Virtual meetings in this digital era are astounding – it units individuals across the globe without considering national or international boundaries. The Society of International Lawyers for Democracy, established in Italy by Ms.Katia Bonsignore with a mission and vision to unite the legal fraternity and like minded people united individuals virtually on Google Meet in the Transnational Law and Justice Conclave which was historic and noteworthy and it was an the opportunity of my life-time to have anchored the virtual meeting! Hon’ble Judges from different continents, advocates, lawyers, anthropologists, journalists, officers from the police department, doctors, professors and students across the globe brought with them a wealth of experience in their fields of
expertise in this virtual forum.
Ms.Katia Bonsignore, a far-fledged Senior Advocate from Italy and founder of the Society of International Lawyers for Democracy and Katia Bonsignore Law Firm who has contributed judiciously to the just justice system in Italy, author of the European Procurement Law Series on Public Private Partnership (which was published by Elgar in 2020) opined that a wide majority of European Union governments resorted to “emergency powers” radically limited internal and international travels, closed schools and universities, shops and public places, drastically limited individual freedom of movement and assembly with fines and prison sanctions on violators of these restrictive measures. Ms.Katia accentuated the need to vehemently defend the rights of citizens in ensuring a balance between the newly implement policies (that attempts to safeguard the citizens during the pandemic) and upholding fundamental rights of citizens concurrently.
Hon’ble Mr.Justice M.S.Ramesh, Judge of Madras High Court a virtuous believer of a ‘speedy and efficacious’ justice delivery system in his coherent judgment believes that speedy and efficacious delivery of justice does not prejudice the contesting parties to litigation but it rather upholds the litigants rights in their legal journey solely for their betterment. In his ingenious contribution to the Transnational Law and Justice Conclave, he enunciated that democracy ought to have a universal value and there is a pressing need for a methodical and punctilious organizational update within the justice system. He culminated by stating that ‘change is the only permanent thing’ even within the justice system in India and appealed that this change is imperative as it will facilitate in edificing a relief oriented society.
Inspired by the late legend Justice V.R.Krishna Iyer, Mr.I.Sam Benjamin, Advocate a pioneer of equal justice in action in the social, economic and political field, a free thinker and a free writer who puts pen to paper in endeavoring to abolish injustice and inequality ameliorating disabilities softening sorrows of the nodams and the marginalized in his notion asseverated that the Indian Constitution is not a neutral document and it has a definite slant towards social justice and the weaker sections however it ought to be implemented extensively and manifestly in practice.
Ms.Bojana Radochai Ubovic, a Judge at the Civil Litigation Department from Serbia created a historic judgement in the Republic of Serbia by awarding victims of trafficking with a ‘compensation for non-material damage’ and was nominated for the International GJUA award in 2013. Ms.Bojana featured on the Council of Europe in Belgrade for her most recent publication on the Responsibility of a Guarantee Fund and enriched the virtual forum on the multidisciplinary insight of human rights. She appraised that there is a high standard of human rights and such rights are restricted for the sake of a greater good and a greater right during the pandemic. By enlisting brutal examples on violation of medical rights during the pandemic she adduced that there is a pressing need for an effective justice system that ensures that human rights areneither curtailed nor sacrificed.
With utmost respect to feminism and feminists we relentless hear about gender disparity within the pretext of women but we omit to acknowledge or confess the prevailing injustice against men! Ms.Belinda Brown, the granddaughter of Late.Mr.L.N Brown, Collector of Bombay Province during the British Era in India and daughter of Late.Dr.William Brown, OBE, author of articles on the Private Revolution, The Daily Mail and the Conservative Women from London with a particular interest in men’s rights unwrapped some of the inconvenience caused by feminism by giving a panoramic perspective on violation of men’s rights. Comprehensively discussing new hate crime laws proposed in the United Kingdom that victimised women and stigmatized men as habitual offenders thereby discriminating men irrationally with asinine, biased and stigmatizing definitions. Ms.Belinda added that ‘sexual assault of male are neither recognised not exposed.’ In her epilogue, she said that there is a pressing need to revamp the prejudiced law so men do not suffer unjustly.
Finally, fitting the day Mr. Pavol Prokopovič, a Lawyer, from Slovakia who believes that ‘democracy is not the law of the majority but protection of the minority’ highlighted on the dynamics of a wholesome democratic world. Mr.Pavol added that the court as a global hope is a keeper of our countries’ justice and conscience and it remains as a watchdog of the policy’s democratic balance. He quoted that ‘a person’s freedom ends when another man’s freedom begins! He also added that there is a need to respect freedom of expression and opinion, independence, transparency with a strong and independent system ensuring that no one is left behind!
Legal professionals and participants across the globe discussed the dynamic area of law and justice within the pretext of democracy – enlightened and illuminated by legal luminaries and academicians across the globe with their cosmic knowledge. Given the explosion of the available information and ideas which is expected to continue we vowed to together turn on our traits such as adaptability, expertise, foresight and perseverance in every sphere!
(The author is Ms.Maffi, Advocate, she holds a degree in law from London, a Legum
Magister in Legal Practice from the City University, UK and a Legum Magister from United
Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, Italy )