This year, the 11th season of the program began from 1st December, 2016 for three weeks organized by the Katmandu School of Law. The program was participated by the students of law and human rights from various countries especially South Asian countries, China and some from overseas. The students from Indian Institute of Legal Studies were also a part of the program and it was a great learning experience for them. By the end of the session the selected students, based on their performance were awarded diploma in Economic Social and Development Rights on Constitutionalism and Political Stability as Preconditions and all three student participants, representing IILS bagged the diploma.
The Summit was conceived, planned and co-ordinated under the stewardship and leadership of Mr. Joyjit Choudhury, Chairman, Indian Institute of Legal Studies. The aim and objective of the Summit were to reform, innovate, reorient and to cause a paradigm shift in the methodologies in place towards creating legal professionals in each SAARC country to meet the unfolding challenges in economic and social development. Yet another intent was to sensitize the countries for initiating dialogue among them for establishment of a SAARC Law University which will provide teaching-learning and research infrastructure of international standard taking into account the need for harmonisation of curricula but with due importance to the imperatives of distinctiveness of the respective countries. The Summit was structured into four Technical Sessions. The Speakers in these Sessions were Vice-Chancellors and senior Professors of Law Universities and allied Institutes of National Importance. The Inaugural Session of the Summit held on March 28 at 2 pm was attended by (i) Hon'ble Mr. Justice S.K. Sripavan, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka(ii) Hon'ble Mr. Justice Pinaki Ch.Ghose, Judge, Supreme Court of India (iii) Hon'ble Mr. Justice Abdul Salam Azimi, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Afghanistan (iv) Hon'ble Mr. Justice Biswanath Somadder, Judge, Calcutta High Court (v) Justice Mr. Justice Lungten Dubgyur, Judge, High Court of Bhutan (vi) Mr. G.S. Chandel, YSM, GOC, 33 Corps, Sukna (vi) Mr. T.B.Ghimire, Joint Attorney General, Govt. of Nepal and (vii) Mr. Joyjit Choudhury, Chairman, Indian Institute of Legal Studies. The inaugural session was presided by Mr. Justice S.K. Sripavan, Chief Justice of Sri Lanka. Mr. Justice Pinaki Ch.Ghose, Judge, Supreme Court of India graced the session as the Chief Guest .
Under the desire and guidance of Shri. Joyjit Choudhury, Chairman of Indian Institute of Legal Studies, the students of IILS, Dagapur has organized the 1st Youth Mock Parliament on 26th Nov, 2016 on the eve of National Law Day. Students from 11 schools and colleges participated in the event. It started at 11:30 am with the inauguration ceremony. We had Mr. Dawa Lama, Senior Joint Commissioner, Commercial Tax, Prof. Raghunath Ghosh, Senior Professor in philosophy, University of North Bengal, Mr. Kanchan Halder, Commercial Tax Officer and Mr. Milan Ruchal, Income Tax Officer as judges. We had Mrs. Ruchi Agarwal, Asst. Prof. of Law, IILS, as the Speaker of the Parliament. There were 48 student participants from various institutions of Siliguri and adjacent areas. The topic for discussion on 26th of Nov was GST (Goods and Service Tax) Bill. On 26th Nov the house had a discussion on what is GST and both the merits and demerits of GST, whether it is beneficiary in a long run? It started with the national anthem, followed by the inauguration ceremony, the oath taking ceremony, the statements by the MPs. After that we had a discussion hour, question hour, zero hour, calling attention motion. The bill was finally read over by the Speaker and was passed by majority. On 27th of Nov the topic of discussion was LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) and on the same day the Institute had the valedictory session. The President of the session was Hon’ble Shri Joyjit Choudhury, Chairmal, IILS, Chief Guest for the Valedictory session was Hon’ble Shri. Ashok Bhattacharya, Mayor, Siliguri Municipal Corporation, Special Guest of Honour was Hon’ble Shri Shankar Malakar, Member of Legislative Assembly, West Bengal and Hon’ble Dr. Ganeshji Tiwari, Principal, Sikkim Government Law College. The valedictory session was followed by the certificate and prize distribution ceremony and came to an end with a vote of thanks by Dr. Ishita Chatterjee, Vice Principal, IILS.
