Symfiesta Negotiation Competition

In one of the biggest achievements in the field of competitive negotiation, Mayank Dahiya and Amardeep Chahal , the third year students of School of Law, The Northcap University, had participated in the Symfiesta, National Negotiation Competition organized by the Symbiosis Law School, Noida on 15th to 17th February 2019 and emerged as the Runner Up in the competition leaving behind 26 teams from the all over the country. The the compitition was sponsered by SCC online and was evalueated by the eminent lawyers and judges. The team was up against the team from O.P Jindal University in the final rounds. The problem tackled by the finalists centered around a dispute in Afghanistan having captured four hostages and The United States Of America wanted to interrogate the matter themselves and free the hostages in the soil of Fafghanistan.

The competition was well organized and it posed some new challenges to the participants and gave a new phase of learning.

One day International Conference

The School of Law organised the International Conference on Interface between Technology and Law: Moving towards Digital India’ on 5 Nov 2018. The conference was inaugurated by Mr Jozef Drofenik, Ambassador and Plenipotentiary, Republic of Slovenia, accompanied by First Lady Dr Ala Adamia, Romania. Mr Drofenik spoke on the impact of technology on law by giving a brief acumen of law employing new technologies to pursue goals which were pursued by other technologies in the past like e-document, e-signature, payment of obligations through e-money and discussed their position in other European nations.

The keynote address at the event was delivered by Prof. Nuzhat Praveen Khan, Head and Dean, Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia. She highlighted issues related to technological advancements of society which have given intensification alarms in relation to integrity and security of cyber space, social networking sites, information, trust and privacy, consumer protection, taxation issues, jurisdictional questions, issues related to intellectual property rights and electronic transactions etc. The inaugural session was followed by three technical sessions under different themes. 69 delegates from across the country, including two foreign delegates, participated in the Conference. Participants received Certificates for Paper Presentation.

Workshop on Emerging Contemporary Issues

Centre for Intellectual Property Rights Advocacy, Research and Training (CIPRART), School of Law, The NorthCap University, Gurugram,  organised  a workshop on the theme ‘Emerging Contemporary issues under Copyright Law: National and International Perspectives’ for Law students on 5 Oct 2018. The workshop was conducted by Mr GR Raghavender, Joint Secretary, Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice, GOI (Registrar Copyright Office). Recent issues relating to Copyright Law under Beijing Treaty on Audio-visual Performances and Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works to Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities were discussed. The WIPO Treaty on Protection of Broadcasting Organizations with special emphasis on their limitations and exceptions; recent issues on internet piracy, software protection under multilateral treatise, artificial intelligence with special emphasis on EU Directives on Copyright in the Digital Single Market and US Music Modernization Act were also discussed. The Workshop was coordinated by Ms Unanza Gulzar.

NCU Rotaractor Wins 2nd Prize in Essay Competition

We are proud to announce that Nakul Pasricha, a Rotaractor and 3rd year student, Dept of CSE, bagged the 2nd Position in the Essay Writing Competition based on the theme ‘Disease Prevention and Treatment’ organized by Rotaract Club of Delhi in Sept 2018. He wrote on ‘Stigma related to AIDS’. Irrespective of their branch of study, true excellence comes when students are able to think critically and express themselves about the pressing issues of the society. The 1st Prize was won by a student of Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi.

Workshop on ‘Impact of technology on citizens at the heart of smart cities: behavioural aspects of their engagement’ 

School of Law, organized a workshop on the topic ‘Impact of technology on citizens at the heart of Smart Cities: Behavioural aspects of their engagement’ for 4th & 5th Year BBA- LLB (H) students. The workshop was conducted by Ms Mateja Geder, international education expert from Republic of Slovenia. The workshop helped students understand the role that citizens play in a Smart City and the impact of technology on their behavioural aspects. Live examples were used such as signing of petitions over social networking sites and the response of authorities to that. Participants also did a brief live mobile survey on citizen’s engagement in the protection of the environment via internet, which is guaranteed under the Indian Constitution. The workshop was coordinated by Ms Unanza Gulzar, Assistant Professor.

National Service Scheme at NCU

An Orientation-cum-Felicitation ceremony was organized by NSS at NCU on 29 Aug 2018. 1st Year students were informed about the importance of NSS and its activities. Achievements such as blood donation, education drive, cleanliness drive, team building event, women safety and empowerment were showcased. through a video presentation. The newly inducted members of the NSS were cognized about its moto, vision and its functioning.

Volunteers were introduced to their respected domains and were informed about their roles and responsibilities in the NSS. They were apprised about the upcoming event ‘Education Drive’ and were asked to give their suggestions for it. Dr Jyotsna Singh, Dy Dean, Student Affairs & Programme Coordinator, NSS, welcomed the new volunteers and enlightened them about the importance of NSS in their careers and introduced the volunteers to the office bearers of NSS, for the year ahead.

