Programme on critical criminal law begins at RGNUL, Patiala

Programme on critical criminal law begins at RGNUL, Patiala

Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law. photo: Rajesh Sachar

Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 17

Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL) today started a seven-day capacity building programme on critical criminal law. Officials said it was done with an objective to explore unconventional paradigms vital for deconstructing criminal law, enhance knowledge, skills and performance of researchers and academicians. The programme will continue till January 23.

Prof GS Bajpai, Vice-Chancellor, RGNUL, Prof Robert Peacock, president, World Society of victimology, among others addressed the students. Prof GS Bajpai emphasised on the need for utilising alternative approaches to push boundaries and scope of criminology. He said, “The operations of criminal law can be greatly improved through the use of critical perspectives.”

Advocate Sidharth Luthra focussed on the need to recalibrate functioning of criminal Law in times of digitisation and pandemic. He talked about traditional parameters of assessing crime that were abhorrent to rule of law. “In the digital times lampooning of legitimate acts, dismantling of evidential and procedural law, criminalisation of conduct and lack of legal mechanism to regulate virtual conferencing during the pandemic are areas of great concern,” he said. He discussed the need to empower researchers, lawyers and faculty with skills to understand the new developments. Prof Robert Peacock discussed the genesis of crime and the nature of justice in his lecture.

Special facilities for differently abled students

Punjabi University has started preparing lists of students at various departments to provide special facilities to its differently-abled students. The university has also formulated a committee for them which will be led by convener Trishanjit Kaur.

The university said the four-member committee would make sure if the differently-abled students were being provided all facilities as per their requirements. “We will find out the needs of such students so that the new students can avail the facilities from the first day itself. The university will also make provisions of toilets for the differently-abled and provide wheelchairs at the departments. It will make provisions for lifts, railings and ramps for such student”, Trishanjit Kaur said.

She said the university would work on making it easy for students to go from one place to other on the campus and enhance the availability of Braille section at the university library as well.

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