Workshop for Police Officers Siliguri on 28/5/15 jointly organized by the Indian Institute of Legal Studies (IILS) and the Siliguri Metropolitan Police. The Workshop commenced with a Welcome Address by Dr.T.K.Chatterjee, Director, IILS. It was inaugurated by Hon’ble Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh, Judge of the Supreme Court as the Chief Guest. His Lordship Justice Ghose narrated a few instances of cyber crime out of his personal experience as a Judge in various courts. He appreciated the efforts of IILS to organize this training programme for the Police Officers to whom the people look forward to get justice and on whom rest the duty of preventing cybercrime. Mr. Manoj Kumar Verma, IPS, Commissioner of Police and the Special Guest of Honour presented his speech. Mr.Verma presented the incidents of cyber crimes which come to the cyber crime police station in Siliguri, steps taken to nab the culprits and mitigate the sufferings. Mr. Joyjit Choudhury, Chairman, Indian Institute of Legal Studies presented the Key Note Address. He highlighted the IT Act, 2000, its amendments of 2008, the prevailing IPC, other rules & regulations and the procedures in challenging cyber crime. After the above speeches, the Technical Session started with Three presentations on the Focal Theme by the students of Indian Institute of Legal Studies as mentioned below : (i) Cyber Crime in Economy : Ashish Paul, Rupsita Das and Pooja Maiya of LL.B. 3trs. Sem II. (ii) Cyber Crime in Social Media : Vatsal Verma ( Sem VI), Megha Gurung ( Sem VI), Paygamtsho Sherpa ( Sem VIII) and Nikita Goel ( Sem VIII) of LL.B. 5 yrs. course. (iii) Cyber Crime in National Security : Himangshu Singh (Sem IV ), Ayushi Agarwal ( Sem IV ), Rinchen Dorji ( Sem IV ) and Chadrakant Sharma ( Sem II ) of LL.B. 5 yrs. course. . Each presentation was followed up by summing up by the teachers, namely, Ms. Trishna Gurung, Mr. Souradeep Rakshit and Mr. Abhishek Bhargava respectively. Then discussion and interaction with the participants continued for about two hrs. in the context of the issues and remedies in the area of cyber crime. A number of Police Officers participated in the discussion and profusely thanked IILS for organizing this event. Vote of Thanks were presented by the students.
Legal Aid Camp was were organised by the students of the Indian Institute of Legal Studies under guidance of the teachers at Darjeeling on 23/5/15 to sensitise the poor people in the local communities about legal remedies available to them to settle disputes in various issues and get justice.: Dignitaries who were present : Mr. Durga Kharel, Govt. Pleader, Ms. Priyanka Zimba, WBJS, Mr. Dinesh Shrestha, President of Darjeeling NGO Network, Mr. Gurung, Executive Member, GDNS, Darjeeling, Mr. Roshan Sharma, Advocate, Ms. Priyanjali C. Rai, Advocate, Mr. Swapan Kr. Pal, Working Chairman, Eastern ZoneUNO affiliated International Human Rights Commission, representatives of media. About 100 local people were present in the Camp.
On 25th November, 2016, legal aid and awareness camp was organized at the Office of the Block Development Officer, Dwarka Hall, Naxalbari. Mrs. Sejuti Pal Maity, Joint B.D.O., Naxalbari initiated the programme. The guests present in the programme were Mr. Nimai Ch. Barman, Sub – Inspector, Naxalbari, Police Station, Mr. Wasim Akram, Asst. Prof. of English, Naxalbari College, Miss Chandrani Goswami, ASHA facilitator of Matigara. The programme started with small speech of Joint B.D.O followed by legal awareness presentation by Mrs. Tanushree Sharma, Asst. Prof of Law, IILS, Miss. Rupa Pradhan, Asst. Prof of Law, IILS and students from IILS. The session was very interactive. Vote of Thanks was given by Mr. Nimai Ch. Barman, Sub – Inspector, Naxalbari and extended his willingness to extend his support and assistance whenever needed for such programmes that benefits the society at large.
On 27th April 2016, renowned Prof. Chandanashish Laha, Head of the Department, Department of English, North Bengal University gave a special English workshop to the students of IILS on the “Notion of Correctness of English Language”. He pointed on rules of formal and informal writings. He also shared his experience during the process of learning English language. He also advised those who desire to learn and speak proper English to create such ambience whereby the learning process becomes fruitful. He also suggested books for personal reference and advised students to read at least a page of the said book per day. Prof. Laha also took the trouble of preparing a worksheet and asked the students to solve the said sheet, examining their knowledge about English language. He emphasized on the importance of English language and its relationship with legal profession, he threw light on how the English language corroborates with the drafting pleading skills of the legal fraternity.
