Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Tickle Tuesday

Virtual Personality and Professional Boundaries

We live in the age that takes virtual existence very seriously. Virtual existence has become an inseparable part as much for any business as for an individual. We want people to know, notice and like the fact that we eat at particular place, meet certain people or travel abroad. We want our life to be tagged, liked, commented upon and shared. Our popularity depends on the traffic gathered by our web page visits. Our ego gets a boost with the number of likes for our professional and personal milestones. Our check-ins are the direct indicators of our social lifestyles that hint at our professional success.
Basically we want our virtual personality to be impressive.

But what about virtual intelligence? Are we being virtually intelligent? It is about time we start thinking hard about what we write, like and dislike online! With little privacy left in the virtual world, your internet identity is a guide to your individual dignity. And more often than not, people will take you for your online image. This includes not just your friends and family but your teachers, colleagues, employees and former employers. 

Missing the point?

All shall agree that it is easier to look on the internet for maps, books, movies, shops, sale, weather forecasts, hospitals, hotels and prospective employees too. And reviews by strangers seem so helpful and reliable. With this logic, employers have begun to dig up information about their employees, current and prospective through social media. It is a different debate altogether on whether the employers should trace their employees’ virtual existence? However, there has been a general trend to do so and employers find it easier to authenticate the claims of your resume. Research studies indicate that social media like Linkedin is often referred to for hiring talent and to gain professional publicity. While such professional network gives indication of your work background and reliability, other personal media networks are often traced to see if you are the right fit for cultural/social background that a particular office set up demands.

Besides, such checks allow employers to conduct a reasonable surveillance to ensure that an employee is not causing any harm to the employers’ reputation. Remember, your work agreement bounds you not to reveal professional information of various categories in public? Recently, a well recognised educational institute in Mumbai fired its teaching staff owing to the ranting comments on social media about the professional life.

How one chooses to handle their social media is a completely personal choice. But we caution you to be virtually wise. Write blogs/posts that are creative, information, analytical. Use virtual media intelligently because there is a chance your unethical comment on inane issues may cost you your job.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Some Lessons Learnt from Janhavi Gadkar Incident

Some Lessons Learnt from Janhavi Gadkar Incident

Let’s accept it. Indian women drink alcohol.  And they too should be checked for drink and drive.

Men with babies or children in the car too could be driving drunk. There is no basis to the presumption of someone’s responsible behaviour. Often the traffic police let go vehicles with women or children in it, presuming the driver to be responsible enough to be sober. This presumption can be a blunder and there is no point in waiting for instances to occur before taking punitive/preventive measures.

CCTV is a necessity on our roads and the authorities should give it some serious thought. It could assist in timely action. Besides, having the cameras with some monitoring system in place will ease up police investigation and evidence collection.

There should be more scientific ways to test the drivers for drink and drive. A mere breathe test is not just humiliating for the traffic police but it also leaves scope for subjective/intuitive decision that is open to challenge and often involves a lot of nuisance from the offended drivers arguing with police personnel.

There should be more awareness created among the people about the difference between legal limits of alcohol consumption and drink and drive. The general notion suggests that one can drive if he/she has had drinks within legal limits. It is important to know that legal limits vary in different states and that impairment can be caused at different levels even below the legal limits of alcohol consumption. Legal limit in no way allows you to drive after a specific number/kind of drinks. It is scientifically proven even the modest amount of alcohol can lead to impaired vision and motor skills. Thus, the traffic police should consider levying fine on drink and drive irrespective of amount of alcohol consumed. This will act as deterrence.

Rigorous checking on weekends/ festivals and holidays is certainly an effective measure. However, on all other days there should be proper monitoring with continuous and regular checks. It is important to promote awareness on the lines of social behaviour and responsibility without making it an issue of self image or taboo.  

Monday, 6 July 2015

Top Legal Journals: Five more


Five more of the popular legal journals

          Following up on our last post on popular legal journals, we bring you five more to complete the     list of top ten. As mentioned earlier, the numbers are in no way an indication of ranking. Keep writing and try publishing. Hope this post helps you.

