More than a week after students of the National Law Institute University (NLIU) Bhopal began protesting the state of affairs at the law school, Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court and Chancellor of NLIU Hemant Gupta has called for a new Director to head the University. The same was resolved after a delegation of students met with Chief Justice along with Justice JK Maheshwari of the High Court, Advocate General of the state Purushendra Kaurav, Senior Advocate Vivek Tankha and Principal Secretary of the State Legislative Department AM Saxena. After hearing the grievances of the students, the Chancellor […]

The protests at National Law Institute University (NLIU) Bhopal continued today, with disgruntled students calling for the resignation of Director Prof SS Singh. NLIU students had launched their protest yesterday, highlighting the shortcomings of the administration with regard to dealing with a number of issues. The grievances include, among other things, preferential treatment given to some students, delay in delayed publication of exam results, the faculty’s failure to complete the syllabus in some subjects, and the questionable re-evaluation policy. They are also pressing for an extension of the library timings, and the lifting of the hostel curfew. Students camped outside […]

Students of the National Law Institute University (NLIU) Bhopal are on indefinite protest over a number of issues at the law school. Given the fact that the administration has failed to address the students’ grievances, they have sent letters to Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court and Chairman of the NLIU’s General Council, Justice Hemant Gupta as well as the Chairman of the UGC. These letters contain a list of grievances and demands, which are not exhaustive. The straw that broke the camel’s back was an incident where the faculty and administration allegedly allowed a fourth-year student who […]

Rahul Bajaj is one of two Indians from the legal field who have been awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship this time around. Along with Sameer Rashid Bhat, Rahul will attend the BCL programme at Oxford University next year. An Associate at Trilegal, Rahul graduated from Nagpur University earlier this year. An avid IP law buff, Rahul also used to write extensively for SpicyIP. In this interview with Bar & Bench, he talks about his journey thus far. You seemed to have bucked the trend of Rhodes Scholars being mostly from NLUs. I have been blind since birth, so back in […]

Sameer Rashid Bhat, a final year student of Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar, is one of two students – the other being Nagpur University graduate Rahul Bajaj – to have received the Rhodes Scholarship for next year. In this short interview with Bar & Bench, Sameer, who also happens to be the first GNLU student and the first from Jammu & Kashmir to have bagged the prestigious scholarship, talks about his journey in law school, how to make your application stand out, and more. What inspired you to apply? Basically, my areas of interest are Human Rights and the […]

The Centre for Business and Commercial Laws of National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU), in collaboration with Trilegal and Cambridge Scholars Publishing, is organizing the third edition of the NLIU-Trilegal Summit on Mergers and Acquisitions (2018 Summit) on 16th and 17th of February, 2018. The aim of the 2018 Summit is to have discussion on niche issues in the area of M&A among participants, panelists and audience. Such a dialogue would help the fraternity in general and the students in particular in understanding the jurisprudence on M&A, it being a considerably new area of practice. The 2018 Summit invites participation […]

Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala is organizing Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) Course on ADR in India and USA: Challenges and Possibilities. The faculty for the 4-day programme will be Professor Sukhsimranjit Singh, an Associate Director at Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and also Director LLM Program and Assistant Professor of Law and Practice, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California, USA. The candidates desirous of attending the course have to send their application form to [email protected] on or before 25th October 2017. The selected candidate will be confirmed on 28 October, 2017. The selected candidates will have to pay Rs. 5000/- as […]

Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy is organising a team-based competition where participants propose a legal and/or policy solution that focuses on ‘Blockchain Technology’. The sub-themes for the completion include: – Financial applications of Blockchain Technology The use of Blockchain Technology for identity management Using Blockchain Technology to improve governance and democratic processes The above mentioned sub-themes are illustrative in nature and not exhaustive. Participants are encouraged to choose one of these or any other sub-theme within the broad category of ‘Blockchain Technology.’ This competition is open to students currently in the 3rd, 4th or 5th year of a five year […]

The NLUD Student Law Journal is National Law University, Delhi’s annual student-edited and peer-reviewed law journal. The Editorial Board of NLUD Student Law Journal is inviting scholarly submissions from students, academicians, practitioners and researchers for the Volume 5 of the journal, due to be published by June 2018. The last date for submission of articles is December 21, 2017. The submissions have to comply with, inter alia, the following: All Submissions must be as long or short articles with a length ranging from 3,000 to 10,000 words, inclusive of footnotes. ‘Articles’ can also be in the form of essays, case and […]

A student of Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU) Lucknow has successfully challenged the illegal levy of Merchant Discount Rates (MDR) on debit card transactions. As reported earlier, Chanakya Sharma was unfairly made to pay a surcharge of 2% on the bill in a restaurant in Goa. When he sought clarification as to why this surcharge was levied, responses from both the establishment, as well as the bank, were not forthcoming. It was later brought to light that the restaurant had charged him a similar fee on a previous transaction as well. In light of these facts, he was […]

