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Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) declared the results of the National Film Making Competition on Entrepreneurship & Start-ups- 2018, today.

The first prize went to Mr Meet Trivedi of Capture pictures, Ahmedabad for his film titled ‘A Dream’. He received a cash prize of Rs 10,000/-, memento and certificate of merit. The story of “A Dream” revolves around an entrepreneur and his dream to be the best of all. Going through the ups and downs, finally, he achieves success and film makes a happy ending. “Entrepreneurship is ultimately about paving your own path and achieving your own dreams” is what the film concludes and that essentially was also the spirit of the theme of the competition.

The second prize went to Mr Pankaj Jadhav from Mumbai for his film “startup.com” He received a cash prize of Rs 7,500/-, memento and certificate of merit. startup.com is a story of two young ambitious boys looking to start an organic food business. For finance, they approached bank and investors but both refused their proposals. They didn’t lose hope and continued without any financial support and succeeded.

Both the films can be accessed at:

FILM 1

 and

FILM 2

This competition was organized by the GNLU Legal Incubation Council with the support of the Government of Gujarat under the Student Startup and Innovation Policy (SSIP) scheme.

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GNLU Incubatee, Law Briefs, Launches its first ebook titled “The Landmark Corruption Trial in India” based on the famous disproportionate asset case of Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Late Shri J. Jayalalithaa

Gandhinagar, February 14, 2019: Law Briefs <https://lawbriefs.in/>, founded by a GNLU student, Mr Aditya Gor, and incubated at the GNLU Legal Incubation Council (GLIC) under the Student Startup and Innovation Policy (SSIP) scheme of the Government of Gujarat, launched its first eBook titled The Landmark Corruption Trial in India’ which is based on the famous disproportionate asset case of Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Late Shri J. Jayalalithaa, today. The said eBook is available on Amazon Kindle.

Law Briefs is a legal service platform that prepares case summaries of lengthy and difficult judgments. In order to make the understanding clear, Law Briefs divide the entire judgement into various parts which include- Briefs and Facts and Procedural History, Issues before the Court, Arguments raised, Ratio and decision of the court. They also provide a quick introduction to the judgement in the form of an introductory table which acts as a reference tool for lawyers.

Law Briefs has also received the Government of Gujarat’s award as one of the top 5 best student startups under the SSIP Policy across the state, in September 2018.

Law Briefs is at early revenue generation stage. It is in the process of launching two more eBooks shortly.

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An Essay Competition is being organised by Gujarat National Law University and Insolvency & Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) on the theme of “Potential of Strategic Default in the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 “
About the Competition:
The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI). The Insolvency and Bankruptcy (Code) is a major economics reform of this decade and on completion of its two years of implementation, it will be a great resources for the research and academics to understand in details the change that is in the offing. In this context the IBBI is promoting essay competition through Institute of Learning to create awareness about the insolvency and bankruptcy regime amongst the students of Higher Education, Students of graduation and post-graduation courses of any disciplines, Deemed University and Professional Institute ( Institute of Charted Accountants of India, Institute of Cost Accountants of India and Institute of Company Secretaries of India) can participate in this competition.
The IBBI announces the Essay Competition on Insolvency and Bankruptcy legislation through institutes of learning. Under the said scheme the Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) is organising an essay competition for the students of GNLU.
Theme of Essay :
  • Potential of Strategic Default in the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016
Prize:
Best essay will receive INR 10000/-
Second best essay will receive INR 5000/-
Who can Participate:
Students of Under Graduate i.e. LLB and Postgraduate Programmes i.e. both LLM and MBA in Financial and Management Laws
Submission Guidelines:
  • Minimum words-4000, maximum words-8000
  • Font Type: Times New Roman; Font Size: Heading-14, Text-12; Line Spacing: 1.5
  • Citation Method: OSCOLA, 4th Edition
  • Co-authorship is not allowed
Entry for the Submission will be open :
  • 10th February to 10th April 2019 (23:59 Hours)
For further details, refer Essay Cpmt Banner
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The GNLU Annual Legal Services Forum is an annual event organized by the Legal Services Committee under the aegis of GCLS. It aims to facilitate deliberation, collaboration and contribution by Legal Aid Committees to achieve the objective of providing free and competent legal services to the underprivileged by sharing their unique experiences.

The Forum shall witness panel discussions and research paper presentations oriented to the objective of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987, and project presentations by LSCs competing for the “GNLU Legal Services Funding Grant”. Apart from the above, the Forum will also feature presentations by leading NGO’s in India which have undertaken activities related to the themes of the panel discussions.

