Legal research centres needed: Law Commission Chairman

There is a need to establish legal research centres and have more law professionals for a better future of legal education in the country, Law Commission Chairman Justice (retd) A P Shah said on Monday.

New Delhi: There is a need to establish legal research centres and have more law professionals for a better future of legal education in the country, Law Commission Chairman Justice (retd) A P Shah said on Monday.

Highlighting the need to train young professionals to benefit the legal profession, Justice Shah, former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court, said knowledge and equipment along with synergy in global and national perspective were necessary.

"We need to set up more research centres in the field of law to benefit students and this profession. The future of the legal profession is in the hands of young professionals. It is an era of globalisation and the state is slowly withdrawing from basic services to promote big private organisations.

"The need of the hour to take this profession to greater heights is the synergy between global and national perspective and more professionals to serve the society. Knowledge and equipment is required to meet challenges in legal education in the country," he said.

Addressing a seminar on 'The Future of Legal Education in India' organised by Jindal Global Law School, Justice Shah also lauded the efforts of the national law schools and private institutions by lending helping hand to the Commission.

"The universities and law schools are a great support to the Law Commission of India. LCI has taken the initiative to scrap obsolete laws but we still have some over-a-century-old laws which need to be reviewed," he said.

Prof C Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor of O P Jindal Global University, emphasised the need to raise the quality of higher education in the country.

Among those present at the seminar were Prof Jayanth Krishnan, Director of Centre on Global Legal Profession Maurer School of Law, Indiana University, USA; Prof Ranbir Singh, Vice Chancellor of National Law University (NLU) in Delhi and representatives from NLUs in Gautum Buddha Nagar, Jodhpur and Odisha.

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