Restatements of Indian Law

Although the press release from the Supreme Court of India about the Restatements of Indian Law appeared last October, I only recently noticed that the first three restatements were available for purchase. The first three restatement topics are: legislative privilege, contempt of court, and public interest litigation.

The restatements are a joint project of the Indian Law Institute and the Supreme Court Project Committee of Restatement of Indian Law.

The press release mentions that three separate publishers were selected for the restatements: Lexis Nexis-Butterworths; CCH,and Universal Law Publishing Co. In the future, it would be nice to have the restatements posted on the Legal Information Institute of India (LIIofIndia) or IndLII.

From the Press Release

http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=76582

Legislative Privilege – This subject was chosen partly on account of the sharp focus it brings to the principle of ‘checks and balances’ vis-a-vis the two important organs of State – the Legislature and the Judiciary.

 

Contempt of Court – The subject was chosen on account of the fact that the power of contempt is a necessary concomitant of a court of record. It must be exercised judiciously, in a manner that balances the need for preserving and upholding the rule of law as well as the integrity of the judicial system, while at the same time avoiding untoward incursions into that precious right of freedom of speech and expression.

 

Public Interest Litigation – The Committee chose ‘Public Interest Litigation’ as the third area for restatement on account of the unique contribution of the Supreme Court of India in facilitating access to justice by liberalizing the principle of locus standi. The circuitous journey of PIL and associated discrete judicial thoughts necessitated a clarion, which this restatement aims at.

Indian Legal Research Sites

A roundup of free Indian legal research resources:

Indian Kanoon

http://www.indiankanoon.org/

Full-text access to Supreme Court and state court case law.

Legal Information Institute of India

http://liiofindia.org/

part of wonderful WorldLII consortium and the Free Access to Law Movement.

India Legal Information Institute

http://www.indlii.org/

LegalSutra – Law Students’ Knowledge Base

http://legalsutra.org/

This site provides student generated class outlines and commentaries on specific legal issues.

LawKhoj

http://lawkhoj.com/

Indian legal search engine.

AdvocateKhoj Law Library

http://www.advocatekhoj.com/library/index.php

links to legislation, case law, legal conferences, information about Indian law schools, and attorney directories.

hat tip to Rob Richards and Anoop Vincent.

ICALIRDA Conference 2012 – Legal Information in India

International Conference on Access to Legal Information & Research in the Digital Age (ICALIRDA 2012)
February 29 – March 2, 2012

Organizers:
National Law University, Delhi
SAARC Law
Mohan Law House

Location:
Auditorium, National Law University, Delhi
Sector-14, Dwarka, New Delhi-110078 India

Main Theme:
International Conference on Access to Legal Information & Research in the Digital Age
(29 Feb-02 March 2012)

Sub Themes:
*   Legal Education and Research: Current Development in Digital Age
*   Role of ICT in Development of Comparative Jurisprudence
*   International Law and Globalization in Digital Age
*   Current Trends in Legal Publishing :IPR Issues & Challenges
*   Licensing for Digital Resources
*   Best Practices of Information & Knowledge Management in Libraries
*   Open Access Initiatives and Scholarly Publishing
*   Free Access to Law Movement: National & International Perspective
*   Access, Authorization and Authentication of Digital Web Information
*   Role, Relevancy and Research: Online Legal Databases

For additional information contact the Conference Convener, Priya Rai:
Ms. Priya Rai
Deputy Librarian,
Justice T.P.S.Chawla Library,
National Law University Delhi,
Sec-14 Dwarka, New Delhi-110078
Tel: 011-24533441,09811260504
icalirda2012@gmail.com

http://www.nludelhi.ac.in

hat tip to Aru Satkalmi.

Mitra Sharafi’s South Asian Legal History Resources

Professor Sharafi’s Web on South Asian Legal History site includes a list of citation abbreviations of  law reports from the colonial era for Bangladesh, Burma (Myanmar), India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.  It also includes a useful “Research Guide to the Case Law,”  which explains the role of precedent, details major published and unpublished sources of cases, and describes how cases were cited.

 Mitra Sharafi’s South Asian Legal History Resources

http://hosted.law.wisc.edu/wordpress/sharafi/

 

 

GNLU Journal of Law, Development and Politics

The Gujarat National Law University of India is publishing the GNLU Journal of Law, Development and Politics.

http://www.gnlu.ac.in/GJLDPAboutUs.htm

From the description:

The GNLU Journal of law, Development and Politics (GJLDP) is a biannual, interdisciplinary journal which focuses on law, development and politics; is published by the Editorial Board of Gujarat National Law University and is administered by faculty and students of the University. The purpose of GJLDP is to provide our readers with information on recent developments affecting laws, development and various political issues.

The Student Editors alongwith Faculty Editors and an Editor-in-Chief of GJLDP, research, edit, and cite check the submitted manuscripts. The Student Editors are chosen annually by the faculty editors of the Journal.


