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Centre for Communication Governance at NLU Delhi


The Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University, Delhi (CCG at NLU Delhi) is a research centre established in accordance with the National Law University, Delhi Act, 2007 on 23 February, 2013 at the Twelfth Meeting of the Academic Council.


This page contains information about people at CCG, our funding sources and informal institutional collaborations.

The Centre has been established to ensure that Indian legal educational establishments engage more meaningfully with communication law and policy, and offer academic contribution to communication policy making. One of the most serious threats to communication policy in India comes from the fact that research, law and policy are lagging far behind technology. There is a paucity of material and expertise that will help law and policy evolve such that the best possible use of technology, which enhances citizens’ rights and creates a vibrant and diverse public sphere, is enabled. CCG at NLUD hopes to start filling this research vacuum, and to create a pool of people with the capacity to contribute effectively to information technology policy.

People:


Dr. Anup Surendranath is the Coordinator of the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University, Delhi. He is also an Assistant Professor of Law at NLU Delhi and teaches courses on constitutional law and comparative rights adjudication. He specialises in constitutional law and human rights with a particular focus on equality. Anup is also the Director of the Death Penalty Research Project at NLU Delhi.




Chinmayi Arun is the Research Director of the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University, Delhi. She is also an Assistant Professor of Law at the University and teaches specialised courses on internet governance, privacy and media policy. She is a member of the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group formed by the Government of India for the India Internet Governance Forum, and one of the academic experts for the Internet & Jurisdiction Project’s Observatory. She works with media regulation and internet governance, particularly in the context of the rights to free speech and privacy.



Chinmayi has studied at the NALSAR University of Law, and London School of Economics and Political Science. At LSE, she read regulatory theory and new media regulation, and was awarded the Bernard Levin Award for Student Journalism. She has worked with Ernst & Young and AZB & Partners, Mumbai in the past, and has taught at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences where she introduced courses on regulatory theory and communication regulation.

Part of Chinmayi’s current focus is to improve the role of academic contributions in policy making in the field of communication regulation. Towards this, Chinmayi interacts with industry bodies and government officials; she envisages the Centre for Communication Governance as a key contributor to policy in the years to come.

- Sarvjeet Singh is the Project Manager and Research Fellow at the Centre. His areas of interest include information policy and its effect on civil liberties, particularly freedom of expression and privacy. He was a member of the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group formed by FICCI for the India Internet Governance Forum.

Sarvjeet graduated from National Law University, Delhi in 2013. During his time at law school, he pursued his interest in media and communication laws and took specialised courses on information technology laws, media laws and internet governance. He also participated in the Price Media Law and Philip C. Jessup International Law Moots. As a student he was an Associate Editor of the Journal of NLU Delhi and a co-founder of the NLU Delhi Student Law Journal. He was also the founding convener of the Legal Services Committee and the Legal Aid and Services Clinic.

Funding:

We will update this page once we have consulted with our governing bodies and board of advisors. In the meantime, we would like to clarify that CCG does not accept research grants which come with conditions that offer our funders direct or indirect control over the conclusions that we might draw, or over the research projects that we execute. We do not offer donors positions on our board.

The Centre since its inception has received sustained institutional support from National Law University, Delhi. The University is substantially supported by the funds received from the Government of NCT of Delhi and University Grants Commission. Most of the operational costs of the Centre are covered by general budget of the University.

Apart from the general budget of the University, the following organisations have been kind enough to support research or other activities at CCG:

  • British Council- International Higher Education- Knowledge Economy Partnerships (KEP) Programme
  • Foundation Open Society Institute (part of the Open Society Foundations)
  • Freedom House, Washington DC
  • Media Legal Defence Initiative, London
  • TIDES Foundation (recommended by Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund)

Informal Institutional Collaborations –
  • Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford
  • Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
  • Centre for Culture, Media & Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
  • Centre for Internet & Society, Bangalore
  • Foundation for Media Professionals, New Delhi
  • Global Network of Interdisciplinary Internet & Society Research Centers
  • Hans Bredow Institute, University of Hamburg (Memorandum of Understanding with NLU Delhi)
  • Internet & Jurisdiction Project, Paris
  • Maraa- Media and Arts Collective, Bangalore
  • Media Legal Defence Initiative, London
  • The Free Speech Hub at the Hoot