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8th Semester students successfully completed the Institute Elective Course "American Legal System" during 19th December to 27th December 2016. Mr. Stephen Barnes, Assistant Dean, Graduate and International Programmes, Penn State Law conducted this course

  • December 27, 2016

Mr. Manasvi Thapar, ILNU alumni and CEO, Candour Legal on 27th December 2016, interacted with students regarding the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship in legal profession. He shared his journey as how ILNU shaped his future in terms of discipline and vision.

  • December 27, 2016

Institute of Law, Nirma University (ILNU) in collaboration with Centre for Social Justice, Ahmedabad organized a “Certificate Course on Law Appreciation” from 17th to 19th December 2016 at the Institute of Law premises. The program witnessed participation from 60 Paralegal volunteers and other NGO Volunteers working in Gujarat and Nearby areas from Organisations like KMVS, Saath Charitable Trust, Sanand Mahila Vikas Sanstha to name a few, the idea behind this workshop was to enable these Volunteers to use Law as a tool in their everyday work and thereby enhancing the outcome of their efforts in their respective Field areas. The Senior Students along with Faculties of ILNU and tariners from Centre For Social Justice worked as Trainers and Resource Persons during all the three days providing knowledge and insights about Law and various methods to use Law as a tool for Social change in different areas like Consumer Protection, RTI, SC/ST issues, Manual Scavenging, Laws related to Protection of Women to name a few. 

The Workshop was Organized under the guidance of Prof. (Dr.) Purvi Pokhariyal, Dean and Director, Institute of Law Nirma University and Ms. Nupur Sinha, Executive Director, Centre for Social Justice. 

Ms. Rejitha Nair (ILNU) and Ms. Ashwini Deshmukh (CSJ) were the Workshop Coordinators for the said Program. Mr. Siddharth Awadhoot and Mr. Vishal Singhal were the Student Coordinators and Co-coordinators for the Workshop. 
Mili Baxi, Priyanka Kushwaha, Vedansh Sharma, Siddharth Awadhoot, Syed Rahila Hasan, Diksha Trivedi, Devi Jagani, Ashish Somani, Himanshu Awasthi, Anubhuti Jain, Pooja Panwar, Shubhangi Gupta, Yash Tripathi, Richa, Bharat Rajvanshi, Ravindra Kumar acted as a Resource Persons and Trainers for these Paralegal Volunteers and gave them insights about various laws and procedures during all the three days. The Program was both Activity and Lecture based where at the end of each Training session there were question-answer rounds by Paralegal Volunteers and their queries were solved by the Trainers/Resource Persons in a very efficient manner. There were feedback sessions by the Paralegal Volunteers on the last day of the Program where Paralegal volunteers gave positive and noteworthy feedbacks to the Trainers and the overall session. The 3-day Certificate Course on Law Appreciation was concluded on a Positive note with Certificate Distribution during the Valedictory Session on 19th December 2016. It was a fruitful Program with ample learning for both Paralegal volunteers and Students of ILNU acting as Resource Persons and Trainers for them.

Siddharth Awadhoot
Student Coordinator
Certificate Course on Law Appreciation

  • December 26, 2016


A panel discussion on "Pluralism & Human Rights" was organised by Institute of Law, Nirma University on December 23, 2017. Hon'ble Dignitaries Prof. Neera Chandoke, Lord Prof Bhikhu Parekh, Prof. Upendra Baxi has addressed the audience on the topic.

  • December 23, 2016

Space Applications Centre(SAC) is one of the major centres of the Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO).It focuses on the design of space-borne instruments(payloads) for ISRO mission sand development of applications in communication, broadcasting, navigation, disaster monitoring, meteorology, oceanography, environment monitoring and natural resources. SAC also develops the ground transmit/receive systems(earth stations/ground terminals and data/image processing systems. SAC collaborates extensively with industry for technology transfer, consultancy, and indigenization.

The AC industry portal consolidates and show cases broad requirements of SAC, expect at ions of SAC from industry, areas of association where industry can look forward to, technologies available for transfer, consultancy of fersandothers.

  • December 19, 2016

Institute of Law, Nirma University welcomes Stephen Barnes, Assistant Dean, Graduate and International Programmes, Penn State Law for a course on "American Legal System" from December 19 to 27, 2016 for the students of ILNU.

  • December 19, 2016

Nirma University has established a Centre For Continuing Education with the following objectives:

  • To provide Need based Continuing Education, Knowledge, Training etc. in various fields to all stakeholders.
  • To assist working professionals in the industry in widening their knowledge base and in improving their skills.
  • To arrange Workshops, Lectures, Seminars, Services, on requests.
  • To identify employment potential areas and to conduct competency based skilled development programme.
  • To conduct Vocational Training to meet the specific needs of industrial businesses.
  • To conduct short duration and long duration programmes in Management, Engineering and Technology, Pharmacy, Science, Law and Architecture.
  • To conduct Training Programme for Competitive Examinations.
  • To coordinate the continuing education programme offered by various Institutes at the University level.

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  • December 09, 2016

The  Institute of Law, Nirma University celebrated the Constitution day in the presence of the Chief Guest Dr. Alka Mahajan, Director, Institute of technology , Dr. Purvi Pokhariyal , Director, Institute of Law, Mr. Hasmukh Bhai Patel, Coordinator, Student Welfare Board and all the faculty and  staff members in the smart classroom of the Institute of Law.

Dr. Pokhariyal made the opening address on the significance of the Constitution Day which was followed by an audio-video screening of the Parliament speech given by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar in December 1946. Thereafter the gathering took the pledge as maintained in Part 4-A, Article 51-A of the Indian Constitution. Subsequently, one of the episodes of the television series on The Making of the Constitution of India was played for the gathering. The program closed with the vote of thanks by Dr. Tarkesh Molia.

