A few months ago, the pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences set a price tag on their drug remdesivir, the first medication shown to be effective for treating coronavirus. The price was set at $520 per vial or $3,120 per treatment course. Experts have called the price “not exorbitant,” and some expected a higher price tag. Yet, [...]

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As the COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an exponential pace in India even after the sweeping federal lockdown, the Parliament of the country has commenced the Monsoon Session which runs from 14th September to 1st October this year. The decision by the Secretariats of both the Houses of the Indian Parliament to dispense with the [...]

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On 14th July, 2020, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rejected a joint appeal of Bahrain, UAE, Egypt and Saudi Arabia concerning the jurisdiction of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council to entertain the application submitted to it by Qatar on 30th October, 2017. The application was submitted to the ICAO Council pursuant to [...]

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On July 10th, Turkey’s top administrative court handed down a decision to revoke Hagia Sophia’s status as a museum, paving the way for the 1,500-year-old former basilica to be opened as a mosque again with changes to Hagia Sophia’s architecture. This move is in violation of international law, in particular the Convention Concerning the Protection [...]

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The Third Industrial Revolution, which precipitated the digital age that we live in today, is now paving the way for the Fourth Industrial Revolution: the age of smart technology, artificial intelligence, and automation. The dynamic shift that these waves of technological advancements have brought is so great that no aspect of life is untouched by [...]

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In his inaugural address at a conclave on “Transformational Reforms in Higher Education under National Education Policy”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi recognized the importance of mother tongue. He stated that, “There is no dispute that children learn faster in the dialect they speak at home. This is a major reason for the National Education Policy, [...]

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Facial Recognition Technology embodies a software that is capable of identifying and authenticating the identity of an individual by recognizing the physical traits of their face. The underlying technology, machine learning, characterizes a subject based on relative facial features and expressions from a photograph, video or in real-time. The technology has advanced at an alarming [...]

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The recent suo motu criminal contempt proceedings initiated by the Supreme Court of India against social activist and lawyer Prashant Bhushan in regard to two of his tweets has proven to be a legal quagmire for the judiciary. It has raised questions on the true intent of contempt of court proceedings and the independent nature [...]

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Rodrigo Duterte’s presidential term in the archipelagic country of the Philippines has been deeply concerning human rights activists since 2016. Immediately after assuming the Presidency, Duterte confirmed that he had personally killed three men when he was the Mayor of Davao to show the police that killing troublemakers should not be difficult. Amid a deadly [...]

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Iran recently passed a law criminalizing abandonment, physical or emotional abuse of children, taking a major leap in terms of rights provided to children and juveniles. The Child and Adolescent Protection Bill was approved by the Guardian Council, the body which determines if a legislation passed by the Parliament is in consonance with Sharia and [...]

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