The second edition of IJLIA’s international symposium on ‘Contemporary International Affairs’ was created from the immensely positive feedback received from the participants, dignitary guest and delegates of the symposium. The appreciation was centered around the concept of novelty brought by ‘discussing, engage in conversation and building academics research narratives’ of contemporary issues of international law.
Consequently, the editorial board of IJLIA organized the 2nd Edition of International Symposium on ‘Contemporary International Affairs’ 2018, in collaboration with the Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia on 7th April, 2018. The International Symposium was inaugurated by Clemencia Forero Ucrós, (Ambassador of Columbia to India), Prof. (Dr.) Talat Ahmad, (Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia) and Prof. (Dr.) Nuzhat Parveen Khan, (Dean, Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia). The inaugural event was again becoming a reflection of enchanting experience by the keynote speech of various diplomatic dignitaries of different countries along with the Government civil servants. The main keynote speakers were Mahavir Singhvi, (Joint Secretary, Counter-terrorism Division, Ministry of External Affair), Captain Rao Ahmed Imran, (Naval Advisor, Pakistan High Commission), Mr. Alex Pykett, (First Secretary, British High Commission), and Hamid Tahzeeb, (First Secretary, Afghanistan Embassy). These speakers gave a brief note on the broad international issues faced by the respective countries, in particular to the present politics.
Subsequently, international symposium had convene a panel discussion on “India should ratify the Rome Statute of International Criminal Court for better Enforcement of International Humanitarian Obligations; with special reference to the armed conflict in Kashmir and Chhattisgarh”, and the panellist for the discussion were Prof. (Dr.) Tasneem Meenai, (Director, Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Jamia Millia Islamia), Dr. Sunod Jacob,(Associate Professor, School of Law, GD Goenka University) and Advocate Raj Singh Niranjan, (Trans India Law Associates). The entire panel discussion was moderated byDr. Siddharth Fuller, (Assistant Professor, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala).
Furthermore, the 2nd edition of International Symposium on ‘Contemporary issues of International Affairs’ witnessed a sharp increase of submission of abstract for the selection process. Ultimately, the editorial board of IJLIA selected 80 papers for the participation and presentation in the 3rd Edition of the International Symposium. The editorial board of IJLIA created a blind review procedure to select the high quality research oriented academic articles related to the contemporary issues of international law. The international symposium had five technical session comprised of broad sub-themes on International Refugee law, International Humanitarian Law International Law on Statelessness, International Trade Law, International Air and Space Law, International Law on Diplomacy and International Law on Use of Force. The International symposium witnessed larger participation from academicians, professionals, research scholars and students from different parts of India. Subsequently, the eight articles of the most substantive and high quality research article after the blind double peer review process, which were presented in the international symposium got selected and published in the special issue of Indian Journal of Law and International Affairs. The publication of high-quality articles presented were the new means to fulfill the objective of providing a platform for meaningful discussion of contemporary issues of the international law.