  • November 26, 2016


The second edition of Pratinidhitva: Model Indian Parliament (MIP) was organized at Institute of Law, Nirma University from 30th September- 2nd October, 2016. Model Indian Parliament is an academic simulation of Indian Parliament and various other committees where students learn about diplomacy, parliamentary procedure, and political demographics of country. It involved and taught research, public speaking, debating, writing skills in addition to teamwork, critical thinking and leadership ability.

'Pratinidhitva' will be remembered in the Debating Circuit for years as the history was created in the inaugural function itself with the inauguration being done by Shri Tarun Vijay Ji, Ex-Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha). Shri Tarun Vijay Ji addressed the participants and discussed about several policy matters in an interactive session.

The valedictory session of Pratinidhitva: Model Indian Parliament was organized on 2nd October, 2016. The Chief Guest of the function was Shri Mahendra Singh Bitta, Chairman, All India Anti-Terrorism Front. During his speech, he talked to the students of University and other delegates. Mr. Bitta talked about the diminishing character of Politicians and how youth of this nation can change the demographics of the politics. 
  
Kalpita Wadher from Ashutosh College won the Best Parliamentarian Award for Historic Lok Sabha Committee, Prakhul Khera bagged the Best Parliamentarian Award for Lok Sabha Committee and Siddharth Sachdeva for ‘All India Political Parties Meet’ (AIPPM).

  • October 03, 2016

The expert lecture was arranged for all the institute of Nirma University for awareness of UPSC exams.

  • September 28, 2016

The Council of Indian Society of Criminology on the recommendation of Search Committee has conferred THE ISC – DR. B.S. HAIKERWAL AND Prof. SUSHIL CHANDRA AWARD to Prof. (Dr.) Purvi Pokhariyal, Dean and Director, Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad for her significant contribution to Criminology through her high quality of research work.  The award was conferred at the 39th All India Criminology Conference of Indian Society of Criminology (ISC) on Criminological challenges in the Contemporary Era, organized by National Law University Odisha, Cuttack on September 22, 2016.

  • September 28, 2016

Center for International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law, Institute of Law, Nirma University in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) organized a three day teachers training programme on International Humanitarian Law from 30th August, 2016 to 1st September, 2016.

The training programme was intended for law teachers who are engaged in teaching law in LL.B. programmes (both five years and three years courses) and LL.M. international law programmes, human rights, humanitarian law and refugee law lecturers in law Colleges, law faculty/departments of the universities and law schools of the Gujarat Region. The main aim of the teacher training programme was to impart a basic overview of International Humanitarian Law and to provide training on specific and contemporary issues in IHL. The programme saw the participation of 20 Law Professors from across Gujarat.

The training was given through case studies and movies followed by interactive sessions and assessment.The training programme was inaugurated by Hon. Justice Bhagwati Prasad, Chairperson, State Human Rights Commission, Gujarat and the training sessions were headed by Dr. Anuradha Saibaba, Legal Advisor and Dr. Sunod M. Jacob, Legal Advisor ICRC, Regional Delegation, Delhi.

Center for International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law, Institute of Law, Nirma University in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) organized a three day teachers training programme on International Humanitarian Law from 30th August, 2016 to 1st September, 2016.

The training programme was intended for law teachers who are engaged in teaching law in LL.B. programmes (both five years and three years courses) and LL.M. international law programmes, human rights, humanitarian law and refugee law lecturers in law Colleges, law faculty/departments of the universities and law schools of the Gujarat Region. The main aim of the teacher training programme was to impart a basic overview of International Humanitarian Law and to provide training on specific and contemporary issues in IHL. The programme saw the participation of 20 Law Professors from across Gujarat.

The training was given through case studies and movies followed by interactive sessions and assessment.The training programme was inaugurated by Hon. Justice Bhagwati Prasad, Chairperson, State Human Rights Commission, Gujarat and the training sessions were headed by Dr. Anuradha Saibaba, Legal Advisor and Dr. Sunod M. Jacob, Legal Advisor ICRC, Regional Delegation, Delhi.

  • September 02, 2016

Institute of Law, Nirma University conducted a workshop on Legal Journalism on 27th August, 2016 on the topic "Legal Journalism as a career prospect" and the ongoing condition of journalism in India. Eminent journalists - Mr. Ajay Umat, Mr. R. Prasannan and Mr. Somasekhar Sundaresan interacted with the students.

Mr. Somashekar Sundaresan, Head (Securities and Regulatory Practices), Jyoti Sagar Associates (JSA), Mumbai spoke about the life of journalists and the prospects one has for legal journalism.

Mr. Ajay Umat, Editor-in-chief at Navgujarat Samay spoke on “Trial by Media” and talked about his experience with drug addicts and his contribution to social work, problem of corruption in the society.

Senior Journalist, Mr. R. Prasannan, Chief of Bureau at The Week spoke about the writing skills of the reporters and the journalists.

The workshop was concluded with a healthy discussion followed by a question-answer session between the speakers and the participants. 

 The 13thissue of Axiom- a student run on-campus magazine was released by the guests on this occassion.

Institute of Law, Nirma University conducted a workshop on Legal Journalism on 27th August, 2016 on the topic "Legal Journalism as a career prospect" and the ongoing condition of journalism in India. Eminent journalists - Mr. Ajay Umat, Mr. R. Prasannan and Mr. Somasekhar Sundaresan interacted with the students.

Mr. Somashekar Sundaresan, Head (Securities and Regulatory Practices), Jyoti Sagar Associates (JSA), Mumbai spoke about the life of journalists and the prospects one has for legal journalism.

