Date01 July 2014
Published date01 July 2014
Subject MatterEditorial
Military-Madrasa-Mullah Complex vii
India Quarterly, 66, 2 (2010): 133–149
A Global Threat vii
The Asian Journal of Legal Education promotes serious academic research on issues involving legal
education, social justice, increasing access to justice for marginalized sections, judicial reforms and
various aspects of human rights and constitutional governance. It offers an opportunity to scholars and
practitioners in these fields to share their research projects and innovative ideas. The editorial team is
also constantly engaged in reviewing important strategic legislative and policy efforts undertaken by all
stakeholders and provide readers with vital information about the same. In our endeavour to highlight
important measures for improving the standards of legal education, we have included summaries of
the deliberations and recommendations emerging out of two important conferences organized in 2013
on legal education. The summaries present the recommendations emerging out of the deliberations of
these conferences.
Gangtok Declaration on the Future of Legal Education in India
At Gangtok,1 some eminent academicians, lawyers, judges and members of the legal fraternity and civil
society gathered to participate in the National Convention on Future of Legal Education in India. After
two days of brainstorming discussions encompassing all major challenges involved with Indian legal
education, the participants arrived at certain important decisions. These decisions were adopted as
declaration of steps necessary to be undertaken to improve the standards of Indian legal education. The
declaration stated that the objective of legal education should thrive towards fulfilment of the aspirations
and mandate of the Constitution of India, which is to ensure social, political and economic justice to all.
It mentioned that the future of legal education should respond to the three priorities, namely access,
equity and excellence. The declaration highlighted further that for enhancing the quality of legal
education, there is a need to appoint outstanding faculty members and have incentives for retaining them.
It also mentioned that faculty performance needs to be strictly accessed, and scope for professional
development needs to be created in the system. It recognized the importance of teaching of ethics in legal
education, which has adversely affected the integrity of the legal profession. Two most important
recommendations adopted in this declaration are as follows:
1 Sikkim University organized a two-day National Convention on Future of Legal Education in India on June 10–11, 2013, which
concluded with the signing of Gangtok Declaration.
Asian Journal of Legal Education
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© 2014 The West Bengal National
University of Juridical Sciences
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New Delhi, Singapore,
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DOI: 10.1177/2322005814530326

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