Soli Sorabjee was a champion of freedom of speech and expression and defended the right to freedom of speech and expression in many landmark cases.
To honor the memory of renowned Indian lawyer and former Attorney General Soli J Sorabjee, OP Jindal Global University has established the Soli J Sorabji Endowment Award and Scholarship. The award and scholarship will be given to a deserving student in the field of human rights law and theory offered as part of the graduate program at Jindal Global Law School. The award will be announced on March 9 each year in line with Sorabjee’s birth anniversary. The prize carries a scholarship, including a prize medal.
Soli Sorabjee was a champion of freedom of speech and expression and defended her right to freedom of speech and expression in many landmark cases in the Supreme Court of India, including the Keshavnanda Bharati and SR Bomai cases. To Sorabjee, human rights are the conscience of the constitution, and an independent judiciary, the guardian of its conscience. Scholarships and awards, therefore, are a reminder of Soli Sorabjee’s accomplishments, and her contributions to human rights advocacy and her close interest in Sorabjee.
Soli J. The Sorabjee Endowment Award and Scholarship was established in his personal capacity due to a generous endowment established by Senior Advocate Sattvik Verma and will be awarded for 20 years. While making the endowment, Verma said, “Sarabji’s departure is a huge personal loss. Over the years, I developed a very close personal relationship with him, which provided an insight into him as a lawyer and his personal side. He was generous, affectionate, caring, sympathetic and always ready to lend a helping hand. Her values and passion have deeply inspired and influenced me. And its loss has emptied the legal community in India and abroad. We felt that the best way to continue his deep commitment to human rights was to establish an enhanced scholarship and award in his memory. ”
Announcing the award, OP Jindal, Vice-Chancellor of Global University, Prof. C. Raj Kumar observed, “The purpose of the scholarship is to promote academic excellence, research, integrity and diversity by recognizing a student’s outstanding academic achievement. Course on human rights. We are grateful to Sattvik Verma for partnering with OP Jindal Global University to launch this award in the name of Soli. J. Sorabjee. Sattvik Burma, himself a distinguished graduate of Harvard Law School and qualified to practice internationally, acknowledges the importance of the quality legal education that JGLS provides to its students. “
Soli J. Sorabjee was born in 1930 in Bombay. He studied at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and Government Law College, Mumbai and was admitted to the bar in 1953. At Government Law College, he won the Kinlock Forbes Gold Medal (1952) in Roman law and jurisprudence.
In 1971, Sorabjee was appointed a Senior Advocate in the Bombay High Court. He served as the Solicitor-General of India from 1977 to 1980. He was appointed Attorney-General for India from 9 December 1989 to 2 December 1990, and again on 7 April 1998, a position he held until 2004. In March 2002, Soli Sorabjee received the Padma Bhushan for her support of freedom of expression and human rights. Throughout her career, Solly has been passionate about public law and international law, especially in the protection and promotion of human rights. Soli Sorabjee has been appointed by the United Nations as Special Representative for Nigeria. He later served as chairman of the UN subcommittee on the promotion and protection of human rights from 1998 to 2004. He has also been a member of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention and Protection of Minority Discrimination since 1998. Soli Sorabjee has also served as a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. Representing India in the Atlantic case between India and Pakistan, Sorabjee appeared before the International Court of Justice in The Hague.