Mr. Ajay Umat, Editor-in-chief at Navgujarat Samay spoke on “Trial by Media” and talked about his experience with drug addicts and his contribution to social work, problem of corruption in the society.

Senior Journalist, Mr. R. Prasannan, Chief of Bureau at The Week spoke about the writing skills of the reporters and the journalists.

The workshop was concluded with a healthy discussion followed by a question-answer session between the speakers and the participants. 

 The 13thissue of Axiom- a student run on-campus magazine was released by the guests on this occassion.

  • August 28, 2016

Institute of Law, Nirma University celebrated 10 years of its foundation on a week- long basis from 19th- 23rd August, 2016. During the whole week a number of activities in collaboration with National Service Scheme (NSS) were carried out to help the society in one way or other. The Institute has always been an epitome of imparting education with excellence and achieving the greatest in every field. The last 10 years saw the Institute and students grow with each-other to excel and create memories. The last day of the Decadal Foundation Week was to felicitate the students and faculty members for their unwavering support to the Institute and to celebrate the spirit of togetherness. 

It is said that the beginning of every new thing should be done with remembering the gods and the ritual was followed on the Foundation day of Institute of law, Nirma University, the program began with the recital of Ganesh Vandana  followed by a small signing performance in the melodious voice of Ritisha Mukhurjee on “Jagave Desh Ko”. The function continued with a skit performance by a group of students of the institute; emphasizing the importance of knowledge and that knowledge knows no boundary, which was further followed by Araghaya and Arpit who recited poems.

The Institute has always been a breaker of stereotypes and it was proved yet again when instead of extending a floral welcome to the Chief Guest and other guests saplings of Tulsi were given to them. The welcome address was given by Prof (Dr) Purvi Pokahriyal, Dean & Director, Institute of Law she talked about the achievements that the Institute has achieved during the decade and an elaborated report of this Decadal Week celebration was given by the program coordinator Dr. Krishna Pal Malik wherein, he elaborated the event where students celebrated the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan at the Blind People’s association, adopted saplings , organized a blood donation camp and many more to the series.

The chief guest, Mr. Bhagwati  Prasad in his address congratulated the students and faculty to enter into a new era and turn into two digits from 1 i.e. completing a decade in the education field. He talked about the development of the Institute which has been gradual with the developments in the area of law as a faculty. He stated that, earlier, law was a choice no one opted for unless other options were exhausted but, today law is the first choice. He further stated that, law in the corporate field can land a person the finest job but one should be a master in himself and be able to take decisions on one’s own. A lawyer fulfils his objectives of being a good lawyer when he provides legal facilities to the poor sect of society & not just the corporate sector.

The felicitation program started off with the distribution of scholarships to the students on basis of their merit in CLAT 2016. After this, the meritorious students from each batch and course were given gold medal to excel in their studies and further, the students were awarded with medals and certificates for their Moot Court, Debate, MUN, Sports achievements as well as for research work published in journals across the country. The faculties were also felicitated for their research work with trophies and encouraging words from the honorable guest. Dr. Tarkesh Molia delivered the vote of thanks expressing gratitude towards the Chief Guest to honor the Institute and its students with his presence and enlightenment on the area of law.

  • August 24, 2016

Connaissance 7.0, the literary fest of ILNU Conducted from 19th – 21st August, 2016. The fest was a mixture of colors, talents, emotions and memories. Around 200 participants from across the country participated in various events.  Meraki – a breathtaking art and photo exhibition in collaboration with Marvel Art Studio was organized.  The first round of National Parliamentary Debate(NPD) witnessed ice breaker debates, where participants got to interact with each other. 

On the second day, the Youth Parliament sessions began along with the students attending the workshop by Terribly Tiny Tales. Two quizzes BIZAKAZE (business quiz) and ARMAGEDDON (general quiz) were also organized which added to the jubilation. On the last day quarter final and semi finals of NPD were a delight for spectators because of the quality debates. The YP sessions were involved in drafting of bills in either houses. 

The valedictory ceremony was graced and elevated by the presence of the legendary luminary- Mr. Piyush Mishra. Piyush who took the students towards a happy and entertaining of the fest with moments and memories to cherish forever. His soothing “Shayari” and songs lightened the air. The winners of the respective competitions were then felicitated. ‘Siliguri 

Superstars’, a cross team between students of Hindu College, Ramjas College and Sri Venkateswara College, won the NPD, and St. Stephen’s stood as runners up. Best adjudicator was bagged by Ujjwal Mohan from GNLU, and Hussain Patel from SLS stood as runners up. The winners for quiz were- ‘Mind Place’ for BIZAKAZE and ‘Strategeos’ for ARMAGEDON. In Lok Sabha Best Parliamentarian was bagged by Vedansh Sharma, High Commendation by Abhishek Tripathy, Anand Sharma, Special Mention won by Manish Soni and Rising Parliamentarian by Atul Jha and Rohil Bansal. Similarly in Rajya Sabha, Best Parliamentarian was Parth Parteek and High Commendation won by Nachiket Vaidya. Overall, the fest was a one of its kind and learners’ delight. More...

  • August 23, 2016

Mr. Binpinchandra Vaishnava has been invited to ILNU to deliver an expert lecture on 11th August, 2016 at 9.15am to 11.15am on the topic “Working of Panchayati Raj Institution in India: with Special Reference to the State of Gujarat”. Bipinchandra Vaishnava is an Rtd IAS officer having more than 25 years of work experience in Rural Development and development of Panchayati Raj Institution in Gujarat. He has authored 80 books on rural development and Panchayati Raj Institutions. He has delivered various Expert lectures for Govt. of India, Govt. of Gujarat, Academic Institution, and Training Institutions on the topic of rural Development and Panchayati Raj Institution. In today’s lecture Mr. Vaishnava has talked about Historical development of panchayati raj institutions in India. He has also talked about importance of Panchayati Raj institution and its powers and functions. In his talk he has mentioned about problems in implementation 73rd amendment of the Constitution in the States and unwillingness of the states in devolution of fund, functionaries, function to the Pancayati Raj Institutions. He has mentioned about PESA and its importance and rulings of the court on requirement of minimum qualification in contesting panchayat elections. The lecture end up with question answer with students followed by vote of thanks.

