WHY A DE­GREE IN IN­TER­NA­TIONAL LAW WILL UP­GRADE YOU

GLOB­AL­I­SA­TION OF LE­GAL PRAC­TICE HAS OPENED NEW WIN­DOWS

India Today - - COVER STORY - BY D K BANDOPADHYAY ACT­ING CHAIR­MAN, AMITY LAW SCHOOL, AMITY UNIVER­SITY, NOIDA SHUTTERSTOCK

Law binds the so­ci­ety by en­sur­ing ad­her­ence to com­monly in­her­ited and ac­cepted val­ues and stan­dards. Ed­u­ca­tion in law in­cludes in­for­ma­tion on both pro­fes­sional and lib­eral fronts, which means value-ori­ented so­cio-cul­tural learn­ing while ac­quir­ing pro­fes­sional skills.

UN­DER­STAND­ING IN­TER­NA­TIONAL LAW

With tech­no­log­i­cal and sci­en­tific ad­vance­ment and an in­creased ac­cep­tance of a glob­alised frame­work, a de­gree in in­ter­na­tional law in­volves le­gal prac­tice that spans across mul­ti­ple coun­tries and their le­gal sys­tems. Tra­di­tion­ally, prac­tis­ing at a law firm meant fo­cus­ing on na­tional or do­mes­tic le­gal is­sues. In­ter­na­tional law is the set of rules gen­er­ally re­garded and ac­cepted as bind­ing in re­la­tions be­tween na­tions.

NEED OF THE HOUR

Ex­po­nen­tial growth in in­ter­na­tional ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing so­cio-cul­tural in­ter­ac­tions and trade, is lead­ing to an in­creased need for sound le­gal ex­per­tise re­gard­ing the val­ues reg­u­lat­ing in­ter­na­tional mar­kets. That ex­plains the de­mand for in­ter­na­tional law.

TWO OF A KIND

In­ter­na­tional law can be di­vided into two cat­e­gories— pri­vate and pub­lic. While the for­mer deals with for­eign laws and rel­e­vance of for­eign courts’ ju­ris­dic­tions, the lat­ter is as­so­ci­ated with the term ‘In­ter­na­tional Law’ or the ‘Law of Na­tions’, rep­re­sent­ing the body of cus­tom­ary and con­ven­tional rules that legally bind states.

WHAT IT COV­ERS

In­ter­na­tional law ed­u­ca­tion cov­ers global le­gal frame­works with re­gard to in­ter­ac­tion be­tween states, in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions, hu­man rights, diplo­macy, mar­itime laws, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, en­vi­ron­ment, in­ter­na­tional trade and com­merce. Ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy and com­mon con­cerns are unit­ing the planet un­der the con­cept of ‘global vil­lage’. A lawyer has to com­pre­hend the struc­tural and func­tional changes of this new or­der, to manoeuvre within the pro­fes­sional space.

WHY IS IT REL­E­VANT

An im­por­tant fac­tor to be con­sid­ered is the in­ter­na­tional rel­e­vance of the World Trade Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WTO) and re­quired com­pli­ance of do­mes­tic le­gal frame­works to its stan­dards. To un­der­stand the role played by in­ter­na­tional law in the redis­tri­bu­tion of wealth across the world, a law stu­dent re­quires ex­per­tise and de­tailed knowl­edge of the law con­cern­ing in­ter­na­tional trade.

WHERE ARE THE JOBS

The global fi­nan­cial ser­vices mar­ket will con­tinue to ex­pe­ri­ence growth fuelled by merg­ers and ac­qui­si­tions. This in­evitably will cre­ate a range of ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties for law stu­dents with the United Na­tions, WTO sec­re­tariat, in­ter­na­tional con­ven­tions, re­gional or­gan­i­sa­tions, uni­ver­si­ties and in­ter­na­tional law firms.

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