Centre for the Promotion of International Law
Chairman: Prof. Chinnasamy Jayaraj The Centre promotes excellence in research and teaching in international law, which has assumed unprecedented significance in the contemporary era. Accordingly, the Centre seeks to function as a platform to undertake international law research projects, increase international law literacy, provide training to young faculties, international law researchers and students, and also undertake academic activities needed to promote the wider appreciation of international law.
Global Tamil Law Centre
Honorary Chairman: Dr. Justice P. Jyothimani
The Centre is committed to imparting legal education in classrooms in a manner that reflects the reality of practice before the lower judiciary where the business of court is conducted in Tamil. The Centre intends to develop necessary innovative and specialized software in Tamil language to provide practical experience in legal practice, legal aid and promote access to justice at the grassroot level. With the aim of making legal literacy available and accessible to the public at large, the Centre will be translating landmark judgments and Central & State legislation into Tamil. It will also conduct moot court competitions, conferences and training programmes in Tamil to hone professional skills of students and young advocates.
Centre of Maritime Law
Honorary Chairman: Dr. A. Francis Julian
The Maritime Law Center aims to promote the study, debate, discussion and research in maritime law. Matters pertaining to jurisdiction of courts, procedural and substantive law of admiralty and maritime matters are yet to develop in India in tune with international trends.
The Center focuses its research on contemporary issues in maritime law in tandem with developments in technology, such as, payments in crypto-currency and bit coins, e-bills and electronic documentary credits, and automated unmanned ships. In undertaking such research, the Center will attempt to propose and find answers to legal issues identified globally.
The Center is strategically situated in Chennai, which has major ports and is an important shipping and trading Center in India. Madras High Court, being a Chartered and coastal High Court, exercises Admiralty jurisdiction and Admiralty Lawyers have been practicing this branch of law for more than 150 years before this High Court. Therefore, AVIL Maritime Law Center will have a key role to promote research and teaching in Maritime Law.
Centre for Justice through Technology
Director: Ms. Suhasini RaoThe objective of the Centre for Justice Through Technology (CJT) is to train students to search the ever-expanding boundaries of modern technology, including information and communication technology, for answers to everyday problems plaguing our justice system. The phrase ‘Justice system’ not only includes access to courts, but the larger system of legal literacy, awareness and access to constitutionally guaranteed rights, interaction with local government, rights as citizens, all in the context of social justice, economic justice, and political justice. The CJT aims to be an incubator and ideator of Social Justice Innovation, which is in keeping with the larger mission of AVIL and VMRF. Justice Innovation is the effort to create better and more effective tools, products, processes, services, technologies, and ideas of justice delivery that enable markets, governments, and civil society to access their potential. The CJT shall also aim to be an interdisciplinary research and development centre for law students from AVIL and engineering students from the Computer Science and Engineering Departments, Aarupadai Veedu Institute of Technology which is also located at the Payanoor Campus.