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Nalsar Hyderabad

20 April 2014

Nalsar HyderabadNalsar Hyderabad students graduating in 2015 have placed 29 students in confirmed jobs, including two 2015 job offers from international firm Allen & Overy (A&O).

15 April 2014

MPL 5: Where Indian mooting mattersNLU Jodhpur finished as finalist against the University of California at the 18th Stetson International moot world rounds in Florida, as Nalsar Hyderabad meanwhile broke into the 55th Philip C Jessup’s top 16 at Washington DC.

06 February 2014

Disability rights: Being mincedMembers of Nalsar Hyderabad's Centre for Disability Studies have marked up the leaked draft of the Cabinet’s watered-down Disability Rights Bill 2013, explaining in detail some of the sections that they feel makes “mincemeat” of the rights of disabled persons.

05 February 2014

Faizan MustafaNalsar Hyderabad has called on politicians to scrap the cabinet draft of the Disability Rights Bill that was leaked to activists in late January 2014, and which undoes much of the positive proposals put forward in the original committee’s codification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that India ratified in 2007.

04 February 2014

The home of Indian mootingNLSIU Bangalore and Nalsar Hyderabad will join NUJS Kolkata and NLU Delhi in the race for the 55th Philip C Jessup international moot trophy among 550 law schools from 80 countries at Chicago in April.

09 January 2014

Nalsar Hyderabad girl students stand vindicated after the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) fined Sakshi TV Rs 1 lakh for broadcasting a “flawed, one-sided and misleading story” on them when they filmed them outside a local pub in April, reported Gulte.

The students had slammed it as voyeuristic reporting after they were filmed without their consent by the news channel, owned by Congress politician YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, and the footage was edited into allegedly defamatory broadcasts.

The channel had aired the broadcasts with comment on the girls’ attire and alleged inebriation, saying it was culturally demeaning.

The decision was one of several decisions by the NBSA against TV channels, according to MediaMughals.

02 December 2013

A permanent office for the 11 year old IPAB (Intellectual Property Appellate Board) is now finally in the works in Kovalam, near Chennai, as the state has also invited applications to fill up its vacancies – after pressure from advocates pointing out its mounting workload [Business Standard]

Judges should introspect to keep fit, principles reduce rape in India: Karnataka HC judge AS Pachhapure said “for hours together the judges sit and also be at home, hence it is always better to have proper excise [sic], meditation and spirituality to keep themselves fit”. The HC’s judge L Narayanaswamy said that India has less than 25 per cent the number of America’s rape cases, despite a bigger population “because of our principles” [TOI]

Bench-bar tiffs shouldn’t amount to contempt of court, said UP advocate general Vinay Kumar Mishra in his felicitation address, adding that the bar and the bench are complementary to each other [TOI]

Corporate HR heads are working overtime to sensitise male employees about what is borderline behaviour causing discomfort to women colleagues and may cause the men to end up “unfairly maligned” [TOI]

‘False promise rape’ complaints on the rise: Touching and tragic portrait of family opposed to love marriage, unwanted pregnancy and a rape complaint resulting in marriage [WSJ] as part of a bigger examination of the rape complaints made by women hoping to avoid single parenthood under the ‘broken promise to marry’ doctrine [WSJ]

Nalsar reservations to split between AP / Telangana: Nalsar Hyderabad’s 16 reserved seats, out of a total of 68 LLB seats per batch, will be distributed equally between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana domiciled students post bifurcation of the state [Deccan Chronicle]

TN Lok Adalat settles Rs 1,000 crore: In Tamil Nadu’s Lok Adalat, part of the recent massive National Lok Adalat, more than 13 lakh cases were resolved and Rs 1,041 crores settled [PTI]

Delhi gang rape parents ask SC to try juvenile: The parents of the December 2012 Delhi rape victim have asked the Supreme Court for the 17-year-old accused’s fresh trial in an ordinary criminal court, challenging proceedings against him before the Juvenile Justice Board [TOI]