The winners of the 24th MC Chagla Moot Court Competition, held at Government Law College, (GLC) Mumbai from 23rd to 24th September, 2017 have been declared. National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi won the competition with a team comprising Suraj Kumar, Payal Mishra and Dhruvi Mehrotra. West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WB NUJS), Kolkata emerged as runners up, with a team comprising Adya Jha, Tejas Popat, Jasel Mundhra and Md Faizan Jawed. The team from Symbiosis Law School, Pune took home the best memorial award as well as the Best Speaker award. Jasel Mundhra from NUJS was adjudged […]

A few months ago, the students of the National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi had called off their protests against the maladminstration at the University in the hope that the authorities would address their concerns. And now, the agitation has been reinstated in light of the administration’s failure to change things at NUSRL. To make matters worse, security forces have been deployed on campus to ward off the protests. Back in April, the students were promised improvements to campus infrastructure, funds from the state government and a financial audit of the University within fifteen days. When the […]

Protests at Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU) Lucknow have been suspended a week after the students went up in arms against the state of affairs at the University. The students have been headstrong in their bid to change things at the University, ever since allegations of sexual harassment on the part of senior officials came to light. An inquiry into these incidents is already underway. Classes resumed yesterday as the students agreed to give the administration time to meet their demands. The authorities have acquiesced to the following demands made by students: The Joint Registrar and Deputy Registrar […]

In an act of heavy-handedness, six students of National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata were assaulted on Sunday. The students, who were volunteers with Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA), were attacked in their attempts to prevent the demolition of a slum in Kolkata’s Subash Sarovar area. Last month, an IDIA team had successfully obtained a stay on the proposed demolition of the slum in a petition they helped file in the Calcutta High Court. However, despite the High Court’s stay order, the authorities decided to proceed with demolition on Sunday. When news of the same reached the NUJS […]

The students of Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU), Lucknow are continuing their protest even as a Judicial Inquiry Committee has been set up to look into the recent allegations of sexual harassment on campus. A furore was sparked at the University on Monday, bringing classes to halt, when it came to light that charges of sexual harassment were levelled against two senior administrative officers. On conducting a random inspection on campus, one of the officials allegedly took videos of male and female students. Another official allegedly threatened a female student that he had a photograph of her in […]

Students of Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU), Lucknow are protesting the state of affairs at the University. The students have been up in arms over the administration’s arbitrary policies and inaction in a number of matters for some time now. And the straw that broke the camel’s back was the recent incidents of alleged sexual harassment by two administrative officials. On conducting a random inspection on campus, one of the officials allegedly took videos of male and female students. Another official allegedly threatened a female student that he had a photograph of her in a compromising position. A […]

Law students of various colleges affiliated to the Mumbai University are facing the brunt of the authorities’ handling of the final year examination results. Students are alleging negligence on the part of the authorities after it came to light that several students were wrongly marked absent for various exams. Moreover, an inordinate number of students were failed in one particular subject, Law of Evidence. As a consequence, the students have been adversely affected in a number of ways. One of the students left in the lurch is Rupal Agarwal, final year student of the five-year course at Government Law College […]

Student representatives of the National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi have sent a letter raising serious allegations of corruption, lack of transparency and overall maladministration in the University to the Chief Justice of India, who is also Rector to the University. Earlier this year, the student body had put up a united front in a three day strike on similar grounds. This was after revelations made by erstwhile Vice-Chancellor Prof BC Nirmal that the University may be dragged into an arbitration battle over non-payment of dues to the tune of over Rs 42 crores. Students had registered […]

The path to practising in Australia has been made easier for students of Jindal Global Law School (JGLS), after the Law Council of Australia (LCA) recently recognized the law school. The LCA and the Law Admissions Consultative Committee (LACC) gave the green signal to all LL.B. degrees offered at JGLS, making it the first Indian law college to be recognized by Australia. Commenting on the development, Founding Vice Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University and Dean of JGLS, Prof. Raj Kumar said, “The recognition by the LCA is also a part of our vision to promote opportunities for further study and […]

The Inter University Centre for IPR Studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) is organising the fifth National annual ‘Rethinking Intellectual Property Rights’ (RIPR) workshop from January 18-20, 2018. The theme this year is ‘IPR, Access to Seeds and Farmers’ Rights’. The proceedings of the workshop will be published in Cambridge Scholars Publishing. The workshop is open to law students and interested students of other disciplines (under graduates, post graduates and research scholars). The programme includes lectures, invited talks, case studies, corner discussions, students’ presentations, exercised, scenario analysis, role play, field exposure etc. It aims to facilitate a social-implication oriented […]

