“The Law of Emergency Powers: Comparative Perspectives from the Common Law” by Dr Abhishek Singhvi, Professor Khagesh Gautam will be launched tomorrow



Honorable Mr. Justice NV Ramanna will launch the book titled “The Law of Emergency Powers: Comparative Common Law Perspectives written by Dr. Abhishek Singhvi and Professor Khagesh Gautam on 23rd January 2021, that is to say tomorrow. Published by Springer, the book will launch virtually at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow. The Honorable Judge Surya Kant, The Honorable Judge Sanjay Kishan Kaul and The Honorable Doctor DY Chandrachud of the Supreme Court will speak as guests of honor at the event.

The Law of Emergency Powers: Comparative Common Law Perspectives presents a comprehensive legal and constitutional study of emergency powers from a comparative common law perspective. The book explores in detail various emergency powers, statutory and common law, constitutional and statutory law, martial law and military action in the service of civil authority, invocations in times of war and peace. , and several related and vital themes such as judicial review of emergency powers. This is a comparative study of the three jurisdictions which consist of the pure implicit common law model (employed by the United Kingdom), the implicit constitutional model (employed by the United States) and the explicit constitutional model ( employed by India).

The book also covers the different positions on external emergencies as opposed to internal emergencies, economic / financial emergencies and emerging advances in state autonomy by central or federal governments, through the use of powers like the article 356 of the Indian Constitution.

The book has been endorsed by many distinguished scholars and jurists, including Professor Philip Allott, Emeritus Professor of International Public Law, University of Cambridge, UK; Professor (Dr). Upendra Baxi, Professor of Law, Jindal Global Law School, OP Jindal Global University, Sonipat, India; Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK; Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Delhi, India, Professor Sital Kalantry, Clinical Professor of Law and Head of Faculty, Cornell India Law Center, Cornell Law School, USA, Judge RC Lahoti, Former Chief Justice of India, Judge RM Lodha, Former Chief Justice of the ‘India, Professor (Dr.) Stephen P Marks, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of Health and Human Rights, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA; Member, Human Rights in Emergencies Committee, International Law Association, Professor (Dr.) Nathaniel Persily, James B. McClatchy, Professor of Law, Stanford Law School, Stanford University, USA, Justice MN Venkatachaliah, Former Chief Justice of India and Professor David B. Wilkins, Professor of Law Lester Kissel, Associate Dean of Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession and Faculty Director of the Center on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School, Harvard University, United States.


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