PANAJI: The state government on Wednesday granted its nod to the Bar Council of India (BCI) trust to establish a new law university in the state. The ‘India international university of legal education and research’ may also establish centres in other parts of India, and abroad. Chief minister Pramod Sawant said that 20% of the seats would be reserved for Goans, and the university would be run entirely by the BCI.

While the expenditure to set up the university will be borne by the BCI, the state government will provide the land free of cost, but that is yet to be finalised, Sawant said.

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At present, there are two law colleges in Goa, both affiliated to Goa university. The state, so far, has no law university or National Law School (NLS).

The government will likely promulgate an ordinance regarding the new university, and later introduce a bill in the assembly. A cabinet note said that the chief justice of India (CJI) or any of his nominees, a sitting SC judge, would be a “visitor” of the university.

Sawant also told reporters that an international arbitration centre would be established in the state. He said this would be the second such centre in Asia, the first being in Singapore.





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