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Handbook on Corporate Governance in India: Legal Standards and Board Practices

Handbook on Corporate Governance in India: Legal Standards and Board Practices

Author: Afra Afsharipour

The Directors’ Collective™ Publication: 2016

Handbook on Corporate Governance in India: Legal Standards and Board PracticesHandbook of Corporate Governance in India is a practical reference tool that reviews key features of the legal and regulatory standards applicable to today’s Indian corporate boards, from their composition to their activities. The material is organized by the variety of functions and responsibilities in the director’s job description—the qualification and appointment process; fiduciaries’ liability and indemnification; the delegation of authority to board committees and the role and responsibilities of nomination, remuneration, and audit committees; the duty of overseeing an ethics and compliance program; and specific requirements pertaining to disclosure, related party transactions, risk management, and corporate social responsibility.

Recently introduced legal requirements are explained in light of the specific characteristics of India’s business ownership structures and put into the historical context of corporate governance reforms in the country. A conclusive chapter explores open challenges regarding enforcement actions and the effective application of new rules.

The Handbook is a publication of The Directors’ Collective, a collaboration in India among The Conference Board, KPMG, Russell Reynolds & Associates and Khaitan & Co.

The Electronic Silk Road: How the Web Binds the World Together in Commerce

The Electronic Silk Road: How the Web Binds the World Together in Commerce

Author: Anupam Chander

Yale University Press 2013

electronicsilkroadOn the ancient Silk Road, treasure-laden caravans made their arduous way through deserts and mountain passes, establishing trade between Asia and the civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean. Today’s electronic Silk Roads ferry information across continents, enabling individuals and corporations anywhere to provide or receive services without obtaining a visa. But the legal infrastructure for such trade is yet rudimentary and uncertain. If an event in cyberspace occurs at once everywhere and nowhere, what law applies? How can consumers be protected when engaging with companies across the world? In this accessible book, cyber-law expert Anupam Chander provides the first thorough discussion of the law that relates to global Internet commerce. Addressing up-to-the-minute examples, such as Google’s struggles with China, the Pirate Bay’s skirmishes with Hollywood, and the outsourcing of services to India, the author insightfully analyzes the difficulties of regulating Internet trade. Chander then lays out a framework for future policies, showing how countries can dismantle barriers while still protecting consumer interests.

“Chander accentuates what is often forgotten–the importance of law underlying the digital evolution. Highly readable and enjoyable, The Electronic Silk Road is a piece of sound intellectual work, which is handsomely written.”—Mira Burri, University of Bern

“Anupam Chander takes us on a fascinating journey, raising provocative questions on how to balance competing global and local interests when managing new trade dynamics. Anyone interested in the digital transformation of commerce should consider carefully Chander’s insights.”—Mark Wu, Harvard Law School

“An extraordinarily lucid and colorful description of the way cybertrade is changing global commerce — and global society. Chander proposes realistic legal arrangements that can secure the Web’s benefits and avert its perils. This is an important book.”—Michael Reisman, Yale Law School

“The world of commerce has changed for services. A masterly analysis of the implications of this development, this book is a tour de force.”— Jagdish Bhagwati, University Professor, Columbia University

“A must read for those interested in globalization in the information age and the public policy challenges, opportunities, and pitfalls that will result.  Anupam Chander offers an insightful primer on international cyberlaw and a thoughtful set of proposals for adapting to a changed world.” —Chris Coons, United States Senator

“This engaging book makes a powerful argument for embracing trade, without displacing law, along the new digital trade routes. Indeed, it recognizes law as crucial to promoting both trade and consumer protection. This is an important contribution to thinking about the international legal order.”—Ricardo Ramírez-Hernández, Chair of the Appellate Body, World Trade Organization

“Chander examines how international trade is ordering human rights and free expression in the digital age. Virtual borders and transnational corporations are here to stay, and Chander’s notion of ‘net-work’ offers us a sobering analysis of the dangers, and the possibilities.”—Deji Olukotun, PEN American Center

“A compelling case . . . fascinating.”—Glenn C. Altschuler, Huffington Post

“Chander’s work should be required reading on the linkage of freedom of speech, commercial data gathering, and government access, and his prose style renders seemingly mundane details as both consequential and easy to understand.”—Publishers Weekly

“A visionary read . . . I commend this book to all those who think about a future that is to be faced and not feared.”—Mike Moore, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Former Director General of the World Trade Organization, New Zealand Ambassador to the United States

“Clear and direct . . . extremely accessible . . . a supremely balanced treatment of the issues.”—Adam Thierer, Technology Liberation Front(blog)

“Much more than just another evocatively titled discussion of the Internet . . . For those considering the online world and the rules that govern it, this is an important primer.”—Shawn Donnan, Financial Times

“Chander beautifully weaves together theory and practice, trade, culture and politics, into a complex yet clear argument, sophisticated yet down to earth, and a beautifully written text.”—Michael Birnhack, Opinio Juris

Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism

Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism

Author: Karima Bennoune

W.W. Norton & Company, 2013

karimabennoune500x350In Lahore, Pakistan, Faizan Peerzada resisted being relegated to a “dark corner” by staging a performing arts festival despite bomb attacks. In Senegal, wheelchair-bound Aissatou Cissé produced a comic book to illustrate the injustices faced by disabled women and girls. In Algeria, publisher Omar Belhouchet and his journalists struggled to put out their paper, El Watan (The Nation), the same night that a 1996 jihadist bombing devastated their offices and killed eighteen of their colleagues. In Afghanistan, Young Women for Change took to the streets of Kabul to denounce sexual harassment, undeterred by threats. In Minneapolis, Minnesota, Abdirizak Bihi organized a Ramadan basketball tournament among Somali refugees to counter the influence of Al Shabaab. From Karachi to Tunis, Kabul to Tehran, across the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, and beyond, these trailblazers often risked death to combat the rising tide of fundamentalism within their own countries.

