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/

 

 

Afghanistan Law Bibliography

Afghan Law Bibliography posted on the Afghan Analyst Web Site.

Afghanistan Law Bibliography

January 2011

Tim Mathews (University of Maine Law School)

http://afghanistan-analyst.org/Documents/AfghanistanLegalBibliography.pdf

“This bibliography is divided into eight sections.

1.References. Guides other than academic or research articles that provide broad background information

2.Afghan Law, In General. Broad topics related to Afghan legal systems and legal history

3.Customary Law. Afghan customary law and history

4.Islamic Law, In General. Articles focusing upon Sunni jurisprudence in both international and domestic areas of law

5.Islamic Law in Afghanistan. Articles focusing on Islamic law as applied in Afghanistan, to include functioning of courts of Sharia

6.State Codes and State Legal System. Functioning of state courts, administrative processes, and discussion of state codes

7.Constitution: Drafting and Law. Articles discussing Afghan constitutional law, constitutional drafting, and related issues

8.Rule of Law and Policy Issues. Post-conflict reconstruction, transitional justice, human rights, and security issues relevant to the legal system.”

 

Guide to Pakistani Militant Groups

IRIN Humanitarian News and Analysis has posted a guide to militant groups in Pakistan, which includes a brief list of sources. The guide provides the name, base of support, areas of operation, and targets for each group.

Pakistan: A Guide to Main Militant Groups

Oct 13, 2010

http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportID=90760

 

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.


Asian AIDS Law Database

Asia Catalyst has launched the Asian AIDS Law Database

http://www.yazhoudiaocha.com/laws/

From the description and press release

This database presents and links to English-language information about HIV/AIDS-related statutes from countries in Asia. Chinese-language information is provided where available. The database is a

free, user-friendly resource, searchable in Chinese and English, to help researchers to find HIV/AIDS-related statutes throughout Asia. It is the first database exclusively dedicated to this purpose. The database has over 100 records, ranging from Cambodia’s draft law on drug control to the national policy on HIV/AIDS of Bangladesh. 

Asia Catalyst is a US-based resource for grassroots organizations working on HIV/AIDS in Asia.

hat tip : Professor Donald Clarke

Report on Nepal’s New Draft Constitution

NYU School of Law’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice has released the following report:

Rights Within Reach: Securing Equality and Human Rights in Nepal’s New Constitution
http://www.chrgj.org/projects/docs/rightswithinreach.pdf

From the report’s conclusion:

Ending centuries of caste-based discrimination and ensuring Dalit rights in both public and private spheres must be a central feature of Nepal’s long awaited social, political, and economic transformation.

The new Constitution will serve as the basis for the development and enforcement of legislative, administrative, budgetary, judicial, and educational measures that are necessary to secure this transformation. The drafting of the new Constitution presents the Constituent Assembly with the profound opportunity to demonstrate Nepal’s commitment to human rights and to affirm the inherent dignity of all individuals. Many of the Thematic Committees’ proposals for the new Constitution take significant steps toward meeting these goals. However, as noted throughout this Statement and the accompanying Chart, in order for Nepal to meet its human rights obligations, certain revisions to the proposals are needed. In addition, rights that are not currently reflected in the proposals must be included and guaranteed. CHRGJ strongly encourages members of the Constituent Assembly to consider these recommendations as they deliberate on and draft the new Constitution.

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