|Centre for Research & Writing|
The TNNLU Centre for Research & Writing was inaugurated on February 5, 2018 by Honorable Justice Rajiv Shakdher (High Court of Delhi) and Honorable Justice TS Sivagnanam (High Court of Madras) in the august gathering of other fellow jurists, teachers, students and well-wishers of Tamil Nadu National Law University.
Honorable Justice Rajiv Shakdher, Honorable Justice TS Sivagnanam, PH Arvindh Pandian (Additional Advocate General, Tamil Nadu) and Manoj Pandey, Adviser (Law), Competition Commission of India
At present the Centre is administered by two full time Writing Fellows and a Faculty Advisor under the direct guidance and patronage of the Vice Chancellor. The primary objective of the Centre is to assist the students in improving their research and writing skills. Besides this, the Centre also assists and helps the students develop original ideas for further research. The Centre endeavours to develop a vibrant research community in the University and engages in various workshops and other activities throughout the semesters.
In particular, the Centre encourages all students to reach out if -
• They have an idea for a course project, but don't know where to start their research.
• They have an idea for presentation at a conference but need some guidance and feedback on framing the abstract.
• They are applying to a foreign university for higher studies and need someone to go over their Statement of Purpose.
• They want to convert a term paper or project into a publication but don't know how to.
Activities in 2019
Certificate Program in Critical Writing –The main aim of this workshop was to guide the first year students through the full procedure of research planning, design, methodology, citation, bibliography, plagiarism and other critical writing related issues vis-a-vis one law subject that they were currently taking in that semester.
Citation Jeopardy – A fun evening of legal quizzing was held decoding the different citation styles used in legal writing (Bluebook, OSCOLA and ILI) and was followed up with a game of Jeopardy themed on the same. This session was designed particularly to help the students with the nitty-gritties of citations for their upcoming projects and other submissions.
TNNLU Law Review – The Centre is currently working towards bringing out Volume II Issue I of the TNNLU Law Review, a faculty-cum-student run bi-annual, double blind, peer-reviewed journal on contemporary legal issues.
The Centre has also come up with a quick reference student handbook on commonly used citation styles, which can be accessed here.