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Blog: Moily to start super-law-schools; half-hearted on liberalisation

Law minister Veerappa Moily has reiterated his stance on liberalisation and vowed to set up four super-charged "law schools of excellence" throughout India.

"This would be part of roadmap for legal education reforms," Moily (pictured) said in a press conference.

"Instead of the present islands of excellence in legal field, we require an ocean of excellence which would need capacity building, and upgrading faculties. There is no reason why the Information Technology success story can’t be emulated in legal field."

He also talked about judicial reforms and the entry of foreign law firms, reported business daily Mint.

The paper wrote: "Moily also said that a decision on entry of foreign legal firms in India will be taken shortly.

"Discussions with various stakeholders are on, the government is also awaiting the final decision of Bombay high court where a case is pending on the entry of foreign legal firms in India."

The case he is referring to is presumably the infamous Ashurst, Chadbourne & Parke, White & Case v Lawyers Collective matter, which has been languishing in the court's corridors for almost one-and-a-half decades now.

Legally India turned up twice to Bombay High Court for a hearing of the case in the past few months ago. It was postponed both times.

But who knows - maybe Ashurst, Chadbourne and White & Case are in for a pleasant surprise.

According to Zee News, Moily repeated his oft-employed mantra at the press conference, however: "We have not taken any decision yet on the entry of legal firms from outside.

"No decision will be taken before taking the legal fraternity into confidence."

Samay Live reported that a decision would only be taken "after holding discussion with the Bar Council, the eminent jurists and the legal fraternity".

Those opposing liberalisation will presumably breathe a sigh of relief.

Those wanting foreign firms in, will probably feel no different than they did two years ago.

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