The Centre for Health Law, Ethics and Technology (CHLET) at Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) undertakes research on issues related to healthcare from a developing world perspective on social justice. CHLET adopts a multidisciplinary approach and focuses particularly on access to drugs, health and sexuality, sexual minority rights, reproductive rights, realization of a constitutional right to health, implication of advancement in technology on access to healthcare, and anti-discrimination law and policy relating to contagious diseases in India and abroad.
CHLET seeks to foster informed dialogue among various stakeholders including policymakers, lawyers, activists, and the medical industry and profession. Through this dialogue, CHLET is dedicated to advancing the entrenched constitutional right to health irrespective of race, caste, ethnicity, national origin, disability, gender or poverty. Implementation of the right to health has distinct challenges in the Indian context. In this and other areas, CHLET aims to use its position within JGLS to engage in global-domestic research, dialogue, negotiation and, when necessary, the judicial system to achieve systemic reforms that advance social justice and equity in the many dimensions of healthcare.
To address the distinct challenges and pressing issues faced by different areas of the large umbrella of health law, CHLET is composed of three research initiatives: 1) Gender, Law And Society Studies (GLASS), 2) Science, Technology and Law Research Initiative (STALRI), and 3) Public Health and the Law Research Initiative (PHALRI). GLASS predominantly focuses on the intersections and interrelationships amongst: gender, sexuality, power, law and society.
CHLET is in a unique position to tackle these complexities because it bridges the Global North and the Global South. Alliances are already being drawn for collaborations with research centers in India and globally to conduct joint research projects, enabling a unique transnational conversation on an issue that is unmistakably transnational in nature. Lastly, in order to find effective solutions to pressing health challenges, it is imperative to merge theory and practice. CHLET is in an exceptional position to focus on both theoretical as well as empirical study on global health law and sexuality issues by building an academic as well as a civil society network.