6. Journal of Indian Law Institute (JILI): This quarterly journal publishes articles, notes, comments on Constitutional law, Administrative law, Criminal   law and Company law.  It solicits hard copy submission accompanied by a soft copy in a CD. The Journal of the Indian Law Institute accepts submissions throughout the year. All submissions are required to be addressed to the Editor, The Journal of Indian Law Institute and mailed to: The Editor, The Journal of Indian Law Institute, Bhaganwandas Road, New Delhi – 110001 or can be emailed to jili@ili.ac.in / http://www.ili.ac.in/footnoting.pdf / http://www.ili.ac.in

7. Indian Yearbook of International Law and Policy: IYBILP is a peer reviewed journal that aims to provide a forum for the publication of articles in the field of international law, written primarily by experts in the field and elsewhere. It welcomes submissions from academics, practitioners, policymakers and students from within the legal community, and has a strong preference for articles that are not descriptive but prescriptive and argumentatively focused. The submissions go through a two-staged peer review process and if necessary, are edited by the Editorial Board.  For any queries relating to the theme or the structure of your submissions or any general queries relating to the journal, you can write to indianyearbook.il@gmail.com or refer to the below link below http://ilreports.blogspot.in/2009/10/call-for-papers-indian-yearbook-of.html.

8. ISIL Yearbook of International Humanitarian and Refugee Law: The ISIL Year Book of International Humanitarian and Refugee Law is being published since 2001.The yearbook seeks to focus on the development in the areas on these two streams of law. Other than articles, notes, comments, book reviews, the Journal also contains important documents published on the related subjects during the year. It is an effort by the ICRC, the UNHRC, and the ISIL to resolve issues of international humanitarian law and refugee law. The principal objective is to reflect upon the point of view of developing countries with particular reference to South Asian and South-East Asian regions. It solicits manuscripts at isil@giasdl01.vsnl.net.in. For Submissions & Guidelines for contributors to ISIL yearbook of international humanitarian and refugee laws: http://www.isil-aca.org/download/yearbook/isil_yearbook_guidelines.pdf
9. The Indian Journal of Intellectual Property Law: The Journal is an endeavor of NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad in collaboration with the N.C.Banerjee Centre for Intellectual Property Law. The Indian Journal of Intellectual Property Law (IJIPL) was first conceived as an idea in 2007 by the students of NALSAR as a forum for students across the country. Gradually, in extended to the intellectual property academia. The Journal publishing annually and seeks to invite manuscripts dealing with general intellectual property law and related interdisciplinary fields, as well as those pertaining to a particular area-in-focus. An indicative list of topics is not presented, but it is heavily encouraged for contributors to submit innovative, interdisciplinary papers which broadly deal with the concerns of the theme. All submissions are to be made electronically in the form of MS Word Document file at: submissions@ijipl.com check also http://www.nalsar.ac.in/IJIPL/Files/Submissions/Submission%20Guidelines.pdf

10. International Journal of Cyber Society and Education: The IJCSE is a double-blind referred academic journal for all fields of cyber society and education including theatrical, empirical and applied manuscripts. Manuscripts are reviewed by the editor for general suitability. Usually the evaluation span is less, about two months. The Journal imposes page fess for all selected manuscripts. The Journal follows open access policy and allows open access to its content. To submit papers to the journal, one must first register online at http://academic-pub.org/ojs/index.php/IJCSE/user/register . Check for author’s guidelines for submission at http://academic- journals.org/ojs2/index.php/IJCSE/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
Friday, 3 July 2015

Seminar on Career Options after Law

Law Matters is happy to announce that after receiving several requests from law students, we shall now conduct one day seminar on career options after a law degree. We have been conducting such seminars exclusively for the law schools. However, on students’ demand we are conducting it as an open seminar for parents, 12th pass outs, law students about to complete their degree and students from other fields keen on pursuing law.

The Seminar will provide ten comprehensive career options and growth trajectory. It will also discuss various career combinations with law and inform the audience about niche fields in law that are unexplored. The participants will have a chat session with legal experts who shall provide them with valuable insight.

We are currently inviting applications for the seminar to be conducted in the month of August. 

To know more please contact us at 9820873977 or 022 22060592. 
You can email us your queries at info@lawmattersllp.org