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About the Organisation

LexQuest Foundation is a non-partisan, non-profit law & policy research and action organization established in 2014 in New Delhi. We conduct extensive legal and policy research and analysis to provide transformative solutions to public interest issues. At the core of our work lies our understanding of law as an expression of driving social change & creating a just & equal society.  (more…)

Human Rights in the Digital Era

Legal scholar Dr Upendra Baxi recently opined that protecting human rights in the digital era is a complex challenge for governments everywhere and more so in the case of India. After reading through his article and getting to know about the report on ‘Disinformation and Freedom of Opinion and Expression’, which was recently submitted by UNHRC Special Rapporteur Irene Khan for discussion, we decided to explore the subject from a legal and policy perspective. Through our project on ‘Human Rights in the Digital Era’ we seek to highlight the intersectional difficulties in protecting and upholding human rights when the digital realm dominates the lives of all citizens.  (more…)

The Draft Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020 Explained

After receiving various complaints against the foreign e-commerce retailers operating in India, the Department of Consumer Affairs has notified new draft rules amending the Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020, to safeguard consumers’ interests and strengthen the regulatory regime of e-commerce. We have devised an explainer on the proposed amendments to Read more…

Safety Concerns for Women in light of Delhi’s latest Excise Policy

Have you heard about Delhi’s New Excise Policy?

Delhi’s Excise Policy for the Year 2021-22 can be accessed here.

For your context: The prime function of the Excise Department is to regulate, control and monitor possession, import, export, transport, sale and consumption of liquor and other intoxicants. The power of the State to control and regulate the trade in liquor is envisaged under entry 8, List II-State List, of the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India. (more…)

Need for the Re-Conceptualization of Human Rights in the Digital Era

Our lives are now controlled by digital technologies that subconsciously influence our judgments and have a bearing on our decisions, freedom, and perception of things. Digital technology has transformed the means through which human rights are both exercised and violated by affecting our freedom of speech and expression, association, right to privacy, and right against harassment, amongst others. The emergence and evolution of ‘digital’ rights have challenged and transformed the more traditional understanding of human rights. Undoubtedly, the digital arena is an indispensable tool for the larger public. However, we often come across information on how digital technologies are increasingly undermining human rights. Data collection, privatization, surveillance, and security are some of the issues that affect our digital rights. But what about the ripple effect caused by our digital rights on our human rights?   (more…)

Essay on Women and Commons in India: The need to rethink the relationship between sustainability, land and women’s economic empowerment

This essay was submitted as a part of LQF’s National Environmental Law & Policy Essay Writing Competition, 2021, information for which can be found here. Overview: Today, it is widely acknowledged that the Commons, in the form of pastureland, forests, dryland and so on, are immensely rich in resources. They Read more…

Underprivileged children’s trials and tribulations of learning a new language

Before delving into the associated aspects, it is imperative to ascertain what “underprivileged” means. According to Merriam-Webster, the term underprivileged refers to the population deprived of their fundamental rights due to economic or social conditions. India is on a fast path to development. With the advent of new policies explicitly dealing with the issue of children’s education to ensure maximum participation and emphasis on local/regional language, India is bound to overcome the problem of the underprivileged being left out of the loop of education. (more…)