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.