Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
Faculty of Law
Delhi University (DU)
Professor S.N. Singh Dean and Head
The best Law Faculty, established in 1924. is at the threshold of great expansion and innovation. The hallmark of this expansion and innovation is the decision of the University to integrate all the three Law Centres into one single unit. To be located in an area of nearly 13 acres at Dhaka. the existing faculty of 75 will add 212 new members. From the academic year 2010-11. the Faculty would increase admission intake by 54% as decided by the University to give full effect to 27% reservation in admissions in LL.B. and LL.M. courses for the socially and educationally backward classes (O.B.C.) (non-creamy layer). This will increase the students strength considerably with the annual intake of 2445 in LL.B. and 106 in LL.M. courses. The total students strength is likely to go to more than 5000.
The unrelenting efforts of the faculty members in the revision of reading materials both for LL.B. and LL.M. degree courses in each semester during last three years has been un-paralleled. The Case Materials. question papers for LL.B. and LL.M. Entrance Tests for the years 2008 and 2009 along with answers. examination date-sheet. list ofstudents admitted to first year of LLB. and LLM. courses have been put up on Delhi University website www.du.ac.in for the benefit off all concerned. This single step has brought not only transparency and accountability in the working of the Faculty of Law but the same has also been acclaimed as most beneficial for the students and teachers of other institutions of legal learning. While there is a general decline in the standard of quality education. this Faculty has not only maintained the existing high standards of legal education but it has also tried to raise it to further heights. With the adoption of uniform teaching and examination calendar by the University. there has been considerable increase in teaching time. This has led to more academic interaction between the students and teachers. The teaching and examination schedule announced in advance helps the students to properly plan their studies and vacations. With the strict enforcement of attendance rules. nearly 500 students each year are denied permission to appear in the
examinations on account of shortage of attendance. Thus non-serious students have no place in this Faculty. With the adoption of one common examination for all students since 2007-08 and centralized evaluation system in December. 2008. the results are being declared within a very short time after conclusion of the examinations. The system has improved both the evaluation standards and results.
The Faculty of Law attracts students from abroad on account of its world-wide reputation. These foreign students come from highly developed and developing countries including United States of America. United Kingdom. France. China. Korea. Mongolia. Iran. Nepal. etc. They join LL.B.. M.C.L. and Ph.D. programmes. During this year. two foreign nationals. one each from Korea and Iran. were awarded Ph.D. Degree on subjects such as Law of Partnership and Criminal Law. The student visitors for a limited period study included Ms. Li Lairu. Lecturer. Law Institute. Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and International Business School. Yunnan University of Finance & Economics and Ph.D. scholar visited the Faculty in March. 2010 to collect research and study materials on law of contract for her research work. Three students from France. viz. Ms. Clara Giraud. Jean-Baptiste Coquard and Penelope Bouchard. Exchange Students from Lyon III. France are presently studying at this Faculty from the beginning of the current academic year. [They have been allowed to opt courses ofLL.B. at their choice.
There has been tremendous increase in the visit of delegates from foreign countries during the academic year 2009-10. These included the visit of Prof. Dr. Rudiger Wolfram, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Dr. Walter Doralt, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Private Law and Prof. Dr. Ulrich Sieber, Max Planck Institute for Foreign & International Criminal Law. Freiburg. Germany in November. 2009. Prof. Debra A. Beauregard. Director of Graduate Program and Prof. Sharon Callahan. Director of Alumni Relations. Pierce Law. Franklin Pierce Law Center visited the Faculty on 16th November. 2009. Justice Elyakim Rubinstein of the Supreme Court of Israel visited the Faculty on 16th December 2009 and interacted with teachers and students regarding justice delivery system in his country. Woo. Yoon Keun. Yoon S. Chang and Park. Min-shik. Members. National Assembly of the Republic of Korea along with Park Kyongsig. Second Secretary. Embassy of the Republic of Korea visited this Faculty on 12th January 2010. Tri Hayati. Head of Undergraduate Extension Programme visited the Faculty in January. 2010 to explore the possibility
of exchange programme between India and Indonesia. Prof. Dermot Cahill. Head off Bangor Law School visited the Faculty on 21st February 2010 and delivered a lecture on “Recent price fixing decisions of the competition authorities in Europe and the UK” in which the students and teachers closely interacted.
