The Importance of Emotional Intelligence in the Age of AI  
     
 

Most lawyers must ideally possess legal skills. That is at least the intent of most law degrees. Now, the lawyers must further possess augmented skills such as business and data analytics basics, project management, and an understanding of how legal delivery makes use of technology, to set themselves apart. As technologically sound, analytic, and data driven competencies are being integrated in every field anyway, the future digital lawyers must also be adept at relationship building, and people skills. The advent of automation and its integration in the legal field will deal with most of the repetitive and administrative work. This will give the future lawyers more time to hone interpersonal skills and counsel their clients appropriately. Therefore, there is a demand for increased focus on emotional intelligence.

     
     
     
  Vishaka v. State of Rajasthan (1997)  
     
 

This case was brought before the Supreme Court of India as a Public Interest Litigation on behalf of various women’s rights activists. It was filed against the State of Rajasthan and Government of India to enforce the fundamental rights of working women under Articles 14, 19, and 21 of the Indian Constitution. The case was filed in the aftermath of the brutal gangrape of Bhanwari Devi, a social worker, for stopping a child marriage. The apathetic treatment of the Indian legal system towards Bhanwari Devi and her case resulted in widespread national and international outrage. Resultantly, many women’s rights activists filed a PIL in front of the Indian SC.

In this landmark judgement, the SC relied extensively on International Law and held that "International Conventions and norms are significant for the purpose of interpretation of the guarantee of gender equality, right to work with human dignity in Articles 14, 15, 19(1)(g) and 21 of the Constitution and the safeguards against sexual harassment implicit therein." It also provided the first authoritative and basic definition of “sexual harassment” and proposed the prevention of sexual harassment at workplace guidelines, popularly known as the Vishaka Guidelines. It attempted to fill a statutory vacuum and set out a ‘judicial legislation’. While the case along with the guidelines was pronounced in 1997, it was only in 2013 that the GOI enacted The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.

 
     
     
   
 

So, you’re at the end of your law degree and it’s time for you to immerse yourself in the field. But, you feel a tug at your heart and a sinking feeling in your gut and you think to yourself “I have finished law, but what is the practice of law?, What is in it for me?, Does it move me, speak to me, urge me to DO something?, or Did I just choose it because I had no other option and because Harvey Spector seems suave and cool”. You didn’t choose it because you had nothing better, you chose it because law has a little something for everyone. It is one of the most versatile fields but little do people know anything about it apart from the “tareekh pr tareekh” litigations or the romanticization of corporate slavery. Whether you’re an Arts enthusiast, a Sports fanatic, or a Fashion monger, you will find that this field allows you to advocate for whatever it is that you are passionate about.

More on the various fields in the next issue. Stay tuned to this section to explore the various facets of law and its practice, with us.

     
 


Did you Know?
 

 
     
 

Do Not Ride Your Bicycle Into the Swimming Pool

 
   
 
 

According to California State Law, it is illegal to ride your bicycle into the swimming pool. As much as we would like to say “who’d do something like that”, turns out wild young teens would do it. Around four decades back when BMX bikes and skateboards were fairly new, it was quite common for youngsters to use empty swimming pools as skating rinks

 
     
     
     
  Prof. Upendra Baxi  
     
 

Professor Upendra Baxi is a renowned legal scholar. He was the professor of Law at Delhi University for 23 years, from 1973-1996, and the Vice Chancellor between 1990-1994. He was a professor of law in development at the University of Warwick from 1996 to 2004 where he has been an Emeritus since 2009.

He was a Ford Foundation Professor of Human Rights at The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (Kolkata) (2004-2006). He is an honorary professor of the National Law School of India University (Bangalore); the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR, Hyderabad); the National Law University (Delhi), and the Gujarat National Law University (Gandhinagar); Jindal Global Law School (Delhi). He has also taught as visiting faculty at the University of Sydney, Duke University, Washington College of Law, The American University; Global Law Program New York University Law School, and at the University of Toronto.

In 1999, he was invited to deliver the Hague Lectures in Private International Law by the Hague Academy of International Law.In 2011, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian Government for his contribution to the Indian legal landscape.

Prof. Baxi has had a profound impact on the Indian constitutional and human rights jurisprudence. Most of his scholarly works revolve around the issues of human rights, constitutional law, and legal philosophy. He is a distinguished southern jurist receptive and responsive to the various juristic traditions and justice demands of the subaltern communities of the Global South.

 
 
 
     
  News & Events  
     
 

Summer Internship Provided to 117 students

The IFIM Law School Internship & Placement Cell successfully assisted 117 students in securing internships, who had opted for institutional assistance for the same.

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Kick-Start Kanyathon 2022

We flagged off Kanyathon 2022, which as annual charity event, at Vijaybhoomi University. The underlying purpose of this run was to address issues that hinder the growth and progress of female children in our country.

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