Wordict is an initiative by a trio of law students, which aims to bring forth a platform, where we decode the law, to ease understanding and manifest diverse views. We take the responsibility to provide efficient written content in the form of case briefs, op-eds, legal articles, and socio-legal issues, to help the readers imbibe a habit of analysing and better decision making.
In these tough times of the COVID-19 Pandemic when most of the debates and open discussions have stood cancelled, we decided to take the initiative to ensure that the process of learning does not stop. This online space is where our delegates gather to discuss and debate. It is the equivalent to a classroom or auditorium. This online forum with easy-to-use technology makes a virtual space come to life as a platform for open discussion among individuals on a specific agenda. Group Discussions are one of the most underrated but important skills that a person must possess and further it also enhances the research skills. In order to maintain continuous learning for all the students and to ensure development of all we have come up with Dialogue where you will get a chance to share your views with others and also win exciting prizes. We have chosen the Agenda “Addressing Human Rights Violations amid Covid19” for the discussion as this pandemic has brought forward many questions and we believe that it is important to find answers to all of these. With this idea WORDICT assembled a team of avid law students and came up with this endeavour.
The following guide is directed towards participants as an informative quick start guide, to make you familiar with the Rules and Procedure of the Dialogue.
Date and Time for Dialogue: June 14th, 2020 Sunday from 12:00 – 02:00 PM
Mode of Conduct: ZOOM
Registration Fees: ₹50 (Only 35 slots available, registration shall be on first come first basis)
Register At: https://www.wordict.info/register
a. The Best Speaker shall get ₹300, One-month Netflix Subscription and certificate of merit.
b. The Second-Best Speaker shall get ₹100, One-Month Netflix Subscription and a certificate of merit.
d. All the participants shall get e-certificate of participation.
The Bureau will be composed of two Panellist’s and a Moderator. Members of the Bureau will be in charge of the conduct of Dialogue and the application of the rules.
The Panellists are responsible for the procedural functions of the simulation and for ensuring that these functions are carried out in an efficient and smooth manner. They will maintain the list of speakers and will keep track of other administrative duties as required. Panellists will ensure that the dialogue is conducted in the manner he/she deems appropriate, in the light of the Rules of Procedure and his/her understanding of the mandate and the wishes of the agenda.
1. Introduction and General Discussion on the agenda by the Panellist’s (15 minutes)
2. Drafting Speakers list who are supposed to address the conference in the order in which their requests are received: as the floor goes open for discussion. (05 minutes)
3. Discussion begins (participants are required to raise hands for speaking); 2 minutes for each speaker (to be moderated by the Panellist’s)
*Estimated total speech time: (70 minutes).
4. Point of information or question amongst participants (20 minutes); to be moderated by the Moderator.
5. A brief conclusion by the Panellists and announcement of results by the end of the Dialogue. (20 minutes)
• Total tentative time for the dialogue: 2hr 10 minutes.
AGENDA: “Addressing Human Rights Violations amid Covid19
• The international human rights law standards applicable to the current situation.
• Solutions analysing the competing interests of protecting citizens from a pandemic by adopting hard measures and at the same time ensuring that essential human rights of citizens are not curbed, must be balanced by adopting the proportionality principle.
• Diverse Human Rights Concerns in various Jurisdictions
1. Freedom of speech and expression and public access to appropriate information
2. Discrimination and xenophobia (Anti-China xenophobic views in Asians)
3. Protection of persons’ in custody and in other institutions
4. Protection of migrant workers
5. Protection of Domestically abused individuals
*The discussion is not restricted to these sub-topics.
Code of Conduct
The purpose this Dialogue is to model the best practices of discussion, cooperation, and constructive debate irrespective of an individual’s race, gender, political or sexual orientation, age, or nationality. To that end, all participants agree to adhere to the following Code of Conduct.
• Respectful spoken and written language at all times (no flaming or personal attacks on fellow participants).
• Courteous behaviour towards moderators, panellists and others assisting in the program
• Timely communication with fellow members
• Participants of Dialogue are reminded of the following:
• Recorded sessions, as well as associated materials used for publicity and orientations, are the property of Dialogue, and can only be used for the purposes for which they were intended.
• It is the responsibility of all participants to know and abide by the laws of the state which govern their internet use and general conduct
• Failure to abide by the Code of Conduct will result in a warning and possible suspension from Dialogue
• If a participant fails to enter the Dialogue before Speakers List is drafted his participation stands cancelled
• Absence from the forum: If a participant must leave the debate for a prolonged period of time, you must inform the moderator of your absence by a private message.
Like a face to face debate, it is expected that participants will remain present unless there are extenuating circumstances. If a participant is unable to continue the debate, they are to sign out, he/she may inform the Moderator who shall make note of the departure.
• Technical Problems: If a delegate loses connection or a computer crashes, delegates should simply sign back in using their link. Send a message to the Tech Moderator, or any Moderator, via email, Facebook, or WhatsApp if you need additional assistance and are for some reason locked out of the discussion.
• Speeches: A list of speakers shall be made with the order of speakers. The Panellists shall prepare this list and call upon speakers in the order in which they signal their desire to speak by raising their hands.
The time allocated to speakers may be limited to 2 minutes each. Interventions on procedural questions shall not exceed ideally, 30 seconds. When debate is limited and a speaker exceeds the allotted time, the Panellist shall call the participant to order without delay.
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