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CENTER FOR LAW AND GOOD GOVERNANCE

SHOBHIT UNIVERSITY

ABOUT

A Center for Law and Good Governance was inaugurated on 11th April, 2015 by Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal, Bihar, Mizoram and Tripura Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi at a function held at Shobhit University. The center will be the part of law faculty of Shobhit University, Meerut.

Harvard and Oxford educated Supreme Court lawyer Dr. Surat Singh has been appointed as Chairman of the Center.

Introducing the purposes for which the Center for Law and Good Governance has been set up, Dr. Surat Singh said that since time immemorial, thinkers-both from East and West have wondered about what is the purpose of life and what kind of structures of society will be conducive to achieve the best possible goals of life. Thus law and government should always be guided by the highest goals a society and individuals can aspire for Law and political structure are made to make it possible for society and individual to achieve the highest possible fulfillment and blessedness (Ananda in Sanskrit and Eudemonia in Greek). For this purpose, we need a constant examination and innovation of our legal systems. Like life, Law is dynamic. What may be relevant today may not be relevant after few decades. It is the law which has to adjust to life and not other way round because Laws and structures are made for human beings and not human beings for laws.

Dr. Surat Singh emphasized that we need to bridge the gap between what we need and what we have. The centre will reflect upon what kind of laws and systems of governance we have at the moment and what kind of laws and systems of governance we need and we need to do more to make India a great nation and Indian people a good citizenry and world a better place to live.

To advise the center, a team of top legal luminary both from India as well as from other parts of the world have very kindly consisted to be on the advisory council of the center.

ADVISORY COUNCIL

DR. SURAT SINGH

CHAIRMAN

ImageDr. Surat Singh is Harvard and Oxford educated top lawyer of India. He practices at Supreme Court of India and Delhi High Court. He is also an international lawyer. He was educated at Delhi (India), Oxford (England) and Harvard (America). With his three masters' degrees in law from Delhi, Oxford and Harvard and his Doctor of Laws (S.J.D) from Harvard, he is arguably the highest educated lawyer of India. Incidentally, he happens to be the contemporary of American President Barack Obama at Harvard Law School during 1988-90. After his seven years stint at Oxford and Harvard, Dr. Surat Singh returned to India and started his law career in 1992 with the then Attorney General of India, G. Ramaswamy. View More

HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE DEEPAK VERMA

MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY BOARD- INDIA

ImageHe was enrolled as an Advocate in the year 1972. Practiced as such mainly on civil side till elevation in the year 1994 under his father late Shri R.P. Verma, who a great civil lawyer of his time.
He was Administrative Judge of Indore till August, 2005. Thereafter, continued as Administrative Judge, High Court of MP, Jabalpur . He was additionally appointed as Welfare Commissioner, Bhopal Gas Victims to disburse the amount of compensation to the Gas Victims of Bhopal. Almost all the victims have been awarded compensation during his tenure except for those who are not traceable despite notices.
He was transferred as Judge of the Karnataka High Court, Bangalore on 02.01.2008. He was senior most Judge there. He was elevated as Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court on 04.03.2009. Took oath as the Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court on 06.03.2009. He was elevated as Judge, Supreme Court of India on 11.05.2009. Letter

HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE K. RAMAMOORTHY

MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY BOARD- INDIA

ImageJustice K.Ramamoorthy- Born on 13.3.1939. Enrolled as an Advocate on 30.6.1964 and designated as senior Advocate in April 1987. Practised in the Madras High Court on all Tribunals at Madras in Civil Constitutional, Taxation, Labour, Company, Service, Central Excise cases and Arbitration matters. Appointed as permanent Judge of the Madras High Court on 17.10.1994. Transferred to Delhi High Court on 30.11.1994. Retired on 13.03.2001. View More

MR. LALIT BHASIN

MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY BOARD- INDIA

ImageLalit Bhasin holds a B.A. (Hons), LLB and commenced his law practice in 1962. He established Bhasin & Co. in the year 1970, which is now one of the largest law firms in North India. His areas of specialization range from employment & labour laws, corporate laws to constitutional law, banking & finance to aviation. Bhasin served as the Chairman, Bar Council of Delhi from 1973 to 1977. Currently, he is the President of Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF), the apex body of law firms in India; Chairman, PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry Committee on Corporate Affairs; and Honorary Life Member of International Bar Association, amongst several others.View More

DR. MANISH ARORA

MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY BOARD- INDIA

ImageLL.B. at Campus Law Centre, JDIP, JDA at Harvard Law School, USA Advocate, Supreme Court of India Chief Editor, Lawyers Update Member, Board of Studies, Shobhit University Visiting Faculty, Arbitrator appointed by Minister of Information Technology, Government of India for Settlement of International Domain Name Disputes Patent Agent, Government of India Has been teaching law students and aspirants and is the author of most famous Universal's Law Entrance Guidebook since last 26 years.

DR. DANIEL ALTMAN

MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY BOARD - INTERNATIONAL

ImageAltman received his A.B. magna cum laude, A.M. and Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. While at Harvard, he was Editorial Board Chair of The Harvard CrimsonView More

MS. ELIZABETH CHIEN-HALE

MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY BOARD - INTERNATIONAL

ImageMs. Chien-Hale is a U.S. attorney specializing in patent and other forms of intellectual property protection in the United States and abroadView More

MR.MICHAEL HARRINGTON

MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY BOARD - INTERNATIONAL

ImageMichael Harrington is a Senior Managing Investigator in the Mintz Group’s Hong Kong office.Prior to joining the firm’s team in Asia, Michael worked for several years in the Mintz Group’s international due diligence and investigations group in the Washington and New York offices. Michael has managed hundreds of cases ranging from FCPA/anti-corruption due diligence to internal investigations in jurisdictions throughout Asia and worldwide.View More

MR. SHAN THEVER

MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY BOARD - INTERNATIONAL

ImageShan Thever is an attorney admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, New York Supreme Court, California Supreme Court and Washington D.C Courts. He received the first Trailblazer award from South Asian Bar Association. He also received a congressional commendation and a state of California legislative commendation for his accomplishmentsView More

DR. BRIAN JOSEPH

MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY BOARD - INTERNATIONAL

ImageDr. Joseph was appointed to the Commission by Order in Council in April 2010. He is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University (B.Sc. and B.A. Honours) University of Toronto (M.A.) and Harvard University (A.M. and Ph.D). Dr. Joseph has taught at Dalhousie, Saint Mary’s, St. Francis Xavier, and Cape Breton universities. He has served in the Nova Scotia Attorney General’s Department and the Privy Council Office, Government of Canada

For giving your suggestion regarding the improvement in laws and legal systems, kindly contact the Chairman’s Office Email us at drsuratsingh972@gmail.com

Recent Activities of the Centre

An Application on behalf of the Center for Law and Good Governance of Shobhit University, Meerut proposing few improvements in the collegium system regarding appointment of judges.

Writ Petition Under Article 226 Of The Constitution Of India For Issuance Of Writ Of Quo Warranto Or Any Other Writ Of Like Nature Declaring The Appointment Of Chairman – Cum- Managing Director For NTPC As Per The Appointment Order Dated 28.01.2016 As Illegal And Without Authority And Bad In Law As The Same Has Been Without Eligibility And In Contravention Of The Procedure Prescribed For The Selection Process And Thus No Legal Value As Per Supreme Court Decision In State Of Karnataka Vs. Uma Devi (2006)

ORDER- 09.02.2016