Friday, February 5, 2010

Law student’s journal finds place in ICJ - Indian Express

When a foreign law journal rejected an article he wrote in August 2007 because he had not obtained his law degree yet, Vikrant Pachnanda launched his own journal that is now subscribed by 30 Indian and 10 foreign law firms and libraries of about 25 law universities.

A copy even goes to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands.

Pachnanda was in second-year at the Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, when he launched India Law Journal because he “wanted a publication that would accept law students’ articles”.

At present, the journal is a quarterly publication that has a circulation of roughly 250 for the hard copy and a sizable readership online at

Most of the articles in the journal are topical and timely. “We mainly get financed through advertisements by various law firms, as many of their advocates contribute articles as well,” said Pachnanda, who is also the journal’s founder-director since its first edition in January 2008 and currently a fourth-year student of BA LLB at GNLU.

In its online edition, the journal carries a photograph of Pachnanda and a colleague posing with Danish Prime Minister Anders Rasmussen nine months before the Copenhagen climate change negotiations.

According to his classmate, Sunjay Khan, Pachnanda found out about a competition for students to submit their “proposals for an alternative Kyoto Protocol” that could be adopted at the COP 15.

The GNLU team made it to the top-12 and went to Copenhagen, where they met the Danish PM and the Climate Change Minister.

GNLU Director Bimal Patel attributed the team’s (and Pachnanda’s) initiatives which made it possible for the university to host Denmark’s Climate Change Minister for a panel discussion on its campus later this week.

The online form of the journal also displays an English translation of the original FIR submitted by Nand Lal Mehta about the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, filed at 5.45 pm on January 30, 1948, at the Tughlak Road Police Station, Delhi.

“As was the norm, the Mahatma greeted the people with folded hands. He had barely covered six or seven steps when a person, whose name I learnt later as Nathuram Vinayak Godse, a resident of Poona, stepped closer and fired three shots from a pistol at the Mahatma from barely 2/3 feet, which hit the Mahatma in his stomach and chest and blood started flowing. Mahatma ji fell backwards, uttering ‘Ram-Ram’,” reads the translation.

Source - Indian Express

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