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National Law University Research Fellowships 2016-18

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open10-Jan-2016
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AwardAdmission to National Law University
EligibilityDegrees in law, public policy, management or the social sciences
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National Law University New Delhi, 
Centre For Communication Governance
New Delhi

What is National Law University Research Fellowships 2016-18?

Centre for Communication Governance is a research centre within National Law University, Delhi, and is the first of its kind in India. Over the course of two years, CCG has established itself as a leading, credible organization for research in the field of information law and policy.

The CCG Fellowship is a highly competitive research programme designed to build competence and raise the quality of discourse in research and policy around issues concerning civil liberties and the Internet in India. Fellowship output is intended to catalyze effective, research-led policy making and informed public debate around issues in civil liberties and technology and Internet governance.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

The Centre welcomes applications from candidates with degrees in law, public policy,
management or the social sciences, generally. Candidates from other disciplines, who
satisfy the remainder of the eligibility requirements, may address a brief letter of inquiry
to in order to determine their suitability.

All candidates must be able to provide evidence of an interest in civil liberties, and
preferably in technology policy as well. In addition, they must have a demonstrable
capacity for high-quality, independent work.

As a young, fast-expanding organization, CCG anticipates that all members of the
Centre will have to manage large burdens of substantive as well as administrative work
in addition to research. The Centre seeks highly motivated candidates with a deep
commitment to research as well as to institution building.
[The Centre reserves the right to not fill the position(s) if it does not find suitable
candidates among the applicants.]

How can you apply ?

Interested applicants are required to send the following information and materials by
19th June 2015 to the Registrar, National Law University, Delhi at Applications must also be marked to
1. Curriculum Vitae.
2. Contact details for two referees. Referees must be informed that they might be
contacted for an oral reference or a brief written reference.
3. One academic writing sample of between 2000 and 2500 words (essay or
extract, published or unpublished).
4. Shortlisted applicants may be called for an interview.

Terms and Conditions

The Fellowship covers the following broad areas:

1. Civil Liberties: Research in this area will be expected to engage with questions concerning development of the human rights and civil liberties discourse in the context of the Internet and emerging communication technology in India. While we would welcome research questions relating to the impact of any of the fundamental rights in Part III of the Indian Constitution, we are particularly interested in work relating to law
criminalizing speech from a doctrinal and empirical perspective. Research on this track will squarely address the research gap around the architecture of the Internet and its impact on free expression. An overarching focus of this fellowship will be on studying the manner in which the public sphere is constructed online.

2. Privacy, Surveillance & Big Data: Research in this area will be expected to consider questions concerning the treatment of personal data by large public and private data collectors and processors. Fellows could undertake research concerning surveillance as well as data protection practices, laws and policies. Their work may be directed either at the normative questions that arise in the context of surveillance or data protection, or at empirical work, including data gathering and analysis, with a view to enabling policy and law makers to better understand the pragmatic concerns in developing realistic and effective privacy frameworks. The scope of this fellowship can also include the debate around the right to be forgotten and data localization, and the manner in which standards for encryption that effectively balance between privacy and security concerns, should be conceived. In the context of the business process outsourcing industry, research under this fellowship can also consider international trade law concerns, particularly the manner in which flows of data and online services are treated as they flow across borders.
3. Internet Governance: Fellowships in this area will be expected to contribute to creating competence in Internet governance in India across the various global fora in which these issues are being deliberated. Fellows will be expected to collect and analyze historical and current information concerning the interests and positions of nations from the global south generally, and India in particular, and provide context and analysis in
real time to Indian stakeholders, including the government.
4. International Law: There is at present only a very limited understanding of issues around cyber conflict. Research in this area will analyse how existing principles in public international law including the laws of war would apply to cyber warfare and cyber conflict. It will investigate how far an analogy to conventional warfare and armed conflict is sustainable and whether (and, if yes, how far) the international law binding India on
these issues would be relevant online.
5. Markets and Public Interest: The research under this area will consider questions of access, including how the human right to free speech could help to guarantee access to the Internet. It would identify areas where competition law would need to intervene to ensure free, fair and human rights-compatible access to the Internet, and opportunities to communicate using online services. Work in this area will consider how existing
competition and consumer protection law could be applied to ensure that freedom of expression in new media, and particularly the internet, is protected given market realities on the supply side. The fellowship will also put out material regarding the net neutrality concerns that are closely associated to the competition, innovation, media diversity and protection of human rights especially rights to free expression and the right to receive receive information and particularly to substantive equality across media. Fellows will also be expected to engage with existing theories of media pluralism in this context. The Fellowship will be based out of the Centre’s offices at the National Law University, Delhi. It will ordinarily run full time for a duration of one to two years.

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