Each panel discussion will be followed by a question and answer session, paper presentation and presentation by a leading Indian NGO which carries out activities specific to that particular theme. The underlying idea of the Forum is to bridge the gap between academics and grassroots level field work carried on in each theme, and to aid the collaboration of LSC/LAC’s around India with leading NGO’s which specialises in each of the themes.

Panel Discussions

  • Right to Healthcare
  • Redefining the Best Interests of the Child
  • Right to Healthy Environment
  • Relationship between Minorities and the State
  • Special Panel Discussion on “Amendments to RTI Act, 2005 and its Implications”

Call for Papers

Papers are invited on the above topics.

The entries must be sent by email to legalservices@gnlu.ac.in with the subject ‘GALSF 2019 Research Paper Submission’.

For detailed guidelines, click here.

Important Note

  1. Full papers are due on 15th March, 2019, 11:59 PM.
  2. Five entries per theme shall be shortlisted for presentations to be scheduled for 5th and 6th April, 2019 at the 4th GNLU Annual Legal Services Forum, 2019. More entries may be selected at the discretion of the Organising Committee.
  3. Authors whose entries are shortlisted shall be intimated of their selection for presentation via e-mail by 20th March, 2019. Authors of the shortlisted entries shall receive certificate of paper presentation subject to them personally presenting the paper at the Annual Forum.
  4. A payment link for registration shall be sent to shortlisted candidates by 20th March, 2019. All payments must be completed by 29th March, 2019.

Guidelines for Registration

  1. Students, faculty members, academicians and LSC/LAC are eligible to take part in the Forum.
  2. LSC/LAC may nominate a maximum of 2 Representatives as participants for the Forum.
  3. Interested participants may register by filling this Google form.
  4. The fee (inclusive of GST charges) for the Forum is as follows:
    • Single Author: INR 1000
    • Co-authors: INR 2000 (Please mention details of co-author during payment)
    • LSC/LAC: INR 2000
    • Additional representative of LSC/LAC: INR 1000
    • For Individual participants (Individuals not presenting papers): INR 1000
  5. Last date for registration is 29th March 2019. Individuals not presenting a paper or representing an LSC/LAC may register on the spot during the Forum to become eligible to attend the Panel Discussions.
  6. Payment of registration fee is due by 29th March 2019.

GNLU Legal Services Funding Grant

The GNLU Legal Services Funding Grant (henceforth ‘Grant’) is a first of its kind initiative by an Indian University, started in the 3rd edition of the GNLU Annual Legal Services Forum 2018. It seeks to honour and support impactful and meaningful socio-legal initiatives by Legal Services Committee (LSC)/ Legal Aid Clinic (LAC) in India.

The Grant shall be presented to the LSC/LAC which embodies an efficient work ethic and promises to effect positive change in society through its activities. The Grant hopes to recognize and encourage students in undertaking socio-legal initiatives and aims to further their drive and impact on the community.

For full details about the grant, click here.

Contact

For any queries, you may leave us an e-mail at legalservices@gnlu.ac.in.

You may also contact Sanskriti Sanghi, Student Convener at Email: sanskriti.sanghi@gmail.com or Mobile: +91-9650688996.

Concept Note _ GALSF 2019

Call for Papers _ GALSF 2019

 

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Partners for Law in Development (PLD) in collaboration with the GNLU Centre for Law and Society (GCLS) is conducting a one day workshop on Building Consent Culture: Preventing Sexual Harassment at the University on February 11, 2019, i.e., Monday from 3 P.M. onward.
The discussion shall raise pertinent questions regarding the agency of an individual with respect to her/his sexuality, as well as denial in the context of harassment. It promises to be a step towards initiating dialogue, educating and raising awareness, while also inculcating a culture of consent at our campus.
We invite you to register for the Workshop through the registration links available here (English) and here (Hindi). A teaser for the Workshop may be found here. Kindly contact the undersigned or Ms. Chaitra S. (+91-9880212736) in case of any queries.
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About Gujarat National Law University 

Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) is the statutory university established by the Govt. of Gujarat under the Gujarat National Law University Act, 2003. The University is recognized by the Bar Council of India (BCI) and the University Grants Commission (UGC) (2f & 12B). As a socially-responsible educational institution and to fulfil our Vision, Mission and Core Values GNLU is committed to being a leader in the research, teaching and extension of environmental sustainability.  The University endeavors to reduce our environmental impact by incorporating sustainability in every aspect of campus life and operation.

