Dr. Avnish Jolly, Chandigarh, 27th September, 2008 :Understanding of technology is utmost important in the era of technology to enhance the advocacy skills with this view a national level seminar on ‘Law and Technology’ is being organized by University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS) and University Law students association, Panjab University , in association with Asia Pacific Jurist Association and Dept. of Technology , UT , Chandigarh .
The Chief Guest, Hon’ble Justice Surya Kant, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court inaugurated the function at University Auditorium. In the Welcome Address given by Prof. Grewal, he talked about ‘Law and Technology’. He encouraged the students to organize such events in the future. Justice Surya Kant, in his inaugural address, said that when he passed out from law and joined the legal profession there was no such thing as computers and cyber crime. He further said that the day was not far when lawyers would argue using their laptops and judges would deliver judgments there and then with the help of information from their laptops. He added that the there has been a sea change in the natures of crime like transmitting virus, pirated software, infringement of IPR etc. He presented his views on Intellectual Property Rights.
The inaugural address was followed by the Key note address delivered by Prof. Gurjeet Singh, Vice chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala . In his key note address, the vice chancellor in his humble tone said that, He is in an advantageous position and would become wiser by listening to the distinguished speakers. Speaking on the interface of law and technology he said, cyber crimes are moving at the speed of light and with the growth of cyber space its misuse has also increased. According to him “the impact of technological advancements is such that we cannot imagine the life without them. The modern day technology has shrunk distances around the world and made the inflow and outflow of information across the border much easier than ever before.” He also spoke on crimes and forensic science. According to him DNA testing is an excellent example of the marriage between science and law and of the ever increasing role the is being played by science in successful solving of crimes and the prosecution of criminals.
Mr. Satya Pal Jain, Dean, Faculty of Laws also graced the occasion by his presence and said that coming times would be tough and competitive for those who want to join the profession of judiciary. He is amazed by the changing times as all the judgments and the Acts are available in the CDs. And out of his witty and amazing remarks he contended that the day is not far when law would be immensely banking on information technology.. So much so that the judgments would also be dispensed with the help of computers.
On this special occasion Mr. M.S. Brar, Director, Department of Information Technology, Chandigarh , released the souvenir prepared by UILS. He also presented a Momento to Justice Surya Kant. Prof. R.S. Grewal, Director, UILS presented Momentos to Mr. M.S. Brar and Prof. Gurjeet Singh. Dr. Navneet Arora, Seminar Co-coordinator and faculty member, UILS presented vote of thanks to all the dignitaries.
During the day, Parallel working sessions were held on Law and Biotechnology and Intellectual Property Rights. Various legal luminaries – Hon’ble Justice Rajiv Bhalla, Judge Panjab and Haryana High Court, Justice K.S. Ahluwalia, Justice Austin George Masih, Justice Ajay Tiwari, Prof Johar, Deptt. Of Laws, PU, Mr. Rodney Ryder, Mr. Atul Lakhanpal acted as chairpersons of these sessions. The various panels also consisted of Co-chairpersons- Mr. Preetpal Singh, Prof. Sashi Sharma, Miss Meenu Paul, Prof. P. Bansal, Mr. Ajay Gulathi, Assistant Advocate Gen. Haryana. Over 20 paper discussants and over 60 speakers made this event a success according to Dr. Chanchal Narang, Media Incharge.