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Law school events round-up: Debates, lectures, concerts & more at GNLU, Nalsar, GLC Mumbai, JGLS, NLU-D, NLIU…

Law school events: Like a party, but legal
Law school events: Like a party, but legal
Legally India is looking to document more law school events and is starting out with a listing of nine events of the past two months. Please let us have your feedback and ideas.

GNLU Gandhinagar hosted a legislative and legal documents drafting workshop on its campus from 25 to 29 January 2012.

The workshop aimed at providing technical and procedural know-how in legislative drafting, with special emphasis on public-private partnerships and new legislative areas.

The workshop included senior draftsmen and legal officers spanning nine Indian states: Justice CK Thakker, formerly of the Supreme Court of India; Justice Ravi Tripathi, Gujarat High Court; HC Dholakia, former dean MS University Baroda; N K Nampoothhiry, additional secretary Llgislative department, law ministry; Lok Sabha joint secretary Deepak Mahna and former secretary general PDT Achary; Former Patna High Court chief justice JN Bhatt; former additional secretary legal and treaties division Ministry of External Affairs Narinder Singh; and NUJS Kolkata incoming vice chancellor professor Ishwar Bhat were among a few training

Nalsar Hyderabad hosted chamber debates organised for the first time in the memory of late Nalsar professor Vepa P Sarathi on 8 February.

Moderated by Oxford University law faculty dean Timothy Endicott and Chris Parsons, Herbert Smith’s India group chairman, the event saw debaters arguing on the motion of legalising facilitation payments (the “lesser form of bribery”) in developing countries.

GNLU Gandhinagar has commenced its distinguished ambassador lecture series at the GNLU Centre for Foreign Policy and Security Studies at the Attalika venue on its new campus on 31 January.

The first lecture of the series was held by Japanese ambassador Akitaka Saiki on the Indo-Japan comprehensive economic partnership agreement of August 2011, as well as on legal and regulatory issues post-Tsunami 2011.

GNLU has been organising ambassador lectures for interested students every semester for two years now. Ambassadors from Israel, Australia and Singapore, among others, have attended.

Government Law College (GLC) Mumbai organised a panel discussion on tax havens, double taxation avoidance agreements and voluntary disclosure schemes, at the Sahyadri State guest house on 10 February, as part of the 13th DM Harish Memorial Government Law College International Moot Court Competition.

Participants from 28 law schools, and others attended the discussion which had its lively moments. One such moment was when an audience member asked the panel why India shouldn’t become a tax haven when the move would help bring in Indian as well as foreign investment. Justice Srikrishna countered: “Why don’t you nationalise corruption and it can be taxed legitimately!”

The panel consisted of Justice BN Srikrishna; senior advocate V Sridharan of Lakshmikumaran and Sridharan;deputy CEO and chairman tax for KPMG India Dinesh Kanabar; business journalist Sucheta Dalal;chairperson and country executive for Royal Bank of Scotland Group, India, Meera Sanyal;joint president of Aditya Birla Management Corporation Satish Rajgharia; and head of international tax litigation and international estate and succession management at Nishith Desai Associates, Bijal Ajinkya.

Nalsar Hyderabad hosted the international lecture program, conducted by professor Timothy Endicott, dean of the Oxford University’s law faculty, and Chris Parsons, chairman of Herbert Smiths’ India practice, between 6 and 10 February.

Endicott lectured on constitutional law and prisoners in the Guantanamo Bay, while Parsons taught on cross border mergers and acquisitions. The fifth day of the program was reserved for a moot which was judged by Endicott, Parsons and a Nalsar student.

The program saw the entire fourth year batch and 29 fifth-year students from Nalsar attending.

NLU Delhi welcomed associate professor Edward Walker-Arnott of UCL, University of London, to conduct a corporate law lecture programme, comparing corporate law in the UK to India between 6 and 10 February. Arnott is a former Herbert Smith senior partner.

NLIU Bhopal had partnered with Khaitan & Co to host the International Academy of Dispute Resolution (INADR) law school mediation tournament in their campus from 17 and 20 February.

The event partly comprised a two-day mediation workshop conducted by INADR members Rahim Shamji, H Case Ellis, Megan Sweeney, Tom Banenti and treasurer and founder of INADR Richard Calkins. This would be followed by a two-day tournament in which participants from 22 law schools will be judged by 30 judges comprising INADR members, Khaitan & Co associates, NLIU alumni and professors, and high court judges.

Prizes of Rs 50,000 for the winning team, and Rs 30,000 and Rs 15,000 for the second and third-placed teams respectively are in the offing.

JGLS Sonipat hosted the ongoing nuclear energy parliamentary debate on the theme of interaction of law with India’s nuclear energy expansion plans, from 15 to 18 February, sponsored by the Nuclear Energy Association.

The main adjudicators are seasoned Indian debaters Shivam Singh and Vipul Nanda of NLSIU Bangalore, Pradyumna Jairam from JNU, and Aashay Sahay from Rashtriya Vidyalaya Engineering College Bangalore.

24 Indian colleges participated in this three-on-three Asian parliamentary style debate competition.

JGLS hosted the renegades concert for solidarity, peace and expression - a music concert for a student charity initiative on February 17.

The concert entailed videos screened and petitions signed for causes against corporate land acquisitions by multinational corporations in Orissa, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement for establishing international standards for intellectual property rights enforcement, the dearth of legal knowledge among Indian citizens, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), the Mullaperiyar Dam controversy and the plight of AIDS victims in India.

Performances by three critically acclaimed bands from Delhi - SwarAntar, a multi-genre Hindi fusion and Sufi rock band; the Urban EarlyMen, a psychedelic rock band; and The Circus, an alternative grunge band, played.


RMLNLU Lucknow is set to host Spoculit – a three-day literary, sports and cultural festival on its campus from 14 to 16 March 2012. The festival is a flagship event of RMLNLU’s college magazine Unus Unorum.

The activities part of the fest include parliamentary debate, film-making competition, quiz, journalistic reportage competition, creative writing in English, Hindi, poetry as well as prose, crisis management competition, a panel discussion on pop culture, outdoor and indoor sporting events, theatre, dance, music and fashion show.

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