  • August 11, 2016

Professor Shubha Ghosh, Crandall Melvin Professor of Law, Director, Technology Commercialization Law Program, Syracuse University College of Law delivered a lecture on Copyright and Competition Law: Issues and challenges. The lecture begun with brief about the copyright law; both in India and USA. Referring the same, cases of Google books and Motorola were discussed with the context of competition law. Apart from the same sir talked about the Database protection and sweat of brow doctrine. He also spoke about the maps that are made are a work of art can they be copyrighted and even the architectural designs as they also show a form of portrait making and design and hence should be copyrighted. The lecture was with the blend of Competition law in Copyright. The lecture was followed by a brief question and answer session.

  • August 11, 2016

The Institute of Law has conducted a Certificate Course on Artificial Intelligence and the nexus with the IP laws. The course was conducted by none other than Prof. Shamnad Basheer.

The course curriculum is designed in such a way to effectuate learning in the class. It endeavors to stimulate the argumentative skills of the students at the same time giving the students time to ponder upon the legal issues that grew around the whole set of argumentation during the entire course.

In the beginning of the course, the students were posed with the problem on which they were expected to form arguments. Then the whole class was converted into a court room where Prof. Shamnad became the Judge cum-mentor-cum-lecturer, while two students were called upon to argue over the problem.

As the argumentation proceeded the whole problem was divided into different issues to cover the entire problem. Then each issue was deliberated in length, sometimes not ignoring the even the very fundamental existential questions like Who are the Humans? What is it that constitutes a meaningful life? What is it about Human Intelligence that makes it Natual Intelligence whereas rest becomes Artificial Intelligence?

The class eventually became a discussion forum, where after the first set of arguments were finished, there were ample questions put forth by the class before the professor. Prof. Shamnad Basheer then took the class in the most informal fashion to lead the students to uncover the entire problem layer by layer thereby problematizing each aspect of Artificial Intelligence and the present day legal regime.

This exercise of learning was an extrapolation of different domains of knowledge from the Ethics to Metaphysics to Philosophy and Human Genetics along with questioning the very concepts like what is it the constitutes Creativity and how to define Intelligence, and last but not the least the various Legal concepts which formed the very formed the very basis of the Arguments, in the beginning.

The course was 14 hour long intense brainstorming session that led all the students on their feet physically as well as intellectually to uncover the hidden secrets of Artificial Intelligence and how to bring them under the Modern Legal System.

  • August 06, 2016

Centre for ADR, Institute of Law, Nirma University held a One Day Conference on 6th August, 2016 on the much debated legal development of recent times, “Arbitration: Whether the most preferred method of Dispute Resolution in the light of Arbitration Amendment Act, 2015” in collaboration with International Chambers of Commerce Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC -YAF) and one of India’s premier law firm, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas. from the , the Conference generated immense interest amongst the corporate, litigating fraternity and students, which lead to a massive participation and interaction in the Conference. 

The Conference began with a welcome address from Mr. Tejas Karia, Partner at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas who introduced the theme for the Conference and spoke extensively about the role of the 246th Law Commission Report in framing of the existing framework of the Arbitration regime in India. Prof.( Dr.) Purvi Pokhariyal, Director and Dean, Institute of Law Nirma University delivered a special address stressing upon the focus of Law schools to dissect and deconstruct any legislation that comes into force. She also mentioned the strides the Arbitration Law has made since the very inception of the Arbitration Law in India since the British Rule in India.

Mrs. Pallavi Shroff, Managing Partner at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas began her Keynote address with an invocation of the post liberalisation economic reforms that took place in India post 1991, as that lead to the creation of an atmosphere where trade and commerce in India took turned round a corner for the better. She spoke at length about the constant intervention of the courts under the provisions of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 where causing inordinate delays and other such dilatory tactics were tacitly rewarded by the courts.

Thereafter, the first Penal discussion begun which comprised of Mr. Abhinav Bhushan, Director-South Asia, ICC,  Mr. Mihir Thakore, Senior Advocate, High Court of Gujarat, Mr. Sandeep Dave CS & GM (Legal), GSPC. The session which was moderated by Mr. Tejas Karia saw the panelist engage in a dialogue over the theme of effectiveness of Arbitration.  While Mr. Thakore laid bare the problems that the Arbitrators could face in delivering an award in 12+6 months’ time frame, Mr. Dave reiterated the need of change in the Arbitral regime while referring to a particular Arbitration which ran into its 15th year of resolution. Mr. Bhushan spoke at length about the functioning of the ICC Arbitration services, the venues of Arbitraion of most disputes as preferred by MNC’s and the inherent advantages present in the Institutional Arbitration framework. 

The Second Panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Rohit Moonka, Asst. Professor & Head, Centre for ADR Institute of Law, Nirma University and the panelists consisting of Mr. Sonal Kumar Singh, Partner, AK Singh and Co., Delhi, Mr. Rasesh Parikh, Advocate at High Court of Gujarat and Mr. Sampath Bulusu, GM Legal, Hazira LNG Pvt. Ltd. The theme of the second Panel discussion was ‘Judicial Intervention in Arbitration’. Mr. Singh began the discussion by outlaying the many reasons why companies choose to Arbitrate and opined that the presence of scrutiny by courts was a necessary evil and one which could not be wished away for the sake of convenience. Mr. Bulusu helped bring in the industry experience and his views on the need for reform in the settlement of disputes through Arbitration and helped bring in a practical angle in the debate while the theoretical aspects of the law were laid down by the other panelists.

