04 Nov 2017

Inauguration Of Guest Lecture Series

The Alliance School of Law inaugurated the guest lecture series for the academic year 2017-2018 on 27th September 2017 at 10:00 AM. The Guest Lecture Committee headed by Prof. S. G. Patil, Assistant Professor of Law organized the programme. The inaugural ceremony of the guest lecture series for the year 2017-2018 commenced with lighting the lamp by the chief guest Dr. J. S. Patil, Vice Chancellor, National Law University and Judicial Academy Assam (NLUJAA), Dr. B. B. Ballari, Dean, Alliance School of Law and Prof. S. G. Patil, Chairman, Guest Lectures Committee, Alliance School of Law.

The inauguration programme started with an invocation song sung by Ms. Puja Mishra, Student, I Semester B.A., LL.B (Hons) and Mr. Alamdar Haider, Student, I Semester B.B.A., LL.B (Hons) formally welcomed all the dignitaries to the programme. Ms. Chandana H. P., Student, I Semester B.B.A., LL.B (Hons) introduced the guests to the audience.

Dr. B. B. Ballari, Dean, Alliance School of Law addressed the gathering elaborating upon the importance of guest lecture series as an important part of curriculum. He also added saying that the students of law should not only have the knowledge of law but students should also be exposed to the practical aspects of law. He further said that one of the ways by which students can have the practical experience is through having interaction with eminent scholars in the field and the persons who are working with law firms who can share their first-hand experiences.

Dr. J. S. Patil, Vice- Chancellor, National Law University and Judicial Academy Assam (NLUJAA), the chief guest of the inauguration of guest lecture series for the year 2016-2017 inaugurated the programme by giving the first special lecture on the topic “Legal Systems and Legal Research”. Dr. Patil started the lecture by saying India’s first major civilization flourished around 2500 BC in the Indus river valley. This civilization, which continued for 1000 years and is known as Harappan culture, appears to have been the culmination of thousands of years of settlement. The modern judicial system in India started to take shape with the control of the British in India during the 17th century. The British Empire continued till 1947, and the present judicial system in India owes much to the judicial system developed during the time of the British. India has one of the oldest legal systems in the world. Its law and jurisprudence stretches back centuries, forming a living tradition which has grown and evolved with the lives of its diverse people. The history of the present judicial system may be traced back to the year 1726, when a Charter was issued by King George I for bringing about important changes in the judicial administration of the Presidency Towns of Bombay, Calcutta and Madras. The system of appeals from India to the Privy Council in England was introduced by this Charter in 1726. The Indian Constitution is basically federal in form and is marked by the traditional characteristics of a federal system, namely Supremacy of the Constitution, division of power between the Union and State, and the existence of an independent judiciary in the Indian Constitution. The three organs of the State – State, Legislature and Judiciary – have to function within their own spheres demarcated under the Constitution. In other words, the doctrine of Separation of Powers has been implicitly recognized by the Indian Constitution. The basic structure of the Constitution is unchangeable and only such amendments to the Constitution are allowed which do not affect its basic structure or rob it of its essential character. The Constitution of India recognizes certain basic fundamental rights for every citizen of India, such as the Right to Equality, the Right to Freedom, the Right against exploitation, and the Right to Freedom of Religion, Cultural and Educational rights, and the Right to Constitutional Remedies. Any infringement of fundamental rights can be challenged by any citizen of India in the court of law. The Constitution of India also prescribes some fundamental duties on every citizen in India. He also said that, in India, there are more than 300 law reports published in the country. They cover a very wide range and are published from various points of view. A “union catalogue” compiled by the Supreme Court Judges’ Library of the current law journals subscribed by the libraries of various high court and Supreme Court judges (appended at the end of this paper) gives details of various law reports published from India. It also gives details of various foreign law reports submitted by law libraries in India, which gives an idea of the “foreign journals” being used by the legal fraternity in the country. He concluded the lecture by introducing to the plethora of opportunities available for a law graduate.

Ms. Juhi Selarka, Student, I Semester B.A., LL.B (Hons) formally conveyed the vote of thanks to all the dignitaries and the audience.