To provide relief to those affected by the floods in Kerala, NSS raised awareness about the calamity among people on the campus and in the neighbourhood and organized a collection drive of monetary and material funds for them. Counters were set up in busy areas of the campus to collect money and materials especially at the cafeteria, NCU. A list of materials required was prepared and people were encouraged to contribute the same. Monetary aid was accepted in the form of hard cash or through Paytm. Nearby areas such as the markets were visited and the NSS team motivated the shopkeepers and residents to contribute and help in providing flood relief. The total amount of voluntary donation collected by NSS was Rs 29,800 which was sent to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund, online, on 4 Sept 2018. The event was coordinated by Dr Jyotsna Singh, Programme coordinator, NSS.

Rotaract Club wins awards at Thanksgiving Ceremony of the Rotary District

On 1 July 2018, Rotary District 3011 celebrated its Thanksgiving Ceremony 2017-2018 of Rtr DRR Anmol Chawal and Rtr DRS Ritanshu Sharma. More than 25 club leaders and their team members were present to give the memorable ending to the golden Rotaract year.

NCU Rotaract Club was recognised with two awards. Student Rtr Pradyuman received the ‘Mr Saransh’ award. The NCU Rotaract Club received the Best District Governor’s Visit award based on the assessment of the club’s performance in the last one year. Student Rtr Shreya Gupta, President of the club, received the award on behalf of the club. The programme was graced by many International Rotaractors of various Rotary districts.

Guest lecture by Dr. Oliver Quick who is a Professor in the University of Bristol

The School of Law, The Northcap University is organized a guest lecture by Dr. Oliver Quick who is a Professor in the University of Bristol on the theme “Healthcare, Medicine & Medical Manslaughter”. Prof. Quick gave an enlightening lecture on extended jurisprudence of torts for Medical Negligence. Medical Manslaughter is professional negligence by act or omission by a health care provider in which the treatment provided falls below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community and causes injury or death to the patient, with most cases involving medical error.

He explained that conviction in such cases has to be assessed by the Jury considering whether the extent to which the defendant’s conduct departed from the proper standard of care incumbent upon him, involving as it must have done a risk of death to the patient, was such that it should be judged criminal. The essence of the matter is whether having regard to the risk of death involved; the conduct of the defendant was so bad in all the circumstances as to amount in their judgment to a criminal act of omission. Prof. Quick discussed about many surveys conducted by the University of Bristol where it was revealed that the threat of prosecution for medical practitioners is actually pulling them back from undertaking risky operations. The lecture was followed by a discussion amongst the students and Prof. Quick.

SOL, NCU makes an effort to remove Gender Disparity on International Women’s Day 8th March, 2018

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” -Gloria Steinem

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year. It commemorates the movement for women’s right. Observed since 1909, it is a global celebration of respect, appreciation and recognition of women, while continuing to call for greater equality.  The focus this year is on Parity.

School of Law, The NorthCap University with the support of District Legal Services Authority, Gurugram, on 8th March 2018 initiated to celebrate this day in an elaborate manner and aimed to create awareness relating to the women centric issues that are faced by women worldwide.Empowerment is an important word which we all believe in and the first step in empowerment is taking control of your own health, respecting yourself and understanding and celebrating the value you bring to your family and society. Empowerment is not a gift of society; it is a gift you give yourself.

The NorthCap University conducted the International Women’s Day March and Rally on Thursday, 8th March of 2018. The theme of the programme was “Up, we rise- A walk for gender equality”, which drew attention to the many ways that gender equality appears to slipping, particularly in the area of health, economics, representation and safety. The programme began at 9 am with the arrival of the guests. Ms. Pritam Rani Siwach (Former Captain of the Indian Women’s Hockey Team) was the Chief Guest of the programme, and Mr Mohsen Baharvand (Deputy Secretary General of Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization) was invited as the Guest of Honour. The inaugural programme started with the lighting of the lamp and saraswati vandana. Col. Bikram Mohanty (Retd.), Registrar of the NorthCap University gave the welcome address and that was followed by the speech of Ms. Pritam Rani Siwach. She enlightened the young crowd with her struggling past in the childhood and how she strived to become a successful sportsperson. Mr Mohsen Baharvand explained the importance of the word “equality” in gender related issues focusing on the International perspective. The most awaited part of the whole inaugural programme was the nukkad natak choreographed by the students of the school of law with dedication and spirit. The nukkad natak highlighted lot of women centric issues receiving lot of appreciation from the young audience. The programme ended with a vote of thanks by the Head of the Department, Dr Kanu Priya followed by a salute to the nation by singing National Anthem with enthusiasm. The start of the march was embarked by the cutting of the ribbon by our Chief Guest Ms. Pritam Rani Siwach.