Gujarat National Law University is destined to grow as a world class law University of India. Its endeavor focuses on excellent legal education, research and training through its qualified faculty, committed human resource, motivated students, intellectually stimulating and professional environment and worldwide network, sharing and exchange. It aims at providing legal education in the contemporary and futuristic legal and interdisciplinary areas. It adopts a three tier approach, at the state, national and international levels, in its legal education, research and training and extension in order to achieve capabilities to respond to the needs, expectations and aspirations of the academia and institutions of law-making, governance, economy, judiciary, legal profession, manufacturing, agriculture and service sector, and the civil society.

On the other hand GNLU has collaborated with leading law firms and service providers and established Professional Centres and Chairs and initiated fellowship programs on Mergers and Acquisitions, IPR, Corporate Law, Real Estate Law and so on. Khaitan and Khaitan, Microsoft India, ONGC, Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited, Gujarat Council on Science and Technology and such other national PSUs and Institutions are major partners and collaborators. It also aspires to create a network between the institution, students, faculty and researchers and industry to promote sharing and collaboration and learning.

GNLU offers interdisciplinary legal courses in five faculties namely, B.A LLB, B.Com LLB, B.Sc LLB, BSW LLB, BBA LLB, two post-graduate programme namely, LLM and MBA (Financial Management and Business Laws) as well as doctoral programmes in laws and inter disciplinary fields and foreign law and language programmes.

Among all the work done at GNLU, it takes great care to conserve the campus ecology and environment. The spacious 50 acre sprawling campus of GNLU is not only home to its students and staff but also a myriad of trees, flowers, shrubs, butterflies, birds and other living creatures, including rare and precious species.

Since its inception, the University has been holding regular in-house Moot Court competitions, after which meritorious students are sent abroad for participating in various International moot court competitions. The hub of activities be credited to our Moot Court Committee and the Legal Aid Clinic, which have developed a workable and efficient interface with the industry and the Judiciary to the satisfaction of all. As it persists in the academic endeavors, it won’t be an overstatement to say that the University will become a leader in the sphere of legal education in the country.

The founding motto also objectifies the ideal of, “Let all good and noble thoughts come to us from all directions”, which is a hymn from the Rig Veda. Gujarat National Law University aims at homogenization of all trends and civilization patterns by inculcating in the students, an appreciation of other cultures and regions of the country in all its homogeneity.

About GUVNL – GNLU Research Fellowship on ‘Energy Law and Policy’

The Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited was incorporated as a Government of Gujarat Company. The GUVNL is engaged in the business of bulk purchase and sale of electricity, Supervision, Co-ordination and Facilitation of the activities of its six Subsidiary Companies. The GUVNL is engaged in the business of bulk purchase and sale of electricity, supervision, co-ordination and facilitation of the activities of its six Subsidiary Companies namely Gujarat State Electricity Corp. Ltd, Gujarat Energy Transmission Corp. Ltd, Uttar Gujarat Vij Company Ltd, Dakshin Gujarat Vij Company Ltd, Madhya Gujarat Vij Company Ltd and Paschim Gujarat Vij Company Ltd.

Recognizing the strength and potential in the area of Energy Law and Policy and in order to broaden the current infrastructure of knowledge in the field, GNLU and GUVNL have collaborated to establish a Research Fellowship Programme which aims at enhancing legal education, research and training and extension activities in the field.

While Energy Law and Policy are fast evolving, it is imperative to assess the feasibility and implications of the same. This Fellowship collaboration provides the much needed platform for Legal Research and Policy Formulation for resolution of issues underpinning the energy sector.

About the Certificate Course :

Gujarat National Law University, under the GUVNL – GNLU Research Fellowship on ‘Energy Law and Policy’ is going to organise three days Certificate Course on Energy Law, to be taken up by Prof (Dr) J. Kumar  scheduled from 23rd February, 2019 to 25th February, 2019.

Eligibility:

1. Students pursuing full time undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Law/Commerce/MBA or any related fields are eligible to register for this course.

2. Legal Practitioners.

3. Scholars/ Academicians.

Venue :

Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar

Fee Structure

GNLU Students: Rs. 500/-

Outside Student Participants: Rs.1000/-

Others: Rs.1500/-

Last Date of Registration :

16th February, 2019.

For any further queries or information, kindly contact Ms. Tanwi Pareek, Research Associate, tpareek@gnlu.ac.in

For Brochure and Schedule for the Certificate Course, click HERE
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Gujarat National Law University publishes an interdisciplinary journal titled the GNLU Journal of Law, Development and Politics as part of the overall academic and research activity of the University. GJLDP aims to examine the inter-disciplinary aspect between Law, Development and Politics to initiate discussion and analyze the various issues that are being faced by various nations including India and propose solution for the same.

