Introduction

Introduction

Law reform competition is a unique experiment introduced by Mar Gregorios College of Law, Trivandrum to encourage students of Law to develop research capabilities to understand the role of law in society and to propose meaningful reforms to the existing law and its practice to advance the Constitutional goals of JUSTICE - social, economic, and political. It encourages law students to look beyond the conventional role of lawyers in dispute resolution and administration of justice and gives them experimental learning on the larger role of nation building through policy - making and social engineering.

The first such competition held between 2016 - ’17 involved participation of over 200 students from a dozen law colleges and institutions spread across India on the subject of ‘Draft Uniform Civil Code for India’. The Draft, duly edited and compiled, was received by the Chairman of the Law Commission of India from the Governor of Kerala, Mr. Justice P Sathasivam in a grand function held at the College Campus under the Chairmanship of His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos, the Patron of College. The students who prepared the Draft were honoured with cash awards and certificates.

Mar Gregorios College of Law, which has received the Institutional Excellence Award in 2018 from the Society of Indian Law Firms and Menon Institute of Legal Advocacy Training, seeks to institutionalize the competition on account of its proven merit in improving the quality of legal education in the country. In this regard, we are pleased to announce the second law reform competition on the subject ‘Draft National Health Code’.

As a token of appreciation for the significant contribution made by Prof.(Dr.) N R Madhava Menon to the advancement of legal education in India, the management of Mar Gregorios College of Law has instituted a Chair on Legal Education in his name in 2018 and the second edition of the competition is sponsored by Prof.(Dr.) N R Madhava Menon Chair on Legal Education.

Mar Gregorios College of Law (MGCL), Trivandrum

Mar Gregorios College of Law is established by the Malankara Syrian Catholic Church in the year 2012 at the initiative and with the blessings of His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cardinal Cleemis, Major Archbishop - Catholicos of Trivandrum who is the patron of the college. The college is dedicated to the venerable memory of late Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios, the great spiritual leader and an erudite educationist par excellence. Located on a sprawling verdant campus,‘Mar Ivanios Vidya Nagar’, at Nalanchira in Trivandrum, MGCL provides for both postgraduate and undergraduate programmes in law. As a centre of excellence in legal education, the college aims to integrate legal knowledge, skills and ethics through its rigorous academic activities and innovative teaching methods. The college having been conferred with Institutional Excellence Award 2017 by Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) and Menon Institute of Legal and Advocacy Training (MILAT), is the first ever law school to organize a law reforms competition in association with MILAT, and with the endorsement of Law Commission of India. The college is indebted to MILAT and its Chairman Prof. (Dr.) N R Madhava Menon, for his inspiring guidance and support for all meaningful activities of the college.

Menon Institute of Legal Advocacy Training (MILAT

Menon Institute of Legal Advocacy Training is a charity educational institution registered in Trivandrum (Kerala) as a society to impart skill training among legal aspirants. MILAT also undertakes research for law reform and development of the legal profession. Prof.(Dr.) N R Madhava Menon who pioneered legal education reforms through the Five - Year Integrated LL.B. programme and by establishing the first National Law School in Bangalore is the Chairman of MILAT.