Vice-Chancellor of West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Prof Ishwara Bhat has been offered the role of Vice-Chancellor of Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) Patna, as first reported by Legally India. Current CNLU Vice-Chancellor Prof AR Lakshminath confirmed to Bar & Bench that an order offering Prof Bhat the post has been prepared. “The notification asks him to join as Vice-Chancellor as soon as possible. The moment he accepts it, a notice will be published on the University website.” Prof Bhat also confirmed that he had applied for the post, pursuant to a notification calling for applications published […]

A bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that seeks to broaden experiential learning has been signed between the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore and the National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi. The MoU was signed on February 22 by Vice-Chancellor of NLSIU Dr R Venkata Rao and Vice-Chancellor (in-charge) of NUSRL, Gautam Kumar Choudhary. While the nitty-gritties of the MoU are still to be ironed out, the two  Universities have agreed on a broad framework within which they would collaborate. Associate Professor Dr MS Murthy, who is the Registrar (in charge) at NUSRL, told Bar […]

The Nani Palkhivala Arbitration Centre (NPAC) will be holding its 10th Annual International Arbitration Conclave on February 17, 2018 on the theme Strengthening Arbitration in India – Challenges and Opportunities. Founded in 2005, the NPAC is the only Arbitration forum in South India to have been formally recognised by the Madras High Court. The Centre, which is modeled on the lines of International Arbitration Centres, aims at providing world class arbitration facilities by facilitiating both Ad hoc and Institutional Arbitration. The conference, to be held at Shangri La’s Eros Hotel, New Delhi, aims at providing a platform to discuss the […]

The Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai (MNLU Mumbai) inaugurated its Centre for Research in Criminal Justice (CRCJ) yesterday. The CRCJ intends to provide significant advancements in the field of research in criminal justice administration and further seeks to demonstrate a quality contribution towards the same. Present at the occasion were Justices NH Patil and AS Oka of the Bombay High Court, and other members of the Bar. Speaking at the occasion, Justice Oka emphasized on the objective behind establishing NLUs across India and the role of CRCJ in attaining its goal. Justice Patil spoke at length on the lack of proper investigation procedure in […]

Next year’s edition of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT 2018) will be conducted on May 13, 2018, from 3 to 5 pm. As per the notification published today, online application for the exam will open on January 1. The last date for application is March 31. The 2018 edition of the exam, conducted by National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) Kochi, will be held for admission to five-year LL.B (undergraduate) and LL.M (postgraduate) courses at eighteen National Law Universities. The scores for CLAT 2018, as has been the case with earlier editions, will also be used by other […]

The Bombay High Court today issued notice to the Bar Council of India (BCI) in the petition seeking the rescheduling of this year’s All India Bar Examination (AIBE XI). The BCI failed to appear before the Bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice MS Sonak today, despite being served copies of the petition filed by AIBE XI candidates Mukesh Gupta and Pooja Pandey. Although the Court refused to entertain the petitioners’ prayers for rescheduling the exam, it said that it would look into the plea for refund of application fees. It has come to light that the BCI has […]

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 […]