Jai Singh is a litigation attorney practicing primarily in the Supreme Court of India and is the National Director at Human Rights Law Network; the largest organization of human rights lawyers providing legal aid services to the destitute in India. He specializes in Public Interest Litigation (class-action suits): a legal innovation, unique to India, that removes the requirement of locus standi allowing for greater legal and constitutional review of administrative and legislative action.
Within HRLN, he has been successful in a range of such actions, thereby ensuring access to social, economic and health rights across India. These successes include obtaining Supreme Court and High Court orders for the State to provide free food and employment to millions of victims of starvation, free anti-retroviral therapies for persons with HIV/AIDS, free anti-hemophilic factor for hemophiliacs, employment through reservation for disabled teachers publicly employed in India‘s education system and free medical treatment and improved safety conditions for those working in the dehumanizing conditions of Delhi’s sanitation system.
In his capacity as a criminal justice attorney, Jai has secured compensation for 2000 victims of state-sponsored killings in the Punjab Mass Disappearance Case, has successfully litigated to enforce the State’s responsibility to provide security, relief and rehabilitation for the victims of the recent communal (religious) violence in Kandhamal District, Orissa and, most recently, has secured legal access to an alleged suspect of the Delhi bombings who had been detained for a fortnight without charge and denied legal representation or contact with his relatives.
As part of grass roots advocacy within HRLN, he has organized and participated in training sessions for lawyers and judges through workshops, consultations and judicial colloquiums on the Right to Food, Disability Rights and Dalit Rights. On the issue of access to justice and effective mechanisms for legally empowering the destitute, he has presented papers to lawyers across India and has also addressed human rights groups in West Africa.