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IIM-L may battle for war-hit nations

A COUNTRY emerging from war and ?conflicts? and seeking to put its cultural, legal and security systems back in place, often faces many difficulties. With this in mind, IIM-Lucknow could well become part of a global consortium of institutes helping such nations update themselves with international law, human rights and place their legal processes back on rails.

india Updated: Feb 01, 2006 01:35 IST

A COUNTRY emerging from war and ‘conflicts’ and seeking to put its cultural, legal and security systems back in place, often faces many difficulties.

With this in mind, IIM-Lucknow could well become part of a global consortium of institutes helping such nations update themselves with international law, human rights and place their legal processes back on rails.

The idea would be discussed at the annual general board meeting of International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC), US in March. “I am hopeful that it would soon become a reality,” said Shelby Quast, director general of ILAC, while speaking to Hindustan Times on Tuesday.

Quast and IIM-L’s chairman, legal management group, Professor Dharmendra Sengar had discussions on the issue after which the idea started taking shape.

Quast, who as founding member of ILAC organising committee, led the efforts in building an international consortium to facilitate global efforts for judicial rehabilitation in post-conflict environments, said that she would also be discussing the issue with the Bar Association of India, which is on the board of ILAC.

Quast was at IIM-L to take classes in International Business Transactions — “practical legal course on international negotiations and business transactions”. ILAC already has several lawyers on its rolls. “We now are thinking of involving law institutes and law educators too. While it’s the law colleges that we have in mind, institutes like IIM-L, where there are law educators like Professor Sengar, could become part of the consortium too,” she said. Quast added that law educators from a global pool of experts would then be required to facilitate and coordinate international judicial reconstruction projects.

Quast said she would also bring the topic up for discussion when she meets UN officials after returning to US. As regarding the funding for the consortium of institutes, Quast said that Ford Foundation as well as those countries where aid agencies were very active would be approached. “But then to begin with it would be a voluntary effort with funding only coming in as and when someone travelled to a war affected country for the purpose,” she added.