The students tried their best to spread awareness to the general people explaining about the concepts of women equality and empowerment. Slogans were raised, banners and posters depicting gender equality, plights of rural women were carried by all the students throughout the march. Issues relating to women in Indian society were highlighted through the performance of skit in a public area. The safety measures were maintained throughout by the Gurugram police officials and security representatives of the university. The pamphlets which were given by the National Commission for Women, New Delhi, India were distributed to the people on the road. The awareness walk proved to be a great success.

Everyone – men and women – can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly – whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.

School of Law, NCU Organized Vth NCU National Moot Court Competition on 14-15 April 2018

School of law, The NorthCap University, Gurugram organised its Vth NCU National Moot Court Competition (NMCC) on 14-15 April, 2018. It is one of the rare competitions in Indiawhich is being held on a pressing issue of environmental law with changing theme every year for which it has also been conferred with the title of “Indian Stetson”. The event was inaugurated by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Rajesh Kumar Agarwal, Judge, Supreme Court of India, S.B. Mitra, Executive Director (Law & HR), GAIL (India) Limited, Prof. Pushpesh Pant (Professor Emeritus) NCU. The words of Justice Agarwal were immensely motivating for all the young mooters and the entire gathering. He praised the School of Law, The North Cap University for highlighting such a critical and important issue of present day relevance, namely the Shale Gas as an alternative source of energy. The Moot Court Competition witnessed participation from Central and State Universities, National and Private Law Schools from all the corners of the country.

SOL NCU has carved a niche for itself, as a leader in Environment Law Moot Court Competition. The Moot Proposition for the Vth Edition highlighted the contemporary issues related to exploration and production of Shale Gas, with a special emphasis on unavailability of land, displacement of local communities and mineral rights and ownership. The moot proposition was closely related to use of Shale Gas as an energy resource and the problems that come as part and parcel of production and consumption of Shale Gas. The moot court competition vexed to tackle the big picture question that whether it is necessary to have development to feed the energy needs at the price of creating a water problem.

Eminent dignitaries from legal domain, Supreme Court lawyers, corporate officers and Academicians were invited to judge the various rounds that took place over the two days. Out of the 20 teams, 8 teams qualified for the quarter-finals on the first day of the Competition, and 4 teams qualified for the semi-final round battled on the second day to reach the finals.

The Final Round of the Competition was chaired by a bench of three dignitaries: Hon’ble Justice M. Karpaga Vinayagam, former Chief Justice, Jharkhand High Court, Prof. Dr. Paramjit S. Jaswal, Vice Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law and Prof. Anatole Boute, Associate Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong, specialising in energy, environment and investment law. The Bench gave enlighteningremarks to the teams and inspired the students by their wisdom. The final round witnessed an exhaustive and enlightening questioning by the Bench. The judges asked several questions pertaining to challenges of shale gas fracking process and Centre-State relationship with respect to mineral ownership. The competing teams answered the questions in a commendable manner. The students received a lot of appreciation and sound advice from the judges regarding how to answer the questions in a court of law.

NUSRL, Ranchi emerged as the winner of the competition and was bestowed upon with the trophies along with certificates and a cash prize of 40,000 INR, the Runners up SASTRA University, Chennai were given a cash prize of 20,000 INR. The award for the Best Memorial of 10,000 INR was bagged by RGNUL, Patiala. The Award for the Best Female advocate of 10,000 INR was won by Aiman Hashmi from Law Centre-I, Delhi University and the Award for the Best Male advocate of INR 10,000 was won by Mayank Jain, from School of Law, Ansal University.

V Edition of National Moot Court Competition was praised by all the dignitaries and guests for the important topic that it touched upon. Of course the efforts of the students from all around the globe added a spark to the event. Watching young lawyers practice their advocacy skills was interesting and motivating to watch. The final round judges praised the hard work and commitment of the entire organising committee – faculty and students and the vision of the Law School of The North Cap University. The event was a grand success as all the elements of the event were synchronized to all possible extent without any gap.

Quoting Sir Albert Einstein – “Try not to become a man of only success, rather to become a man of value”. This lesson of values and ethics is what the School of Law, The North Cap University strives to bring across its students. Similar lessons have always been brought up in the series of Environmental Law Moot Competitions, conducted by the School of Law. With this perseverance and persistence School of Law looks forward to hosting series of enlightening events and also to come up with the Vth Edition of National Moot Court Competition with another important and concerning topic.