VISION OF THE INSTITUTION
National Law University, Jodhpur is an institution of excellence devoted to multidisciplinary studies and research in the filed of legal education. Law is every where and every act of behavior of a human being in a society is regulated by law alone in order to maintain peace and harmony and for overall development of the society. Law as a skill in present day is incomplete without in-depth knowledge of fact situations. Therefore, a new philosophy has been experimented in this institution of higher education to have a convergence of skills and knowledge. The students coming from sciences stream who having a vision to be an intellectual Property Attorney or an expert practicing in criminal matters, acquiring the knowledge of law and precedents alone is not sufficient, the knowledge of Bio-diversity, Information Technology, Patents and Forensic Sciences is required. The University offers a student the basic knowledge of Science with Law.
Likewise today's corporate world is growing by leaps and bounds in all its dimensions and a corporate lawyer would not be successful in his vocation without the comprehensive knowledge of business techniques, strategy, statistics and behavior of corporate world. The University is offering to a student of commerce background under graduate degree in B.B.A., L.L.B., imparting basics of business management with law. Public governance has acquired an important place in service sector. Service cases are enormously increasing before the High Courts of the States as well as in the Supreme Court of India. Therefore, for the students of arts background, the Institution offers subjects of Policy Sciences such as Economics, Sociology, Political Science and Public Administration with law. In this way, National Law University is trying hard to make the student to be competent and well versed not only in skills but also in acquiring knowledge in respective fields. The University proposes to establish the following independent schools in its future plans so as to establish unique institutions for highly successful professional education in law.
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1. The School of Constitutional Governance (SoCG)
This is the first School in the country for studying and research in public governance. Principles of public administration, role of government in a society, the place of civil society in governance and policy dimensions in various public services and principles of good governance as a vehicle of modern civilization are the subjects of study and research in this School. There shall be emphasis on research and development of human resources for good governance both at the fundamental policy-making level as well as at the functional levels. The School shall have specialized Centers on Human Rights Studies, Local Self Government, Population Studies, Civil Society, Media and the Law, Legislative Drafting, Environment Studies, Clinical Legal Education, Studies on Mega Projects and Project Displacements, Sustainable Development, Macro Economic Management, Fiscal Policies, Taxation Studies and Resource Management. This school shall also develop an integrated research program for advising the Union and the State Governments as well as other interested groups including public sector undertakings on matters relating to their subjects of research and policy planning. This School has been named after Dr. L.M. Singhvi as Dr. L.M. Singhvi School of Constitutional Governance.
2. The School of Policy Sciences (SPS)
The endeavor of this School shall be to develop multidisciplinary knowledge needed to appreciate and apply legal skills in the context of social values. It shall also develop policy choices and options in the administration of social and economic justice. The School will emphasize research on various policy dimensions, understanding of economic principles, application of historical perspectives and social values in developing the foundation of legal reforms. The Departments in the School shall be Department of Economics, Political Science, History, Sociology, Psychology and Philosophy.
3. The School of Science and Technology (SST)
The primary concern of this School will be to provide knowledge in various Physical and Life Sciences. The present development of the knowledge-based society essentially brings us face to face with science and technology. Law and administration of justice are required to keep pace with the development of science and technology. Such a rapid development of technology and progress of human race towards a knowledge-based society brings new challenges to law and legal principles. The understanding of science and technology must emphasize on the scientific and rationalistic way of life and strengthen the Rule of Law. In the modern world for law to be a successful instrument of social engineering, the onerous task of providing solutions to the challenges of science and technology may also unfold a direct interface of science and ethics for a congenial pursuit of knowledge. Law, Science and technology interface has a broad canvas. However, the School shall restrict the underpinning of Forensic Sciences as a major thrust area of this School with concomitant acknowledgement of E-Governance.
4. The School of Administration of Criminal Justice (SACrJ)
The basic purpose of this School is to orient the management of society based on certain basic human understanding. This School will develop research competence on systemic analysis on the management of society. Disciplines like Criminology, Criminalistics, Criminal Psychology; International Criminal Law and Justice; Terrorism and Drug Trafficking; Police Sciences; Art and Science of Investigation and Fact Finding; Comparative Criminal Law and Procedure; Prison Administration; Criminal Law and Medicine are of importance for legal professionals and social scientists. Similarly, socio-economic offences are presently the areas of interest to the public administration.
