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    SCHOOL OF LAW EVENTS

    THE LAW CONCLAVE 2021

    ADAPTING LEGAL EDUCATION TO THE DIGITAL AGE

    Technology restructures society, and more particularly social and economic activities and institutions, in myriad fundamental ways. Inevitably, the technological restructuring of society and its institutions leads to a dynamic interplay of technology and the law. In particular, technology affects legal practice in the following ways: (i) Changes to the delivery of legal services; and (ii) policy, legislative and regulatory changes across industries impacted by technology.

    Accordingly, lawyers today must be equipped with the relevant knowledge and skill sets required to tackle and navigate both these changes in an effective way. Panelists from around the globe have come together to discuss all about adapting legal education to the digital age.

    Panel One: Practitioners& Legal Tech

    Moderator: Mr.Aditya Rathore, Assistant Professor, School of Law

    Panelists:

    • Rahul Matthan (Founding Partner, Trilegal)
    • Chittu Nagarajan (Managing Director, Contract Wrangler India)
    • Somasekhar Sundaresan (Independent Counsel)
    • Pramod Rao (Group General Counsel, ICICI)
    • Vrinda Bhandari (Digital and Privacy Rights Lawyer)

    Panel Two: Technology & Legal Policy

    Moderator: Mr.Anubhav Raj Shekhar,Assistant Professor, School of Law

    Panelists:

    • Prof. Soledad Atienza (Dean, IE Law School)
    • Prof. Roger Brownsword (Professor, Law, King’s College London; Author, Law 3.0)
    • Dr. Vikas Kathuria (Fellow, Observer Research Foundation; Policy Expert)
    • Prof. Sudhir Krishnaswamy (Vice Chancelor, NLSIU)
    • Amlan Mohanty (Public Policy Counsel, Google India)

    Keynote by Mr. SajanPoovayya, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India

    The Law Conclave 2020

    Decoding the Next-Gen Legal Professional

    BML Munjal University in association with Vahura organised a conclave titled ‘The Law Conclave 2020‘ to discuss and understand the changing legal landscape in India. The theme of the conclave was ‘Decoding the Next-Gen Legal Professional’ where renowned Industry veterans and stakeholders from the legal value chain discussed the changes.

    The study titled “Decoding the Next-Gen Legal Professional” (the “Study or Survey” ) sets out to capture the practitioner’s perspective of the practice of law and the skills required of lawyers in the rapidly transforming legal environment. BML Munjal University (BMU) and Vahura together curated this Survey in June 2020. In total, 208 legal professionals from leading law firms and in-house legal departments, as well as independent practitioners, shared their perspectives on the impact of technology on the legal profession, the skills and attributes required for the next generation lawyer to survive and thrive in our legal ecosystem. The results of this survey were analyzed in-depth before generating this study built on data insights.

    Constitution Day Debate

    The 2nd annual inter-school Constitution Day Debate was organized by School of Law, BML Munjal University from November 21st – November 26th, 2020. Honoring its commitment to ensure quality education even in times of a pandemic, the university took the decision of hosting the event online, with multiple rounds of the competition spread over a week. The pandemic failed to dampen the spirit of young minds, as the event witnessed record participation of – teams from various parts of the country including cities of Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Gurgaon, Bokaro, Barrackpore and Thane.

    Modelled to simulate the Indian Constitution Assembly debates, this year, the Constitution Day Debate allowed students a platform to represent interests of various stakeholders, as members of constitution assembly of an imaginary nation. In each round, students were given a new proposition of constitutional importance to debate upon.

    2021: Year of The Entrepreneurial Lawyer

    We are entering the golden age of the legal entrepreneur. Law is no longer solely about lawyers, venturing into a solo law practice requires a business skill set apart from your area of law, and it can be daunting to even the most daring go-getters.

    Hear Mr. Ritwik Lukose, Co- Founder-Vahura, Ms. Roopa Gosain, Principal, Gems Education, Karnal along with Prof. (Dr.) Nigam Nuggehalli, Dean School of Law, BML Munjal University and understand how you can “write your own story, create your own path” and be a Next-Gen Legal Professional.

    A Secret History of the Constitution of India

    Does the history of our Constitution excite you?

    Listen to our discussion with Mr. Aakash Singh Rathore on his book – Ambedkar’s Preamble: A Secret History of the Constitution of India. The discussion was moderated by Prof. (Dr) Nigam Nuggehalli, Dean, School of Law and Mr. Anubhav Raj Shekhar, Faculty Associate, School of Law. He unveiled some interesting facts about the Constitution of India in his address to our students.

    Understanding Gender Based Legal Rights

    On International Women’s Day, we had an exciting conversation on exploring how the Indian legal regime constructs and engages with gender, identity, morality, and rights of sexual and gender minorities. The discussion would explore the problematic conceptualization of law as a tool for providing rights to the so-called vulnerable categories, ready to be ‘saved’. By taking the contemporary issues such as abortion ban, transgender rights, sexual violence and inter-faith marriages, this discussion aims to unpack the complex relationship between law and gender.

    As the celebrated author of “The Future of Disability Law in India” published in 2012 by Oxford University Press, Ms. Jayna Kothari shared her experiences on working with the issues of gender rights, trans activism and disability law. The discussion was moderated by Ms. Urmi Gupta, Assistant Professor, School of Law.

    Law: A Personal Journey

    School of Law embarked on an interesting journey of interactions with lawyers. These interactions involved light-hearted discussions with guests about their lives as lawyers and about other interesting things. It has been a great opportunity to get an insight into how the lives of different lawyers pan out in different ways due to the varied choices they make during law school and later during practice.

    Interviews were conducted weekly every Saturday.

    Mr. S.A Karthik, Founder, Quasar Legal

    Ms. Aparna Mittal, Founder,Samāna Centre for Gender,Policy & Law | Leading Advisor: Inclusion & Diversity (Gender/ LGBT)

    Mr. Gautham Srinivas, Partner, Khaitan& Co.

    Mr. Rahul Singh, Senior Associate Professor, National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)

    Ms. Varsha Aithala, Full Time Ph.D Candidate, NLSIU

    Ms. Anindita Mitra, Co-Founder and Advocate on Record: Law Chambers of Nandakumar and Mitra

    Ms. Nimrah Sameen Alvi, Senior Associate, ShardulAmarchandMangaldas

    Mr. Aditya Vikram Singh, Principal Associate, Khaitan& Co.

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