As we proceed to unveil the 9 the volume (1 & 2) issue of the Journal, we invite contribution to the journal in the form of articles, commentaries, original articles, review articles, book reviews, comments and discussion within the aim and scope of the journal.

Click HERE for more details.

law, development and politics

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are imbued with concern for environmental justice. Almost every goal – from ending poverty to combating climate change to revitalizing global partnerships – is dependent on enhancing environmental justice. Goal 16, in particular, with its emphasis on access to justice and effective, accountable and inclusive institutions, highlights the strong connections between sustainable development and environmental justice.

We invite papers on one or more of the SDGs and various aspects of environmental justice, such as:

  • Procedural justice: Opportunities for participation in the political and legal processes that create and manage environmental policy, e.g., public interest litigation (PIL), community involvement in environmental impact assessment;
  • Distributive justice: Equity in the distribution of risks, benefits and costs of environmental decision making;
  • Recognitional justice: Recognition of the diversity of participants and experiences in affected communities, including non-human species and abiotic parts of the ecosphere; and
  • Restorative justice: Attempts made to mitigate or re-mediate adverse impacts on people and the environment, e.g., enforcement of licensing conditions, rehabilitation and resettlement policies.

The sub-themes for the symposium are as follows:

  • Use and abuse of the public interest litigation (PIL);
  • Innovative policies and programs of the government or state for enhancing distributive justice;
  • Legislative or policy analysis, including formulation, implementation or enforcement;
  • Executive challenges for implementing court judgements;
  • Progress and challenges for achieving sustainable development goals (SDG 16) related to environmental justice;
  • Assessing international capacity building programmes;
  • Empirical field-based case studies;
  • Gender analysis of processes, institutions, and outcomes;
  • Historical reviews of legislation, policy, institutions or jurisprudence;
  • Institutional analysis of specialized green courts and environmental tribunals;
  • Indigenous institutions and governance for environmental justice;
  • Alternative dispute resolution systems for environmental conflicts;
  • Monitoring SDG indicators for environmental justice; and
  • Theoretical, conceptual and methodological aspects

We encourage abstract submissions that are relevant to the above themes and sub-themes i.e., those that focus on the interactions between Environmental Justice and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

All abstracts must be submitted by no later than February 8th 2019, at midnight (Indian Standard Time).

We do not anticipate an extension beyond that date and strongly encourage you to submit your abstracts well before the deadline!

Abstracts will be reviewed by a committee of interdisciplinary scholars in the order they are received. Based on the academic rigor, relevance to conference theme, and innovativeness of the content, abstracts will be selected for the limited spots available for the presentation in the conference.

To facilitate early registration and travel planning, the decision notifications regarding acceptance of abstracts to authors will be sent by February 15th, 2019.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically by email to environmentaljustice@gnlu.ac.in

Authors of accepted abstracts are invited to submit, by March 8th 2019, a full paper (maximum 5,000 words) that will be included in the conference materials. A selection of these papers will be considered for inclusion in a peer-reviewed edited volume and a special issue of the GNLU Journal of Law Development and Politics.

Guidelines for Abstracts

Abstracts should be in paragraph form, without bullet points, and should be no more than 300 words. Additionally, the abstract body should include details regarding the background, purpose, methods, results, and conclusions. Please also indicate the theory/analytical framework for the work and provide a description of the research methods used. Contributors are expected to explore the philosophical significance of the questions emerging within the scope of each theme.

Registration Fees

Indian Foreign

(US $)

Registration (covers conference material and food) Professionals and academicians Rs. 5000 $70
Local NGOs and community workers Rs. 3000 $70
Graduate students Rs. 1500 $70
On-campus accommodation VIP Guesthouse (AC): Single room Rs. 1700 $25
VIP Guesthouse (AC): Double (shared) room Rs. 2300 $35

Participants should send their registration fees, after acceptance of their abstracts, by Crossed Demand Draft in favour of the Registrar, Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar. Please write your name and the title of the symposium on the reverse side of the draft or online payment link.

Click HERE for online Payment of Registration Fee

Click HERE for online Registration Form: 

Important Dates

  • Last date for submitting abstract: 8th February 2019.
  • Notification of acceptance of abstract: 15th February 2019.
  • Last date for registration: 8th March 2019.

PLEASE NOTE: Individuals are limited to serving as a presenter on only one paper but this does not preclude being a co-author on other papers.

