Friday, August 14, 2015

Challenges & Reforms in Global Legal Education in the 21st Century

Dr. Tabrez Ahmad was invited to speak on challenges & reforms of legal education in the 21st century in the Global Legal Education Seminar and the Global Law Firms Conclave orgnaised by The Confederation of Indian Bar in association with Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) University, Bhubaneshwar on 8th,9th and 10 the August 2015.
Hon’ble Mr. Justice H.L. Dattu, Chief Justice of India was presided over the Inaugural Session of the Global Legal Education Conference on 8th August and Smt. Pratibha Patil the Ex-President of India presided over the inaugural function of Global Law firms conclave on 10th August, 2015.  Hon’ble Mr. Justice T.S. Thakur, presided over the Valedictory Session . Hon’ble Mr. Justice A.R. Dave Chaired the Plenary Session. Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha, Mr. Naveen Patnaik and Hon’ble Mr. Justice Dipak Misra, Judge, Supreme Court of India had also addressed  the inaugural session.
The seminar attracted around one thousand eminent participants of Who’ who in the legal world from India and foreign countries including the Supreme court and High court judges, eminent lawyers, students and most celebrated law jurists of the present times like Prof. NL Mitra and the father of the modern legal education in India Prof NR Madhava Menon.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

All set to begin-5th Dr. Paras Diwan Memorial International ‘Energy Law’ Moot Court Competition, 2nd to 5th April, 2015

The 5th Dr. Paras Diwan Memorial International ‘Energy Law’ Moot Court Competition, 2015 is all set to be held from 2nd to 5th April, 2015. The moot court competition is being organized by the Moot Court Association (MCA) of College of Legal Studies, from 2nd to 5th of April, 2015. This is a good opportunity to interact with legal fraternity of judges and budding lawyers visiting to the campus from different parts of the country. We would be most honored if you could find time from your busy schedule and grace the occasion.

Needless to say that College of Legal Studies, UPES has emerged as a premier law institution of the country. The CoLS offer’s domain specific honors law programs unique in Asian Region towards building a nation by creating skilled law professionals to drive the economy. To further the aim of being distinctive and successful in the Energy Law sector, the College organized 1st Dr. Paras Diwan Memorial Energy Law National Moot Court Competition in the year 2011. This moot court sought to perpetuate the sacred memory of Dr. Paras Diwan, an eminent jurist, a contributor to legal fraternity and a stalwart in the field of law.

This year the competition attracted overwhelming interest to participate from all over the world but it is allowed only 34 best teams on the basis of first memorial round to participate. The moot is going to be judged by 40 eminent legal experts from different law firms like Amarchand Mangaldas, Jyoti Sagar Associates, Luthra & Luthra including the Chief Legal heads of ONGC, GAIL, GMR, lawyers of Supreme Court of India and sitting Judge of Supreme Court of India, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Gopal Gowda.

It is going to be another successful mooting event at UPES.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

No Age Bar for CLAT Entrance Examination 2015

To appear in the CLAT entrance test the maximum age limit for a general candidate was 20 years old and for scheduled category candidates 22 years old. But on 4th March, 2015 the Rajasthan high court chief justice Sunil Ambwani and justice Prakash Gupta ruled that the Legal Education Rules, 2008, not only on the ground that the Bar Council was not competent, but also the Bar Council felt that the Rule is ultra vires the provisions of Section 7(1)H and (i), 24(1)(c)(iii), and (iiia) or 49(1)(af), (ag), and (d) of the Advocates Act, 1961, and also arbitrary, as it introduces invidious classification by dividing the class of students artificially creating a class by prescribing the maximum age limit for admission in Law Courses, and further on the ground that there is no apparent object to be served in prescribing the age of 20 years.  It was also recovered that the statutes of the National Law universities are silent of the max, age limit.

The court also ordered the withdrawal of Clause 28 of Schedule-III appended to Rule 11 of the Rules of the Bar Council of India. Considering the fact that a large population of the country lives in rural areas, which also forms talent bank, from where the students can be drawn for admission, to the top Law Colleges in the country.

The court has asked the CLAT 2015 convenor RMLNLU Lucknow to modify its application software so as not to reject applications of candidates above the current age limit and to upload the high court’s interim order on CLAT’s official website.

Advocate General of Rajasthan RN Mathur who was appearing for CLAT 2015 convenor RMLNLU Lucknow asked the court for time until 12 March to file a reply and to fix a date before CLAT application deadline 31 March to dispose of the matter. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

UPES Recruiting Law Faculty

The University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES), College of Legal Studies
Professor/Associate Professor /Asstt. Professor in Law

Founded in 2003, the UPES is committed to the highest international standards of excellence in teaching and research, and has been at the international forefront of academic scholarship for many years. The University has a comprehensive range of study programmes and research disciplines spread across 3 Colleges and over 100 academic programs. There are over 7300 undergraduate and postgraduate students who are recruited globally, and more than 400 members of academic and academic-related staff coming from multi-cultural backgrounds, many of whom are internationally renowned.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Applications are invited for appointment as Full time Professor/Associate Professor/ Asstt. Professor in Law in the College of Legal Studies (CoLS), to commence as soon as possible. The CoLS is now seeking to appoint an outstanding candidate to the position of Professor/Associate Professor/ Asstt. Professor in Law, with research and teaching interests in the law.