\A delegation of 45 officers and members of courts. legislatures and other departments from 34 countries visited this Faculty on 28th January 2010. They included officers and members from Afghanistan. Argentina. Armenia.
Bangladesh. Cambodia. Congo. Ethopia. Fiji. Guatemala. Indonesia. Iraq. Jamaica. Lithuania.. Mauritius. Mongolia.
Myanmar. Nigeria. Oman. Peru. South Africa. Sri Lanka. Sudan. Surinam. Swaziland. Tajikistan. Tanzania. Thailand. Tunisia. Uganda. Ukraine. Uzbekistan. Zambia and Zimbabwe besides officers from Indian Parliament and state
legislatures. A similar delegation had visited this Faculty for the first time in January. 2009 also.
The most significant visit was from Moscow. Russia. Ms. Gracheva Elena. Vice Rector Kutafin Moscow State Law Academy and Ms. Sokolova Natalis. Vice Director of the Institute of Jurisprudence of Kutafin Moscow State Law Academy visited the Faculty on 27th February 2010 and entered into a Memorandum for Cooperation for joint
activities including exchange of students and faculty staff. publications. teaching materials. information on
educational and research activities and participation in conferences. symposia and seminars.
The Faculty of Law laid particular emphasis on environmental protection and legal aid programmes during the year 2009-10. One-day Legal Aid and Awareness Programme was organized at Vill. Gopalpur. Distt. Rohtak. Haryana on 21st February 2010 in which nearly 100 students of LL.B.. LL.M. and M.C.L. along with teachers participated alogwith the villagers. The interaction related to acquainting the villagers about the fundamental rights and duties. right to information and consumer protection. Two environmental trips were taken to have on the spot
study of the impact of various legislative and executive measures to prevent and control pollution of river Yamuna at
Agra and Vrindaban on 24th March 2010 and river Ganga at Hardwar and Rishikesh from 26th – 29th March 2010. More than 45 students and teachers participated in the trip.
The students of this Faculty have excelled in moot court competitions held in India and abroad. Five students were selected to represent the Faculty of Law at the White & Case International Rounds of the 51st Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition held in March. 2010 at Washington D.C.
During last three years. new prize. medal and scholarship have been instituted. They include “Justice Sunanda Bhandare Gold Medal in Family Law” to be awarded to a student of LL.B. securing highest marks in Family Law I and II Papers together and clears all papers in the first attempt; Fellowship of Rs. 1500.00 per month in the name of “Justice Sunanda Bhandare Fellowship in Constitutional Law” to be awarded to a student of LL.B. who secured highest marks in Constitutional Law I and II together and clears all papers in first attempt. The University of Delhi has also received donation of Rs.6,25,000/- for institution of Sohan Lal Sethi Memorial Scholarship to be awarded for securing highest marks in LL.B. I-V Term Examinations each year.
The Faculty expresses its deep sorrow on the sad demise of its four retired members. Prof. K.B. Rohatgi, a teacher of Mercantile Law, had headed this Faculty from 1971-75 and later became the Director, South Delhi I Campus, University of Delhi. Dr. A.S. Bedi was an excellent teacher of International Law and Criminal Law andl worked in this Faculty for a long time. Shri T.S. Batra served this Faculty for a number of years and taught International Law. Dr. Shobha Saxena had joined this Faculty relatively at a late stage of her academic career. Thfl Faculty is greatly indebted to all these colleagues for their contribution to its growth.
The Faculty has a very bright future not only in terms of its expansion and infra-structure but also in providing leadership in the field of legal education in the country. Let every one – student, teacher, employee and alumni -contribute his/her best towards achieving the goal of excellence in legal education to maintain the leading role played by this great institution.