Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer
Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer (15 November 1914 – 4 December 2014) referred to as a conscience keeper of justice in India,was a visionary and a pathbreaking judge, who reformed the Indian criminal justice system with bold changes to jails & police stations, and forged new tools to dispense social justice & justice in the public interest, . He stood up for the poor and the underprivileged, and remained a human rights champion, a crusader for social justice and the environment, and a doyen of civil liberties, throughout his life. He was also a sports enthusiast and a prolific author. He was conferred with the Padma Vibhushan in 1999.As Judge, he had two superlative qualities – closely akin to his English counter-part Lord Denning – an original and innovative mind and a compassionate heart.
Delhi Metropolitan Education organizes a free perpetual monthly, thought provoking series of talks that brings a range of experts and researchers from across the country for a spirited conversation. The purpose of the lecture series is to invite nationally renowned Judges, Law Scholars and Law Book Authors to campus to further the tradition of the humane letters, in particular in the disciplines of law and its contemporary issues.
Guest Lecture 2018-19
The DME Law School hosted its first edition of Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer Lecture held on 22 January, 2019 at Nelson Mandela Auditorium, DME in the beginning of even semester. The lecture was delivered by Ms. Santosh Kulsheshtha Kumar, Counselor Attorney and founding executive director of Metropolitan Asian Family Services, Chicago, USA who spoke on the theme ‘The Purpose of Legal Profession’. She started her lecture by sharing her journey in the legal profession. She then narrated how she managed to come to this field by her rigid mind set by convincing her parents. Gleaned from her lecture, she was so influenced by the American legal and political stalwart Abraham Lincoln to opt for the legal profession. She spoke at length the importance of understanding things from the holistic perspective as being a lawyer. Many join this field because it is seen as a money making profession, which is a wrong purpose of legal profession. Lawyers should be the guardian of the Constitution ideals and uphold justice without any discrimination on the basis of class, caste, religion and gender. She emphasized on language skills and the knowledge of current affairs for the legal profession. She finally made a comparison between the American legal system and the Indian legal system. The American legal system is speedy and efficient for those who are seeking justice unlike the Indian legal system. Nevertheless, she pointed out how executive or political parties would influence judgments as they would elect judges in the United States of America.
DME Law School organised
Justice Krishna Iyer Lecture on 30th August 2018
Prof. (Dr.) Mrinal Satish
Professor of Law and Executive Director,
Centre for Constitutional Law, Policy and Governance,
“Approaches to Sentencing”
|List of Lectures held in 2017||Name of the speaker||Designation of the speaker||Theme/topic of lecture|
|19-01-2017||Major General Nilendra Kumar||Former Judge Advocate General(Army), Director Amity School Of Law||Child Rights|
|14-09-2017||Ms. Jyotika Kalra||Member, National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi.||Women’s Right|