Personal Effectiveness Skills
By Prof. Nishant Sheokand
 
     
 

The field of lawyering is constantly evolving. With the advent of the 21st century, there have been numerous additions in what are the key skills that a lawyer must possess. Leading industry experts believe that skills that measure personal effectiveness, such as Relationship Management, Communication, Emotional Intelligence, Entrepreneurial mindset etc. are of utmost importance for the new generation of lawyers.

Relationship management includes maintaining professional relationship with clients even in a personal or informal setting. Communication skills are equally important, not just inside the courtroom but also outside. It is crucial that a lawyer knows how to communicate effectively with their clients and other lawyers. All these skills can be further informed and enhanced by Emotional Intelligence. One of the critical aspects of EI vis a vis professional development is self-management which means that working in a highly charged environment, it is important that lawyers take responsibility for their behavior and for their wellbeing. All of this can consequently be easily facilitated by having a solution-oriented or what is known as an entrepreneurial mindset.

Therefore, a holistic personality development which focuses equally on developing emotional and inter-personal skills is the key to unlocking better lawyering skills.

 
     
     
     
  On Criminalization of Politics : “Rambabu Singh Thakur v. Sunil Arora”(2020 SCC SC 178)
By Ms. Subhashini Prasath, Student, IFIM Law School
 
     
 

This famous case is also called as Criminalization of Politics. In this case, the Supreme Court gave more attention on criminalization of politics. It noted that, in 2004 the 24 % of Parliament members were previously charged for criminal cases and in 2019, 43% of Parliament members had pending criminal cases against them.

To reduce the criminalization of politics in this case the Supreme Court gave some guidelines. under Article 129 and 142 of the Constitution which empowers it to do so.

The Supreme Court gave guidelines for all the political parties, that on their official website, in any local newspaper and in national newspaper everywhere they should publish about how many criminal cases the participating candidate has pending. This publishing should be in such a place that a common person should also get to know about it. In addition, they should also specify the reasons as to why they have chosen such candidate against whom the criminal case is pending. When mentioning about reasons for selection, they should also mention about merits, qualifications, and everything related to the candidate. Plus, the election commission also should notify within 72 hours that they have chosen such candidate against whom there are pending cases.

Related Case law, “Public Interest Foundation v. Union of India” (2019)

In this case the Supreme Court said, If there are any pending criminal case against any member, that person cannot be disqualified. But if in that criminal case they have a conviction then they can be disqualified from contesting the election.

 
     
     
 
  Exploring Law
By Prof. Nishant Sheokand

Business and Law:  MBA in Law
 
     
 

This world is of a single piece; yet we invent nets to trap it for our inspection. Then we mistake our nets for the reality of the piece. In these nets we catch the fishes of the intellect, but the sea of wholeness forever eludes our grasp. With this backdrop, let’s talk about one of the advanced areas of law and the sought-after degree of post covid world, business and law. It plays an important role in the society. It is a section of law that is involved in protecting liberties and rights, maintaining orders, resolving disputes, and establishing standards for the business concerns and their dealings with government agencies and individuals. Every state defines its own set of regulations and laws for business organizations. Similarly, it is also the responsibility of the business concerns to know the existing rules and regulations applicable to them. Business law plays a vital role in regulating business practices in a country and every business concern, either large-scale or small-scale, is bound to comply with their respective legal regulations.  

It becomes more important for the 21st century aspiring lawyers to study for the various lawsuits that form part of the legal machinery of the corporate world besides covering advanced concepts in both public and private law. This niche area of law and the advanced business degree offers technical, managerial, and leadership skills that are needed further in the modern skill-based job market. The Business- Law degree is growing in importance, as it is essential for business leaders and managers to have a fundamental understanding of law. Also, in the daily operations of business, the role of an attorney is equally important due to the global economy and the policy making. 

 
     
 


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An unwashed car in Dubai can cost you a hefty fine

 
  By Shubh Jain, student, IFIM Law School  
     
 
 

Every nation is distinct, and every country’s laws are different. Sometimes these regulations verge on the genuinely ludicrous, and other times they relate to essential cultural norms that could be different from your own. 

 
     
 

The United Arab Emirates has certain strong regulations and even more limitations on public morals and products deemed "lewd," however there are also extra laws in existence throughout the UAE that are just plain weird. The UAE cares a lot about the image of the nation, which is fair enough, but you may be penalized separately for having a filthy vehicle and for not cleaning it. Dirty cars are considered to be "disfiguring the city's reputation and health," and their owners may be fined up to 3,000 dirhams (£591) if they are not cleaned. However, washing your vehicle "incorrectly" – which is to say, in residential areas, or paying someone to do it for you – may also "distort the city’s attractive image" and result in a fine. You must take it to a competent car wash to get it done. No Saturday morning car-washing over there.

 
     
     
     
  Mahesh Chandra Mehta
By Mr. Rishabh Bhandari
 
     
 

Mahesh Chandra Mehta, a remarkable environmental lawyer, has fought for a cleaner environment in India for the last thirty-eight years. And, in doing so, he has won several prestigious awards for his activism. They include Governor’s Gold Medal, the Goldman Environmental Prize, considered an alternative Noble Prize in USA and Europe, the UN’s Global 500 Award, and above all the Magsaysay Award for Public Service. On top of that, he has been cited for “claiming for India’s present and future citizens their constitutional right to a clean and healthy environment” by the Magsaysay award jury.

His glory began in early 1984 when he visited the Taj Mahal for the first time. He saw that the famed monument’s marble had turned yellow and was pitted as a result of pollutants from nearby industries. This spurred Mehta to file his first environmental case in the Supreme Court of India. Since then, Mehta has won over forty landmark Supreme Court cases that have shut down or relocated polluting factories in India’s cities. Some of his most prominent cases include Taj Mahal Case, Ganga Pollution Case, Oleum Gas Leak Case, Vehicular Pollution Case, and Ground Water Pollution case.

He has forced polluters to pay and encouraged India’s media to carry environmental messages. Mehta has campaigned for and ushered in the use of lead-free gasoline in India's four largest cities and has demanded that 250 towns and cities near the Ganga install sewage treatment plants. The Supreme Court ordered over 2,000 industries along the Ganga to clean up or close. To save the Taj Mahal from further deterioration, the Supreme Court ordered 212 small factories surrounding the monument to close and 300 more to install pollution control devices or face a shutdown. Mehta is currently working with the M.C. Mehta Environmental Foundation, an NGO that provides training programs for aspiring environmental attorneys and runs numerous environmental justice campaigns.

 
 
 
     
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IFIM Law School has collaborated with Peace First, a US-based nonprofit working globally to activate and support youth-led social projects through mentorship and mini-grants.

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It was a kaleidoscope of performances, competitions, and activities signifying women empowerment. The CSR and Sports Secretary along with other members of the Council celebrated our women housekeeping staff with a small get together. It was a great learning curve for our Student Council and was a part of their Personality Enhancement Program.

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Editorial Team:
Chief Editor: Prof. Nishant Sheokand
Executive Editor: Ms Shambhavi Thakur