SUMMIT ON LEGAL EDUCATION IN SAARC REGION-- Summit of Legal Education vis-à-vis Social Development organized under the stewardship of Hon’ble Joyjit Choudhury, Chairman, Indian Institute of Legal Studies on 28th and 29th March, 2015. The SAARC Law Summit aims to reform, innovate, reorient and to have a paradigm shift in our system towards creating legal professionals that can meet the upcoming challenges in the SAARC region and to develop a serious research culture among SAARC countries which is of international standard. Shri Joyjit Choudhury, Chairman of Indian Institute of Legal Studies started the Summit with welcome address by focusing on regional integration which is a dynamic process in which states willingly enter into a regional agreement to share or unify into a larger whole in order to enhance regional cooperation through regional institutions and rules. He further stated in his speech about the objectives of the regional integration which range from economic to political to environmental. The Chief Guest for programme was the Hon’ble Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose, Judge, Supreme Court of India, who has delivered keynote address stating SAARC as a regional organization for socio- economic development of the South Asian Region which serves as a platform for these countries to work together in a spirit of friendship, trust, and understanding to accelerate economic and social development in this region.. As a special Guest of Honour, Hon’ble Justice K Sipavan, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Sri Lanka was the president of the programme. His Lordship delivered presidential address and enlightened the august gathering regarding the development objective of SAARC countries and identified different areas of cooperation like; human resource development and education being the important one. Hon’ble former Chief Justice of Afghanistan, Abdul Salam Azimi had graced the occasion as special guest of honour. His Lordship Abdul Salam Azimi had chaired Third Technical Session whereby he moderated and given his valuable inputs. Hon’ble Justice Biswanath Somadder. Judge, Calcutta High Court, had presented analysis of the conference proceeding by pin pointing important points, valuable comments and suggestions and Hon’ble Justice Lungten Dubgyur, Judge High Court of Bhutan were the Guests of Honour for the inaugural. Justice Lungten Dubgyur had presented paper under the sub theme “Unification of the basic principles of law among the SAARC countries” where his lordship talked about common law or principles for the progress of SAARC nations as other regional cooperation’s like; European Union (EU), NAFTA, MERCOSUR, ASEAN, etc. Joint Attorney General of Nepal and Lt Gen G.S Chandel, YSM, GOC were special invitees for the programme as Guest of Honour. Vice Chancellor, Deans and Professor from various National Law School, Indian Institute of Technology are speakers for the technical session. All the speakers and academics focused on institutional building and strengthening, coordination of economic and social policy, harmonization of external relations and governance. Guests were felicitated by the students of IILS by presenting them with bouquets and mementos and finally to conclude the session vote of thanks was delivered by Hon’ble Justice Biswanath Sommader, Judge, High Court of Calcutta, whereby his lordship thanked all the judges, academics, government officials, faculty members, staffs and specially students of Indian Institute of Legal Studies (IILS) for making this event a great success by taking this unique initiative with regards to the legal education in South Asia. The inaugural ceremony was concluded with the national anthem of India.
Knowledge is the driving force in the rapidly changing globalised economy and society. Quantity and quality of highly specialized human resources determine their competence in the global market. With this thought in mind the Indian Institute of Legal Studies published its second edition of the IILS LAW REVIEW, the journal of the institution. The journal was based on the emerging theme of “ HUMAN RIGHTS SCENARIO IN THE SAARC REGION”. The unveiling of the journal took place in the gracious presence of Hon’ble Mr. Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose, Judge, Supreme Court of India as the Chief Guest for the occasion, the Hon’ble Mr. Justice Anup Raj Sharma, Former Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Nepal and also the Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission, Nepal, the Hon’ble Dr. Justice Manjulla Chellur, Chief Justice, Bombay High Court, the Hon’ble Mr. Justice Swatanter Kumar, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India and also the Chairperson, National Green Tribunal, India, the Hon’ble Mr. Justice Biswanath Somadder, Judge, Calcutta High Court, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose, Judge, Supreme Court of India as the Chief Guest for the occasion, the Hon’ble Mr. Justice Anup Raj Sharma, Former Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Nepal and also the Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission, Nepal, the Hon’ble Dr. Justice Manjulla Chellur, Chief Justice, Bombay High Court, the Hon’ble Mr. Justice Swatanter Kumar, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India and also the Chairperson, National Green Tribunal, India, the Hon’ble Mr. Justice Biswanath Somadder, Judge, Calcutta High Court, the Hon’ble Mr. Justice Gembo Tashi, Judge, High Court of Bhutan, Prof. W. I. Nanayakkara, Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Prof. (Dr.) Venkata Rao, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, NLSIU, Bangalore and various other Vice Chancellors from National Law Universities of India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. It was a mark of great pride and honor for the institution as renowned personalities from all over the SAARC nations had contributed towards the journal.
