National University of Advanced Legal Studies

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National University of Advanced Legal Studies
National University of Advanced Legal Studies Logo.png
TypeNational Law University
Established2005
AffiliationBar Council of India
ChancellorChief Justice of High Court of Kerala
Vice-ChancellorProf. (Dr.) K.C. Sunny
Address
NAD Rd, HMT Colony, North Kalamassery, Kochi, Kerala 683503
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CampusUrban
Websitewww.nuals.ac.in

The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) is a public law school and a National Law University located in Kochi, India. It is the first and only National Law University in the State of Kerala and one of the 23 NLUs in India. Admissions to the university are done on the basis of the Common Law Admission Test.

The National University of Advanced Legal Studies was established by the National University of Advanced Legal Studies Act, 2005, passed by the Legislative Assembly of the State of Kerala in 2005.[1] The day-to-day management and administration of the university is undertaken by the Vice-Chancellor. Prof. (Dr.) K.C. Sunny is the current Vice-Chancellor of the university.[2]

History[edit]

The NUALS Act of 2005 merged the erstwhile National Institute for Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS), earlier established and managed by the Bar Council of Kerala and Bar Council of Kerala Trust. NUALS was inaugurated by Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan on 7 January 2006.[3] The university was located in Kochi since it was the seat of the High Court of Kerala and Lakshadweep.[4]

Entrance to the campus

Faculty[edit]

The permanent faculty of NUALS Includes Prof. (Dr.) Mini S, Dr. Balakrishnan K, Dr. Anil R. Nair, Dr. Liji O Samuel, Dr. Sheeba S. Dhar, Dr. Athira P. S., Mrs. Namitha K. L., Dr. Asif Emam, Dr. Abhayachandran K, Dr. Ambily Perayil, Dr. Aparna Sreekumar, Dr. Sandeep Menon Nandakumar, Mr. Raveendrakumar D, Mr. Hari S Nayar, Mrs. Nanditha Narayan, and Mrs. P. B. Arya.[5] Since February 2020, seven sitting judges of the High Court of Kerala have been appointed as adjunct professors at NUALS.[6]

Online Classes and Response to COVID-19[edit]

NUALS has announced a temporary move to online classes from 1 July 2020 as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.[7] The university has announced that preparations had been made for the shift, including over 150 prerecorded online lectures, including from High Court judges, advocates, and other guest faculty.[7] The university also responded by revamping its internal email servers to improve communication and information flow.[7] Additionally, the Vice-Chancellor announced that viva-voce for LLB programmes, open defences for PhDs, and LLM Examinations would be conducted online.[8]

Campus[edit]

The university campus is spread over a 10-acre compound, located in Kalamaserry.[9] The campus has an administrative block, academic block, two students' hostels, a faculty quarters, a seminar hall, an auditorium, an open air theatre, a library, a basketball court, a cricket net, a football field, a volleyball court, two badminton courts, two gyms, and a variety of indoor games.

Library[edit]

The NUALS Library, located at the centre of the university.

The NUALS Library has over 13,000 books, making it one of the largest law libraries in Kerala,[10] including extensive collections donated by eminent personalities including Justice VR Krishna Iyer, who donated his entire private library.[11] The library also includes extensive online resources including WestLaw, Kluwer, HeinOnline, SCC Online and Manupatra.[10]

Publications[edit]

NUALS Law Journal[edit]

The university publishes the NUALS Law Journal (NLJ), a student-edited, biannual, double-blind law review.[12] The Journal has been published since 2007.[12] Since 2019, the NLJ has been published biannually online and accepts rolling submissions.[12] The first biannual issue approximately coincided with the inception of the NLJ Blog and the passage of bylaws, codifying the journal's internal process.[12]

NUALS Intellectual Property Law Review[edit]

The NUALS Intellectual Property Law Review is a peer-reviewed, double blind and open access Journal, operating under the aegis of the Centre for Intellectual Property Rights (CIPR), NUALS.[13] The journal focuses on contemporary issues that are at the forefront of IP and technology. The first volume of the journal was published in 2019.[14] As of 2022, the journal has published three volumes.[15]

Student Activities[edit]

NAALAM[edit]

The NUALS Art And Literary Annual Meet is the annual cultural fest of NUALS. The fest, usually conducted over three days have a plethora of art, literary, legal and sport events. The flagship events are Alankara, the fashion show competition on night one, Choreonight, the group dance competition on day two and the headliner show, performed by music artists. Artists and bands including Masala Coffee, Thirumali,[16] Hanumankind, Arcado,[16] and Rakz Radiant[17] have performed during Naalam.

