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The International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw) this year celebrates 50 years of being the leading global organization for legal professionals focused on technology and law. To mark this occasion, international members of ITechLaw have chosen to make an outstanding achievement award for contribution to the field of technology and law, for each of the 4 global conferences this year, the third of which was presented at the 2023 International India Conference, 18-20 January 2023 in Bengaluru, India.

We are honored to announce that the Honorable B.N. Srikrishna, Retired Supreme Court Justice, has been selected as the third recipient of this global award and recognition. Justice Srikrishna has had an illustrious career in the Supreme Court deciding on matters relating to human lives and commerce.

Post-retirement, Justice Srikrishna has headed several commissions such as the 6th Pay Commission, the Committee for Consultations on the Situation in Andhra Pradesh (CCSAP), Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission (FSLRC), the committee on arbitration law in India, and committee to draft a data protection framework. He was formerly the independent director of the National Stock Exchange of India Ltd. and director of NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Ltd and the National Securities Depository Ltd. He has contributed to the jurisprudence of data protection by being the chair of the Committee that created the draft data protection bill for the country. The consultation pioneered by him has contributed significantly to the development of the vibrant technology law and policy community that we have in India today. He generated a white paper on the law, conducted several roadshows and then generated a draft law that was widely based on the feedback he had received. During that time he even attended ITechLaw events in India to use the platform as a means by which to collect feedback from the community on the law. In many ways, this approach was unprecedented in tech policy at the time and as a result of the way in which he engaged with the community he fostered its growth.

Congratulations to Justice B.N. Srikrishna!