Call for Papers - Third International Seminar on Health, Human Rights and IPR Perspectives




Event Date: 

10/11/17 to 10/13/17

Location name: 

Kochi, India


The Centre for Health Law and Policy (CHLP), the Centre for Human Rights (CHR) and the Centre for Intellectual Property Rights (CIPR)

We stand in the era of Information revolution, where knowledge goes hand in hand with digital technologies and play a key role in creating a knowledge economy and a knowledge society. Digital technologies have become a part and parcel in all aspects of home-based, operational, and public lives. Information and Communication Technology including telephone lines, wireless technologies, computer technologies, software, advanced robotics, storage and other audio visual mechanisms helps in accessing, storing, transmitting, managing and manipulating essential information. Today, banking, shopping, learning, travelling and communication functions with the help of digital technologies. Technology has eroded the conservative notions of information and has essentially transformed the society, democracy, politics, culture, religion and traditions. The transformation and exchange of ideas and of knowledge from individual to shared common knowledge has reversed the rights of the creators and receptors. Here, persons, organisations, or communities have become makers rather than receptors of knowledge.

In the liberalised economy the main challenge is with regard to the mobilisation of the technology in a productive and economic level. The use of Information and communication technology in the digital sphere fills in the gap in the digital divide particularly in terms of geographic regions and that of access vis-a--vis non-access. The digital divide creates a negative effect on the globalised digital economy, since it is understood that information technology has a leading role in the improvement of social mobility, literacy, economic equality and growth, as well as democracy. Hardware and software technologies, accession protocols etc. are tools to bridge such digital divide.

Various International agencies and State Countries have taken a holistic and comprehensive approach towards promoting and regulating Information and Communication Technology in core sectors of development. The major challenge that arise is access, inclusion and quality. UNESCO has identified an integrated and comprehensive approach towards access to information and communication technologies in education and science.

The beginning of 21st Century has witnessed growing concerns of international community by concurrence and recognition of the booming ICT sectors, which has resulted in large scale commercialisation of electronic and digital communication technologies by revamping the traditional property rights regime. On one side, the major corporate entrants face high competitions in the monopolistic regime, and on the other side the instances of violations of privacy and cybercrimes hinder the regulators in controlling technological outsourcing and use of such technologies.

The Intellectual property domain protecting the creations of human intellect has radical effects on technological interventions.  The information economy is driven by ideas that are obvious and useful. ICT makes trading atmosphere conducive, thus advancing a greater intensity of cooperation and competition for the IP holders. The proprietary legal and regulatory framework and the digital and technological developments are continuously subject to challenges of reinterpretation.

The virtual pool of digital informatics is crucial in adopting strategic methods of health care as well. ICT plays a vital role in accessing, managing, communicating and storing information of communities and the health professionals. The patent application of ICT in health care delivery mechanisms promises a participatory model of support system. ICT in health sector reflects in the improved system efficiency ensuring quality care delivery and helps to minimize curative mistakes. ICT is cost effective and creates a transparent space. However, there are possible difficulties or rather challenges of accumulated data and its management. A meaningful, secure and accurate information - accession system and privacy issues of the communities are areas that need careful analysis.

ICT has tremendously assisted in creating new collaborative opportunities, participatory economics and in exchanging knowledge and ideas. It has empowered to realise and opportune their right and obligations. But the dynamic and evolving feature of ICT products and services poses complex challenges in the domain of human rights. Transparency, accountability and onus ensuring positive and secure options of information and communication is the responsibility of the State. The legal framework in protecting human rights regime over ICT are sometimes lacking or conflicting. The tensions of misuse of internet, social media, security threats, privacy violation and national security are very complex to deal with. Further, the evaluation of these technologies is another problem demanding expertise in applying the abstract tools of cybernetics, informatics, and theories of circulated network interfaces for effective response systems. However, as we benefit from the ICT, new challenges both ethical and practical continue to emerge, thus there must be effective mechanisms of protection from and regulation of human rights risks. An effective human rights corporate governance accompanied by necessary commitments to respect and protect human rights is the need of the hour.

The aim of this Seminaris to explore into the intricacies of modern Information and Communication Technologies in accessing, mobilising, promoting, controlling and regulating the credible and comprehensive resources of information and communication using technology and to identify the cultural, economic, political and geographical patterns in attaining universal access to information. The programme will deliberate on the impact of Information and Communication Technologies in Health, Human Rights and Intellectual Property rights perspectives.

This programme is expected to provide a forum for discussion of the fundamental and interdisciplinary bearings of information and communication technologies on people. Eminent persons from various spheres of society, are expected to gather and address global and universal concerns of access to information and the impact of localized applications of technology. 


