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Indian Law Institute, New Delhi

The Indian Law Institute [ILI] – set up on 27th December, 1956 is an International Centre for advanced socio-legal research and has done significant work in the field of legal research, education and training. It has made notable contribution in the legal arena. Besides performing important advisory role in fostering the empirical research and making law as an instrument of social engineering, it undertakes research on current legal issues. It was formally inaugurated by the first President of India Dr. Rajendra Prasad on December 12, 1957 at the Central Hall of Parliament, New Delhi in the presence of the first Prime Minister of India Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Hon’ble Mr. Justice S.R. Das, the then Chief Justice of India and late Dr. K.M. Munshi the then Executive Chairman of the Institute and Prof. L.R. Siva Subramanian the then Dean, Law Faculty of Delhi University.Pt. Nehru welcomed the formation of the Institute as necessary and important and said that he would take the liberty to pay tribute and homage to the law and the men of the law and further remarked that he had no doubt that the Institute would perform an essential task in the development of a welfare state.

The prime objective of the ILI is to cultivate and promote the science of law and to contribute substantially in reforming the administration of justice, so as to meet the socio-economic aspirations and needs of the people through law and its instrumentalities. The Institute has achieved the place of a premier center of national & international legal research and studies, in which the lawyers from all branches of the profession, judges, government officials and academicians have been participating.


Masters Programme


The duration of the programme is 1 year compressing of 2 Semesters


An applicant holding LL.M. Degree from a recognized university with minimum 55% marks is eligible to apply. After having been admitted each Ph.D. candidate shall be required to undertake course work for a minimum period of one semester.

P.G. Diploma Courses

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADRs), Corporate Laws and Management, Cyber Law, Intellectual Property Rights Laws.

An applicant holding a Graduate Degree in any branch can apply for admission to the PG Diploma Programmes. There will be annual examination for PG Diploma Programmes.


The Library of the Institute established in 1956, is one of the leading law libraries in Asia and attracts scholars from all over the World for legal research. The University Grants Commission has recognized the library as a place for legal research leading to doctorate degree in law and political science. Every year thousands of law researchers from different parts of the world visit the library for research. The Judiciary, Central and State Government officers, various Embassies and High Commissions in Delhi have also been using the referral services of the Library.  

The library has developed collection on jurisprudence, judicial process, constitutional law, intellectual property, public international law, environmental law, human rights, criminal law, international business transactions, laws of the European Community, and laws of the ASEAN nations. The Library also have good collection of Parliamentary Debates (India and Great Britain), Commissions and Committee Reports, Indian Central and State Legislation, and Gazette of India notifications. The Library maintains a collection of rare documents which includes, Indian Law Reports, Indian Cases, Law Reports, Federal Court Reports, Moore’s Indian Appeals, Times Law Reports, Indian High Courts Reports–Allahabad, Bombay, Calcutta, Madras. Library is subscribing to about 220 Indian & Foreign Journals & Reports. The Library currently houses a unique title collection of 70,000 books and periodicals.


The Indian Law Institute
Bhagwandas Road, New Delhi – 110001
Phone: Office: 23387526, 23389429
Fax: 91-11-23782140

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