The world's only climate treaty pledges to cap global warming at "well under" two degrees Celsius and prevent manmade CO2 from leeching into the atmosphere by century's end. But it left a mountain of critical rules and procedures to be worked out. "This may sound like a technical exercise, but it matters," Todd Stern, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC and the top climate diplomat under Barack Obama, said in a recent speech. "Guidelines have a lot to do with how strong the regime becomes." The deadline for completing this "rule book" is the November climate summit in Katowice, Poland. The agreement itself goes live in 2020. Negotiators have had more than two years to hammer out the fine print but -- as per usual -- have procrastinated. "It's no secret that things have not been going swimmingly so far," said Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists, a Washington-based advocacy … [Read more...] about Can Monday’s Bonn meet bring the Paris climate pact to life?
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As the hearing in the Foreign Law Firms Case continued before the Supreme Court bench of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice U. U. Lalit on Thursday, Advocate Nakul Dewan, appearing on behalf of the Global Indian Lawyers Association, resumed his submissions.“Can an Indian Advocate partner with a foreign lawyer? In partnership, there is an element of agency; the master servant relationship does not remain”, inquired the bench.The counsel drew the attention of the bench to Rule 2 in Chapter III of Part VI of the BCI Rules- “An advocate shall not enter into a partnership or any other arrangement for sharing remuneration with any person or legal practitioner who is not an advocate”.“I need to remit money to acquire a particular asset in the Carmen Island. For that 4-5 lawyers of different jurisdiction do need to come together. ‘Sharing of remuneration’ in the Rule means sharing of profits. That is what is not permissible under Advocates … [Read more...] about SC Reserves Judgment On Entry Of Foreign Law Firms To India: Read The Complete Court Room Exchange Of Final Day’s Marathon Hearing
The hearing commenced on Wednesday with Senior Counsel Shyam Divan discussing the provision of section 59 of the Aadhaar (Targeted Deliveries of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act of 2016- “As per the text of the section, only the actions of the Central government, being in pursuance of the notification dated January 28, 2009 establishing the UIDAI, are retrospectively validated after the coming into force of the Act”.“Such a validation does not extend to the acts of private entities like the enrolment agencies”, continued Mr. Divan. interjected Justice A. K. Sikri, to which Mr. Divan replied, “Under the pre-Act regime, there was no privity of contract between these private entities and the UIDAI”.“But the UIDAI has been established by the Central government. So all actions flow therefrom”, said Justice Sikri. “The notification only covers the actions of the government in entering into … [Read more...] about Aadhaar-[Day-4 Session-1] Citizens Have The Right To Be Protected Against Excessive Monitoring Unless They Stand In Violation Of Law: Shyam Divan [Read Written Submission]
If slapping and anal rape in marriage is criminal why isn’t rape? Pressing against provisions allowing “legal rape” of married women and the unconstitutional classification of rape victim as married, married but separated and unmarried, the RIT Foundation and The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) has submitted before the Delhi High Court that when sodomy, sexual assault, murder are not de-criminalised in marriage, there is no reason rape should be.Karuna Nundy, counsel for petitioners RIT Foundation and AIDWA (intervenor) said through her oral and written submissions before the Hon’ble Delhi High Court, that the fiction of legal marital rape created by Exception 2 of Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 (henceforth ‘IPC’) has caused millions of women to be legally raped. The government’s own latest data shows 6 per cent of married women were sexually assaulted by their husbands.Relying on the Supreme … [Read more...] about Marital Rape: Married, Married But Separated, & Unmarried-Classifying Rape Victims Is Unconstitutional: Petitioners Submit Before Delhi HC [Read Written Submissions]