The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, inaugurated the International Lawyers’ Conference 2023 at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. The conference aims to serve as a platform for meaningful dialogue and discussion on various legal topics of national and international importance, foster exchange of ideas and experiences, and strengthen international cooperation and understanding of legal issues.
The Prime Minister expressed delight in getting the opportunity to interact with the greats of the global legal fraternity, including Lord Chancellor of England, Mr Alex Chalk, delegates of the Bar Association of England, representatives from Commonwealth and African countries, and people from across the country.
The Prime Minister highlighted the role of the legal fraternity in the development of any country, highlighting the experiences of legal professionals in the freedom struggle. He gave examples of Mahatma Gandhi, Baba Saheb Ambedkar, Babu Rajendra Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel, Lokmanya Tilak, and Veer Savarkar.
The experience of the legal profession has worked to strengthen the foundation of independent India and today’s impartial judicial system has also helped in bolstering the confidence of the world in India.
The Prime Minister underlined that the International Lawyers’ Conference is taking place at a time when the nation has been a witness to several historic decisions, such as the passage of Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, which entitles a 33% reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha.
The Prime Minister also mentioned that the world got a glimpse of India’s democracy, demography, and diplomacy at the recently concluded G20 Summit in New Delhi.
The Prime Minister elaborated on the deep connectedness of today’s world, stating that when dangers are global, ways to deal with them should also be global. He touched upon cyber terrorism, money laundering, and possibilities of misuse of artificial intelligence and called for connectedness among the legal frameworks of different countries.
Speaking on Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR), the Prime Minister said that with the increasing complexity of commercial transactions, ADR has gained currency all over the world.
The Government of India has enacted a mediation Act to systematize the informal tradition of dispute resolution in India, and Lok Adalats have solved about 7 lakh cases in the last 6 years.
In conclusion, the Prime Minister emphasized the need to find ways of streamlining the legal processes through technology, reforms, and new judicial processes. He called for the leveraging of technological reforms by the legal profession. The conference was organized by the Bar Council of India on the theme ‘Emerging Challenges in Justice Delivery System’ on September 23rd-24th, 2023.
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