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New topics in legal curriculum to address pressing governing issues


By Aditya Wadhawan
Law Colleges are introducing new topics like Environmental Law, Intellectual Properties Rights (IPR) Law, Cyber Laws, Technology Laws, Privacy Laws, Sustainability Laws, European Union Laws and Space Laws in their existing curriculum. In addition to this, the Bar Council of India (BCI) in its reply to the Delhi High Court in March this year said that it would take a reasonable time to examine ways to include the Right to Education (RTE) Act in the legal curriculum. By pursuing these newly introduced courses, students can get jobs in the top legal firms, in-house corporate legal teams of private companies and think tanks that deal with legal issues.
Speaking to Education Times, Eqbal Hussain, dean, Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi, says,“BCI is the statutory body for introducing new changes in the legal curriculum in the country. The inclusion of new topics by BCI is a routine exercise and it does so whenever new laws are enacted to meet the demands of the changing times and scenarios. It is pertinent to teach the newly enacted laws to the students in actuality which would ensure the effective implementation of them in the future.”
“There are discussions to introduce RTE in the legal curriculum would also be done. Introducing Cyber Law in the legal curriculum was essential due to the increasing occurrence of cybercrimes,” says Hussain.
Recently, a lot of people in Haryana were cheated of their money through cyber criminals. While studying cybercrime, students would be taught to tackle cases related to cybercrime, prevent the occurrence of bank frauds and also be introduced to the topic of digital advertising. “Secondly, as far as introducing IPR Law is concerned, many cases relating to trademark come up in the courts daily which need competent lawyers to tackle them,” informs Hussain.
“These newly introduced subjects would be taught by the existing teachers as there are no specialised teachers for these new subjects. In times to come specialisations in these newly introduced topics will be introduced at the masters level,” adds Hussain.
Ashish Bhardwaj, founding dean, BITS Law School, Mumbai, says, “Several new courses that are being introduced by law colleges have a close relation with emerging technologies. Companies related to financial services, digital payments, e-commerce, and even social media have to understand and deal with futuristic issues of Metaverse, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Data Protection and Crypto currencies. Therefore, Privacy Laws, Cyber Laws, Technology Laws, Data Protection Laws and IPR Laws are critical courses for any future-oriented law school. BITS Law School offers four specialisations that touch on these relevant topics.
“Courses on advanced intellectual property, technology law, privacy and data law are essential for students to comprehend current and new challenges and also offer novel solutions to the industry and government for problems that will emerge in the near future,” adds Bharadwaj.

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