New Emerging Horizons of International Law ,Sir L. A. Shah College, Ahmedabad, Wednesday, 25 November 2009
“The setting is changing, the new actors are entering, the forums are diversifying, the sources are blurring, national visions are guiding, the new horizons of international law”, Director Patel, Gujarat National Law University, underlined during his rendezvous with students and faculty of Sir L. A. Shah College, the oldest law college in Gujarat, on Wednesday, 25 November 2009. Speaking at the oldest law college of the State and which has the most impressive list of alumni, including former (and current), chief justices and judges of Supreme Court of India, High Court of Gujarat, legislatures and senior civil servants, he expressed his deep gratitude for the opportunity to interact with the legal fraternity of the college.
Director Patel called upon the students and researchers to learn and research the importance of international law in the domestic legal and judicial setting. Keeping in view the vision of India – Developed Nation 2020, he suggested that academic and scholarly community should explore fully the potential of influencing the actors and the forums which make, execute and interpret international laws. Fragmentation of international law due to multitude of international courts and tribunals and lack of coordination between domestic and federal courts within national set-up, emphasis on bilateral approach in international law-making than through multilateral forums, concerns, needs and interests of nations in the multi-polar world are some of the fundamental shifts that are underpinning the evolution of international law in the 21st century. Director Patel cautioned against the undermining of multilateral institutions which have, for decades, consolidated an international legal framework and emphasized that powerful nations shall not engage in further undermining the importance of such framework. In fact, powerful nations who continue to significantly contribute to the international law making must take a proactive approach for progressive development of international law. During the address, Director Patel outlined the major changes happening in the fields of international security, disarmament and arms control, environment, United Nations, water, maritime security, space activities, international immigration law regimes. He narrated by giving practical examples how international law affects the development of the state of Gujarat in various fields – trade, commerce, intellectual property rights, climate change, immigration among others.
Patel concluded by mentioning that careers in international law are boundless and one can, with proactive approach and commitment to study and research international law, find international legal career from a state trade house/association to foreign ministry to the United Nations. Dr Mayuri Pandya, Principal In-Charge of the Law College joined the call to pursue international law studies and welcomed the efforts of the GNLU to build capacity of law colleges of Gujarat through academic and organizational collaborations.
This lecture is a part of lecture series which the GNLU is undertaking to increase overall standards of legal education, research, training and extension activities pursued by law colleges of Gujarat.