The Chief Justice of India, HL Dattu inaugurated the seminar on Global Legal Education, organised by KIIT University in association of Confederation of Indian Bar in KIIT University, Bhubaneswar.
President of India, Pranab Mukherjee who was suppose to inaugurate the seminar, could not join the seminar and said through a written message, law is the very foundation of a democratic society and legal education is of great significance in furthering the idea of a civilised nation-state rooted in the Rule of Law.
“The skill sets that the legal profession and the lawyers require in today’s time are very different from those earlier. Our future lawyers must now be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skill to think and act globally”, the President added. The concept of global legal education goes beyond international legal themes, Mukherjee stressed, while asking law schools to focus on research.
“In the times we live, society continues to grow more and more complex. Changes in legal system reflect these changes”, Chief Justice of India said in his address. India must produce world-class professionals and academicians to compete globally, he stressed, while highlighting the need to have an international perspective in legal education. Exchange programme, low student-teacher ratio, partnerships with foreign universities and legal clinics are some of the methods which contribute to globalising legal education, Dattu added.
Extending a warm welcome to the legal luminaries in Odisha, Naveen Patnaik said that impact of globalisation has necessitated changes in the existing laws. It has posed challenges as well as created opportunities in the legal education in India, he added. Speaking on the occasion, Justice Dipak Misra, Judge Supereme Court said that such academic events are very beneficial for the law makers. As the world is becoming a ‘global village’, there is a need for a global legal education system, he said.