Indian Law Institute

The Indian Law Institute (ILI) is a Deemed University and socio-legal research institute, founded in 1956. Established in New Delhi, primarily with the objective of promoting and conducting legal research, education and training.[2][3] The objectives of the Institute as laid down in its Memorandum of Association are to cultivate the science of law, to promote advanced studies and research in law so as to meet the social, economic and other needs of the Indian people, to promote systematization of law, to encourage and conduct investigations in legal and allied fields, to improve legal education, to impart instructions in law, and to publish studies, books, periodicals, etc.

The Indian Law Institute
Mottoतमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय (Sanskrit)
Motto in English
Let light emerge from darkness
TypeDeemed University
PresidentChief Justice of India
DirectorProf.(Dr.) Manoj Kumar Sinha[1]
Opp. Supreme Court of India, Bhagwan Das Road New Delhi, India
AffiliationsBCI; UGC; NAAC

Prof. (Dr.) Manoj Kumar Sinha is Director. He did his Doctorate in International Law from Jawaharlal Nehru University, LL.M. from the University of Nottingham and LL.B from University of Delhi. In 1998 he attended the 29th session of the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. He is a professor of law at the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, from where he is currently on leave.[4]

He also served the Indian Society of International Law as its Director (2006-2009).He has been regularly delivering lectures at various institutions outside of the university, namely, law colleges in India and abroad, UGC Academic staff College, training program of the ICRC, training programme of Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Environment and Forests.

Professor (Dr.)Dharmendra Singh Sengar ,was Director Indian Law Institute from July 2009 – August 2011 (2 years 2 months) experience of contributions in the area of academics, administration, management and development of Indian Law Institute, New Delhi( His dynamic Leadership the stalwarts like Dr. Y.S.R Murthy,Professor and Registrar, JGU Executive Director, Centre for Human Rights Studies, Jindal Global Law School( started taking lectures in its prestigious Post- Graduate Diploma In Human Rights Law programme. Institute was also instrumental in organizing International conference on Global Environment ; Disaster Management Law Society,2011.


It was formally inaugurated by the President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad on 12 December 1957.[2] The Institute is an autonomous body registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, the Indian Law Institute has the requisite independence and academic freedom to carry out its objectives. The membership of the Institute is now nearly three thousand representing the persons interested in the study and advancement of law.

Hon’ble Chief Justice of India is the ex officio President of the Institute. The Law Minister of Government of India & the Attorney-General for India are its ex officio Vice Presidents. Third Vice-President is elected by the members of the Governing Council, from among themselves. Judges of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and High Courts, prominent lawyers, Government officials and Professors of Law are represented in the Governing Council of the Institute.

The Institute's Library is one of the best libraries in the country. It has more than 75000 titles. It subscribes to 270 current legal periodicals. JILI is one of the leading law journal. ASIL contains surveys of leading reported court cases in India in a year and same are analysed by academicians and practitioners.

The Indian Law Institute has been granted Deemed University Status in 2004 vide Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development Notification No. F.9-9/2001-U.3 dated 29.10.2004. After that in 2005, the institute enrolled its first batch of L.L.M. and Ph.D. program, and later also started research based courses.[3][5]


University rankings
Law – India
NIRF (2019)[6]13

Indian law Institute first ranked 13th in India in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) law ranking in 2019.


ILI publishes various books and two Journals. JILI(Journal of Indian law Institute) is a very respectable international journal for academicians, researchers, advocates, judges etc. Ths is edited by Dr Jyoti Dogra Sood, Assistant Research Professor(senior). It has another journal ILI Law review which is online law journal specially for law students, though academicians, researchers, advocates, judges, etc may also contribute. This is edited by Dr Anurag Deep, Associate Professor.

Courses Offered

Degree Courses
  • Ph.D. in Law
  • LL.M. - 2-year course
  • LL.M. - 1-year course
  • LL.M. (Evening) - 3-year course
P.G. Diploma Courses
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADRs)
  • Corporate Laws & Management
  • Cyber Law
  • Drafting of Legislation, Treaties and Agreements (Not available)
  • Environmental Law & Management (Not available)
  • Human Rights Law (Not available)
  • Intellectual Property Rights Law
  • International Trade Law (Not available)
  • Labour Law (Not available)
  • Securities & Banking Laws (Not available)
  • Tax Law (Not available)
Online Certificate Courses
(3 months)
  • Cyber Law
  • Intellectual Property Rights and Information Technology in the Internet Age

Notable faculty


  1. "Governance". The Indian Law Institute. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  2. "Profile". Official website. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  3. "Indian Law Institute offers research-based courses". The Hindu. 18 May 2008. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  4. "Manoj Kumar Sinha NUJS Faculty Human Rights Refugee Law Professor Kolkata Law University". Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  5. "Indian Law Institute gets deemed university status". The Hindu. 5 June 2005. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  6. "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2019 (Law)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2019.
  7. "In Remembrance: Professor Lotika Sarkar (1923-2013)". Bar and Bench. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
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