About the Chair

The Consumer Law and Practice Chair was established in August 2008 at the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru, by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution Department of Consumer Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi. The first of its kind in India, the Chair is responsible for promoting research, teaching and training in the areas of consumer law and practice.

The objectives of the Chair are as follows:

  1. To serve as a think-tank for research and policy related issues on consumer law and practice
  2. To develop consumer affairs as a distinct subject of study at both undergraduate and graduate levels
  3. To develop and deliver a curriculum on consumer affairs to undergraduate and graduate students in law at NLSIU
  4. To encourage and supervise candidates pursuing research degrees (M Phil, Ph D and LL D) in this branch of law
  5. To promote empirical research on various aspects concerning consumer affairs
  6. To publish research articles in national and international journals on a regular basis
  7. To track legal developments and relevant judgements on an annual basis and disseminate them through the periodical, March on Consumer Law, published by NLSIU
  8. To publish a quarterly newsletter on consumer affairs with brief reports on the activities of the Chair, legal developments in the field of Consumer Affairs, summaries of leading judicial decisions by the Supreme Court and High Courts, as well as the National Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission and State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commissions. This newsletter is to be made available online free of cost
  9. To perform the following additional functions
    a. providing expertise for the formulation of policy/programmes/schemes of the Department of Consumer Affairs;
    b. identifying and disseminating best practices in the field of consumer protection laws and practice;
    c. publishing books, reports and other communication materials that address knowledge gaps in the field with the help of the CWF grant;
    d. sponsoring or organising seminars, workshops and conferences on relevant issues at the national and regional levels
    e. periodically organising short-term training programmes for law faculty, NGOs and others;
  10. To initiate a post-graduate diploma course on Consumer Affairs through the Professional and Continuing Education Department at NLSIU (The Post Graduate Diploma in Consumer Law And Practice).