  • August 06, 2016

Institute of Law, Nirma University, as the last leg of the ILNU Academia Conclave series organized the Intellectual Property Rights Conclave on 29th – 30th 2016 at ILNU seminar hall. The event witnessed eminent personnel from the field of IPR Law canvassing the contemporary issues related to the discipline. The event was graced by the presences of Dr. Shamnad Basheer, IP Legal Scholar and Founder, SpicyIP , Mr. Jatin Trivedi, Founding Partner, YJ Trivedi Associates, Ahmedabad ,Mr. Kaushik Banerjee, DGM, Zydus Research Centre, Mr. Zameer Nathani, Director – Legal, Raymond Ltd.; Ms. Pratibha M. Singh, Senior Advocate, Delhi High Court and Mr. Rodney Ryder, partner, Scriboard.  

On the first day of the conclave, Dr. Shamnad Basheer, Mr. Jatin Trivedi and Mr. Kaushik Banerjee took over the podium to express their opinions regarding the New IPR Policy, IPR and Social Media and the know- hows of the protection of trade secret.

Prof. Basheer focussed majorly on the need of creativity and innovation not only in framing the IP Policy, but also in daily lives. Prof. Basheer signified the importance of knowing the basics and the foundation of any particular field. Further, he also expressed the need of encouraging people to think differently, with different perspective. He mentioned, that the significance of diversity, is that, everyone play different roles, but in the end, it is all cohesive. 
Criticizing the New IPR Policy, he said that the current policy is restrictive of the free flow of ideas. Elaborating upon this, he drew an example from traditional Indian medicinal remedies which can now be subjected to IPR policies which is rather fallacious. He said that IPR policy should strive to encourage creativity and more and stringent IP laws do not serve that purpose. If the problem is that there is no room for creativity, and if the policy aims at increasing the Intellectual property, there is clear disconnection between the two. If Samsung sues Motorola, and Motorola sues Microsoft, there is no role for creativity but only for the billion-dollar settlements. 

Dealing with the obscure philosophy of IPR he discussed the meaning of property in Intellectual Property. He said that the “property” in intellectual property differs from the ‘property’ in  real property in the sense that in IP  you can never be sure when your right over the property in question be revoked and such property paradigm should be broken. He emphasized on the need of current IPR regime into RDI regime where RDI means Regulation of Distinctive Information. He concluded by saying that there should be enough room for experimentation and there should be a motive while framing the IP Policy. 

Mr. Jatin Trivedi dealt with the ongoing frenzy that is known as Social Media and the issues of Copyrights related to it. He informed about the tremendous growth of Social Media networks wherein he gave example of Facebook which has 1592m users on daily basis and WhatsApp whose user base cross 1000m. He talked about the blurred lines of copyright of the content which is uploaded on the Social Media on daily basis. Giving the example of death of Osama Bin Laden he said that the news was shared 22 lakhs times in 9 hours. Hence, No definite answer is there as to with whom the copyright of the information will lie. Hereby, he highlighted the importance of sharing button on social media sites and encouraged to give proper and due credits to the original creators of the content that is shared on The Social Network. 

Mr. Kaushik Banerjee talked about Trade Secrets. He shared his perspective on the IPR regime and businesses in India by firstly talking about the technical definitions of Innovation which is misunderstood to be happening in big things only. But, actually innovation includes all the technological improvements, improvement in goods and services and new operational and organizational purposes which help the businesses to grow and create a platform for them.   He said, “The idea is to create value.” The value creation process can be in big things as well as small things which can later on be used to improvise and innovate. Secondly, he talked about the growing market challenges and how some businesses stand out just because they innovate their operational procedure and adopt new strategies to distribute their products.

He also talked about the primary challenges in the distribution of generic products and explained the innovation process which is to acquire the basic technology to produce the goods by applying research to it and developing the product to distribute it. The basic research is to test the feasibility and viability of the product in future so that it can be improved according to market demand. The innovation process then leads to valuable assets on which Patents, Trademarks, Copyright are taken or they are classified as Trade Secrets and Confidential Information.

Thirdly, he explained the importance of IP (Intellectual Property) which is much more in this era as compared to any other physical/non-physical assets and which is protected by classifying it as Trade Secrets or Confidential Information. He then explained the difference between Patents and Trade Secrets and which would be a more viable option for companies to adopt looking at the type of business they do. He took up case laws and gave examples of Apple and Samsung which go on suing each other for patents. He also gave the example of Trade secrets by way of Google being the biggest giant in web world because of their algorithms not known to anyone. 

Fourthly, he talked about the delay in product launch because no company is able to develop the product other than its natural process which is known to everyone and thus, many important innovations are put into the basket because to patent the product, the content of the patent should be high enough to qualify as innovative and inventive. He also, explained the advantages of having trade secrets and the guidelines and policies that should be there to protect them like Employee Agreements and Non – Disclosure Agreements and keeping all the trade secret information in secured places as is done by KFC, Coca Cola and ensuring measures to keep them safe from going into fraudulent hands.
DAY 2

Institute of Law, Nirma University organized the last event in the Academia Conclave Series- IP Conclave on 29-30th July, 2016. The first day of the conclave witnessed legal luminaries - Mr. Shamnad Basheer, Mr. Jatin Trivedi and Mr. Kaushik Banerjee on the revamped IP Policy, Social Media and IP Laws, Trade Secrets and Patents. Continuing the series, on the second day of the conclave, the students were indulged in a lively and enthusiastic discussion with Mr. Zameer Nathani, Director Legal at Raymond and Ms. Pratibha M Singh, Senior Advocate and Ms. Bitika Sharma, Senior Partner at Singh and Singh Lall & Sethi.

