International law should be part of curriculum: Prof Rangappa

University of Mysore (UoM) Vice Chancellor Prof K S Rangappa said that International Law was significant as a comprehensive framework in stabilising and organising international relations. It has come handy in dealing with complex issues between nations and counter terrorism activities.

Speaking after inaugurating the two-day international conference on ‘New Dimensions in Public International Law’ on Monday, organised by the Department of Studies in Law, UoM, Prof Rangappa stressed on understanding of the law as the principles of International Law affected all states, small and large, rich and poor, weak and powerful alike.

“After globalisation, understanding international law has become the order of the day. There was a need to introduce international law in the curriculum to help students understand it better at the college-level and it is imperative that the judges ought to be exposed of the international law,” Prof Rangappa said, adding, “The difference between India and Western countries is we care less once the discussion part is over and do not focus on the implementation.”

“International Law assumes a society of nations and it governs the relationship of the members of this society. It regulates uniformly for all states and regulates the conduct of states in their mutual relations. Implementation is the very objective for which any law is formulated,” he added.

Underlining the significance of international law, the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Vice Chancellor Prof P Ishwara Bhat said that developing countries value international law more owing to its multi-dimensional approach with special focus on social and human dimensions.

“The law always has fought for upholding human rights along with social harmony, peace, security and justice. Besides it has potential to effectively address the challenges of International terrorism,” he said.

The objective of the conference was to increase understanding about Public International Law, to bring harmony between national and international law and treaties entered between sovereign states.

The participants at the conference included representatives of NGOs, academicians, experts in the field of human rights, jurists and students from law colleges from Tamil Nadu, Goa, Kerala and Karnataka.


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