Dr. Adv. Lakshmi Nair
She is the Research Director of Centre for Advanced Legal Studies and Research from 2017 onwards and had been the Principal of Kerala Law Academy from 2011 to 2017. She Joined the Academy as Guest lecturer in History in 1988 and became Guest Lecturer in law in 1990 and became a full time permanent lecturer in 1994 and became Professor in 2007. She did her LLB, LLM and Phd from the Academy. She is second rank holder of the Kerala University for B.A Degree in History, which she completed from the Government Women’s College, Thiruvananthapuram and is first rank Holder in LLM of the University. She had also successfully completed her M.A. in History from S.V. University, Thirupathi. She received University Merit Scholarship for B.A (History) for the years 1984-86 and the Cullen Award for Outstanding and Meritorious Performance in LL.M.
Her research subject was “Legal Dimensions of Secularism”, which is a critical study on the status of India as a secular state. Her finding in her thesis based on extensive research of the constitutional provisions, its interpretations, precedents and other statutory provisions, is that India is not truly a secular state, but a religiously pluralistic state with secular values. Her study also examines critically the fundamental flaws in the history of India including its independence movement resulting in the present nature of Indian polity and constitution. The research study is in the process of being published as a book.
She is the backbone and strength of the teaching faculty and has many published research articles to her credit. Her areas of specializations are ‘law of contract’ and ‘constitutional law’. She is handling classes for both Postgraduate and Graduate students and is research guide for LLM thesis. She lectures on International Law, International Human Rights, Administrative Law, Law of Contracts and is in charge of the activities of the KLA Moot Court Society in organizing Annual National Moot Courts Competition and National Client Interviewing and Counseling Competitions. Several text books published by the Academy have been authored by her. She has travelled to Austria, Australia, Newszealand, France, Italy, Singapore, Malayasia, Hong Kong and United States for various academic conferences, deliberations and official purposes. She had participated in many international law conferences, national conferences and workshops. She had visited the University of Ottago, Dunedin, Newszealand, the University of QueensLand, Brisbane, Australia, the City University of Hong Kong. She had participated as the Official Strategist and Coach for the Kerala Law Academy Team representing India at the 10th Williams C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition held at Vienna, Austria in April 2003 and at the International Environmental Moot competition held at Stetson University, Florida, USA in October 2003. She has done studies on various areas of Human Rights, as well as Environmental Law, in which she specializes and has participated in conferences and academic sessions on Human Rights and Environmental Law. She had participated in the Advanced Core Professional Training Programme on Humanitarian Law and Policy at the Harvard University, USA from 22nd to 24th of June 2009.