World Law Forum Global Launch and Conference on SLAPP at NEW DELHI (20 OCTOBER 2018) ​

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World Law Forum Global Launch


Conference on SLAPP



20 OCTOBER 2018



The notion and term Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation (‘SLAPP’) emerged from the United States (‘US’) and was coined by Canan and Pring, two academics from the University of Denver in the 1980s. A SLAPP commonly involves the instigation of malicious, meritless and costly lawsuits by a powerful corporation, government or event the press with the sole intention to intimidate and silent activists, whistleblowers and academics respectively who publicly express their opposition or concerns over social issues. In addition, SLAPPs are often filed in the name of defamation and is a tactic routinely used against journalists and the media in hopes of censoring and prevent the spreading of their views and preserve the status quo. This inevitably interferes with the general public’s freedom of speech and expression and becomes in practice as a way to safeguard the interest of the affluent and ensuring the continuation of the vicious cycle where the rich gets richer, more powerful and more mainstream; and the poor gets poorer and their views more marginalised.  The interrelationship between money, public opinion and power can once again be observed through the increased employment of strategic lawsuits around the world and particularly India to discourage public participation. 


The World Law Forum Global Launch will be held on the 20th of October 2018 in New Delhi, India and will be celebrated by influential leaders in various fields. Coinciding with the World Law Forum Global Launch will be a Conference focussing on SLAPP, a phenomena which has been on the rise in India in the recent years.

This conference aims to:

  • Raise awareness of the SLAPP phenomenon and explore the applicability and effectiveness of Anti-SLAPP laws;
  • Create a dialogue between journalists, lawyers and policy makers to protect freedom of expression and promote equality;
  • Allow for community-building and encourage change makers to join the World Law Forum

Why attend?

  • Witness and support the launch of World Law Forum
  • Hear from influential journalists, human rights advocates, academics, lawyers and have your questions answered by our panel of speakers
  • Learn about SLAPP, whistle-blowing and retaliation and relevant domestic and international case studies
  • Learn about responsible freedom of expression
  • Develop an understanding of Anti-SLAPP laws around the world and their effectiveness
  • Gain insight on the SLAPP phenomenon and the applicability of Anti-SLAPP laws from other jurisdictions in the context of India 
  • Network with leaders of now and leaders of tomorrow.
  • Obtain one free annual World Law Forum membership 

Who should attend?

  • Lawyers
  • Students (law, humanities, political science, international relations, communications)
  • Journalists
  • Academics
  • Members and Supporter of NGOs
  • Civil Servants
  • Politicians
  • Change maker


Ram Jethmalani : Senior Advocate & Member of Parliament
Aman Lekhi: Additional Solicitor General, Government of India
Vrinda Grover : Advocate, Supreme Court of India
Sidharth Vardarajan: Founder – The Wire
Paranjoy Guha Thakurta: Senior Journalist
Rajshree Chandra: A/Professor, University of Delhi
Dilip Cherian: Consulting Partner, Perfect Relations
Raghav Chadha: National Spokesperson, Aam Aadmi Party
Shaili Chopra: Founder at SheThePeople.TV



9:00 – 15:30 Conference on SLAPP
15:30 – 17:00 World Law Forum Global Launch


NCUI Auditorium
3, August Kranti Marg
Siri Institutional Area,
New Delhi – 110016


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