Contact

Please email environmentaljustice@gnlu.ac.in if you have any questions.

For more details, refer symposium

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The ADR Cell will be hosting a Certificate Course on Investment Arbitration from 11th – 16th March 2019. The resource person for the course is Mr. Ylli Dautaj, Senior Research Associate, Jindal Global Law School. He will be joined by Dr. Crina Baltag (Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Bedfordshire) and Professor William F. Fox as guest lecturers.
The course will be conducted after class hours from 11th – 15th March followed by a written assessment on 16th March. The course structure has been attached for your reference.
Registration Fees: Rs 600
Click HERE for payment link for payment
Last Date for Registration: February 20, 2019
Please feel free to contact Ms. Sakshi Pawar (+91-9601427677) and Mr. Devarsh Kotak (+91-9739220275) in case of any queries.
For more details, refer
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Justice Sikri at the GNLU Convocation  “While the Human in Law is important, the Humane in Law is indispensable”.

GNLU organised its ninth convocation of the Gujarat National Law University on January 27, 2019.

Dr Justice D. Y. Chandrachud, Hon. Judge, Supreme Court of India and Visitor, GNLU presided over the convocation. As a Chief Guest, Mr Justice A. K. Sikri, Hon. Judge, Supreme Court of India delivered the Convocation Address.

A total of 462 students of five-year integrated UG programmes in Law (333), PG programme in Law (117), MBA programme (09) and doctoral programme (03), who completed academic requirements during the academic year 2016-17 and 2017-18, were conferred degrees at the convocation.

51 Gold Medals were awarded to 32 students for their scholastic performance in various subjects with Ms Akarshita Dhawan (UG Programme in Law) receiving as many as nine different gold medals.

In his convocation address, Justice Sikri advised the graduating students to not forget that the law deals with humans and their behaviour so it’s important they keep the humane aspect at the heart of their professional practice stating that “while the Human in Law is important, the Humane in Law is indispensable.” He added that “one way to resolve a doubt in case there is a conflict between the humane and human is to keep the collective in front of an individual or holistic in front of the partial, or harmonious over the divisive, or the efficient over the deficient, or long-term over the short-term.”

He advised the students to always be prepared, always be willing to take initiative, and to grab the opportunity that presents itself before them, saying that “you are the reflection of the opportunities you seize and the chances you miss.”

He further told the students that “your life as a lawyer will not always be easy. You will not always win. You will at times be frustrated, and even heartbroken.” He asked them not to lose heart at such times referring to the success stories of Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela who faced defeats early in their career. The first one lost one of his first criminal defence cases and saw his client executed, the second lost a large, civil judgment and nearly saw his client forced into bankruptcy and the third one was himself tried and convicted of treason, but all of them went on to greatness and became legends.

He likened the teachers with sculptors narrating the story of the great sculptor Michelangelo. The story goes that when Michelangelo was working on David, an eighteen-foot tall statue sculpted in marble in Florence, Italy, a little boy asked him as to why he was hitting that rock of marble so hard. He replied ‘young man, there an angel inside that rock. I am setting him free.’

He further advised the students to always be students for life stating that “Legal education isn’t over after you leave university. In fact, it begins when you start practising.

Referring to the quote of Jeff Bezos “Cleverness is a gift, Kindness is a choice,” Dr Justice Chandrachud asked the graduating students to “be kind to others but also be kind to yourself. Self-love is as much a part of self-improvement. Do not rob yourself of the kindness you deserve.”

Dr Justice Chandrachud called upon the students to show compassion and empathy for those around us saying that “in addition to working towards fulfilling our own dreams, it is important to keep working towards creating a world where each individual has an opportunity to chase their dreams.”

In his welcome address, GNLU Director, Dr Bimal Patel announced that, from the academic year 2019-20, GNLU will offer two more LLM programmes in the field of Maritime Law and Sports Law. With this, the LLM students will have a wide range of eight specializations to choose from. GNLU currently offers six specializations in the LLM programme – Corporate & Business Law, Constitutional & Administrative Law, Intellectual Property Rights, Comparative International Law, Criminal & Security Law and Public Policy, Law & Governance.

Mr Justice Anant S. Dave, Hon’ble Acting Chief Justice, High Court of Gujarat and Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Hon’ble Minister of Education, Government of Gujarat were the Guests of Honour at the convocation.