The Constitution of India was adopted by the Indian Constituent Assembly on 26th November 1949 and took effect from 26th of January 1950. Thus 26th January marks the Republic day which honours the date on which the Constitution of India came into force replacing the Government of India Act, 1935 as the governing document of India. Completing the country’s transition towards becoming an independent republic, 26th January was chosen as the Republic Day because it was on this auspicious day in the year 1930 the declaration of Indian Independence i.e. Purna Swaraj was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress to oppose the Dominion status that was offered by the British Regime. On this auspicious occasion, Indian Institute of Legal Studies observed 68th Republic Day, at the college campus and hosted our Indian National flag as a mark of patriotism and pride towards our Nation.
The students of IILS have come forth with the theme “students make aware the students” whereby they have been holding legal awareness programmes in various institutes throughout the district of Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Jalpaiguri. They have taken up this initiative to uphold the cause of imparting legal education to the masses at large, especially focusing on the youths of today who will be the future of tomorrow. They have been fostering legal education on contemporary legal issues that include “Cyber Crimes”, “ Human Trafficking”, “Anti Ragging” and “ Road Safety” which are of utmost importance in today’s world. IILS students make aware other youths by way of power point presentations, seminars and drama that depicts the issues and challenges in today’s world.
Indian Institute of Legal Studies takes great pride in organizing the ‘SAARC LAW CONCLAVE ON LEGAL EDUCATION AND PRACTICE : THE EMERGING TRENDS AND REMEDIES’ which was scheduled on 25th and 26th of February, 2017 as the legal education and practice of any nation cannot be viewed in isolation from the rest of the world. The occasion was graced in the presence of Hon’ble Mr. Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose, Judge, Supreme Court of India as the Chief Guest for the occasion, the Hon’ble Mr. Justice Anup Raj Sharma, Former Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Nepal and also the Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission, Nepal, the Hon’ble Dr. Justice Manjulla Chellur, Chief Justice, Bombay High Court, the Hon’ble Mr. Justice Swatanter Kumar, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India and also the Chairperson, National Green Tribunal, India, the Hon’ble Mr. Justice Biswanath Somadder, Judge, Calcutta High Court, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Joymalya Bagchi, Judge, Calcutta High Court, the Hon’ble Mr. Justice Gembo Tashi, Judge, High Court of Bhutan, Prof. W. I. Nanayakkara, Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Prof. (Dr.) Venkata Rao, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, NLSIU, Bangalore and various other Vice Chancellors from National Law Universities of India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. The inaugural ceremony started from 3:30 PM on 25th February, 2017 followed by technical session I at 6:00 PM on the theme “The Menaces of Cross Border Issues Across The South Asian Nations: A Critical Analysis and its Effective Mechanisms,” where the renowned dignitaries and speakers shared their vast knowledge followed by an open house where the queries of the house were cleared by the panel. The day ended with dinner and special musical performances by the students of IILS. On 26th February, 2017, Technical Session II started from 9:30 a.m. with the theme “Mutual Recognition and Unification of University Degrees and Professional Licensing within ASEAN and SAARC Countries in the Field of Law: Its Efficacies and Remedies. The last session which was: Technical Session III started from 11:10 a.m. with the theme “ Protection of Civil Rights of the Inhabitants of Border Areas with Special Reference to Indo – Bangladesh, Indo – Nepal and Indi – Bhutan Relations: Its Challenges and Remedies. In the session Hon`ble Justice Gembo Tashi, Judge, High Court of Bhutan, emphasized on the problems arising when people talk about “ I, Me and Myself” instead of “We, Us and Ourselves”. After the end of all Technical Sessions, the rapporteurs for the session presented their report before the house which was then followed by the Valedictory Session being graced by the presence of The Hon`ble Mrs. Justice Nishita Mhatre, Acting Chief Justice, Calcutta High Court, where she addressed the house with her vast knowledge and experience. There was felicitation of dignitaries excelling from different fields for their remarkable contribution to the society. Lastly a vote of thanks addressing all the guest and supporting hand to the conclave was delivered by Shri Joyjit Choudhury, Hon`ble Chairman, IILS. The two day ceremony came to an end by a cultural program performed by the students of IILS.
