Colin Gonsalves is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Network and a pioneer in public interest law in India. The HRLN is India's first association of legal professionals providing fast, free, and qualified support to those who have little or no access to law. His network trains lawyers to use their position to communicate alternate opinions and to persuade the government to be more proactive in the definition of people's rights. In addition, he has developed the Indian People's Tribunal on Environment and Human Rights (IPT), an independent organization directed by retired Supreme Court and High Court Judges that investigates human rights violations and environmental degradation. Its discoveries have spurred public interest litigation, formed social movements, and led to concrete policy changes. He is the founder of the India Center for Human Rights and Law, an independent, one-stop information center for anyone involved in public interest law and he has brought numerous, precedent-setting cases to the Supreme Court of India, particularly in the sphere of social and economic rights.