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GNLU Centre for IPR in collaboration with its industry partner Intellectual Property Protection Organization (IPPO) invites all interested faculty members and students to a Special Lecture titled ‘Intellectual Property and Artificial Intelligence’ by Mr. Gregory Maurer- Partner, Klarquist, USA. Mr. Maurer’s practice focuses on the preparation and prosecution of computer-related and bioinformatics patent applications, open source software, and intellectual property counselling.
The lecture will be held on 25th January, 2019 at VITAN II, from 02:00 P.M. to 04:00 P.M.
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GNLU Competitive Exam Guidance Committee (GCGC) is inviting all civil services aspirants  for the Special Lectures to be held on 16th & 17th January 2019.

Topic : “Elections in India” on 16th & 17th January, 2019 organized by GCGC in collaboration with VisionIAS, Delhi

The special lecture series will be conducted by Mr. Rajesh Govindraj, faculty at VisionIAS.

About Rajesh Govindraj:

Mr. Rajesh Govindraj, academically an engineer, is one of the topmost faculty at VisionIAS with his area of expertise being Indian Polity & Governance and he has also authored multiple books on Indian Polity, Governance & Current Affairs. He has been in the field of teaching for 6 years and himself appeared for the UPSC Interview three times.

Duration of Course: The course will be a seven hour program on 16th & 17th January 2019.

Scheduled:

  •  16th January: (3.00 pm -6.30 pm) Elections in India I
  • 17th January: (3.00 pm -6.30 pm) Elections in India II

 Who can apply?

All students from both GNLU as well as other Institutions who wish to appear for the Civil Services Examination/Judiciary Examination/or other Competitive Exam are also welcome.

Note: Only 100 slots are up for grabs. The last date for Registration is 15th January, 2019 till 5:00 p.m.

Click HERE to register by using the Google Doc form.

For more details, refer GCGC Lecture Series for Civil Services Examinations

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GNLU is going to organize One Day Conference on Backlog of Cases and Court Management under the aegis of Department of Justice, Ministry of Law, Govt. of India on February 22, 2019.

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

Judicial pendency has always been an area of discussion since India got freedom and even after seven decades from independence, this evil is not diminishing. At present, total 2,91,31,931(About three crores) cases (civil and criminal) are pending in Indian courts .
No doubt, there has been positive efforts like overhauling procedural laws, setting up of tribunals, promoting alternative dispute resolution methods from legislature as well as from judiciary to curb this menace but the results are not very motivating. The main reasons behind the pendency are- heavy workload on the judges, insufficient strength of judges, insufficient human resource and infrastructure in courts, lengthy and cumbersome procedures which do not necessarily require judicial mind etc.
There is a very old proverb of justice that “Justice should not only be done, it must also seem to be done” but when a litigant is made to wait for years and then he gets the judgment in his favour than justice is only done and in no manner it can be said that justice is seemed to be done. Moreover the Fundamental right of speedy trial and speedy justice is also violated if the decision is pronounced after many years of hearing.

An important area, which can surely decrease the pendency in significant way, is efficient Court Management System in Judiciary. Courts are being managed by same individuals and in routine manner. Time has come when new techniques and technologies must be adopted by the judiciary for the court management staff and more qualified and efficient staff must be appointed. Looking at this, 13th Finance Commission allocated Rs. 300 Cr. for appointment of Court Managers across country. In last five years, states have started appointing court managers in their respective courts. But there are some states which have been lagging behind in implementing the said policy. In a recent case also , the Supreme Court has directed the Government to appoint professionally qualified Court Managers (Preferably with an MBA degree) in all Principal District and Sessions Courts for better court administration. This conference will focus on the unexplored, unattended, unaddressed reasons behind the backlog of cases and will try to find out what are the positive changes that can be done in court management techniques thereby addressing the menace of judicial backlog.

Contact Details
Dr. Kalpeshkumar LGupta (Assistant Professor – Research)
Email :- kgupta@gnlu.ac.in, Mob. 81286 50857, 99248 97691
Mr. Mradul Mishra (Assistant Professor – Research)
Email :- mmishra@gnlu.ac.in, Mob. 81286 50835, 99195 49988

For more details, refer NBC GNLU DoJ Brochure Dec 24

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The University through its LexTech (Science Technology & Law) Club & Gender Sensitization Committee, with the kind support of Gujarat State Commission for Women, is organizing the One Day Symposium on Laws Related to Women and Influencing Factors on Saturday, 5th January 2019 (1000 Hrs) at “Orientation Hall”, GNLU.
Note: The Certificate will also be distributed to the participants.
For official invitation, refer Invitation
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Ms Arnaaz Ameer, a recent graduate of the Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) has been selected for the Schwarzman Scholars program, one of the world’s most prestigious, competitive graduate fellowships, with an acceptance rate of 5%.