5. The School of Law & Agriculture (SLA)
The major emphasis of this School will be to develop intensive fundamental research in the area of system of land dialectics and land management with land use and farming. It will also look into the complex dimension of agricultural marketing, marketing instruments and system of settlement of contracts in the context of agriculture. The rationale of agro-finance being separated from the industrial finance is to be researched into in the context of country's strength and weaknesses. It is urgently necessary to fine tune agricultural laws in the country in the context of technology and its upgradation. There is an urgent need to understand the dialectics of WTO Agreement on Agriculture, and Agreement on Textiles and Clothing which have thrown open the International Agriculture, Textiles and Clothing for imports to India in a big way. Therefore, the understanding of obstacles for allowing India to get maximum advantage in the above sectors shall also be the concern of this school.
6. The School of Business Law and Management (SBLM)
This School would place the emphasis on a holistic approach for understanding law and management keeping in view the development of trade, industry and commerce. The onward march of civilization and in the context of present day liberalization and globalization wherein India has committed to be a partner, the challenges of free market economy are essentially management oriented. The Indian interface of law and management in the international arena where investment contractual relationships and the presence of multinational corporations have thrown challenges of unprecedented nature, needs to be addressed institutionally. The twenty first century is essentially of transnational science society in which the lawyer has to do the job of international or global lawyering. Thus, this School would blend the managerial and legal skills required for all the challenges, which have come to the force in the last ten years and will continue to face in the future. The landscape of this School would naturally be broad encompassing the understanding of international business climate, management techniques, investment underpinnings and their constant interface with the legal system. It may be mentioned that Indian banking and corporate and investment sectors are blue chips and today's lawyer has lot of stakes in such chips. However, it is a complex mix of various laws such as labour, industrial, corporate, intellectual property, information technology, mines and minerals, banking and investment etc. Therefore, a comprehensive understanding of management and strategies of law shall be the central focus of this school.
7. The School of International Legal Studies (SILS)
The United Nations has been successful in developing the universal principles of international law as well as its agencies such as UNICITRAL, which have been responsible for developing model national legislations which have been adopted by municipal states in many areas in the last fifty years. The efforts of the United Nations in developing international rule of law have been formidable and India as one of its members has not lagged behind in furthering these principles of rule of law. In the last fifty years the United Nations has relentlessly provided various normative legal orders, which no member nation including India can avoid to study. As such, the School would like to research on some areas of International Normative Legal Order like Law and Diplomacy, International Relations, Treaties, Humanitarian Law, Human Rights, Refugee Law, and Air, Sea and Space Laws. It shall be the effort of this School to develop complementarities in the areas of research as outlined above.
8. The School of Law and Economic (SLE)
Blending of Law and Economics has always been coveted and in the present context has become a reality as a separate discipline of learning. Law as a normative order distributes justice but justice has always an economic component in whatever way one would like to look at it. The legal order on a social context should always correlate with the economic effects. Thus, the science of economics and the science of law are complimentary. In the twentieth century there has been a tremendous growth of understanding of law through the prism of economic sciences and vice versa which has culminated in the twenty first century into the constant assessment of the judgments of the courts including apex courts of various jurisdictions notably the United States, the United Kingdom and France in economic terms. Indian legal system has matured and therefore a time has come where the scales of economics should be used to understand the law and legal system in ordering the civil society. There has been an upsurge in the theoretical foundations from Adam Smith of seventeenth century to Professors. Krugman and Jagdish Bhagawati of today. Their theories have never eliminated the legal system, rather helped the understanding of law in a better way. Hence, the School shall develop academic and research courses in which the interface between science of economics and science of law is developed.
9. School of Trade Law (STL)
The opening of this School is the need of the time as the International Trade Law developed over the years and especially after the establishment of WTO and various multilateral trade agreements under the WTO aegis as well GATT 1995 have unfolded a vast multitude of International Trade law norms, which impinge on every aspect of nation's life. The international agreements on Goods, Services, Intellectual Property, Investments, Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary Measures, Dumping, Non Tariff Barriers, State Trading etc., have been concluded in a manner that municipal states including India have little choice of not complying the international standards as developed by international economic institutions. International Monetary Fund and World Bank are also important components of international trade strategy and as such have opened up a vast area of law, economics and policies which have both international and domestic linkages and the lawyers of today have to position themselves strategically in the overall balancing of international legal obligations and municipal settings. The WTO dispute settlement mechanisms have outweighed all the other international dispute settlement mechanisms by the fact that its jurisdiction is compulsory. Therefore, the decisions rendered by the dispute settlement bodies of the WTO have explicitly and implicitly developed a highly complicated jurisprudence, which needs high intellectual profile to understand. Therefore, the School proposes to understand and underpin the International Trade Law, its components and the settlement of dispute mechanisms, which is not only challenging but is also worth of adopting as a career.
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