Mr. Zameer Nathani talked on the IPR issues in the entertainment industry. He started by discussing about the IP Policy 2016 and the intention of government behind revamping the IP Policy. He talked about the lack of awareness among people regarding the IP terminology; the long and tiring registration process in obtaining a copyright and trade mark which till now took 5-10 years but, after the implementation of the policy would be done in 1 month of applying for the same; certain drugs such as that of cancer shall be available to people at a lower cost and shall be produced by generic producers and IP commercialization of financial purposes.

He later accentuated the burning issues in copyright issues in entertainment laws regarding royalty to artists, competition for screening movies and different rights which are sold when an entertainment product is launched like airborne rights, clip rights, derivative rights, online distribution rights etc. He further foregrounded IPR ecosystem where he specifically mentioned 3 steps i.e. whenever a company is represented by a lawyer it is the duty of attorney to create and protect IP, commercializing IP and enforcement of IP. Proceeding further he talked about the technical and ethical issues in the field of IPR from the legal perspective wherein he gave the examples of famous cases of Dirty Picture, Lootera and Shootout at Wadala. He connected the IPR perspective with the social perspective by giving real-life examples when the feelings of people were hurt due to any film or any other entertainment product.
Being the member of the drafting committee of the IPR Policy Ms. Prathibha Singh gave the background of the think tank of the New IPR Policy and how the policy came to be. Emphasizing on the growing area of IPR in India she remarked that India is the largest creator of Copyrighted Material and we have so much of diversification that 80% of trademark application is filed by Indian business markets. She informed that after the first draft of the policy, it was put in public and more than 500 organizations as well as the ministries reverted back to it and gave their opinions. She told that the primary intention behind drafting the new policy was to make innovation the key to IPR. Earlier 18 ministries has regulatory power over IPR for which now only DIPP has been considered to be the model ministry. 

One of the major suggestions which was given during the drafting phase to NCERT was to include IP as a subject to school curriculum. This will enable children to respect the IP Laws from very beginning and in turn, will help in inculcating the IP culture in India. There are many thing which are created in schools and colleges which can be copyrighted but are not due to unawareness. Including the subject of IP Law will help curb such unawareness.
She further informed about the scheme Startup Intellectual Property Protection which allows new innovators to get facilitators to answer any query that may arise. Also, a complete waiver of fees for filing IP Cases and no fees to the facilitators need to be paid by the clients/businesses. She also talked about the interface between Competition Law and IPR - the differences and overlapping incidents wherein she talked about exclusivity to owner which IPR gives but, Competition Law doesn’t. She talked about landmark cases like BT Cotton Monsanto Technology v. Nuvigen Seeds, Novartis case, Coca - Cola v. Pepsi. Wherein after the Novartis Judgement is was decided that if there is a substance which has been made in the new form unless it is proven that the existing form had a disadvantage and the new form provides some advantage over it, then only patent would be granted. In the end, she hoped for the bright future of Intellectual Property in India having said that now India has been granted the status of International Search Authority.

  • August 03, 2016


First day of the Constitutional Law Conclave saw the phenomenal participation from the side of students and guests speakers alike! Today, ILNU was the proud host to Senior Advocates of the Supreme Court of India, the doyens of Constitutional Law Shri PP Rao, Shri KTS Tulsi, Shri Colin Gonsalves, Shri R Venkatramani, Shri Dushyant Dave and Ms. Pallavi S Shroff, managing partner at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas. 

The speakers addressed the jam - packed hall on various contemporary constitutional Law Issues like Uniform Civil Code, Reservation in the field of Education and Profession and Scope of Human Rights at the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India. 

Tomorrow, We shall see Shri R. Venkatramani speaking on "Changing constitutional features and their impact on citizen's rights". Catch him speaking live at NIM Auditorium at 11:00 AM.

  • July 25, 2016

On 23rd July, Legal Aid Clinic, IL-NU organised a legal awareness camp in Rajkot Central Jail where students performed skits to make prison inmates aware of their rights on Bail, Plea Bargaining and Speedy Trial and Legal Aid. Hon'ble Mr. Justice M.R.Shah, High Court of Gujarat and Executive Chairman, Gujarat State Legal Services Authority graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Hon'ble Mr. I.C.Shah, Principal Judge, District and Sessions Court, Senior Jailor Shri Sonar and Bar Association of Gujarat officials remained present.

  • July 25, 2016

Mr. R Venkatramani on the second day of Constitutional Law Conclave spoke on the issue of "Changing constitutional features and their impact on citizen's rights". And with that concluded the third leg of ILNU Academia Conclave Series. 
The series will reach its denouement on 29th - 30th July with the Intellectual Property Rights Conclave which will see the presence of Mr. Shamnad Basheer, Mr. Rodney Ryder, Mr. Zameer Naithani and Mr. Kaushik Banerjee addressing the students on the "Analysis and suggestions on New IPR Policy, 2016".

  • July 25, 2016

She is not only a great mooter. But a phenomenal student as well! Harsha Asnani, a third year student at ILNU has bagged All India 13th rank in the Company Secretary Foundation Course Examination held in the Month of June 2016. 
Harsha has also been the part of the team which stood runners up in the previously held SP Sathe 10th Memorial National Moot Court Competition. Her recent achievement becomes more remarkable as she achieved this feat while preparing during her internships and regular classes. 