The 147 Scholars comprising the cohort of 2020 were selected through a rigorous application process designed to evaluate academic ability, as well as leadership potential and strength of character. The selection process relied on readers from different regions and backgrounds who provided insights to identify the highest level of leadership and academic excellence across the world. Out of the 2,800 applications received, more than 400 semi-finalists were invited to interview in either Beijing, Bangkok, London or New York, and went before panels of distinguished figures comprised of CEOs, former heads of state, university presidents, non-profit executives, journalists and other leaders from around the world.

The Class of 2020 is comprised of 40% of students originating from the United States, 20% from China, and 40% from the rest of the world. This year, the cohort has expanded the diversity of the Schwarzman Scholars network to include a total of 119 universities and 38 countries (up from 94 universities and 29 countries for the Class of 2019).

The cohort was handpicked by a rigorous process of screening applications by a distinguished group of interviewers, including Lionel Barber, Editor of the Financial Times; Brian Mulroney, Former Prime Minister of Canada; Elizabeth Kiss, Warden of The Rhodes Trust; General (Ret.) David Petraeus, Member & Chairman of KKR Global Institute; Shelly Lazarus, Chairman Emeritus of Ogilvy & Mather; David Simon, Lord Simon of Highbury, Former CEO of BP; Cathy Engelbert, CEO of Deloitte; Yi-Shyan Lee, Member of the Singapore Parliament; Lisa Borders, Former President of the WNBA; Jacob Weisberg, Former Editor-in-Chief of Slate Group; and many others.

The extraordinary individuals chosen as Schwarzman Scholars for the batch of 2020, are poised to become future leaders who will help address some of the most pressing global challenges of the 21st century. “Our newest class includes a diverse group of future leaders from around the world. They join a global network of Scholars who have committed themselves to be a force for change, regardless of where their professional or personal passions take them. My hope is that a year in Beijing will inspire and challenge these students in ways they haven’t even imagined. I look forward to seeing how this new class will leave its mark,” said Stephen A. Schwarzman, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Blackstone, and Chairman of Schwarzman Scholars.

All Scholars will study and reside at Schwarzman College, named by Architectural Digest as one of the 9 Best New University Buildings in the World. The LEED Gold, state-of-the-art building at Tsinghua University was designed by Robert A.M. Stern Associates to encourage cross-cultural connections and intellectual exchange. The program is scheduled to commence in August 2019.

Ms Arnaaz Ameer is the first lawyer, and one of the first Indian women to be chosen as a Schwarzman Scholar, since the inception of the program. Having graduated with a Bachelors in Social Work, L.L.B. (Honours) from the Gujarat National Law University, she is the first student from any National Law University in India to be awarded this prestigious scholarship. A lawyer enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi, she is currently working under Dr Narendra Jadhav, Member of Parliament, as part of the Legislative Assistant to Member of Parliament (LAMP) Fellowship. Arnaaz will complete the LAMP Fellowship in the month of February 2019, subsequent to which she shall join the Schwarzman Scholars program (one-year Master’s degree in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University) in Beijing in the month of August 2019.

About Schwarzman Scholars:

Schwarzman Scholars was inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship and is designed to prepare future global leaders to meet the geopolitical challenges of the 21st century. The vision of Schwarzman Scholars is to bring together the world’s best young minds to explore and understand the economic, political and cultural factors that have contributed to China’s increasing importance as a global power, and to make them more effective as links between China and the rest of the world. Blackstone Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder, Stephen A. Schwarzman, has personally contributed over $100 million to the program and is leading a fundraising campaign to raise an additional $500 million from others to endow the program in perpetuity. Schwarzman Scholars has already raised $578 million towards this $600 million goal. The endowment will support up to 200 Scholars annually from the U.S., China and around the world in earning a one-year Master’s degree in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Scholars chosen for this highly selective program have demonstrated exemplary leadership qualities and the potential to bridge and understand cultural and political differences. They live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, travelling, and developing a better understanding of China.

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GNLU is pleased to offer a Certificate Course on “Comparative Criminal Law”, from 7th January to 19th January 2019 at Gujarat National Law University.

This Seven- Day course introduces participants to understand the application of the theory and methodology of comparative law to substantive criminal law and aims to build on a participant’s prior knowledge of a basic course in criminal law by comparing selected principles of the law with those found in Australia, Canada, England, India, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore. The Course shall look into the German and the Dutch laws of homicide and attendant defences.

Resource Person:

  • Stanley Yeo, LLB (Hons) (Sing), LLM (Well), LLM, PhD, LLD, Professorial Fellow of Law at the National University of Singapore. 

