Date: November 13, 2015
Location: Golkin 70, Kline & Specter Moot Court Room
Anand Grover is a leading Indian litigator, known for his legal activism in the area of gay rights and AIDS-related issues. He is the Director of the HIV/AIDS Unit of Lawyer’s Collective (India), and the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health (2008-2014). During his time as Rapporteur, his reports focused on promoting non-discrimination, empowering vulnerable groups and ensuring the meaningful participation of affected communities.
Mr. Grover will discuss the landmark case that he argued in the field of public interest and human rights law, the Naz Foundation case (LGBT rights), which resulted in the ruling that decriminalized homosexuality in India and has been the center of much debate, analysis and reporting in academic, media, and activist circles. Mr. Grover will also discuss the innovative work he has done in the field of patent protection for ARVs and access to affordable ARVs, particularly the Novartis case (right to health), which challenged a section of the Indian Patents Act by claiming that it did not comply with TRIPS (Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, a major international trade agreement aimed at protecting patents) and that it was unconstitutional.