The Social Media Committee interacted with Harsha on her achievement. find the excerpts of the conversation at https://ilnublog.wordpress.com/2016/07/11/following-the-trend-v-being-the-trend-harsha-asnani-bags-13th-rank-in-cs-foundational-course-examination/

  • July 11, 2016

Institute of Law, Nirma University was host to Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi on the Inauguration Ceremony of the ILNU Academia Conclave Series 2016. The conclave witnesses remarkable participation from the luminaries of the legal arena as well as from the students. Dr. Singhvi spoke on the issue of "Reforms in Administration of Justice: Beating the Backlog".

  • July 09, 2016

The Orientation Programme for the Tenth ILNU Batch for the students of Undergraduate Programme (Batch 2016) of B.A., LL.B.(Hons.) and B.Com., LL.B.(Hons.) was held from 23rd to 25th June 2016.  Ms. Jane Schukoske, Chief Executive Officer, S. M. Sehgal Foundation, Gurgaon was the Chief Guest of the inaugural session of the Orientation Programme held on 23rd June 2016 and delivered the keynote address to the students.  Shri K. K. Patel, Vice President, Nirma University and Dr. Anup K. Singh, Director General, Nirma University also graced the occasion. Parents and guardians of the students attended the inaugural function. 

  • June 27, 2016


Centre for Child Rights Advocacy, Institute of Law, Nirma University in association with Gujarat State Child Protection Society, Gandhinagar, organized a One Day Orientation Programme for Judicial Officers on Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 on May 1, 2016 (9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.). The Programme was graced by Hon’ble Ms. Justice Harsha Devani, Chairperson, Juvenile Justice Committee, High Court of Gujarat, Hon'ble Ms. Justice Abhilasha Kumari and Hon'ble Mr. Justice R. M. Chhaya, Honourable Members, Juvenile Justice Committee, High Court of Gujarat; Hon’ble Justice B. N. Mehta,Judge (Retd.), Chairperson, Selection Committee under Gujarat Juvenile Justice Rules; Mr. Sanjay Prasad, Principal Secretary, Labour and Employment Department and i/c Principal Secretary, Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of Gujarat; Ms. Veena Bandhopadhyay, i/c Head, UNICEF, Gandhinagar and Mr. R.S. Dholakia, CEO, Gujarat State Child Protection Society and Director Social Defence Department, Government of Gujarat, Gandhinagar.  The Programme was attended by 27 Principal Magistrate of Juvenile Justice Boards, 25 Presiding Officers of Children’s Court from Gujarat State, 20 UNICEF & GSCPS Officials and 12 academicians.

The programme has emphasizes on effective implementation of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015; the role and function of Juvenile Justice Boards and Children’s Courts and other provisions of Act special reference to Child in conflict with law and other crimes against children and preliminary assessment under the Act. Prof. Ved Kumari, Delhi University, Professor Shekhar Seshadri, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, NIMHANS and Dr. Sheila Ramaswamy, Project Coordinator, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Prof. (Dr.) Purvi Pokhariyal, Director, ILNU, Dr. Krishna Pal Malik, Associate Professor, ILNU and Prof. Leena Mehata, MSW, MS University.

  • May 05, 2016

Under the auspices of Academic Development Research Cell, Nirma University, the Institute of Law, Nirma University conducted a two-week Faculty Refresher Programme on “Teaching Law as Socio-Politico & Behavioural Science” from 21st April to 4 th May 2016. This refresher course focused on developing the skill for looking law through social sciences and scientific method to understand the various intricacies of law. The course aimed to upgrade the participants’ knowledge pertaining to the core areas and issues where the understanding, interpretation, application and administration of law depends on the knowledge of other social science at national and international level. The various sessions in the programme were focusing mainly on two broad topics: To know how the Interface of Law takes place with other social sciences and developing the skill for teaching law integrating it with other social sciences and with interdisciplinary approach.

On 21 st April 2016, the sessions were conducted on Hermeneutics and Law and Justice by Prof. (Dr.)Lajwanti Chatani, head of the Department of Political Science, M. S. University, Vadodara. She discussed in details the intrecasis of interpretation of law and the relationship and differences between concept of Law and Justice. She discussed the topic from socio-politic and legal perspectives.

On 22 nd April 2015, three topics were covered i.e Interface of Law and Economics by Prof. Rohit Shukla, Interface of Law and Sociology by Prof..Raja Ram, Dean of Social Sciences, Central University of Gujarat, Interdisciplinary Approach in teaching Law courses by Dr. Purvi Pokhariyal, Director and Dean Institute of Law, Nirma University.

The session on Interface of Law and Economics started by raising the contemporary debate on ethics, morality and riches. Citing various examples, it was categorically stated that affluence and poverty have moral and ethical questions for the society. The second part of the lecture concentrated on the kind of growth that is not good for the economy and society as a whole. He characterized the present day growth as –Jobless, Voiceless, Ruthless, Rootless, Fruitless and Futureless in nature. There was discussion on how law can play an important role in shaping the changes. Global and Indian examples were given to prove that if law is sensitive to change, and is people centric; it may lead to good quality of life.

The need of integrating sociology while teaching law was discussed in detail in the session on Interface of Law and Sociology. Some areas have been demonstrated by him such as women’s rights, family law and the various aspects related to Justice. The discussion on Law as rational legal theory has been made in detail.

The session on integrating social sciences and developing interdisciplinary approach while teaching five years integrated course. A practical exercise based upon the research articles were conducted which stimulated critical thinking in the minds of the participants.

On 23 rd April 2016, Sessions were conducted on Labour laws [by Prof. Babu Mathew, Professor of Law, National Law school of India, University], Law and Literature [By.Prof. Dawoodbhai Ghanchi, Former Vice chancellor of North Gujarat University] and on developing interdisciplinary approach in teaching Law [By Dr. Purvi Pokhariyal, Director and Dean, Institute of law, Nirma University].

