Anand Grover

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Anand Grover is a left-wing lawyer known for legal activism in Indian law relating to homosexuality and HIV. Along with his wife Indira Jaising, he is a founder-member of the Lawyers Collective. He was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health from August 2008 to July 2014.

Repeal of Section 377[edit]

With the Lawyers Collective Grover led the Naz Foundation's legal case for the repeal of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which was a law criminalizing homosexuality in India.[1]

HIV Activism[edit]

Grover led the Lawyers Collective court case against Novartis regarding an interpretation of Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights which would determine the patent status of antiretroviral drugs in India. The result of the case was that the Lawyers Collective prevailed and certain drugs became ineligible for patenting, thus keeping the price of the medications in line with generic medication costs.[2]

Glivec Patent Case[edit]

Grover represented the Cancer Patients Aid Association as an attorney and won the legal fight against drug maker Novartis on the issue of patent of cancer drug Glivec.[3]

United Nations work[edit]

Grover is a member of the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights and a Special Rapporteur in the United Nations Human Rights Council. His duty in this position is to promote the right to physical and mental health.[4]


  1. ^ Kian Ganz (17 August 2009). "The lawyer who fought the 377 law and won: Anand Grover". Archived from the original on 7 April 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  2. ^ TREAT Asia Report (October 2008). "An Interview with Anand Grover—Fighting AIDS in Court". amfAR. Archived from the original on 6 April 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
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  4. ^ "Strong HIV and Human Rights Activist appointed as new UN Special Rapporteur". UNAIDS press center. UNAIDS. 11 July 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 

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