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Centre Of Excellence For Women Child And The Law Juris Law Offices, New Delhi
Centre of Excellence for Women and Child Competition (CEWCL), IFIM Law School, the organiser of this competition has been established with an avowed object of deliberating issues relating to women empowerment, child rights and spreading awareness about gender equality. It has already organised two mega events viz., a Panel discussion on UCC in securing Gender Justice and celebration of International Women’s day.
About the Event:
The Nomenclature ‘Feminae Empoderamiento’ is the result of coinage of ‘Feminae’ a Latin term signifying ‘Women’ and ‘Empoderamiento’ a Spanish term signifying ‘Empowerment’, which in toto implies ‘Women’s Empowerment’.
Law which discharges the role of a regulator has enormous power to regulate the conduct of the people to whom it applies. The efficacy of any Law depends upon the wisdom with which it is drafted that as such it can be a thorn on the path of people or a rose. Law should aim at ameliorating the conditions of life of people rather exposing them to unmitigated hardship. Accordingly, much depends upon how judiciously the law makers draft any law. The law makers should necessarily seek public opinion with respect to any matter which falls into the domain of Public Policy. The proposed event provides an opportunity to the legal fraternity to showcase their acumen in legal drafting by stepping into the shoes of law makers.
The CEWCL along with Juris Law Offices organised the competition to render legal fraternity a crack at drafting some of the most contentious Acts/ Bills that are well debated in our nation and which unfortunately are kept in cold storage because of political and lethargy.
As part of the competition the participants were expected to draft a ‘BILL’ on any one of the topics mentioned below.
- REGULATION OF HEINOUS CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN BILL 2018
- THE CHILD NEGLECT (PROTECTION AND PREVENTION) BILL 2018
- THE UNIFORM CIVIL CODE, 2018
- THE COMPENSATORY SURROGACY (REGULATION) BILL, 2018
27th September 2018 (Day 1):
The first day of the event commenced with seeking blessings of the Almighty as the dignitaries lighted the lamp.
The dignitaries enlightened the audience regarding the importance of legal drafting and the skills to be inculcated in them to excel in legal profession. They also focused on various facets of drafting and contextual usage of appropriate legal jargon.
Ms. Ramya, Protection Officer, Women and Child Development Department, Government of Karnataka was also a part of the event.
Chief Guest for the Inaugural Session - Hon’ble Justice Mr. B. S. Patil.
Hon’ble Mr Justice B.S. Patil briefed the audience about the commitment, hard work and the price it brings in future. He spoke about the fundamental duties of citizens. In this context he stressed the fundamental duty of the students to pursue their studies seriously. He referred to a catena of case laws while explaining the difference between interpretation and misinterpretation. He explained the salient features of the constitution. He advised the participants not to leave any ambiguity in the laws, so that there would not be any loopholes or misinterpretation. He quoted Chief Justice Barack, “The judge must know history and keep in mind the history of the State and not the hysteria of the people.” He has also mentioned that the duty of a judge is to interpret the laws drafts made by the Legislative department and not to overrule it on the ground of anachronism. He gave the participants pointers to look for while drafting any bill.
Ms. Manvi Rajvanshy – Associate Partner – NLDC 2018
She explained the following five mantras of successful advocacy
- Mastering one’s mind/ multi-tasking
- Doing more work than the pay-off
- Maintaining good health which has deep impact on the thought process
- Making failure the stepping stone of success.
She has advised to avoid mistakes in the legal profession and success which follows a failure is enduring.
Key features of the Presentation Program:
14 teams from across India participated in this Competition. The participants had to present a Bill on any one of the topics selected by them before a Panel of Judges consisting of:
1.HON’BLE Mr. NIYAZ AHMED S DAFEDAR
FORMER PRINCIPLE DISTRICT & SESSIONS JUDGE
2.Ms. MANVI RAJVANSHY
JURIS LAW OFFICES
3.Mr. MADHU DEV M. D
HIGH COURT OF KARNATAKA
|Participants||Topics of Final Bill|
|Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad||The Compensatory Surrogacy Regulation Bill 2018|
|School of Excellency, Chennai||Regulation of Heinous Crimes Against Women and Children Bill 2018|
|M. S. Ramaiah College of Law, Bangalore||Regulation of Heinous Crimes Against Women and Children Bill 2018|
|Bishop Cotton Women’s Christian Law College, Bangalore||Regulation of Heinous Crimes Against Women and Children Bill 2018|
|Presidency University, Bangalore||Regulation of Heinous Crimes Against Women and Children Bill 2018|
|University Law College Bangalore||Uniform Civil Code and Conflict of Personal Laws Bill 2018|
|Dr. B.R. Ambedkar College of Law, Bangalore||The Compensatory Surrogacy Regulation Bill 2018|
|Christ Academy, Bangalore||The Compensatory Surrogacy Regulation Bill 2018|
|REVA School of Law, Bangalore||The Child Neglect (Protection and Prevention) Bill 2018|
|SRM, Delhi||The Compensatory Surrogacy Regulation Bill 2018|
|Alliance School of Law, Bangalore||The Child Neglect (Protection and Prevention) Bill 2018|
|Alliance School of Law, Bangalore||The Compensatory Surrogacy Regulation Bill 2018|
|Alliance School of law, Bangalore||The Compensatory Surrogacy Regulation Bill 2018|
Valedictory session (Day 2):
The session was graced by dignitaries, panellists, invitees and the participants. Hon’ble Mr. Justice Vasudevan Jagannathan, Former Judge, High Court of Karnataka, the Chief Guest on the occasion process highlighted the nuances of legal drafting and its pertinent role in the legislature.
The Guest of Honour, Ms. Soumya Reddy, Sitting M.L.A., Jayanagar constituency, hailed the advocates as torch bearers who play an important role in building a lawful society. She also advised the young budding lawyers to focus more on socio-legal issues prevailing in the society and take up pro bono initiatives.
The CEWCL members performed a Skit on women’s empowerment.
The event concluded with distribution of mementos as token of appreciation to all the participant colleges and prizes to the winners, mentioned below
1st prize – Alliance University – team 012
2nd prize – University law College – team 007
3rd prize – Alliance University – team 013
The entire two days event on National Legal Drafting Competition 2018 concluded with vote of thanks and National Anthem.
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