But this global community of writers, artists, doctors, musicians, museum curators, lawyers, activists, and educators of Muslim heritage remains largely invisible, lost amid the heated coverage of Islamist terror attacks on one side and abuses perpetrated against suspected terrorists on the other.

A veteran of twenty years of human rights research and activism, Karima Bennoune draws on extensive fieldwork and interviews to illuminate the inspiring stories of those who represent one of the best hopes for ending fundamentalist oppression worldwide.

“Very necessary.” — Times Higher Education

“Extraordinary.” — Daily Beast

“Stirring and urgent.” — Boston Globe

“Diligent, passionate and convincing.” — Economist

“A must read for anyone interested in current affairs.” — New York Journal of Books

“Fascinating and often heartbreaking.” — Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times

“A compelling, meticulously researched account. . . . Required reading.” — Rachel Newcomb, Washington Post

“A powerful and captivating tribute to those brave women and men who have stood up to fundamentalist violence in their own countries from Afghanistan to Mali, this book will hopefully inspire a new and improved international human rights response.” — Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

“This work redefines courage in a humbling dimension. Bennoune’s meticulous testament serves as a warning to the complacent and rebukes ‘politically correct’ posturing that makes excuses for the inexcusable and canvasses tolerance for the intolerable.” — Wole Soyinka, winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature

“Courageous and passionate, illuminating the confiscated lives of secularists, religious minorities, and Muslims alike. Yet what is striking is not their victimhood but their resilience and resistance—that is where hope lies.” — Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran

“For too long, these types of voices, those Muslims who stand for individual freedom, debate, creativity, and compassion, have been ignored. But if we are ever to defeat the extremists, the counter narratives they provide to the distorted version of Islam need to be heard loud and clear.” — Ali Soufan, author of The Black Banners

“Bennoune, and those she profiles, bravely meets the tide of extremism with a sense of shared community and nonviolent purpose.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Starred review. Her interviews sear with passion as her subjects deconstruct false views of Islam and inaccurate readings of the Qur’an. Again and again, Bennoune shines a spotlight on those who battle with intelligence and creativity against guns and bloodlust. She has created a significant and compelling record of modern life in which she spares no one, from the right wing to the left.” — Booklist

“A fascinating and often heartbreaking read… Bennoune’s writing is crisp and conversational, and she possesses a deft sense of how to clearly deconstruct the most ingrained American arguments about violence in the name of Islam.” — Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times

“A compelling, meticulously researched account of the legions of Muslims whose struggles against fundamentalist violence are almost never reported in our media…. Required reading.” — Rachel Newcomb, Washington Post

“A must read for anyone who wants to really understand the role of Muslim fundamentalism and women’s rights.” — Nancy Graham Holm, Huffington Post

From Goods to a Good Life: Intellectual Property and Global Justice

From Goods to a Good Life: Intellectual Property and Global Justice

Author: Madhavi Sunder

Yale University Press 2012

madhavisunder500x350Most scholarship on intellectual property considers this law from the standpoint of law and economics. Under this conventional wisdom, intellectual property is simply a tool for promoting innovative products, from iPods to R2D2. In this highly original book Madhavi Sunder calls for a richer understanding of intellectual property law’s effects on social and cultural life. Intellectual property does more than incentivize the production of more goods. This law fundamentally affects the ability of citizens to live a good life. Intellectual property law governs the abilities of human beings to make and share culture, and to profit from this enterprise in a global Knowledge economy. This book turns to social and cultural theory to more fully explore the deep connections between cultural production and human freedom.

“Sunder’s book is a bold challenge to scholars—and citizens—to push intellectual property policy beyond debates about innovation and efficiency into arguments about justice and well being. Highly recommended.” –James Boyle, author of The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind

“Madhavi Sunder’s passionate and fascinating book should be required reading for everyone concerned about the future of cultural property inour increasingly globalized world.  With her deft use of examples, her rich knowledge of many world cultures, and her broad vision of how lawcan enhance human freedom, Sunder argues that one traditional focus of intellectual property law, economic efficiency, is too narrow. Efficiency is one important goal, but we should also consider how law affects people’s capacity to participate in cultural production, to criticize tradition, and to pursue values of autonomy and mutual recognition.  Equally valuable for experts and the general public, this book will reshape the entire debate about culture as property.”—Martha Nussbaum, Law School, Philosophy Department, and Divinity School, The University of Chicago

“In this engaging book, Madhavi Sunder shows us why the ability to participate in culture is so important to human freedom, and why we must reform intellectual property to help everyone on the planet live a good life. This is a powerful argument for fair access to culture as a crucial component of global justice.”—Jack M. Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment, Yale Law School

“An imaginative reworking of the purpose and function of intellectual property law designed to go beyond efficiency and incentives to the plural values associated with freedom, equality, democracy, dignity, participatory culture, group formation, and simple joy. A pleasure to read with evocative examples of the ways the law can enable more of us to participate in collectively making meaning of our lives.”—Joseph William Singer, Bussey Professor of Law, Harvard Law School