Indira Jaising is a noted human rights lawyer and a senior advocate at the Supreme Court of India. Along with her husband and fellow Supreme Court senior advocate Anand Grover, Jaising founded the Lawyers’ Collective, a legal NGO that has been working since its inception in 1980 for the rights of the marginalised, particularly women, LGBTQ peoples, sex workers, and many more economically and socially disadvantaged groups.
Jaising has fought and won a number of landmark legal battles, particularly those dealing with Christian women’s right to inherit property, right of the mother as the natural gurdian in child custody cases, or having the Supreme Court strike down instant Triple Talaq as unconstitutional. Starting from the rights of pavement dwellers in the 1980s Bombay, to enshrining collective rights over environment in the famous Goa Foundation case, to fighting for justice and compensation for the victims and survivors of the Bhopal Gas disaster in December 1984, Jaising has traced a long and eventful journey and made her mark as an outspoken and intrepid legal interventionist, who is not afraid to call the spade a spade.
Anand Grover is a designated Senior Advocate, practicing in the Supreme Court of India, the Director of the HIV/AIDS Unit of Lawyer’s Collective (India), and the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health (2008-2014). In his regular practice, Mr. Grover has argued several landmark cases in the field of public interest and human rights law, including mass eviction cases (Olga Tellis & Ors v. Bombay Municipal Council), environmental cases (the Bhopal Gas Disaster case), and LGBT rights (Naz Foundation case). Mr. Grover has also done innovative work in the field of patent law, opposing the grant of patents for essential life-saving drugs. He successfully argued the first constitutional challenge to Section 3(d) of the Patents Act, 1970 on behalf of the Cancer Patient Aid Association in Novartis v Union of India, the patent linkage case of Bayer v Union of India and successfully defended against a challenge to the compulsory license issued for the manufacture of an kidney-cancer drug in Bayer v. Natco. During his time as the UN Special Rapporteur he focused his reports to promote non-discrimination, empower vulnerable groups and ensure meaningful participation of affected communities.
Paras assists Senior Advocate Indira Jaising in the Supreme Court of India. He is a regular contributor to The Leaflet. At the age of 18, he filed his first case in Delhi high Court challenging a decision of the Central Information Commission wherein the Commission held that file noting by junior officers to superiors were third party information. Paras is passionate about utilizing Right to Information Act, 2005 as a tool to gain information in public interest. In the last seven years he has filed over 200 RTI applications.
Nehmat is an advocate at the Chambers of Senior Advocate Ms. Indira Jaising. Prior to this, she has worked with Software Freedom Law Centre (SFLC.in), New Delhi on issues of online censorship, Aadhaar, and data protection. Her areas of interest include constitutional law, human rights, and the intersection of technology and civil liberties.
Aanchal is a Delhi based lawyer assisting Senior Advocate Indira Jaising. She works for the Women Rights Initiative of Lawyers Collective (LCWRI). As a member of LCWRI, she has worked extensively on issues related to women, including implementation of Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013, other offences against women and their rights under different statutes. Known to her friends to be witty and out-spoken she contributes to the magazine on multiple issues opposing the deep-rooted patriarchy in everyday life.
Nishant is trained as an advocate and has interest in the field of constitutional law, socio-legal aspects of access to justice, civil liberties, technology and law, and human rights. Previously, he worked as a Law Clerk at the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad (October 2017-October 2018). During his Clerkship, he also worked as a Member of the Editorial Committee for the book Gavel and Pen Vol. II, and Newsletter 2017-18 which was published by the Allahabad High Court in October 2018.
Nishant completed his B.A.LL.B (Hons.) from Aligarh Muslim University in June 2017 and has previously interned with key government offices and institutions including National Judicial Academy, Bhopal and Serious Fraud Investigation Office, New Delhi.