NLU Delhi CCG’s DIGITAL Fellowship 2021: Apply by Dec 22

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The Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University, Delhi (CCG), is calling for applications for the DIGITAL (Digital Rights and Inclusive Technology for All) Fellowship, to be offered to successful candidates for a period of 10 months on a full-time basis.

About CCG

The Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University Delhi is the only academic research centre dedicated to working on information law and policy in India and is a leading centre on information policy in Asia.

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CCG seeks to embed constitutional rights and good governance within information law and policy and examine the evolution of existing rights frameworks to accommodate new media and emerging technology. It aims to protect and expand the rights to dignity and equality, freedom of speech, right to assembly and association, and the right to privacy in the digital age, through rigorous academic research, policy intervention, capacity building, and litigation support.

About the Fellowship

With increasing internet penetration and the rapid increase of internet users in the country, digital rights have become a core focus within the ambit of the protection of civil liberties. In the last few years, there have been several important judicial pronouncements stemming from digital rights litigation, whether it was the landmark Puttaswamy I judgement upholding the fundamental right to privacy in the Indian Constitution, or the more recent Anuradha Bhasin judgement which clarified that the right to freedom of the expression online was a fundamental right.

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However, several vital questions relating to freedom of expression and privacy in the digital age are yet to be clarified by the courts. Currently, Indian courts are grappling with questions on intermediary liability, the legality of provisions in Indian laws enabling surveillance, website content blocking and internet shutdown orders, to name a few. These cases and others like them will define India’s digital rights landscape for at least the next decade, if not longer.
To address these issues and give further impetus to this essential work, CCG is excited to
announce the DIGITAL Fellowship 2021. The Fellowship has the following objectives:

  • To support the development and advancement of digital rights by providing high quality legal and research support and effectively intervening in cases relating to digital rights, including freedom of expression and privacy.
  • Engage in and produce legal and policy research around the theme of digital rights.
  • To build inclusive and mutually supportive digital rights and technology litigation the community in India.
  • To establish a hub for collaboration between different stakeholders including civil society.

The Fellowship Programme

  • The DIGITAL Fellowship 2021 is a 10-month, full-time Fellowship that will be awarded by a Selection Committee to two Fellows.
  • The Selection Committee has a list of potential organisations and litigation chambers that the Fellows can be placed with. However, applicants for the Fellowship are welcome to suggest relevant organisations or litigation chambers they would be interested in working within their application form. The final discretion on the placement of the Fellows with a host organisation remains with CCG and the Selection Committee.
  • The Fellowship will commence in January 2021. A monthly, non-negotiable stipend of INR 50,000 /- will be provided to each Fellow.

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Roles and Responsibilities

  • Litigation research, drafting, and briefing
    Fellows will undertake extensive research, and draft petitions and other filings as required in cases on digital rights. Fellows will also be involved in briefing senior advocates/counsels who are leading arguments in courts in these cases.
  • Research and policy output
    The Fellows will also be required to carry out high impact policy-centric research and write
    briefs, reports, responses, blogs, articles and other documents that are relevant to and will support pending litigation.
  • Building a national network of digital rights stakeholders
    Through CCG, the Fellows will regularly convene lawyers and civil society organisations
    working on digital rights issues to enable an exchange of ideas and facilitate learnings from
    each other around litigation on digital rights. Building such a network of lawyers and
    organisations through such convenings will strengthen collaboration and strategy in the
    digital rights litigation domain.

Fellows will also establish and maintain a pan-India network of lawyers working on digital
rights cases.

Eligibility

Applicants for the Fellowship must:

  • Be born on or after January 1, 1988;
  • Registered with the Bar Council of India;
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in and commitment to the development of digital rights;
  • Have excellent legal writing, drafting and oral advocacy skills.

Preference will be given to applicants with a minimum of two years’ experience in litigation. CCG is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages persons from SC/ST backgrounds, minority religions, LGBTQI+ persons and persons with disability to apply.

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Lipi Garg

Lipi Garg

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