On 25 th April 2016 the sessions were conducted on Law on Juvenile Justice[By Dr. Krishna Pal Malik, Associate professor, ILNU], Competition Law and Market Regulation[By Dr. Navneet Sharma, Director of IICA], Law and Social Justice[ by Dr.Gagan Sethi, Director of Center for Social Justice, NGO].

On 26 th April 2016, the issues related to protection of the rights of the consumers, social, legal and political factors involved in the justice delivery system were discussed in detail in the session on Protection of the Rights of the Consumers by Ms.Rajyalakshmi Rao, who is ex member of all consumer forums.

On the same day the rights of the Juvenils and the socio-politico and legal aspects were discussed in detail by Dr.KrishnaPal Malik. On 27 th April 2016, a detailed discussion was made by way of interactive session on the denial of justice, taking into consideration various issues of the society, political will, historical background and legal perspectives by Dr.Ram Puniyani.

On 28 th April and 29 th April 2016 the sessions were conducted wherein the faculty demonstrated and discussed the future planning about adopting interdisciplinary approach in teaching in the coming semester. The sessions were conducted By Prof.[Dr].Purvi Pokhariyal and Dr.Krishna Pla Malik.

On 30 th April 2016, the sessions were conducted on How to develop holistic approach while teaching Constitutional law by Prof. V.S. Mallar, Professor of Law, NLS, Bangalore and on International Law –how to teach International law by Dr.V.S. Mani, Vice-Chancellor and Director, Seedling School of Law and Governance, Jaipur National University.

On 2 nd May, 2016 the sessions were conducted on socially relevant legal education with the help of case studies on Development induced Displacement and Tribal issues in India by Dr.Usha Ramnathan, Researcher and On Gender in law and Gender and Law by Dr.Vedkumari, Professor of Law, Delhi University.

On 3 rd May the sessions were conducted on developing interdisciplinary research. The presentations were made on different topics by the faculty participants. 

On 4 th May 2016, the sessions were conducted on Land and Rights by Dr.Varsha Ganguly and On Law and Management by Prof. Thyagrajan, Director, ICREATE.

In this session we have 9 speakers from Gujarat, 7 speakers are from other states. All the sessions were interactive and participative.

The Valedictory session of this two-week Faculty Refresher Programme on May 4, 2016 was graced by Dr. Anup K. Singh, Director General, Nirma University and Mr. D. P. Chhaya, Director(Academic and General Administration), Nirma University.

  • May 05, 2016


Institute of Law ranked First among Top Law Schools of Eminence in India by Global Human Resrource Development Centre (GHRDC), April 2016.  The ILNU also ranked Second among the top law schools in the western region.

  • April 02, 2016

ILNU students team comprising of  Prabhat Kumar Rai, Dhananjay Kashyap & Akshay Dixit has won the 32nd All India Inter-University Moot Court Competition which was conducted in association with the Bar Council of India held at the Presidency University, Bengaluru on 5th - 7th March, 2016. The team won the said competition out of the 41 teams which had participated from colleges all over India.

This is our third consecutive win in this moot court competition. We have also won the 30th and 31st All India Inter-University Moot Court Competition. 

The awards won by the team include, Best Memorial, Best Speaker in Semi Final Round- Dhananjay Kashyap and the Best Speaker in Final Round- Akshay Dixit

  • March 13, 2016


The Institute organized its 5th ILNU Students Conference on International Humanitarian Law on 20th February 2016.  The inauguration function was held in the Auditorium, NIM Building in the morning at 9:15AM.  Wing Commander, Dr. U. C. Jha was the Chief Guest of the function. Ms. Teena Joseph, Asst. Refugee Status Determination (RSD) Officer, UNHCR, Dr. Anuradha Saibaba, Legal Advisor, ICRC, Col. P K Gautam (Retd.), Research Fellow, IDSA were the other dignitaries who were present in the inaugural function and also chaired different session in the Conference.  About 60 participants from across the country attended the conference.

  • February 22, 2016

The National Rounds of the Louis M. Brown and Forrest S. Mosten International Client Consultation Competition was successfully organised under the aegis of Centre for ADR, Institute of Law, Nirma University during 29-31 January, 2016. 31 teams registered for the Competition out of which 29 teams which includes all the National Law Schools, Prominent Private Law Schools and Faculty of Laws participated in this Competition. Team from V.M Salgaocar College of Law, Goa emerged as the Winner of this Competition whereas NLSIU, Bangalore was adjudged as Runners-up. The Winning team of this national round will represent India at the 2016 International Client Counselling Competition which will be held at Windsor, Ontario in Canada during April 20-27, 2016. Best Client Award went to the Ist year student of ILNU, Mr. Prakhar Shukla. 

The final rounds and the Valedictory function was graced by Hon’ble Chief Justice (Retd.) of Gujarat High Court, Justice R.A. Mehta, Mr. Tejas Karia, (Partner, Shradul Amarchand, New Delhi) along with Mr. Niranjan Bhatt (Senior Mediator & Advocate, High Court of Gujarat). This Competition was organised under the able supervision of Prof. M.R.K.Prasad (National Co-ordinator, Louis M. Brown and Forrest S. Mosten International Client Consultation Competition) along with Prof. B.S.Patil.

  • February 02, 2016

The Annual National National Conference, National Conference on Justice Education (NCJE) 2016 held at the Institute on January 23-24, 2016.  The Conference was inaugurated by Prof. Upendra Baxi,University of Warwick, UK .  Mr. Pravin H. Parekh, President, Confederation of Indian Bar and Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India also graced the occasion.  The Keynote speakers of the Conference were Dr. Usha Ramanathan, Ms. Flavia Agnes, Justice C. K. Thakker, Mr. Madhav Godbole, Dr. Jagruti Patel.  Delegates from across the country participated in the Conference.

  • January 24, 2016