Guest Lecture on “Locating Ronald Dworkin’s Concept of Dignity in Indian Framework”

Hon’ble (Dr.) Justice A.K Sikri, Judge, Supreme Court of India, delivered the First Ronald Dworkin Memorial Lecture on ‘Locating Ronald Dworkin’s Concept of Dignity in Indian Framework’ on 22nd March, 2017 at the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi. The lecture was organized by the Faculty of Law, SGT University in collaboration with Professor Ronald Dworkin Studies Circle to remember the jurist and recall his contribution in the field of Law.
The lecture was attended by students and faculty members of the Faculty of Law, SGT University, senior lawyers and other dignitaries. The Guest of Honor was Sh. Salman Khurshid, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India & Former Union Minister, Ministry of Law & justice, External Affairs and the lecture was presided over by Prof. M P Singh, Chancellor, Central University of Haryana. The lecture highlighted the legal ideals of Prof. Dworkin and its relevance in India.
Justice Sikri highlighted that Article 21 is not limited to Right to life, but to live a life with dignity, as interpreted by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. He questioned the use of life without dignity. Justice Sikri said that the ideas of dignity, morality and ethics in law were relevant in Indian context and it inspires the bar and the bench to ensure justice and dignity.
Justice Sikri remarked that Dworkin advised people to take rights seriously. A life without dignity is not life at all, he said. We have responsibility to live well. We have responsibility towards parents, children, society, and nation and also to ourselves.
Sh. Salman Khurshid, who was a student of Prof. Dworkin, & who also invited him to India, shared his ideas and experience of knowing him. He said that Dworkin emphasized on living life well and enjoying it. Prof. M P Singh said that the function of the state was to protect the dignity of the citizens. Prof. Rajiv Khanna gave vote of Thanks.
Ronald Dworkin an acclaimed legal philosopher & Jurist & was Professor of Law & philosophy at New York University and Professor Emeritus at University College London.