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Soli Sorabjee has had a distinguished legal career, having been appointed both Solicitor General and Attorney General of India, and has served a number of years in these appointments.
As an eminent legal luminary he has appeared and argued several cases of constitutional importance in the High Courts and in the Supreme Court of India, relating to fundamental rights in the Indian Constitution, particularly issues relating to freedom of expression and freedom of the press, censorship, independence and accountability of the judiciary and scope and limits of judicial review. He has also appeared and argued for the Government of India in the International Court of Justice at The Hague regarding Pakistan complaint about aerial incident.
He was appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Commission as Special Rapporteur to report to the UN General Assembly on the human rights situation in Nigeria; he was appointed as Personal Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to report on the human rights situation in East Timor to the High Commissioner and has been a Member of the UN Sub-Commission on Promotion and Protection of Human Rights as well as a Member, National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution.
In addition to delivering several lectures on different aspects of constitutional and administrative law and in particular on press freedom, independence of the judiciary, judicial activism, ethics in democratic societies, tolerance and democracy, Mr Sorabjee has an active interest in music and literature, especially poetry and jazz.