Madurai judges lost case documents and now have to show cause to the Madras high court. The judges include Madurai’s principal district judge and a few other judicial officers [TOI]

Pick and choose, said the Madras high court while lambasting the state government for contesting all and sundry cases that come to it instead of choosing the deserving ones [Zee News]

27 November 2013

Tejpal still bail less: Tehelka founding editor Tarun Tejpal’s bail hearing has been postponed till Friday – until then the Goa police could arrest him. [Bail arguments summary NDTV / Deccan Chronicle]. The Goa police was represented by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, as senior KTS Tulsi was on for Tejpal [The Hindu]. The alleged victim has recorded her FIR statement in the meantime [DNA], as Goa police has requested Tejpal to appear for questioning before 3pm on Thursday [Zee Liveblog]

Cash-at-judge’s door could see SC: A CBI court allowed former Punjab & Haryana HC judge Nirmal Yadav – accused in the “cash-at-judge’s-door” scam – 2 weeks to move the Supreme Court against the P&H HC’s order dismissing her application for stay on the CBI court’s trial of the scam [IBN Live]

26/11 Taj sued in London: A British paralysed victim of the 2008 terror attacks on the Taj Hotel in Mumbai, is suing the hotel in London’s high court, for failure to deploy enough security at the premises despite warnings of an imminent terror attack [Zee News]

Dainik courts sex harassment: A former employee of the Dainik Bhaskar group’s MY FM radio station with two other colleagues, has pressed on with claiming against the station’s CEO Harish Bhatia for sexual harassment and intimidation. The woman journalist has made the complaint before the National Commission for Women and the Delhi HC [The Hindu]

NOTA law: If a majority of voters exercise the recently introduced “None of the Above (NOTA)” option during polls, the election commission cannot be directed to hold fresh polls, said the Supreme Court while dismissing a PIL seeking this remedy. The SC said that it is for the legislature to suitable amend the law after seeing how voters respond to NOTA [IBN Live]

Speedy Karnataka judiciary: The Karnataka judiciary has settled over 91,000 cases in the state in the last 90 days, through Lok Adalats conducted by the Karnataka State Legal Services Authority. 83,023 of these cases were pending for adjudication in various courts across the State, 9,169 cases were at pre-litigation stage before legal services committees in various districts [The Hindu]

Nalsar student suicide committee: None of the Universities in Andhra Pradesh have implemented the Nalsar Committee’s recommendations on measures to alleviate student suicides in the state. The nine member committee hosted by Nalsar Hyderabad had recommended examination pattern and curriculum changes, suicide probe task force, student grievance cells, restorative justice centre [TOI]

05 November 2013

Lawyer myths: NLSIU Bangalore grad and Singapore’s Nanyang Tech B-school lecturer Krishna Udayasankar has penned down a mythological trilogy – the Aryavarta Chronicles. Interview by [Bangalore Mirror]

TOI didn’t defame: The Times of India is off the hook for criminal defamation after the Madras HC dismissed the Tamil Nadu government’s case against the paper for a 28 March news item exposing an irregular public auction. “The court taking cognizance of a complaint against the press must follow due diligence. Before taking a prima facie view, the news item should be analysed and an attempt should be made at least to indicate the basic reasons, which would attract the offence of defamation and as to whether the news item made a reference to the government or minister with an intention to defame or tarnish the image,” said the HC judge [TOI]

SC Tarun Chatterjee to UP HRC: Former Supreme Court justice Tarun Chatterjee has been appointed as the UP state human rights commission’s chairman [Jagran Post]

Dec 16 rape confirmation: The Delhi HC has begun confirmation hearings for the death sentence reference by the Saket trial court in the 16 December Delhi gang rape case [PTI]

Law school paycheques: ET reports breathlessly that national law schools have broken the business consultancy glass ceiling with Bain Capital creating its first legal position after hiring from NLSIU Bangalore this year – also the campus from where McKinsey and Deutsche Bank have made an offer each so far. At Nalsar Hyderabad, between 25 2014 graduates hired so far the average salary is, reportedly, Rs 14.5 lakh per annum, while the highest international pay package is 40,000 pounds. The average salary at NUJS Kolkata is Rs 9 lakh per annum – marginally up from last year

09 September 2013

vqf3iekfA Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2012 examinee lost out on a Nalsar Hyderabad seat due to a mistake in last year’s question paper, the Delhi high court has held.

