating their requirements within a legal framework that is practically implementable and then working with policy makers to bring about the necessary legal/policy change.

3) Support to policy makers on formulating inclusive laws and policies: Inclusive Planet Centre for Disability Law and Policy helps policy makers evolve inclusive laws and policies by giving policy makers input and documentation based on feedback from the disability sector, international legal precedents and best practices.

Team

Rahul Cherian, a graduate from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, is a lawyer with 14 years experience in legal consulting. A person with disability, he was one of the experts who draft the Treaty for the Visually Impaired currently being negotiated at the World Intellectual Property Organization. His areas of expertise include disability law, intellectual property law and technology law. He is also the co-founder of www.inclusiveplanet.com, the world's largest social network for persons with visual impairment. He is also a fellow of the Centre for Internet and Society (www.cis-india.org)

Amba Salelkar, a graduate of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, is a lawyer with 6 years of experience in litigation. She has been assisting Special Prosecutors and conducting trials at the Metropolitan Magistrate and Sessions Courts in Mumbai. She has presented research papers both nationally and internationally, and has also been teaching and writing in her spare time. Her area of expertise includes Criminal Law, Family Law, Constitutional and Media Law.

Funder

The Centre is funded by Mrs. Rohini Nilekani. For more information visit www.arghyam.org

Advisors

1. Deepika Mogilishetty: Deepika is an independent legal consultant prior to which she was the India Co-ordinator at Global RIghts - partners for justice and Program Officer at Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative.

2. Gautam John: Gautam is a lawyer, entrepreneur and TED fellow. He works at the Akshara Foundation where he helped build and lead the Karnataka Learning Partnership project. He also works at Pratham Books where he built the social media presence, community strategy and continues to work on building an open source children's book publishing model.

3. Lawrence Liang: Lawrence, a founder of Alternate Law Forum, is a graduate from National Law School subsequent to which he pursued his Masters degree in Warwick, England on a Chevening Scholarship. His key areas of interest are law, technology and culture, the politics of copyright and he has been working closely with Sarai, New Delhi on a joint research project Intellectual Property and the Knowledge/Culture Commons. For more information visit www.altlawforum.org

4. Sunil Abraham: Sunil is the Executive Director of Centre for Internet and Society. He is also a social entrepreneur and Free Software advocate. He founded Mahiti in 1998 which aims to reduce the cost and complexity of Information and Communication Technology for the Voluntary Sector by using Free Software. For more information visit www.cis-india.org

5. Shamnad Basheer: Professor Basheer joined National University of Juridical Sciences as the first Ministry of Human Resource Development Chaired Professor in Intellectual Property Law.Prior to this, he was the Frank H Marks Visiting Associate Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the George Washington University law school and a research associate at the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Center. For more information visit www.nujs.edu.

6. Dr. V.S.Elizabeth: Dr. Elizabeth is an additional professor at the National Law School of India University. Her areas of expertise and teaching include Ancient History of India, Early Medieval Indian History, Legal & Constitutional History, Women, Law & Development, Women's Rights as Human Rights and Feminist Jurisprudence, Sexual Harassment and Violence against Women. For more information visit www.nls.ac.in