NUJS News Year 2017

W.B. National University of Juridical Sciences holds its Twelfth Convocation: Chief Justice of India hails the success of National Law Universities

The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, (WBNUJS) Kolkata held its twelfth convocation ceremony on 10th December 2017 at its Salt Lake Campus.

The Convocation Ceremony was presided over by Hon'ble Justice Dipak Misra, Chief Justice of India and Chancellor, WBNUJS. Professor Dr. Bhupinder Singh Chimni, Professor of Law (Retd.), Jawaharlal Nehru University and former Vice-Chancellor, WBNUJS was the Chief Guest.

Commencing the convocation ceremony, Prof. (Dr.) P. Ishwara Bhat, Vice-Chancellor, WBNUJS, while congratulating the graduating students, said that "with the goal of fostering graduates whose work will usher in a positive social change, the University aspires to become a tool of revolutionary transformation."

Addressing the gathering, Hon'ble Justice Dipak Misra hailed the establishment of National Law Universities as one of the most successful exercise in the field of legal education. He also urged the students to "not forget the basic lesson learn from the Constitution of India - the lesson that we are to create and work for an India of a certain kind of social order, where equality of opportunity and minimizing of inequalities of status and facilities is the goal."

Prof. Chimni, the Chief Guest for the Convocation added that "we are living in times where there is a deep contestation of ideas. Each day, we are seeing battles in courts on very fundamental values including in the highest court of the land. In these times, there is a particular responsibility on the legal community to defend fundamental values of our Constitution such a secularism, democracy and justice."

In this Convocation, 2 students were conferred doctoral degrees, 38 students were awarded LL.M. degrees and 123 students were conferred LL.B. Degree by the University. In addition, 33 gold medals were awarded to students for meritorious academic and outstanding extra-curricular performance. Rhodes Scholar for 2017-2018, Ms. Gauri Pillai was awarded the University Gold Medal for Securing the First Rank in the Undergraduate Programme and Mr. Jaison John was awarded the Nani Palkhivala Memorial Gold Medal for first rank in the Masters Programme.

NUJS News Year 2016

NUJS student gets Rhodes Scholarship

Gauri Pillai, a 5th Year student of NUJS, has been awarded the Rhodes Scholarship to study for a postgraduate course of her choice for a year in Oxford University. Gauri is the third student from NUJS to have been awarded this prestigious scholarship. Before her, Shibani Ghosh (2006) and Amba Kak (2014) became Rhodes scholars.

Gauri was awarded the scholarship along with Mary Kavita Dominic from NUALS, Kochi and Vanshaj Jain from NLSIU Bangalore from the discipline of law. Two other students from non-law disciplines have also been bestowed this scholarship.

On being selected for this scholarship, Gauri, who would graduate with the batch of 2017, said that "The Rhodes Scholarship is awarded every year to 95 students across the world, from various disciplines. It involved three rigorous rounds of selection, including two interviews. It tested not just my understanding of my area of interest, but also my commitment to service and my clarity of thought regarding my future career."

The NUJS Community congratulates Gauri on this achievement and wishes her the very best for future!

One day RTI Training Programme

On the 27th of September, 2016 the Centre for Regulatory Studies, Governance and Public Policy (CRSGPP), a research centre at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS) organised a one-day Training Programme on the Right to Information Act, 2005. The programme was meant to create awareness and motivation among Public Information Officers (PIOs) in different institutions, with specific focus to educational institutes. The programme threw light on how RTI applications should be received, what should be the attitude of PIOs while answering RTI queries, and most importantly, what are their obligations under the Act regarding disclosure. Aside from this, institutions were encouraged to have a better information management mechanism, improved system of data storage and voluntary disclosure of information which would lead to greater transparency and reduce the number of RTI applications.

The inaugural address was delivered by the Hon'ble Vice Chancellor of WBNUJS, Prof. (Dr.) Ishwara Bhat. The Chief Guest of the programme was Mr. GMP Reddy (IPS retd), State Information Commissioner, and prominent resource persons included Mr. A.K. Chaudhury (IAS retd), former Chief Information Commissioner of Bihar, Dr. Jeet Singh Mann, Associate Professor at the National Law University, Delhi and professors from the Administrative Training Institute, Kolkata. The vote of thanks was delivered by the Research Fellow of CRSGPP, Dr. T.R. Subramanya. CRSGPP conducted this training programme in pursuance of a project it is carrying out on the trend analysis of RTI applications in the Gram Panchayats and Panchayat Samitis in West Bengal.

NUJS News Year 2015

NUJS wins ELSA WTO Moot Court Competition 2015

A team of NUJS students has won the ELSA WTO Moot Court Competition 2015, the annual competition held at Geneva. In a competition that saw a dominant performance from Indian Teams, the NUJS Team defeated NLU Jodhpur and NLSIU Bangalore in the Semi-Final and Final respectively.

The winning team members Sandeep Ravikumar, Ira Chadha-Sridhar, Pramiti Parwani and Abhimanyu Hazari also bagged several individual honours. Ira Chadha-Sridhar and Sandeep Ravikumar were declared the 2nd and 3rd best speakers overall with Ira also winning the best speaker awards in the semi-final and final.

