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About GNLU Centre for Legal History, Philosophy and Tradition

It is said that we learn from our past and that we try to implement the same through law in our present society, and there lies the beautiful essence of legal history!

The history of our race and civilization is incomplete without the history of law. The study of legal history is significant in the 21st century as it reflects the best thoughts of the people living in society imbibed in the legislations they make; their daily life best mirrored in the usages and the customs which constitute the law of their ordinary transactions. The present-day legal system is an outcome of conscious and unconscious attempt and decision to improve the then situation and problem by the legal mechanism. The ongoing legal transplantation with and without social transformation brings numerous gaps that need to research and answered through historical inquiries.

About Legal History, Philosophy and Tradition

Legal History is an infallible base to understand the evolution and causation of present-day legal framework which also examines the efficacy of tangible parameters of legal structures

Legal Philosophy is the interface between law and philosophy and is also known as jurisprudence. It is the branch of philosophy that deals with investigation of the nature and concepts of law with respect to its human values, tradition, culture and ethics.

Legal Culture is often described as an extended understanding of law and is thus synonymous with living law and law in action. It is understood as the values, ideas and attitudes that a society has with respect to its law

Legal Traditions are understood as historical underpinning of modern law. To know them is vital because legal tradition relates the legal system to the culture of which it is a partial expression.

Rationale of the Centre

The culture of legal history research and teaching is well established in America and Europe, whereas in India and even in Asia its development is imperative taking into account the rich history of our continent. In this era of digitalization, we need to come forward to do more indepth research, discussion and deliberation upon the various aspects of legal heritage and its impact over the present legal system and the ongoing legal transplantation.

The journey of legal history which the university envisaged upon through teaching and research is being extended by undertaking up responsibility towards the public at large by developing Legal History Museum at GNLU to bridge the gap between law and society. We would like to further extend deep-rooted research into Indian past to explore and expand the horizon of academic research in legal history. The museum is one of the most important areas of GNLU infrastructure where a collection of the history of Dharma is preserved and is our constant source of inspiration to achieve newer milestones such as these.

Aims of the Centre

The GNLU Centre for Legal History Philosophy and Tradition (GCLHPT) aims to accomplish new heights in the field of Legal History and explain its dynamics from all possible legal viewpoints and its significance in the development of the legal regimes.

It aims to conduct more in-depth research, discussion and deliberation upon the various aspects of legal heritage and impact over the present legal system and provide training and extension facilities.

Objectives of the Centre

  • To discuss the dynamics of Legal History and its applicability in numerous fields in the present time.
  • To realize its importance in various fields and especially those in law and evolution of new customary practices
  • To discuss the academic development in the field and to broaden the scope of research and teaching so as to make an overall development of legal history as an interdisciplinary approach on a Pan-India basis by looking into the historical and cultural richness of the Indian Subcontinent.
  • To raise awareness about the interdisciplinary field as well as legal pluralism.
  • To discuss about the practical application of this interdisciplinary approach in courts of law and judgment delivery.
  • To make a repository by way of documentation and digitalization of legal heritage.
  • To revive Dharmashastric studies