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India's Challenges for Globalising Legal Education
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Speaker/Panel
Location:
HLS, Wasserstein Hall B015
 
Thursday, December 05, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Contact:
Hakim Lakhdar
496-6699
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Department:Program on the Legal Profession

India's Challenges for Globalizing Legal Education: Role of Faculty, Research in Institution Building

C. Raj Kumar
Vice-Chancellor, O.P. Jindal Global University

lunch will be provided!

 Professor C. Raj Kumar is the Founding Vice Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University and the Founding Dean of Jindal Global Law School. Professor Kumar spearheaded the initiative to establish the O.P. Jindal Global University and four of its inter-disciplinary schools: Jindal Global Law School; Jindal Global Business School; Jindal School of International Affairs and the Jindal School of Government and Public Policy in the National Capital Region of Delhi (Sonipat, Haryana). Professor Kumar is also a Member of the National Legal Knowledge Council (NLKC). He was a faculty member at the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong, where he taught for many years. He was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, UK, where he obtained his Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) degree; a Landon Gammon Fellow at the Harvard Law School, USA, where he obtained his Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree and a James Souverine Gallo Memorial Scholar at the Harvard University. He was awarded the Doctor of Legal Science (S.J.D.) by the University of Hong Kong. He also obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from the University of Delhi, India; and a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) degree from the Loyola College of the University of Madras, India.

The talk will discuss the growth and development of India's first global law school since its establishment in 2009 with the need for reforms in legal education as the foundation for building a society based on the rule of law. Reforms in legal education and legal profession are integrally connected to the efforts of building a rule of law society in India. The talk will provide critical perspectives on legal education in India and the promise it holds for seeking higher standards in legal profession. In particular, the talk will reflect on the importance of legal scholarship and research and the need for understanding issues relating to access to justice in India through rigorous academic research and publications. The talk will examine the issue of lack of qualified faculty members and researchers in Indian law schools and their implications for legal education and the challenges it poses for India's aspirations to build a knowledge society. In particular, the talk will discuss issues surrounding the inability of most Indian law schools to have faculty members who are not only inspiring teachers, but are also rigorous scholars. The talk will explore the challenges of institution building in India and how they are inextricably linked to nation building and what role can universities play in shaping the future of Indian democracy.

Program, Department, or Student Org Sponsor:Program on the Legal Profession
Publicity Contact Name:Hakim Lakhdar
Publicity Contact Email:hlakhdar@gmail.com
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