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Seminar on Non-Discrimination, Disability and Human Rights: September 28, 2017


International Cell in association with Research and Publication Cell, Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA has organised Seminar on 'Non-Discrimination, Disability and Human Rights' on September 28, 2017.


The Seminar shall focus on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, legal capacity and non-discrimination principles. The session will also cover overlapping areas of Criminal Law, Mental Health Law and Human Rights, and in particular, issues of fitness to stand trial in criminal matters and civil detention under Mental Health Laws. It will be followed by an Interactive Session-cum-Panel Discussion.

About the Resource Person

Mr Kris Gledhill, Director, New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice & Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland Faculty of Law

Educational qualifications of Mr. Kris Gledhill include: (1984) University of Oxford BA Jurisprudence, (1985) University of Virginia, LLM and (2009) University of Auckland, PGCert AcadPrac.

Mr. Kris was a barrister in London from 1989 to 2006, appearing in criminal and public law matters, including in various precedent setting cases in the European Court of Human Rights, the House of Lords and the Court of Appeal; he also sat as a Tribunal Judge on mental health cases. At the same time, he maintained an academic career, teaching part-time at various institutions, including University College Oxford and New York Law School.

Mr. Kris Gledhill came to New Zealand in 2006 to undertake further academic work, before accepting a lectureship at Auckland University Law School. He joined AUT in March 2016, where he teaches criminal law, international human rights law and clinical legal education, as well as criminal law electives and postgraduate courses. He is also the Director of the Postgraduate Programme and the Director of Clinical Legal Education.

Mr. Kris has been trusted by various publishers to write or edit books in different areas of law, as well as writing many book chapters and academic articles. His contribution to his main area of interest, mental health law, has been recognised by his appointment as Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Mental Health and Capacity Law. He is also the General Editor of the New Zealand Criminal Law Review and Series Editor of the Legal Pedagogy Series for Routledge Publishing.

Mr. Kris wrote several articles and three books whilst in practice. The list is as follows: Books – Authored - Gledhill, K and Livings, B (Eds), The Teaching of Criminal Law - The Pedagogical Imperatives (Routledge, 2016); Gledhill, K. (2015). Human Rights Acts: The Mechanisms Compared. Oxford: Hart Publishing. Pages: 544; Dawson, J., & Gledhill, K. (Eds.) (2013), New Zealand's Mental Health Act in Practice. Wellington: Victoria University Press. Pages: 399; Gledhill, K. (2012). Defending Mentally Disordered Persons. London: LAG Education and Service Trust. Pages: 787 and Gledhill, K., & Bedggood, M. (2011). Law into action: economic, social and cultural rights in Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand: Thompson Reuters. Pages: 512.Gledhill, K. (2009). Mental Health Tribunals: Essential Cases (2nd, revised). London: Southside Legal Publishing Limited. Pages: 149; Chapters in Books - GLEDHILL, K. 'Treatment of Offending Behaviour: Is it a Legal Right?', In: McMaster, K; Riley, D. (ed.) Effective Interventions with Offenders: Lessons Learned, Christchurch, Hall McMaster and Associates, p53-79, 2011; GLEDHILL, K. 'Ability to Participate in Criminal Proceedings', In: Wells, C. (ed.) Abuse of Process, Jordan Pub Ltd, p231-262, 2011; GLEDHILL, K. 'Disability Law and Mental Health', In: Gostin, L; Bartlett, P; Fennell, P; McHale, J; Mackay, R. (ed.) Principles of Mental Health Law and Policy, Oxford, Oxford University Press, p893-957, 2010.; GLEDHILL, K. 'Early decisions in the criminal process – the involvement of mental disorder', In: (ed.) Criminal Law Symposium 2010, Wellington, N.Z., New Zealand Law Society, p37-55, 2010. And Journal - Research Articles- GLEDHILL, K. 'Preventive Sentences and Orders: The Challenges of Due Process', Journal of Commonwealth Criminal Law, 2011, (1), p78-104, 2011.; GLEDHILL, K. 'Seal v UK: The End of the Story or Time for a Fresh Beginning?', Journal of Mental Health Law, 21, p93-107, 2011; GLEDHILL, K. 'The model law fusing incapacity and mental health legislation - a comment on the forensic aspects of the proposal.', Journal of Mental Health Law, 2010, (20), p47-54, 2010; and GLEDHILL, K. 'The role of capacity in mental health laws - recent reviews and legislation', Journal of Mental Health Law, 2010, (20), p129-140, 2010.

Mr. Kris’s recent significant appointments include: Inaugural Director of the New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice (2012); Member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Commonwealth Criminal Lawyers (2010 to present); Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Commonwealth Criminal Law (2010 to present); Trustee, Brake NZ (Road safety charity) (2010 to present); Member of the Advisory Board to the Equal Justice Project (2010 to present); Convenor, Criminal Law Interest Group, ALTA (2010 to present); Member of the Management Committee of the Human Rights Foundation (2009 to 2012); Member of the UoA Human Participants Ethics Committee (2009 to 2010); Member of the Steering Committee, Auckland Disability Law Service (2008 to 2009); and Director, Brake (Road safety charity, England) (1995 to date).

Ms. Megha Nagpal, Assistant Professor, Symbiosis Law School - NOIDA

Ms. Megha Nagpal is Assistant Professor at Symbiosis Law School, Noida. She completed her B.A.LL.B. (Hons.) from Amity Law School, New Delhi (affiliated to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University) in 2011. She pursued her Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi specializing in Intellectual Property Laws. Ms. Nagpal holds a distinction in her research paper titled, “Combating Piracy in the Digital Age: Balancing the Conflicting Rights”. She qualified UGC-NET conducted in June, 2014. Prior to joining SLS, Noida, Ms. Nagpal practiced law at Delhi representing clients at various courts, tribunals and forums including the Supreme Court of India, the Delhi High Court, the Central Administrative Tribunal, Debts Recovery Appellate Tribunal, Additional Sessions Judges and Metropolitan Magistrates. She now wishes to be associated with academics full time. Her areas of interest include Intellectual Property Law, Criminal Law, Cyber Law and Environmental Law.

Mr. Sai Prasad, Assistant Professor, Symbiosis Law School - NOIDA

After obtaining his undergraduate degree in law from Karnataka University (Dharwad), Saiprasad went on to pursue his studies in human rights law at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore from where he specialised in the subject and received an LL.M. Following this Saiprasad was associated with several Indian Civil society groups in various capacities. Saiprasad qualified the UGC-NET in 2013. Before joining SLS Noida Saiprasad was Faculty of Law at Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Vizag.




Moot Court Hall,
Third Floor, Academic Block,
Symbiosis Law School,

Contact Person

Dr. Meenakshi Kaul,
Assistant Professor &
Head – Academic Initiatives,
Research and Publication Cell

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Dr. Neeti Shikha,
Associate Professor &
Head-International Cell

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