Centre for Civil Society

For Immediate Release 27 November 2017

Appeal for National Repeal Law Day 2017:
Panel discussion on 'The Need for Institutionalisation of Repeal of Laws'

New Delhi, 26.11.17: Centre for Civil Society (CCS), India’s leading think-tank, advocating social change through public policy, on The Constitution Day of India organized the Appeal for National Repeal Law Day through the launch of “Repeal Law Compendium” for 5 States in India followed by a panel discussion on The Need for Institutionalisation of Repeal of Laws. The panel consisting of India’s prominent legal and industry experts such as Hemant Batra, Founder and Chairman, Kaden Boriss Global, Maneesh Chhibber, Executive Editor, DNA, Justice A P Shah, Former Chief Justice, Delhi High Court, Parth J Shah, President, Centre for Civil Society and KTS Tulsi, Member; Rajya Sabha & Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India, addressed the overarching need for a legal framework that conducts a comprehensive hygiene check of obsolete/redundant laws that materially impede the lives of citizens, entrepreneurs and/or the Government.

During the panel discussion Dr Parth Shah, President, CCS articulated the need for ‘a dedicated day in the Parliament and state legislatures for repealing laws’ and ‘exploring the possibility of adding a sunset clause to laws enforcing them to be reviewed after a stipulated time’. Reiterating this need, Justice A P Shah opined that “The Centre must adopt the process of periodic spring cleaning of the corpus of laws to identify and amend laws that are just paper tigers’.

The Repeal Law Compendiums are produced by CCS, in collaboration with Research Partners the Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai (MNLU), Symbiosis Law School, Noida (SLS), Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU), National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU), The National Academy of Legal Studies & Research, Hyderabad (NALSAR), and our Legal Partners, Kaden Boriss Partners who assisted us in the legal research. These Compendiums bring forth redundant laws to be repealed in the 5 states of Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Telangana, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.

By bringing key stakeholders from industry leaders, judiciary and civil society practitioners, the session created a holistic environment for discussing the way forward and provided an exciting opportunity to envision the future of a judicially updated structure.

About Repeal of Laws Initiative
Centre of Civil Society (CCS) initiated the ‘Repeal of 100 Laws’ Project in 2014 with the aim to identify laws that could be repealed on account of three reasons—i) redundancy, ii) obsolescence in the face of new laws iii) hindrance to development, governance and freedom. The success of ‘Repeal of 100 Laws’ Project, conducted in partnership with National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) and Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, was reflected in the successful repeal of 23 Central laws (of a total 100 suggestions) through the Repealing and Amending Bill, 2014.

About Centre for Civil Society
Centre for Civil Society advances social change through public policy. Our work in education, livelihood, and policy training promotes choice and accountability across private and public sectors. To translate policy into practice, we engage with policy and opinion leaders through research, pilot projects and advocacy. We are India’s leading liberal think tank, ranked 80 worldwide by the annual study conducted by the Think Tanks and Civil Society Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Members of the press can contact   Avinash Chandra at avinash@ccs.in +91 99998 82477/ 011-26537456 extn 39 for details.

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