Gandhinagar: The Vice President of India Mr. M. Hamid Ansari today inaugurated the new campus of the Gujarat National Law University.
He appreciated the initiative to establish centres of excellence in specialised areas such as private and public international law, foreign policy and security studies, environmental law and climate change. Equally impressive is your effort to assist professionals, the judiciary and the government in reducing the backlog of cases.
Ansari said that it is relevant to recall here an observation made in 1927 by Justice Felix Frankfurter of the United States Supreme Court: "In the last analysis, the law is what the lawyers are. And the law and the lawyers are what the law schools make them. This statement remains valid to this day. It emphasizes the centrality of legal education for the effective functioning of a democracy and for upholding the Rule of Law".
A similar view was espoused by the Working Group on Legal Education of the National Knowledge Commission. It opined that "the vision of legal education is to ensure justice oriented legal education to contribute to the realisation of values enshrined in the Constitution of India", adding that legal education must also inculcate the need to observe the highest standards of professional ethics and a spirit of public service.