Prior to that, he served as Professor of Criminal Law at Southern Cross University, New South Wales, Australia. Recipient of Vice-Chancellor’s award for teaching excellence, Professor Yeo’s main teaching and research interests lie in the area of criminal law, especially comparative criminal law. He has taught in Australia, Canada, India, Japan, New Zealand, the UK and Singapore and published extensively in the fields of criminal law and criminal justice. 

Some of his major works include

  • Criminal Defences in Australia (LexisNexis 2005)
  • Criminal Law in Malaysia and Singapore (LexisNexis 2012)
  • Codification, Macaulay and the Indian Penal Code: The Legacies and Modern Challenges of Criminal Law Reform ((ed) Ashgate, 2011)
  • Criminal Law for the 21st Century: A Model Code for Singapore (Academy Publishing 2013)
  • Criminal Law in Myanmar (LexisNexis, 2016)

Last Date for Registration:  03 January 2019 (Limited Seats)

For registration link, course content and schedule, refer Brochure Comparative Criminal Law.

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GNLU is pleased to offer a Five-Day Certificate Course on “Legal Argument and Narrative”, from 7th January to 11th January 2019 at Gujarat National Law University.

Narrative plays a prominent role in the persuasive presentation of facts in common law systems of litigation, but it is also a strong element in legal reasoning and judicial decisions.

This course will examine the role of narrative in the law, consider why narrative is such an effective tool of legal of legal persuasion, and explore advanced techniques of narrative.

The Course has been drafted and would be conducted by Helena Whalen-Bridge, B.A., J.D., LL.M.,Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law. Recipient of the NUS Teaching Excellence Award, she was seconded to the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London in 2015 and has developed multiple courses for NUS Law, including Legal Ethics, Comparative Advocacy and Legal Argument & Narrative. Her publications on the topic include,

  • The Connection between Ethics and Legal Narrative (Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors),
  • Global Legal Skills (Journal of International Law in Context) and
  • Comparative Legal Analysis (Journal of Legal Education).

She is a founding member of the Law Society of Singapore’s Project Law Help, and she worked with the UNDP Team that translated Lao laws into English.

Last Date for Registration:  05 January 2019 (Limited Seats)

For registration link, course content and schedule, refer Brochure Legal Argument and Narrative.

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Gujarat National Law University,  in collaboration with UNCITRAL,  Regional Center for Asia and the Pacific, towards the celebration of 2018 UNCITRAL Asia Pacific Day is organizing a Symposium on “Artificial Intelligence in the Digital Age: Issues and Challenges” on 15th December 2018 at GNLU.

Resource Person:

  • Shri. Amit Bhardwaj, National Institution for Transforming India, NITI Aayog, Government of India; and
  • Dr. Vipin Aggarwal, Principal at VBA Associates

Date: 15th December, 2018

Time: 10.00 AM to 12:30 PM

Venue: Vitan II, Administrative Building, GNLU

For more details, refer 2018 UNCITRAL ASIA PACIFIC DAY

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GNLU is organizing a Training-Workshop on ‘Professional Legal Ethics’ through ‘Ethics Skills Development (ESD).

Date: 15-16 December, 2018 (Sat & Sunday)

Registration: Email kparameswaran@gnlu.ac.in

Fees: Rs 8000

Participants: Law Firm Partners, Associates, Advocates, Corporate Counsels, Legal Professionals, Academicians

Highlights of this GNLU Training-Workshop:

  • “First-ever” in “Professional Legal Ethics”.
  • Highly innovative as it trains ‘Ethics as Skills’ for Legal Profession.
  • Received international appreciations from Law & Ethics Professors from top law schools of the World, including International Association of Legal Ethics.
  • Skills-based Training & hence involves Activity-Based-Learning like GD, Role Play, Cognitive Reason, Emotional Empathy, Reflective Thought, Mind Map, Two Way Brain etc
  • Fun-filled 2-day refreshing intellectual & value-learning exercises!

GNLU has pioneered this Ethics Skills Development (ESD) to augment the nobility of Indian Legal Profession and the growing Corporate Law Careers.

Registration before 10 December for the Training Program (on 15-16, Dec, 2018, Sat-Sunday).

Contact Dr K. Parameswaran – the creative innovator & trainer of this GNLU Program  at kparameswaran@gnlu.ac.in or Mob: 812-8650-833, 94291-74064 for Registration.

For more details, refer GNLU Professional Legal Ethics Training Workshop by Dr Param (1)