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Upendra Baxi, MP Singh among four veteran Law Professors who will teach at JGLS
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Upendra Baxi, MP Singh among four veteran Law Professors who will teach at JGLS

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The Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) has announced that four veteran Professors of Law will join its faculty with effect from February 2020.

The four academicians who will join JGLS are Professors (Dr.) Upendra Baxi, BB Pande, MP Singh, and BS Chimni.

Commenting on the development, Founding Vice-Chancellor of OP Jindal Global University and Dean of JGLS Prof C Raj Kumar said,

“It is a great honour for JGU and JGLS that on the 10th anniversary of our founding, these four inspiring teachers and prolific researchers who represent the best of Indian legal education have accepted to be faculty members at Jindal. They are outstanding professors of law and have mentored generations of lawyers, law professors, judges and many other individuals who have shaped the law and justice systems in India and around the world for nearly half a century. It is a proud moment for JGU that they have decided to spend the important years of their life and their future dedicating to the cause of higher education and legal education mentoring the students and faculty of JGU.

Prof MP Singh stated on his imminent appointment,

“I am indeed looking forward to working with many outstanding faculty members from India and around the world who have made Jindal their home. I am looking forward to be part of JGU in the next few months. Hope it will be my final and best destination in my long journey in academics.”

Prof BB Pande commented,

“As a teacher of Criminal Laws my perceptions about the law have undergone significant changes over the period of the six decades. I deem it a privilege that I will have the opportunity of pursue some of these enquiries in my forthcoming assignment with the Jindal Global University early next year.”

Describing the journey JGLS has taken, Prof Upendra Baxi said,

“It seems like yesterday that we launched the Jindal Global Law School. But it was ten years ago when I said that a new era in legal education in India was beginning and it will be known as Naveen–Raj epoch. That prophecy is happily proved correct. Since that event, eight other faculties have been created, many centres of high quality research have been established, many laurels won by colleagues and the class, and a different glass ceiling has been broken by JGU being recognized as an ‘institution of eminence’ and achieved many a breakthroughs in the world education ranking systems.

For the rapid expansion to a full-blooded university, its incredible faculty and students, its Indian and overseas placements, and global ranking, the one person primarily responsible is Professor C. Raj Kumar. Far from just being an island of excellence, he has given a new meaning, in such a short time, to educational process and change in India.”

Three of these Professors have served as Vice-Chancellors of Universities; Both Professors MP Singh and BS Chimni have served as Vice-Chancellor of the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) Kolkata.

Prof Upendra Baxi graduated from Gujarat University, and holds LL.M. degrees from the University of Bombay and the University of California at Berkeley, which also awarded him with a Doctorate in Juristic Sciences. He served as Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University from 1990-1994, as well as Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Gujarat, Surat from 1982-1985. He has also served as Honorary Director (Research) at the Indian Law Institute. He is Professor Emeritus at University of Warwick since 2009, and a Professor Emeritus at Delhi University since 2010.

Prof MP Singh holds an LL.D. from the University of Lucknow, an LL.M. from Columbia Law School, an LL.M. from the University of Lucknow and a BA.LL.B. from Agra University. Professor Singh is currently Chair Professor, Centre for Comparative Law at National Law University, Delhi. He has also served as the Chairperson of Delhi Judicial Academy.  Earlier, he served as Vice-Chancellor of NUJS Kolkata, and before that, he taught at the University of Delhi where he was also Head and Dean, Faculty of Law. 

Prof BB Pande completed his B. Sc., LL.B. and LL.M. from the University of Lucknow. He has served in various academic positions including Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Dar- es- Salaam, Tanzania (1981-83); Professor of Law, Lucknow University (1991-1994); Visiting Professor, School of Law, City University, Hong Kong, (Sept-Dec. 2005); and Professor of Law, Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi till superannuation in 2005. He was also the Human Rights Chair of the National Human Rights Commission from 2007-08.

Prof BS Chimni retired in 2017 as Professor of International Law, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He served as Vice-Chancellor of NUJS from 2004-2006. He has been a Visiting Professor at the International Center for Comparative Law and Politics, Tokyo University; a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School; Visiting Fellow at Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg; and a Visiting Scholar at the Refugee Studies Centre, York University, Canada. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Indian Journal of International Law.