The Expert

Heading groups, committees and being on board, as a legal consultant, of various organizations is the consequence of Pavan Duggal’s ongoing contribution in the field of Cyberspace and E-commerce.

Affiliation with numerous Organs of the UN

  • Pavan Duggal was a consultant to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) during the Bandung Info Ethics Conference, 2002 which led to the formation of the UNESCO’s Regional Observatory of the Information Society in Asia Pacific.
  • He was the legal consultant to United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) on the Asia Pacific Conference on Cybercrime and Information Security 2002.
  • Pavan has been associated with International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO, Geneva as the Cyberlaw expert for conducting seminars on legal aspects relating to E-commerce in Mumbai and Bangalore.
  • He has been a member of AFACT Legal Working Group of UN/CEFACT and UN/CEFACT Legal Group.
  • Pavan Duggal served as a member of ICT Policy and Governance Working Group of the UNICT Taskforce.
  • Pavan has been associated with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations International Drug Control Programme (UNDCP).



 World Federation of Scientists

Pavan Duggal is the Panel Member at Permanent Monitoring Panel for Information Security of the World Federation of Scientists

United Nations: Internet Governance Forum

  • Pavan Duggal is closely associated with the IGF-Internet Governance Forum. This forum aids the UN- Secretary General in carrying out the mandate from the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) with regard to convening a new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue – the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). IGF provides an interactive, collaborative space where all stakeholders can express and share their views and exchange ideas. Of the many IGF summits attended by Pavan Duggal, a few of them are enumerated below:

IGF-2006 at Athens, Greece

Pavan Duggal addressed the session on Privacy and Data Protection at IGF 2006 at Athens. During the session on privacy, Pavan Duggal, lawyer in the Supreme Court of India, made anonymous expression in cyberspace – a right.His presentation talked about various provisions in Indian law, that allow for interception of electronic transmission in India. He also pointed out that governments are the largest collectors and retainers of data. Though he acknowledged the right to anonymous cyber expression, he made allowances that for certain crimes, this anonymous veil can be pierced. He talked about suing ‘John Does’ or suing IP addresses till a person is not known.

During his intervention at the Plenary, Pavan Duggal highlighted about the crucial and very critical argument concerning sovereignty. 

IGF-2007 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

IGF-2008 at Hyderabad, India

IGF 2012 at Baku, Azerbaijan 

Council of Europe -Octopus conference(s)

Octopus Conference-Cooperation against Cybercrime 2008 at Strasbourg, France

Octopus Conference: 2010

  • Pavan Duggal attended the conference and addressed the conference on the Legislative developments in India vis-à-vis Cybercrimes.

Global Project on Cybercrime Meeting report  Cooperation against cybercrime in South Asia International workshop Colombo, Sri Lanka, 5-6 April 2011


Pavan Duggal has also participated in various AMIC conferences, among which include the following.

  • 11th Annual AMIC conference on Media Terrorism and a Culture of Peace, Perth, Australia. He wrote a paper on Electronic Governance in networked area-Some legal issues and made a presentation on the legal issues concerning Cyber Terrorism.
  • 18th Annual AMIC Conference on “Media, Democracy and Governance: Emerging Paradigms in a Digital Age. Pavan Duggal chaired one of the discussions in this conference.


East West Institute

Word Economic Forum

  • Pavan Duggal has been closely associated with the World Economic Forum and has made major contributions in areas related to law concerning Cyberspace.

Other International Associations

  • Pavan, in the capacity of an expert authority, has vetted and reviewed the e-primer on Cyberlaw prepared by e-ASEAN Task Force. He has also been a reviewer for the Asian Development Bank.
  • Pavan has been associated with EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Centre) as an Indian expert for the preparation of its Privacy and Human Rights, 2003 Report.
  • He also delivered a lecture at the Susan Brenner Cybercrime Seminar 2004 as a visiting faculty.

Association with the Indian Union and State Governments

  • Pavan Duggal was an integral part of the Expert Group on Data Protection Legislation constituted by Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India.
  • Pavan has also served as a member of the Sub Committee of Legal Experts constituted by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India to provide inputs on how to strengthen the Information Technology Act, 2000 on data protection provisions.
  • He is  a member of Inter-Ministerial Working Group of Cyber Law and Cyber Forensics of the Government of India.
  • Pavan is a member of Information Forensic Working Group on e-Information Systems, Security and Audit Association.
  • He has been the member of the Executive Board of Chhattisgarh InfoTech & Biotech Promotion Society (CHIPS) – a registered society promoted by the Government of Chhattisgarh.
  • Pavan has been associated with Rajcomp- an IT consultancy (state agency) established by Government of Rajasthan and  has given his expertise on issues related to the Information Technology Act, 2000.

