10th Edition of International Student’s Conference on “Changing Contours of International Humanitarian and Refugee Laws”

Institute of Law, Nirma University organised the 10th Edition of International Student’s Conference on the theme “Changing Contours of International Humanitarian Laws and Refugee Laws” on February 22, 2022. Hon. Justice Ravi Kumar Tripathi, Chairperson- State Human Rights Commission, Gujarat graced the occasion with his august presence as the Chief Guest at the event. The event also marked the esteemed presence of Dr Jyotsna Yagnik, Former Principal Judge, City Civil and Sessions Courts, Ahmedabad and Dr Anup K Singh, Director General-Nirma University.

Hon’ble Justice Ravi Kumar Tripathi, in his address expressed concern about the Human Right violations and stressed that refugee problem is not a legal but a social problem. He stated that it has been difficult to imagine the future of the refugee as these people are without country. With technological advancements the problems are becoming even more serious. Taking cue of the international conflict between Russia and Ukraine he emphasized on the fact that international law not does not have any sanctions other than economic. He also talked about the principles of Father of the Nation-Mahatama Gandhi and highlighted the need to draw the line between need and greed. He also stated that the only way to solve the problem is to come together in an atmosphere of social harmony. He praised the institute of law and the organizers of the conference for deliberating and involving younger generation to understand how the law and humanitarian perspectives are interlinked.
Dr Jyotsna Yagnik spoke on the role of judiciary in maintaining the human rights. Explaining how the first charter of Human Rights came into existence and how these charters are not mere documents but its source in ensuring human dignity. She said that judges carry special responsibility of finding coherence between constitutional spirit, international conventions, and social aspects. The judges must apply their mind thoroughly to ensure the spirit of freedom and equality is maintained, discrimination eliminated and there persists a rule of law.

Dr Anup K Singh delivered the Presidential address. He congratulated the institute for organising this conference on a very pertinent theme. He also stressed on the need for deliberating on the issue of human rights from legal, social and educational aspects as well.

Earlier Dr Madhuri Parikh, Dean and Director, Institute of Law delivered the welcome address. She highlighted about the relevance of this conference and the need for deliberations on the issues of human rights in the contemporary times. She insisted on the inclusion of such areas of laws in the teaching learning process. She stressed on the importance of teaching about Human rights, teaching though human rights and teaching for human rights.

Prof Anviksha Pachori Assistant Professor and event coordinator informed that this conference is divided into various sub-themes, namely: Violation of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Laws against Religious Minorities, The convergence of armed conflict and its effect on the environment, Access to healthcare for asylum seekers and undocumented people, The potential human rights are at stake due to cyber operations and World’s Refugee Crisis Vis-à-vis Right to Self Determination Sexual violence- an inevitable aspect of war.

Mr Vaibhav Mani Tripathi Student Chairperson delivered the vote of thanks. Ms Harmanjot Kaur was the anchor at the event.

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