Supreme Court Judge Justice AK Sikri delivered an inspirational convocation address during the ninth convocation of the Gujarat National Law University, which was held on the last Sunday in January. 32 exemplary students were decorated with 51 gold medals.
In front of University’s 462 law students from various programs, including the integrated UG, PG, MBA, and Ph.D. programs, justice Sikri spoke of the importance of the humane aspect at the heart of this professional practice. GNLU LLM students were also present at the convocation.
“One way to resolve the doubt in case there is a conflict between the humane and human is to keep the collective in front of an individual or holistic in front of the partial, or harmonious over the divisive, or the efficient over the deficient, or long-term over the short-term”.
Justice Sikri also adviced future attorneys to be kind and show empathy even though a lawyer’s life is not always easy. He reminded them of Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, and Abraham Lincoln, all of whom faced challenges in their professions but still managed to help people.
Referring to these success stories and speaking from his own experience, Justice concluded that self-love is just as important for personal growth and development: “Be kind to others but also be kind to yourself. Do not rob yourself of the kindness you deserve”.
Justice’s wise words followed GNLU Director Dr. Bima Patel’s welcome address, which announced the launching of two new LLM programs in Sports Law and Maritime Law, in addition to current LLMs in Law & Governance, Criminal & Security Law, IP Rights, and other legal fields.