Association with  Non Governmental Organizations

  • Pavan Duggal has been associated with National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM), The Associated Chambers Of Commerce and Industry in India (ASSOCHAM),
  • He has been closely associated with the Indo German Chambers of Commerce (IGCC) and All India Management Association (AIMA) on various Cyberlaw and E-Commerce law issues.
  • Pavan Duggal has been fondly associated with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and FICCI and has addressed them on various legal issues relating to Information Security and Data Protection.
  • He has also been contributing his inputs to the Internet Service Providers Association of India on legal issues impacting ISPs.
  • As and when required, The Indian Cybercafe Association seeks advice from Pavan Duggal on legal issues pertaining to and affecting them. 
  • Pavan Duggal has very recently been invited by the World Federation of Scientists to the International Seminars on Planetary Emergencies and associated events to be held at Erice-Italy in the mid of 2013.
  • He has also been asked to deliver lecture series on Cyberlaw at the Indian Law Institute (ILI)-a deemed university, New Delhi.
  • Pavan Duggal has been recently invited to write a weekly column in the Tehelka on issues revolving around Cyberlaw and E-commerce.
  • As a regular visiting faculty at Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon, Pavan Duggal has been invited to speak at the 8th Advanced Mid-Career Training Programme for Seminar IRS Officers from July 01- August 09, 2013.
  • Pavan Duggal was invited to be a resource person in the Conference on Cyberlaw and Intellectual Property Rights scheduled for 25-27 October, 2013at the National Judicial Academy, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
  • Pavan was invited to a member of the Advisory Panel for the Ground Zero Summit to be held from 7-10 November, 2013. G0S is a largest collaborative platform in Asia founded together by leading cyber security thought leaders and government of India to address the emerging cyber security challenges and demonstrating cutting-edge technologies. G0S is the only platform in the region providing opportunities to establish and strengthen relationships with the corporate, public sector undertakings (PSUs), government departments, security and defense establishments.

Other initiatives

  • SEMCOM Cyberlaw Clinic: Pavan Duggal, Asia’s foremost authority on Cyber Law, is the Clinic Mentor at Semcom Cyberlaw Clinic. He  has been associated with SEMCOM as a guest expert faculty from 2001. Mr. Duggal has been teaching students of successive batches of E-Business on various subjects and aspects of Cyber Law, there by enabling them to equip themselves with the legal matters of the electronic environment.
  • As the chief strategist and director of SEMCOM Cyber Law Clinic, Pavan Duggal has created yet another milestone in the evolution of Cyber Law jurisprudence in E-Business.
  • Pavan is the Founder of The Cyberlaw Association; Internet’s pioneering association dedicated to the growth of Cyberlaws in Cyberspace.
  • Pavan Duggal has authored the Unit Writer CYBER CRIMES AND REGULATION at Indira Gandhi National Open University School of Vocational Education and Training.

International Conferences & Panels

Pavan Duggal’s ongoing contribution and in-depth knowledge in the filed of Cyberspace and E-commerce has been recognized both within the country as well as in the international realm.

Some of the platforms where Mr. Duggal has been frequently invited to address huge gatherings include:-

  • Council of Europe
  • IGF
  • Octopus Conferences
  • AMIC


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Judicial Training at Delhi Judicial Academy

Being an expert authority in the field of Cyberlaw and E-Commerce, Pavan Duggal has been invited by the Delhi Judicial Academy, as a guest faculty, on numerous occasion to deliver lectures on various legal issues including issues pertaining to Cyberlaws and Electronic Evidence.

Through these lectures, Pavan has endeavored to enhance the knowledge and skills of Judges, including District and Session Judges, CMMs/ACMMs and MMs, in legal issues concerning the electronic format and the principles impacting the judicial interpretation of the same.

Indian Law Institute (Deemed University)

Pavan Duggal, a regular visiting faculty at The Indian Law Institute was recently invited to deliver a lecture at the institute, addressing LL.M students, on issues related to ‘Cyber Crime’.