In Conversation: Comparative Constitutional Law Webinar Series (2020)

October 15, 2020 Admin 0 Comments

The flagship webinar series is launched on the occasion of 150 years celebrations of Georgetown Law. It is a collaborative initiative between Georgetown Law University, Washington D.C and the Society for Democratic Rights (SDR), New Delhi.

The In Conversation webinar series initiates a timely discussion on a wide-ranging contemporary constitutional law issues from a comparative law perspective. It hosts live discussions between leading jurists from India and the United States, and gives the audience an opportunity to share questions and engage in the discussion.

Comparative Constitutional Law Conversations: the Right to Health, the Constitution and the Role of Judiciary

The second webinar falls at the backdrop of the greatest public health emergency of the century – the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has infected over 38 million globally and taken nearly a million lives. From social distancing, mask requirements, and the shift to virtual learning and work environments, the pandemic has drastically changed all of our lives. The pandemic has exposed several shortcomings of healthcare infrastructures, and the laws and policies governing them. The prevailing circumstances raise certain compelling questions: Is there a Constitutionally protected right to health? What is the role of the judiciary in a pandemic?


  • Justice Ms. Indu Malhotra, Judge, Supreme Court of India
  • Lawrence Gostin, Georgetown University Professor, Founding O’Neill Chair in Global Health Law, Faculty Director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, and Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on National & Global Health Law.

Moderator:  Dean William M. Treanor, Executive Vice President and Dean of the Georgetown University Law Center

Watch the recording of the event here:

Read the coverage of our event by Georgetown University here.


Comparative Constitutional Law Conversations: Keeping the Executive in Check — The Role of the Judiciary

The first in the series, the webinar shall focus on judicial review, executive action, and constitutionally protected personal liberties. The focus of the conversation will be on comparative constitutional methods available to the Indian and US Supreme Courts to check abuse of power by the executive. Both guests will throw light on the actual working of the Constitution, drawing from their wide-ranging personal experiences as a prosecutor, defending counsel, or as a judge of the Indian Supreme Court.


  • Mr. Justice U. U. Lalit, Judge, Supreme Court of India
  • Neal Katyal, Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of National Security Law and the former Acting Solicitor General of the United States.

Moderator:  Dean William M. Treanor, Executive Vice President and Dean of the Georgetown University Law Center

Watch the recording of the event here.

Read the coverage of our event by The Hindu here and by Georgetown University here.