Prof Dr. Tabrez Ahmad is the Director of the College of Legal Studies at University of Petroleum Studies (UPES), Dehradun. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Aditya AK, he talks about the ‘specialisation law courses’ on offer at the law college, the unique recruitment process they follow, the high cost of legal education, and more. Aditya AK: Tell us about the law school at UPES. Prof Tabrez Ahmad . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles […]

The National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal is inviting papers for Volume 7 of its annual Law Review. The NLIU Law Review is an annual student-edited publication, which aims to promote a culture of scholarly research and academic writing by publishing articles on subjects of interest to the legal profession and academia. The subject for written submissions this year is Data Protection. The theme is intended to focus on aspects such as the implications of the the rising prominence of data-oriented avenues of profit for private companies, emergence of big data in the context of national security and privacy concerns, […]

The National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal is inviting papers for Volume 7 of the NLIU Journal of Intellectual Property Law. The NLIU Journal of Intellectual Property Law, published annually, is run by the students of Cell for Studies in Intellectual Property Rights (CSIPR), guided by faculty and reviewed by a body of peers comprising of Alumni. Submissions are being invited for original and unpublished written works, which are not simultaneously being considered for publication elsewhere. Contributions are being invited from those interested across the profession including research scholars, professionals, students and others There is no assigned theme for the paper. Submissions are allowed […]

A third-year student of National Law University Jodhpur (NLU Jodhpur) was found dead near the rail track opposite the campus on Monday, reports TOI. Vikram Nagech had reportedly gone out with this friends to an establishment near the campus on Sunday evening. While his friends returned to the campus, he told them that he would come later. When he was contacted later in the night, he assured his friends that he would come back soon. His body was discovered the next morning. It is yet to be determined what the cause of death was. While the college authorities claim it […]

The numbers related to sexual exploitation of minor girls in India are hard to believe. The latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) statistics show that human trafficking rose by 25% in the year 2015. 40% of these cases involve the exploitation of children, with 1.25 million girls being forced into child prostitution. Perhaps the most staggering fact is that despite the rampant violations that take place, only 55 cases in 2015 led to conviction. One of the reasons for the same is the lack of lawyers with special expertise in the fields of human trafficking and child prostitution. In an attempt […]

Speaking at NALSAR Hyderabad’s 15th Annual Convocation last week, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao announced that the government would grant 22 acres of land to the University. Vice-Chancellor Prof Faizan Mustafa confirmed to Bar & Bench that the additional land would be near NALSAR’s existing campus in Shamirpet. The land, on which the Judicial Academy currently stands, will be utilised for a staff college, additional hostels, research centres and other facilities. At the convocation attended by Ramesh Ranganathan, Chief Justice of the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad, it was also announced that the University would launch a 3-year […]

In the fight between students and college administration, the arena is more often than not skewed in favour of the administration. In addition to the power exercised within the college, the management is generally able to afford strong legal representation with relative ease. Proactive law students based in Kerala have started an initiative to provide legal assistance to students facing such challenges. The endeavor, captioned Your Lawyer Friend (YLF), set up its Facebook page and its website on February 6 this year. The group functions out of three focal districts, namely, Ernakulam, Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram. Anisha VR, second year student at […]

Two students of the National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal have made complaints that seniors on campus indulged in ragging and even sexual abuse of freshers, reports The Indian Express. Students have come forth with complaints that seniors forced them to watch porn until five in the morning and that a female senior student sexually molested a junior repeatedly while in an inebriated state. There are allegations that hostel authorities and teachers were aware that alcohol consumption took place on campus, but turned a blind eye to it. Following the complaints, the Proctoral Board headed by Rajiv Khare took the […]

The results of the 4th edition of the NUALS Maritime Moot Competition conducted from 14th to 16th July, 2017 have been declared. The team from ILS, Pune – Apurva Shelka, Sahil Likhtar and Anshritha Rai, were declared the winners of the competition. Christ University, School of Law, comprising team members Niranjan Bhat, Kunal Naik and Adit Shah were adjudged the runners up. The Best Speaker award (Finals) was bagged by Sahil Likhar, ILS Pune. Shashank Kanoongoo from Symbiosis School of Law, Pune was declared as the Best Speaker for the Preliminary round. Symbiosis, Pune has also been awarded the Best Memorial […]

The Anti Ragging Committee of National Law University Jodhpur has pulled up six students on the complaint of a first year student. In a meeting held on July 5, the Committee, after hearing both sides, held that the alleged acts committed by the six students amounted to ragging. The Committee’s report states, “On hearing both sides, the Committee unanimously concluded that the complained act amounted to ragging as per the student manual and as per the UGC regulation…Considering gravity of the offence, the committee unanimously decided that punishment must be given to prohibit ragging in the university….” The Committee found that […]