This Week Top Stories about Law Study in India
As students and aspirants of law, you must know about the latest happenings around you in the legal field. If you wish to pursue law study in India, this information will come in handy to you and also help you in studying for various exams like LSAT—IndiaTM, CLAT and AILET
Let us have a look at some of the top stories of the week about law study in India and everything around it:-
- An urgent need for more practical courses for law students
Chief Justice of India (CJI), NV Ramana cited that there is a need for introducing more practical courses for law students in India because they are already accustomed to considering legal problems in a theoretical manner. CJI Ramana was delivering the annual convocation address at the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad when he emphasized this matter.
In this regard, CJI Ramana said that there is an urgent need to introduce courses that are more practical and allow students to interact with people and their issues at the grassroots level. He further emphasized that students of law, being the guardians of freedom, justice, equality and ethics, cannot allow narrow and partisan views to dominate the nation`s thought.
The Constitution was framed as a radical document that bridged the gap between the aspirations of the past and expectations of the future, CJI Ramana further added that the ethos of the democratic republic of India is based on the people`s commitment to the state. This commitment must be nurtured at an early age by creating social consciousness and inculcating a culture of lawfulness.
Lastly, CJI Ramana also exhorted the law students to "be fearless and be upright", while abiding by the constitutional oath taken by them.
- High Court upholds BCI Rules on LLB admission
Writ petitions filed by N Naveen Kumar and others challenging the action of Convenor LAWCET Osmania University related to not approving or ratifying admission into 3 years LLB course as the petitioners obtained degree through external examination was dismissed by a two-judge panel of Telangana High Court consisting Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice N Tukaramjion on Tuesday.
The panel observed that the petitioners did not fulfil the eligibility criteria for admission into 3 years LLB course mandated according to the Bar Council of India Rules on legal education of 2008 (amended in 2017). Moreover, the Advocate Act found no reason to interfere with the action of the authorities.
- Need for Urgent Legal Measures to improve app-based workers conditions: Justice Chandrachud
Supreme Court judge Justice DY Chandrachud, while speaking at the Justice PM Mukhi Memorial Lecture on Saturday on the topic "Reconciling Rights and Innovation: Examining the Relationship Between Law and Technology", emphasized that there is an urgent need for legal measures to improve the conditions of app-based workers. He further added that our laws must evolve to address the privacy concerns in the new age of information technology.
The judge pointed out that app-based companies have alleged immunity from labour law obligations because these platforms are legally structured as aggregators and intermediaries. Their contract-based relationship with app-based workers does not fit within traditional definitions of employment and the disaggregated nature of app-based work makes collective bargaining with platform difficult, Justice Chandrachud added. As a result, traditional labour law in India, which exists as a dispersed set of statutes, has not been effectively applied to most platforms.
It is important to note that the Supreme Court in December 2021 issued a notice in a PIL filed by a gig workers’ association- Indian Federation of App-Based Transport Workers (IFAT)- seeking welfare benefits given to workers under the labour laws.
- Professor (Dr.) Usha Tandon was appointed as the new Dean and Head of the Faculty of Law, Delhi University
Professor (Dr.) Usha Tandon has been appointed as the 32ndDean and Head of the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. An eminent professor of Environmental Law, Population Law, Gender Justice and Family Law, she brings along teaching experience of over 30 years and has also worked on the human development front focusing on environmental protection and women empowerment.
She has been bestowed with the "World Population Day Award, 2000" and "Phenomenal She, 2019". She served as Professor-in-Charge of Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi (2013-2019) and the Director of a Five-Year Law School- Vivekananda Law School, GGS Indraprastha University, Delhi (2005).
Tandon`s research articles have been published in international journals like Transnational Environmental Law, Cambridge University Press, (UK), Coventry Law Journal, (UK), Yonsei Law Journal (South Korea), IIUM Law Journal (Malaysia), TOAEP, (Brussels, Belgium), OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development (Ontario Canada) and Palgrave Macmillan, (Singapore), among others.