The successful candidate will be expected to make a leading contribution to the CoLS's research profile, by sustaining high-quality research and active participation in research communities. He/She will also be expected to contribute strongly to the development and delivery of teaching on the CoLS's undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes.

ABOUT THE COLLEGE OF LEGAL STUDIES: The Faculty of Law plays a leading role in legal education in India, through its various undergraduate, research postgraduate, and taught postgraduate programmes covering a wide range of legal subject areas. It is one of the largest teaching institutions in India, currently running 9 UG, PG and Doctoral programs. Information about the College can be found at

FURTHER INFORMATION: A nationally competitive remuneration package commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applicants should send a completed application form together with an up-to-date C.V. to , . Further details and application forms can be downloaded at

The University thanks applicants for their interest, but advises that only shortlisted applicants will be notified of the application result.

UPES Journal of Law and Technology (UJLT)- Call for Papers

UPES Journal of Law and Technology (UJLT) is a bi-annual law, journal published by the College of Legal Studies, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun. UJLT is one of the early journals in India specifically devoted to the field of technology law. The journal is designed in a way that it caters to the demands of technology law.

The submissions are selected for publication through a peer-review mechanism comprising of multiple rounds of review. If required, the papers would be put through a refereed process.  
The Journal accepts submissions in the form of articles, notes, comments, and book reviews. Since the Journal focuses on the interface between law and technology, submissions should sufficiently have that focus. We are interested in submissions on the law and policy of areas, e.g., but not limited to e-commerce, cybercrime, biotechnology, bioethics, competition, outsourcing, intellectual property. Submissions on social issues posed by technology also fall within our interest.  

The Editorial Board invites submissions for Volume 1, Number 1. The Journal follows a rolling submissions policy and the deadline for submission for the forthcoming volume is March 10, 2015. However, since we never reject an otherwise good paper for want of space, the submissions received after this date shall be considered for the next issue. Our Volume 1, Number 1 is devoted to “Law and Technology Perspectives of Intellectual Property Rights”.  
1. All manuscripts (in hard copy or e-mail) must be accompanied by:
a.    A covering letter with the name(s) of the author(s), institution/affiliation, the title of the manuscript and contact information (email, phone, etc.)
b.    An abstract of not more than 250 words describing the submission
2.  Electronic submissions (email) should be made in Word Format (.doc)/(.docx), (.pdf) format is not acceptable. The submission should have text size of 12pt for body text and 10pt for footnotes on Times New Roman Font style at 1.5 line spacing.
3.  Text and citations should ideally conform to THE BLUEBOOK: A UNIFORM SYSTEM OF CITATION (19th edition).  
4.  No biographical information or references, including the name(s) of the author(s), affiliation(s) and acknowledgements should be included in the text of the manuscript, file name or document properties.  All such information may be incorporated in the covering letter accompanying the manuscripts.
5.  The Journal encourages gender neutrality in language.
6.  The articles in the Journal will be edited and published according to the orthographical and grammatical rules of Indian English, which is based on British English. Submission in American English will be modified accordingly.
7.  To facilitate the publication of concise and relevant legal scholarship, the Journal strongly encourages authors not to exceed 20000 words (inclusive of text and footnotes). However, this word limit is not binding and can be waived in appropriate circumstances.
8.  Authors are required to obtain written permission for the use of any copyrighted material in the manuscript and must communicate the same to the Journal.  Such material may include tables, charts etc.
9.  Journal requires exclusive submissions. 

10. Either electronic or hard copies of the manuscripts may be submitted, though electronic submissions are strongly encouraged. 
Please send your submissions to:

b.    Address hard copies to:

Dr. Tabrez Ahmad,
UPES Journal of Law and Technology
College of Legal Studies,
University of Petroleum and Energy Studies,
Dehradun - UK, India- 248007

11. Upon selection for publication, the authors shall grant a licence to the Editorial Board/College of Legal Studies to edit and publish the manuscript as part of the Journal. Authors shall retain copyright over their submission but must acknowledge first publication in the Journal. Unless otherwise agreed upon, such a license shall be as per the standard terms and conditions provided by the Journal to the authors upon acceptance.

National Workshop-cum-Conference on Judicial Dissent at Glocal Law School

Glocal Law School, Glocal University, Saharanpur, U.P, is going to organize a National Workshop-cum-Conference on “Judicial Dissent: A Conceptual and Contextual Audit of the Decision Making in the Supreme Court of India.  The conference is being organised in association with Rural Litigation  & Entitlement Kendra (RLEK), Dehradun and it will be held on 4th & 5th April, 2015.