Pavan Duggal has been acknowledged as one of the top Four Lawyers in the cyber world.
While a practicing Advocate, Supreme Court of India, Pavan Duggal has made an immense impact with an international reputation as an expert and authority on Cyberlaw and E-Commerce law.
An internationally renowned expert and authority on Cyberlaw, Pavan has also the credit of having done pioneering work in the field of Convergence Law and Mobile Law.
As such, his empanelment as a consultant to UNCTAD and UNESCAP on Cyberlaw and Cyber crime respectively, membership of the AFACT Legal Working Group of the UN / CEFACT, consulting as an expert with the Council of Europe on Cyber crime, inclusion in the Board of Experts of European Commission's Dr. E-Commerce and his work as an expert authority on a Cyberlaw primer for e-ASEAN Task Force and as a reviewer for Asian Development Bank speaks volumes of his worldwide acceptance as an authority. Pavan is the President of Cyberlaw Asia, Asia’s pioneering organization committed to the passing of dynamic Cyber laws in the Asian continent. Pavan is also a member of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center Panel of Neutrals.
Pavan heads his niche law firm Pavan Duggal Associates and is the President of Cyberlaw Asia, Asia’s pioneering organization in the field of Cyberlaw.
He is associated with FITS as Chairman of its National Council on Cyber Laws, as also with various national and international chambers in senior advisory positions.
Pavan has addressed over 1200 conferences, seminars and workshops and is an author of repute. As a writer, he has made his mark with sixty seven books on various aspects of the law in the last 15 years.
In the face of rising cybercrimes and threats, there is a pressing need to have in place an International Convention on Cyberlaw and Cyber-Security. Currently, nothing of the sort exists. Such a convention is essential in order to ensure that the world, as a collective whole, responds to the challenges of cybercrime, cyber-security breaches and cyber-terrorism which threaten to impact the very existence of the internet and violate the sovereignty, security and integrity of nations across the globe.
Recently, it was reported that Twitter has been sued by Tamara Fields, a Florida woman whose husband Lloyd died in a terrorist attack. Fields has accused Twitter of having knowingly allowed ISIS to spread propaganda, raise money and attract recruits. Twitter, of course, denies all charges. While we await the decision of that case, what we need to address is that intermediaries and service providers increasingly have a duty to ensure that their networks are free from dissemination of cyber-terrorist content.
The new anti-terrorism law is a reiteration of Chinese sovereignty and represents a new approach that drives home the point that China will not hesitate to pass extremely broad, comprehensive and wide-ranging (indeed, generic) laws that have far-reaching tentacles into the digital space to protect its national interests.
The year 2015 was nothing if not eventful, and while some developments generated plenty of sound and fury, others made a quieter impact. As I look back at legal developments, what stands out is how 2015 was a landmark year in the evolution of cyberlaw in India.