Advanced Centre for Research, Development and Training in Cyber Laws and Forensics [ACRDTCLF] 

Advanced Centre for Research, Development and Training in Cyber Laws and Forensics [ACRDTCLF] was established at NLSIU, Bangalore on 25th October 2010 under the initial financial support of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Ministry of Communications& Information Technology, Government of India.

The Centre aims to spread awareness and provide training to judicial officers, public prosecutors, judges, investigative agencies, cyber security personnel, Law Teachers, students and general public, of cyber law with essential emphasis on the technical issues so that there be better ways of prevention of misuse of the technology as well as better enforcement of related laws. In this regard Centre has already conducted training programmes for Advocates and Law Teachers of all over India. The centre aims to come up with vital educatory programmes coupled with awareness programmes and training of different stakeholders involved in adjudication of cyber disputes. This being inevitable for the constant up-gradation of their skills is also essential to contribute to the appreciation of the information / evidence gathering and translation of the same into the legal format so that these stakeholders including the policemen, prosecutors and the judges are better equipped to understand and appreciate them in an enhanced manner and apply them for an efficient adjudicatory system in this field.

TRAINING PROGRAMMES

The Centre is involved in training stakeholders involved in Cyber Law administration in the country, including the officers of Judiciary, Police, Prosecution, etc. In this regard, the Centre has already organized Training Programmes for Judges and Prosecutors in the area of Cyber Laws & Cyber Forensics in the State of Orissa and Karnataka and plans to do many more such training programmes.

MAINSTREAMING CYBER LAW TEACHING

With the object of mainstreaming cyber law teaching at law schools throughout the country, the Centre has already initiated a draft Model Curriculum and has prepared white paper withsuggestive list of reading materials on Cyber Laws and Cyber Forensics. To set itself as a model, the NLSIU has already started teaching Cyber Laws to both its LLM as well as LLB courses.

A one day National Seminar Cum Training Programme was conducted on 29th March 2014, to the Law teachers teaching in various Law and Engineering colleges in the country.

POLICY BASED RESEARCH WORKS

In order to contribute to the country’s laws and policies, the Centre undertakes interdisciplinary policy based research in the area of cyber laws and technology to identify the methods and means of developing or strengthening the effectiveness of existing laws and institutional structures. The centre has already completed its policy research on “ISP Liability in India”.

In order to review its policy research work and to take the inputs of the stakeholders involved in the area of Internet service, a one day workshop on “ISP Liability in India” was organised on 9th November 2013 which had participants representing the TRAI, ISPs, Cyber Police, Cyber Law Lawyers and Consultants of the country.

POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN CYBER LAW AND CYBER FORENSICS

Considering the need of imparting formal education in cyber law and forensics, the Centre has launched a distance education course, “Post Graduate Diploma in Cyber Laws and Cyber Forensics” [PGDCLCF] from the 2013 academic year.

The course [first batch] was formally launched through a one-day seminar on “CYBER CRIEMS IN INDIA – LEGAL AND INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK & CONCERNS”on 26th October 2013.

The first batch of the course has received tremendous response in terms of admission crossing 260 students from varied fields including from IT Sector, IT and Engineering field, Police, Lawyers, etc.

In order to provide training in technical and forensics related aspects of cyber laws, the Centre has established a high-tech Cyber Forensics Laboratory equipped with forensics tools at the National Law School to provide practical exposure to the stakeholders, students etc. this being the first ever Cyber Lab in a Legal Academic Institution in the Country, was inaugurated by the centre on 6th May 2014.

The Centre’s Lab has 30 computer systems equipped with basic cyber forensic tools procured from C-DAC will be used as teaching tools to train stakeholders involved in preventing, detecting, adjudicating, prosecuting and policing cyber-crimes on “cyber forensics issues”.

“Indeed this is first such lab in an legal academic institution which the Centre intends to upgrade with more and more technical and forensics tools in the coming time so as to make it more sophisticated platform for teaching cyber laws and cyber forensics to various stakeholders and thereby contribute to the Cyber Law and Justice Administration in the Country”.

OTHER SEMINARS CONDUCTED

A one day Seminar cum Training Programme on INVESTIGATION OF CYBER CRIMES – LEGAL, TECHNICAL AND FORENSICS ISSUES was conducted on 8th June 2013. Participants included officers from Judiciary, Police, Prosecution, Forensic Lab, Lawyers, Law Teachers, etc.

ADDITIONAL TASKS TAKEN UP

The centre also plans to provide dependable and timely cyber laws and forensics related services to public and private institutions as well as individuals.

Currently the Centre is preparing a Cyber Law Term Dictionary.

 

Currently the Centre is working on the issues of “Regulation of Social Networking Sites” and “Protection of Women and Children in Cyberspace”

 

Currently the Centre’s Co-ordinator is:

DR. NAGARATHNA. A.

Associate Professor of Law, NLSIU, Bangalore

Tel. No.: 080-23160532/33/35 (extn.240)

E-mail: nagarathna@nls.ac.in

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