South Asian Colloquium 2017-18
The Bar Council of Kerala M.K. Nambyar Academy for Continuing Legal Education held the South Asian Colloquium on Ethics for Judicial Profession on 17 and 18 February, 2018 at Lloyd Law College as part of the mooting competition. The Colloquium reflected upon the subject of professional ethics, ethical behaviour of lawyers and judges. The Colloquium deliberated on the state of enforcement mechanism of such ethics that are germane to the impartiality and independence of judiciary, and maintain public trust in the legal institutions. The Colloquium had two sessions: (1) The Code of Conduct for Lawyers: Teaching, Training and Enforcement; and (2) The Code of Conduct for Judges: Teaching, Training and Enforcement. The Colloquium provided a platform for a vibrant exchange of thoughts and experiences by eminent legal luminaries, including Supreme Court judges, academicians and legal practitioners across the SAARC region. Prof N.R Madhava Menon led the Colloquium and the distinguished speakers were Hon'ble Mr. Justice T.S. Thakur, former Chief Justice of India; Mr. K.K. Venugopal, Attorney General for India; Hon'ble Dr. Justice B.S. Chauhan, Chairman, Law Commission of India; Hon'ble Mr. Justice Buwaneka Aluwihare, Judge, Supreme Court of Sri Lanka; Hon'ble Ms. Justice Naima Haider, Judge, Supreme Court of Bangladesh; Hon'ble Mr. Justice Anil Kumar Sinha, Judge, Supreme Court of Nepal; Hon'ble Mr. Justice Rajiv Shakdher, Judge, High Court of Delhi; Mr. Mohd. Mohsen Rashid, Secretary General, SAARCLAW; Prof. (Dr.) Venkata Rao, Vice- Chancellor, National Law University, Bangalore and Dr. Manoj Kumar, Founder and Manager Partner, Hammurabi & Solomon. The speakers stressed on the need for standards and accountability of conduct at all levels of legal profession but at the same time pointed out that when it comes to judiciary, it should not affect the independence of judiciary. The colloquium emphasized upon the importance of ethics and justice education in the profession and its relevance in creating socially conscious legal professionals and the need to shift from business of law to the profession of law.