Debate[edit]

The university hosts the annual NUALS Parliamentary Debate (NPD) competition that follows the British Parliamentary Style.[18] As of 2020, it had completed six editions.[18] The NPD is organised by the NUALS Debating Society (DebSoc).[18]

NUALS Parliamentary Debate, 2019

Moot Court[edit]

NUALS International Maritime Law Arbitration Competition[edit]

At its inception in 2014, the NUALS International Maritime Law Arbitration Competition (NIMLAC) was the first maritime law moot in India.[19]

International Moots[edit]

In 2019, a team from NUALS finished as Runners-Up at the NLS Trilegal International Arbitration Moot, 2019. In 2019, NUALS emerged as semi-finalists at the World Rounds of the 23rd Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition.[20] In 2020, NUALS won the World Rounds of the 24th Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition.[21][22] In addition, the NUALS team won awards for Best Memorial, in addition to an individual speaker citation for 2nd Best Oralist.[21]

National Moots[edit]

In 2019, NUALS finished as Runners-Up at the NHRC-GNLU National Moot Court Competition, 2019.[23] In 2019, NUALS won the 1st JGLS Antitrust Law Moot Court Competition conducted by Jindal Global Law School and Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co.[24] In 2020, NUALS won the 8th RMLNLU-SCC Online International Media Law Moot Court Competition, 2020.[25]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "NUALS gets new Vice-Chancellor". The New Indian Express. 16 January 2019.
  3. ^ "NUALS dedicated to nation". The Hindu. 8 January 2006 – via www.thehindu.com.
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  5. ^ nuals.ac.in https://nuals.ac.in/FACULTY.aspx. Retrieved 10 March 2022. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "High Court sitting judges to teach NUALS students". The New Indian Express. 26 February 2020.
  7. ^ a b c "Regular Online Classes for BA LLB students at NUALS from July 1". Times of India. 29 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Varsities making gradual shift to online mode". The New Indian Express. 23 June 2020.
  9. ^ "Padavukal, Career Guidance Epi-18 National School of advanced legal studies-Part-[1]". www.youtube.com. Archived from the original on 14 December 2021. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  10. ^ a b www.nuals.ac.in http://www.nuals.ac.in/LIBRARY.aspx. Retrieved 2 July 2020. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  12. ^ a b c d "About". NUALS Law Journal. 12 April 2019. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  13. ^ "Home". The NUALS Intellectual Property Law Review. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  14. ^ "The NUALS Intellectual Property Law Review: Volume I". The NUALS Intellectual Property Law Review. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  15. ^ "Volumes". The NUALS Intellectual Property Law Review. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  16. ^ a b ThirumaLi Live Performance at "Naalam 19" | NUALS Kochi, retrieved 10 March 2022
  17. ^ NAALAM 2020 /RAKZ RADIANT, retrieved 10 March 2022
  18. ^ a b c Karki, Aprajita. "NUALS Parliamentary Debate [Feb 28-March 1, Kochi]: Register by March 1". Lawctopus.
  19. ^ "NUALS International Maritime Law Arbitration Competition". NUALS.
  20. ^ "NUALS team finishes as semi-finalists at Stetson Moot World Rounds". SCCOnline. 17 April 2019.
  21. ^ a b Dinu, Suzann (6 April 2020). "NUALS wins World Rounds of 24th Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition 2020". SCCOnline.
  22. ^ "NUALS wins 24th Stetson International Environment Law Moot Court Competition, bags Best Memorial prize". Bar and Bench. 5 April 2020.
  23. ^ "Live Blog: NHRC-GNLU National Moot Court Competition, 26th-29th September 2019". SCCOnline. 26 September 2019.
  24. ^ "NUALS wins 1st JGLS Antitrust Law Moot Court Competition". SCCOnline. 12 September 2019.
  25. ^ "NUALS wins 8th RMLNLU-SCC Online International Media Law Moot Court Competition 2020". SCCOnline. 16 March 2020.
  26. ^ "Ambika Sudhakaran, leading from the front on Republic Day". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  27. ^ "Actor Apoorva Bose starts her career with the UN - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  28. ^ "Nikhil Narendran". Trilegal. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  29. ^ "Thomas George - Practices, Education & Recognitions". Khaitan & Co. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  30. ^ "Wiseroy Damodaran". Trilegal. Retrieved 10 March 2022.

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