2 new journals for 2010: ILI Law Review and Arctic Review on Law & Politics

Indian Law Institute Law Review (free)

http://www.ili.ac.in/lawreview.htm

Volume 1, Issue 1

http://www.ili.ac.in/issues.htm

journal description:

The ILI Law Review is an initiative of the LL.M students of ILI to encourage scholarship in the fields of law and allied subjects among the budding scholars of ILI and other Universities and Colleges in India and abroad.  It is expected that the ILI Law Review will cater to the felt needs of scholars, researchers, lawyers, policy makers and dedicated law students in the diverse arenas of law

The ILI Law Review will be an Online Journal and each article submitted for publication goes through a three-tier selection process. The selection process includes vetting of the articles by students, experts from ILI faculty and finally by an external expert. There after the student editors of the journal edits the articles selected for publication as per the Journal of Indian Law Institute format.  It is also important to note that the ILI Law Review is proposed to be an environment friendly publication because at no stage of the publication papers are used. Many factors make the Law Review unique and different from other journals. It is the first online law journal in the country to be assigned with the ISSN code, which is indicative of its quality and standard. The involvement of students at every stage of the process ensures that they are exposed to editing procedures under expert guidance. As we believe in unconditional dissemination of knowledge, the journal is open-sourced and all articles are available free of any cost. Through its peer-reviewed processes and constant dedication to maintain international standards, the ILI Law Review aims to be a vehicle of quality legal scholarship within the country and abroad.

Arctic Review on Law and Politics.

Roughly $75 per year for two issues.

http://akademiskweb.com/index.asp?id=129002

Journal description from their Web site:

Arctic Review on Law and Politics is a scientific journal with the goal to publish articles in the field of law and politics. Law and Politics is understood in a wide sense, as it also encompasses research in disciplines like economics, sociology, human geography and social anthropology.

The journal focuses on the arctic and the northern areas, and the aim is to provide new knowledge and understanding of fundamental issues in these areas and thus become a rostrum for debates over the development in the northern areas. The goal is to cover issues like management of resources, environmental issues including economic and legal questions of climate change, and law of the sea. Other topics of current interest are jurisdictional matters and indigenous people’s rights.

Arctic Review on Law and Politics takes aim to be an international journal at a high academic level, publishing peer reviewed articles in two volumes per year.

The journal is established in the «Arctic Capital» of Norway, Tromsø, where the editor-in-chief also is located. In addition to the editor, the editorial board consists of national co-editors from the other arctic countries; Canada, Denmark, Finland, Russia, Sweden and USA.

2009 Directory of Indian Law Firms

The India Business Law Journal has posted a profile of over 30 Indian law firms. The Directory also includes a brief article on the state of the legal profession in India.

2009 Directory of Indian Law Firms 

http://www.indilaw.com/pdfs/2009%20Directory%20of%20Indian%20Law%20Firms.pdf

Center for Systemic Peace

The Center for Systemic Peace has numerous Web pages with historical information related to political stability and changes in regimes.

Adverse Regime Changes in Africa 1955-2004  http://www.systemicpeace.org/africa/ACPPAnnex2a.pdf

Coup d’Etat in Africa 1946-2004 http://www.systemicpeace.org/africa/ACPPAnnex2b.pdf

Major Periods of Armed Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa 1946-2004 http://www.systemicpeace.org/africa/ACPPAnnex1a.pdf

Polity IV Project Political Regime Characteristics and Transitions 1800-2007 http://www.systemicpeace.org/polity/polity4.htm

Description of the Center for Systemic Peace

The Center for Systemic Peace (CSP) was founded in 1997. It is engaged in innovative research on the problem of political violence within the structural context of the dynamic global system, that is, global systems analysis. The Center supports scientific research and quantitative analysis in many issue areas related to the fundamental problems of violence in both human relations and societal development. The focus of CSP research is on the possibilities of complex systemic management of all manner of societal and systemic conflicts. The Center regularly monitors and reports on general trends in societal-system performance, at the global, regional, and state levels of analysis and in the key systemic dimensions of conflict, governance, and (human and physical) development. The Center is now affiliated with the Center for Global Policy at George Mason University.

Legal Education and Research in India

The 50th Anniverary issue (v.50 #4) of the Journal of the Indian Law Institute has two articles of interest:

Legal Education, Resarch and Pedagogy – Ideological Perceptions

A. Kakshminath  pp.606-628.

To Mould Millennium Law Researchers and Teachers: the Role of the Indian Law Institute

S. Sivakumar  pp.699-706.

The Sivakumar article lists the twelve national law schools in India (see footnote 7 on page 701):

1.      National Law School of India (Bangalore)

2.      NALSAR (Hyderabad)

3.      National Law Institute (Bhopal)

4.      National Law University (Jodhpur)

5.      Hidayatullah National Law University (Raipur)

6.      Gujarat National Law University (Gandhinagar)

7.      National University of Advanced Legal Studies (Kochi)

8.      Chanakya National Law University (Patna)

9.      Rajiv Gandhi National Law University (Patiala)

10.  Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University (Lucknow)

11.  National Law School of Delhi (Delhi)

12.  Indian Law Institute (deemed a university under the Presidentship of the Chief Justice of India)

Two Web sites for researching environmental law and sustainable development issues in India

Here are two Web sites that are useful for keeping up with environmental issues and sustainable development in India. Based in New Delhi, the Centre for Science and Environment provides updates, reports and policy papers on air pollution, pollution monitoring, rainwater, natural resource management, and environment education.  The Centre also maintains a companion Web site “India Environment Portal” with additional publications and news reports on dozens of natutal resource and sustainability topics.

Centre for Science and Environment

http://www.cseindia.org/

 

India Environment Portal

http://indiaenvironmentportal.org.in/