“Give me blood and I shall give you freedom.” - Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is celebrated each year on 23rd January, we also observe this day as Desh Prem Diwas which means day of patriotism. Subhash Chandra Bose was one of the most prominent Indian nationalist who attempt to gain India’s freedom from British rule by force. He was also famous by the honorary title Netaji. On this auspicious occasion of 120th Birth Anniversary of Netaji, Indian Institute of Legal Studies paid tribute to the legend in the light of patriotism and breeze of love for our country along with the dignitaries from Bhutan.
The Indian Institute of legal Studies aims at providing platform to the glooming law students. The SAARC MOOT COURT COMPETION 2016 is just another strive towards this goal. Irrespective of their nationalities, the Indian Institute of Legal Studies believes in sharing of ideas, knowledge and culture. This competition will help the students in harnessing the advocacy skills and promote public speaking. The Moot Problem of the SAARC MOOT COURT COMPETITON 2016 deals with the provisions of Rome Statute, the provisions of Crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity in particular, and the functioning of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Institute feels that this competition will assist in fulfilling its beliefs. The registration of the participants commenced from 4 pm onwards till 5:45 pm (25/02/2016). The respective students registered during the prescribed time. During the inauguration ceremony we had Sri Somnath Ghosh Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of University of North Bengal and also president of the inaugural session. Prof.R.Venkata Rao Hon’ble Vice chancellor National Law School of India University Bangalore, he is a visionary person and has made outstanding contribution for the upliftment of legal education and he is associated with us since 5 years. Sri Anurag Srivatava Hon’ble district Magistrate, District Darjeeling, he helped us in all possible ways in organizing this SAARC MOOT COURT COMPETITION. Sri. P. JAWALGI Superitendent of Police Darjeeling, it is through his able administration, the entire police fraternity in the district of Darjeeling is moving in the right direction. And from 7:30 pm onwards till 9:00 pm we had the draw of lots, researcher test and memorial exchange.
26th of January is a day we remember and celebrate since Indian Constitution came into force on 26th January 1950, completing the country’s transition towards becoming an independent republic . The Indian Institute of Legal Studies took great pleasure in celebrating the 67th Republic Day at the College campus. The observation started with the hoisting of the National flag by Shri. Ajit Choudhury, trustee and member, Governing Body of IILS as a part of the IILS tradition since its inception followed by the patriotic slogans of “Vande Mataram and Jai Hind” and singing of our National Anthem as a tribute towards our Nation, a moment of utmost pride and honour. This was followed by enjoyment of some refreshments. The observation was then carried forward first by an address by Mrs. Trishna Gurung, Vice-Principal where she reminded the students not only about their rights as enshrined under the Constitution but also about their duties as responsible citizens of India, their duties towards their family, College , society and themselves. Mrs. Tanushree Sharma, Asst. Prof. of Law representing the faculty members expressed her views about how the students of today are the future of tomorrow in fighting against the evils of society. As it is always a pleasure and a moment of pride to see the students coming forward and performing well in all areas of life, Ms. Meherush Fazal, student of 5 Years- sem – IX, spoke beautifully on the significance of the Republic Day. As it is always a great pleasure to hear the words of wisdom shared by Sri Joyjit Choudhury, Hon’ble Chairman of Indian Institute of Legal Studies, he encouraged and motivated the students with feelings of patriotism and the zeal to achieve success through hard work and perseverance. His dream of making a change, an impact as an individual towards the society was clearly depicted through his speech. The observation was concluded with a vote of thanks from Mr. Sanjay Bhattacharjee by reiterating the views expressed throughout the observation by the other speakers. He also made a firm address to the students with regards to their vital role in the society.
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