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NUJS News Year 2014

Seventh Durga Das Basu Endowment Lecture 2014 was held on 22nd March 2014 at Room 201, WBNUJS

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8th Convocation of the University was held on 22nd February 2014 at WBNUJS Auditorium

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Ninth K.C.Basu Endownment Lecture was held on Friday 24th January 2014 at WBNUJS Campus

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Eight K.C.Basu Endownment Lecture  held  at WBNUJS Campus

Download Speech of Mr. Sanjay Parikh::  DEVELOPMENT VERSUS NATURAL RESOURCES

View Video in YouTube: Speech given Ms. Medha Patkar

NUJS News Year 2013

The Seventh Convocation of West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences was held on 24th February 2013

Sixth Dr. Durga Das Memorial Lecture was delivered by Hon'ble Mr. Justice S. Rajendra Babu, Former Chief Justice of India on 23rd February 2013 on "Contribution of Supreme Court to the Growth of Democracy in India"

NUJS News Year 2012

The Sixth Convocation of West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences was held on 18th February 2012

NUJS News Year 2011

Prof. (Dr.) P. Ishwara Bhat
has assumed the office of the Vice Chancellor, The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata on the forenoon of 2nd December 2011 in pursuance of the decision of the Executive Council of this University.

Visiting Professors

Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Dr. V. Umakanth

NUJS-IIM to launch Post Graduate Executive Diploma in Business Management and Law

IIM-Shillong and the National University of Juridical Science West Bengal (WBNUJS) has formally sealed an agreement on Monday to start a Post-Graduate Executive Diploma in Business Management and Law (PGexDBL) in the presence of chief minister Mukul Sangma, and Rathindra Nath Datta, chairman, board of governors RGIIMS.

Both the institutes were represented by AK Dutta, founding director of IIM Shillong and M P Singh, vice-chancellor of WBNUJS respectively.

"The philosophy of the program deals with preparing participants to earn a professional qualification in Business Management and Law by virtue of gaining in depth understanding of various concepts in the area. The program would also aim at helping participants understand the latest developments and best practices," read an official release issued by the only B-School in the northeast.  Web News at:

5th NUJS Convocation - January 2011

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1. Vice Chancellor Dr. M.P.Singh
2. Chief Guest Dr. Bhanu Pratap Mehta

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NUJS faculty appointed member of a committee formed by the Hon'ble High Court of Calcutta

Sarfaraz Ahmed Khan, Assistant Professor, WBNUJS, has been appointed as a member of a three member committee formed by the Hon'ble High Court of Calcutta to look into the allegation of non-registration of FIR in torture cases by the law enforcement agencies

NUJS Students & Moot Competitions

NUJS Students have in the recent past participated in many Moot Competitions with successful results. Read more about all recent Moots here>

NUJS Working Paper Series

NUJS has launched the ‘NUJS Working Paper’ series with the objective to bolster the culture of legal research in national law schools in India. This series is aimed at reflecting and showcasing the active and ongoing research in the university on diverse legal and social science topics. This research, published as a ‘working paper’, is not fully refined and fully polished/finished like a journal article or a book chapter. It represents preliminary findings and arguments of ongoing research work and hence the name ‘working paper’. It is intended to disseminate the preliminary findings and arguments of ongoing research for the purpose of exchanging ideas, getting feedback and catalysing debate.  Read Full Details>

NUJS moot team wins the Manfred Lachs International Space Law Moot Court Competition (National Rounds)

Manfred Lachs International Space Law Moot Court Competition (ISRO National Funding Round) - Jay Sanklecha, Kumar Ashutosh, Nivedita Sen - winner. 
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The Fourth Convocation (for the 2009 batch) of West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences was held on 20th February 2010

NUJS Law Review ranks 1st in Law Journal Rankings.

The Washington and Lee University School of Law ranking of law journals ( ) ranks NUJS Law Review the highest in India. The ranking lists 17 journals from India and assigns them “combined scores” based on “Impact Factor” and “Total Cites”. The combined score for NUJS Law Review for the academic year 2008 is 100.

A glance at our position in comparison to other Indian law journals may be beneficial. NUJS Law Review comes first in India with a combined score of 100 which gives it a huge lead over Indian Journal of International Law which stands second with a score of 17.6. The other Indian journals have either been placed at zero or not been assigned scores. The journals placed on zero are: Asian Journal of International Law; Crime, Punishment and the Law: An International Journal; Indian Journal of Human Rights and the Law; The Indian Journal of Legal Studies; International Journal of Crime, Criminal Justice and Law; International Journal of Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law; Journal of Islamic Law Review; National Law School of India Review. Journals which have been listed but not assigned a value are: GNLU Journal of law, Development and Politics; The GNLU Law Review; India Law Journal; The Indian Journal of Law and Technology; Indian Yearbook of International Law and Policy; Jindal Global Law Review; Trade, Law and Development. The combined scores for Indian law journals have been depicted below in graphical form.

NUJS Law Review, with an Impact Factor (IF) of 0.03 is the only Indian Journal with an IF above 0. Only a few highly reputed Western Journals like the Harvard Law Review have an IF above 1.

"NUJS journal to assist Supreme Court in gay rights appeal".

NUJS Law Review Special Issue making media headlines


One-Year Post Graduate Diploma in Business Laws under an MOU with Larsen & Toubro Ltd for its Executives and Others Commencing from 27th July 2009. Read full details>


Mint, a business newspaper launched by the Hindustan Times Media Limited in collaboration with the Wall Street Journal, has ranked NUJS as the third best law school in India after the National Law schools in Bangalore and Hyderabad. The latest ranking by Mint conform the position of NUJS as one of the topmost law schools in India.
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Outlook, one of India’s most trusted and top selling English news magazine, has recently released its eagerly awaited annual rankings of professional universities across the country. NUJS has been ranked the second best law school in India after the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore. The latest rankings are a testament to the outstanding reputation that NUJS enjoys and a tribute to the hard work that the faculties and students of NUJS have put in to make it a force to reckon with in legal education in India. NUJS is committed to maintaining its high academic standards in legal education and scholarship in India.

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