Access to Technology and Knowledge in the Human Rights Framework
 Human rights aspects of access to Technology-Role of information
 The Right to Development- Parameters of Actualization
 Knowledge society- Information society- The Role of the Internet in Bridging Gaps.
 Paradigm shift in the nature of access- Role of intercessors and intermediaries- Administration and management of transnational policies on access- Actions and Reaction.
 Digital Literacy and barriers to Digital Literacy
 The need for expansion of current legal systems - new threats to Human Rights

Right to Privacy
 Recognising Privacy as a Human Right - international legal framework - UDHR, ICCPR
 Privacy as a Fundamental Right in India
 Challenges - National and International
 Surveillance by the State - the conflict between national security and right to privacy
 Big Data- Legal and Illegal Uses-Implications - Ethical, legal, Policy issues.
 Data Mining by Corporations - Involvement of Human Rights
 Data Protection v. Disclosure
 The right to be forgotten

Human rights and Governance
 E-Governance - national and international perspectives, examples
 Social Networking websites -Role in Modern Democratic Process-Impact on formation and discussion of Democratic Opinions- Platform for Democratic Discourse- Democratic values and ICT
 The new roles of a State- strategies of protection of rights - Constitutional protections- Scope of

ICT as a tool for Governance and actualization of State obligations
 Information as a Right- Access to information and Communications Technology-means of facilitation to citizens-protection of such rights by state-effectiveness of such measures.
 Paradigms on use of ICT-Measures to realize Human Rights and Role of ICT.
 Public and Private Partnerships-Authorities- Incident Response systems
 Privatisation- Monopolising access to information and communications technology- Competition-

Measures to level playing field- Statutory and Judicial tenets
 E-Learning and Educational Technologies.

Technology and environment
 The interconnection- technology to protect environment
 Technology that harms environment- Electronic waste
 Technologies and its impact on the biodiversity
 Green Information and communication Technologies-
 Climate change and monitoring devices
 Access to technologies for environmental sustainability- Transfer of Technology- Differentiated

Responsibility-Communication and Access to Information Technologies\
 Digital Divide; The dual consequence of technology as an agent of oppression and upliftment
 Digital Literacy, the barriers for a multilingual internet.
 Connectivity in India, with particular reference to rural areas.
 Issues of Digital Convergence & interoperability
 The Possibilities of Open and Cloud Computing.
 The politics of information. Challenges in the access to Information and Communication technologies.
 Social Networking and fragmentation of the Internet.

Intellectual Property Rights in the Digital Age
 Proprietary data, knowledge and information- the interrelationship between private and public domains- role of State
 Barriers to Access to Technology, as a result of IPR regimes, the control of information in the internet.
 Piracy, protection of Copyrights and IPR in the Internet, the ethics of Piracy
 The Future of IPR in the future, with special reference to Internet of things and Artificial

 Communication protocols- international and national regimes of protection
 Disclosure-Commercialising knowledge – differences between traditional and modern national perceptions- Legal precepts
 Undisclosed information- Test Data- Data Protection -Data Exclusivity –Intellectual Property -

International scope of protection
 Creative Commons and commercial realities
 Economy for digital innovation- E-commerce, open markets
 Biomedical Research and Scientific Collaborations using core technologies- Intermediary beneficiaries-- Protection of IPR

Technology & Health
 Right to medical Information- Information sharing and connectivity- Issues of Disclosure
 Assistive Digital Medical Technology- Cognitive Technologies- identification of legal parameters
 Health Information Management- Medical Record Keeping- Electronic Medical Records-electronic health records- Digital Imaging and Communications in Medical Sector
 Disability and Medical Technology: Possibilities/ ICT for the differently abled-international obligations- role of technology in their realization.

An abstract shall be submitted for the selection of papers (Word limit: 250-500 words, Font: Times new Roman, Size 12, Line spaces: 1.5).

The abstract shall provide the scheme of the research paper. It must contain the synopsis of the paper, subtitles and conclusion indicating the author’s perspectives.

Abstract must be accompanied with Name, Designation, Official Address, Phone Number and Email Id of the author (s).

All submissions shall be made online to

Research papers should apply research skills and must highlight the specific research problem.
The final paper must contain cover page with Name, Designation, E-mail ID, Contact number and address for communication. The papers must follow a uniform format:
 Times New Roman, Font Size 12
 1.5 line spacing
 Word limit : 2500-7500
 1-inch margin throughout (left/right/top/bottom)
 Citation Mode – Bluebook 19th Edition (Mandatory)
 Bibliographies or references not necessary
 Footnotes : Times New Roman, Font Size 10, Line Spacing 1

The work should be original, previously unpublished and must not be in the stage of submission/consideration elsewhere. All submissions should be made in MS Word format (.docx) in editable version ONLY.

Failure to comply with the above stipulations will result in the rejection of the paper.
One Co-author is permitted per paper. Co-author is also required to pay for all the charges as per the prescribed terms of participation.

Presentation of papers can be done only by the author(s) of the paper

All submitted abstracts and final papers shall undergo an internal peer review process and the acceptance of the Abstract & Full Paper for the seminar will be communicated personally. The best papers shall be published in a publication, with due ISBN recognition.

In all the matters relating to the acceptance of the abstracts and the research papers, the decision of the Organizers shall be final and conclusive.