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International Conference Explores Emerging Global Dimensions of Human Rights in the Contemporary Era at SVKM’s NMIMS University School of Law, Bengaluru Campus

” The conference took place at the NMIMS Bengaluru campus, attracting diverse participants from the field of law. Hon. Shri S.P Singh Baghel, Minister of State, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and Member of Lok Sabha graced the event as the Chief Guest while Justice Sant Prakash, Chairman of Punjab Human Rights Commission was the keynote speaker.

Bengaluru, 21st July, 2023: NMIMS Bengaluru School of Law, in association with the prestigious Boston University School of Law, successfully organized an international conference on the theme, “Emerging Global Dimensions of Human Rights in the Contemporary Era.” The conference took place at the NMIMS Bengaluru campus, attracting diverse participants from the field of law. Hon. Shri S.P Singh Baghel, Minister of State, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and Member of Lok Sabha graced the event as the Chief Guest while Justice Sant Prakash, Chairman of Punjab Human Rights Commission was the keynote speaker.
The conference aimed to shed light on crucial issues concerning human rights in the contemporary era and foster an environment for insightful discussions and knowledge exchange. Distinguished speakers from various disciplines shared their expertise, contributing to a comprehensive exploration of the subject matter.
The conference featured 14 thought-provoking sessions and presentations of papers on topics such as the changing contours of gender justice, corporate liability under international human rights law, climate change and environmental justice, sustainable development and human rights, equality, non-discrimination and human rights, and health as a human right. These discussions stimulated critical thinking and inspired innovative approaches to addressing human rights challenges.
The event witnessed the presence of esteemed speakers and experts in the field, who shared their valuable insights and experiences. The engaging presentations captivated the audience and provided them with a deeper understanding of the complex issues surrounding human rights.
SVKM’s NMIMS University School of Law, with its strong commitment to academic excellence, and Boston University School of Law, renowned for its rich history in legal education, have jointly demonstrated their dedication to addressing the emerging challenges of human rights in the contemporary era.
Speaking at the conference, Shri. S.P Singh Baghel,Minister of State, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and Member of Lok Sabha  said, “Safeguarding and protecting human rights necessitates a collective endeavor involving governments, institutions, and individuals working together. I commend NMIMS Bengaluru School of Law and Boston University School of Law for organizing this enlightening conference, which emphasizes the importance of addressing emerging global dimensions of human rights. By engaging in insightful discussions and promoting knowledge exchange, we can work towards creating a more inclusive and just society.”
Meanwhile, Justice Sant Prakash, while delivering his keynote address, said, “It is a proud privilege for me to deliver this keynote address at this prestigious international conference. I extend my gratitude to the School of Law NMIMS Bengaluru and the School of Law Boston University for organizing such an exceptional event. These partnerships between educational institutions not only enhance knowledge but also strengthen international relations, fostering a global understanding of human rights. In the contemporary era, human rights have transcended geographical boundaries and become a universal concern. The challenges and opportunities of our time require a collective effort to protect and promote human rights. Issues like gender justice, corporate liability under international human rights law, climate change, health and environmentally sustainable development are critical aspects that demand our attention and concerted effort. I encourage each one of you to actively engage in discussions, exchange ideas, and harness the power of the conference to broaden our understanding to create a more just and compassionate world.”
Addressing the conference virtually, Ms. Rebecca Pendleton, Faculty Director, at Boston University School of Law, said, “I am thrilled to join here today on behalf of my institution in the spirit of unity, collaboration and shared dedication to the promotion and protection of human rights. This conference serves as a platform for legal scholars, practitioners and students from different parts of the world to come together and engage in meaningful discussions, exchange ideas, and seek innovative solutions to the challenges faced by our global society.”
Commenting on the success of the conference, Dr. Narayani Ramachandran, Deputy Director of NMIMS Bengaluru, said, “This conference aims to foster a public dialogue on human rights. The theme is relevant as we navigate a complex landscape of technological advancements, environmental changes, and shifting social dynamics. Academicians, students, human rights activists, lawyers, and other stakeholders around the world must reflect upon these issues collectively and find meaningful solutions. SoL NMIMS Bengaluru has always been at the forefront of research, education, and advocacy in the field of law and human rights. It is our sense of social responsibility that has led us to organize this insightful conference. Together, we can make a positive impact on people across borders and strive for a world where human rights are cherished, protected, and celebrated. I am extremely thankful to the prestigious Boston University School of Law for associating with us to organise this conference. I look forward to more collaborations with them in the coming years.”
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