04 July 2013

India sides with Obama: Salman Khursheed, former law minister, defends US spies’ electronic snooping, saying it’s not “snooping” and “only computer analysis of patterns of calls and e-mails sent”. Minister gets slammed by rivals [Hindu]

Niche education: Law colleges have increasingly started offering ‘niche courses’ such as nuclear, space, business, cyber crime and other laws, reports [Business Standard]

Rape trial access: Foreign correspondents petition Delhi high court to cover Delhi gang rape trial day-to-day [Deccan Chronicle]

Destressed Nalsar: An Andhra Pradesh HC bench told the University Grants Commission (UGC) to examine proposals made by Nalsar Hyderabad’s nine-member committee to reduce stress and suicides of students [New Indian Express]

Dominant ratings: The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is to probe whether TV rating agency TAM Media Research has abused its dominant position [Times of India]

Bombay in Tamil: Bombay HC allows litigant, who doesn’t speak Hindi, to depose in Tamil [Business Standard]

Rape compensation PIL: Bombay HC to hear PIL proposing to set up fund to compensate victims of sexual violence [Times of India]

Judges’ busy hols: Delhi high court rejects PIL asking for a reduction in judges’ holidays, arguing that “most judges spend a substantial part of vacation time in writing the judgments” [WSJ] A similar petition was also filed in Chennai in May

Pro-India DOMA: The US’ pro-gay-rights Supreme Court verdict may be a boon for Indian jurisprudence [Mint]

24 June 2013

Ramlu wants moolah: RMLNLU Lucknow on Saturday decided to raise its fees from the current Rs 80,000 per year to an, as yet, undecided amount, which “will be at par with other national law schools”. However, “the university will consider the financial status of students who come from UP before finalising the fees”, according to university sources [TOI]

CCI short staffed: The Competition Commission of India’s (CCI) director general AK Chauhan has asked for direct recruits for his office up to at least 25 per cent of the CCI’s total employees, after being faced with a manpower crunch. [ET]

Inadequate drug tests: Serial PIL filer, who started a PIL against Ranbaxy in the Supreme Court this month, has argued that the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) suffers from inadequate infrastructure and staff shortages, causing new drugs to be approved for the Indian market by short-circuiting testing (and in some cases not testing them at all on Indian patients) [BS]

Outlook ranks NLS: Outlook India magazine ranked NLSIU Bangalore as India’s “best” law college, ahead of Nalsar Hyderabad, NLIU Bhopal, NUJS Kolkata, ILS Pune and NLU Jodhpur, Symbiosis Pune, GNLU Gandhinagar. Ninth was Amity Delhi, followed by New Law College Pune BVDU, Jamia Islamia Delhi, VHU Varanasi, MS Ramaiah Bangalore, Osmania University Hyderabad and Bangalore Institute of Legal Studies [Ranking, via Bar & Bench]. Rival weekly India Today ranked Nalsar Hyderabad as India’s “best” law school last week. Legally India has reduced coverage of third party law school rankings since last year.

19 June 2013

Nalsar tops India Today: Nalsar Hyderabad displaced NLSIU Bangalore at first place in India’s top 25 law colleges this year according to India Today. NLSIU, Delhi University, NUJS Kolkata, NLIU Bhopal, GNLU Gandhinanar, Symbiosis Pune, NLU Jodhpur, ILS Pune, AMU Aligarh, BHU Varanai and Amity Law School Delhi follow Nalsar, in that order. [Rankings via India Today] Legally India has reduced coverage of third party law school rankings since last year.

