Law & Legal Studies

Access to Internet as a Human Right – Justification and Comparative Study

As digital access becomes crucial for survival amid the pandemic, this paper explores whether internet access warrants recognition as a stand-alone human right.


Abhinav Mehrotra, Lecturer, Jindal Global Law School, O. P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana, India.


This paper advances a human rights perspective to the understanding of internet access by viewing it through a comparative lens with reference to countries in Europe, and the USA, India, and China. 

The question that is explored is: does internet access warrant recognition as a stand-alone human right, or is it sufficient that access is so bound up with one or more existing rights that formal recognition is unnecessary? 

Through this paper an effort has been made  to  analyse  whether  having  a  right  to  internet  access  as  a human right is possible and to argue for the need to recognise such a right given the importance  such  a  right  holds,  as  can  be  seen  especially  during  the  ongoing  pandemic  when every aspect of life has been shifted to the online mode.

Published in: Comparative Law Review

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