Sweeping marriages: As social media buzz continued about the Madras HC maintenance order on sex and marriages, former Madras HC judge K Chandru “warns against the tendency to make sweeping statements in family matters”, saying that the Justice CS Karnan’s judgment reported yesterday is likely to be “misunderstood” by subordinate courts, which might force people into relationships merely because they have had sexual intercourse. [Times of India] Karnan, in turn, today defended the judgment, saying it was misunderstood, and “not only for the purpose of giving relief to the victim woman, but also to maintain the cultural integrity of India” [Hindu]

Suicidal state of affairs: “Treating a person who is driven to take such a drastic step as a hard-core criminal violates basic human dignity in a way few other actions do,” argues psychiatrist Dr Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad about the law criminalising suicide attempts. He says that India should follow the example of 59 countries who have decriminalised attempted suicide. [Newslaundry]

Anti-PRISM PIL: Ex-Delhi University law prof, Professor SN Singh, files PIL to stop government using US internet companies’ services, and prays for government to take action against for breach of privacy, after US internet companies were revealed to have shared data of non-US citizens with US spies in leaked top secret documents [PTI]

12 June 2013

CLAT preferencesAt least 50 CLAT 2013 candidates were reshuffled to different colleges two weeks after the first results were first released.

12 June 2013

m3qupdkaNalsar Hyderabad hired 14 full-timers & 16 non-permanent faculty members for ‘academic ambience’.

04 June 2013

Nalsar Hyderabad relaxed its attendance requirement from 95 per cent to 75 per cent semester and reduced the number of academic research papers to be written by students per semester from five to one, according to The Hindu.

The law school has also introduced the “restorative justice system” on campus; e.g., students found guilty of cheating will be penalised by working in its library. The administration plans to also take “steps” like introducing film festivals on campus.

Nalsar Vice chancellor Faizan Mustafa told The Hindu:

“We are hoping that our steps to make academic calendar of the student less stressful are implemented by other universities… Our students have to write only one academic research paper and the remaining four papers can be based on their personal interests such as music, movies, book review, etc”

Nalsar had held a workshop in April on “Restorative Justice Procedures in the Higher Education Institutions to overcome the problem of Students' Suicides on University Campuses”. On 30 April the Andhra Pradesh high court appointed Mustafa and Nalsar faculty member Prof Martin Price to the committee to examine the issue of student suicides on campus.

03 June 2013

Clat preferences Nuals Kochi drops behind RMLNLU Lucknow and CNLU Patna but seven oldest national law schools stay top.

28 May 2013

GavelFive out of ten Delhi Judicial Service (DJS) exam 2011 toppers collecting their appointment letters at the Delhi high court today are Delhi University (DU) law graduates.

 

20 May 2013

New Andhra CJ: Andhra Pradesh HC gets a new chief justice in Uttarakhand HC justice KJ Sengupta. Sengupta, who practised as a lawyer in the Calcutta high court and became acting chief justice there on 5 October 2012 [New Indian Express]

Paid Rs 61 lakh: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer emerges as the UK’s highest paying law firm with a base salary of £65,000-£72,500 (Rs 54lakh – Rs 61lakh). It leads Linklaters, Slaughter & May, Allen & Overy, and Clifford Chance in that order [The Lawyer]

SC bars two-finger: The Supreme Court has held that the so-called “two-finger test” on female rape victims violates their right to privacy, and asked the government to provide better medical procedures to confirm sexual assault. Justices BS Chauhan and FMI Kalifulla said that rape survivors are entitled to legal recourse that does not re-traumatise them or violate their physical or mental integrity and dignity [PTI]

Ubuntu-Linux court: Jammu & Kashmir HC organises a “training-cum-awareness” program on the use of the Ubuntu-Linux operating system for judicial officers in the state’s district courts [Greater Kashmir]

Out-of-this-world Nalsar: The Centre for Air and Space Law (CASL) in Nalsar Hyderabad is launching new programs in aviation, space, telecommunications, GIS and remote sensing laws in June 2013 [The Hindu]

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