MARGAO: The Govind Ramnath Kare College of Law has joined hands with the University of Lisbon, Portugal and signed a five-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share cultural and legal background between Goa and Portugal. In this regard, the college has opened a special department in Margao named the Centre for Lusophone Culture and Legal Studies.
As part of the MoU, the two educational institutions have agreed to cooperate with each other in fields of common interest, engage in exchange of faculty, researchers and students to hold joint research programmes, organise lectures and conferences on legal frameworks, conduct joint research and publish scientific findings.
A similar MoU was also signed between Kare College and the Lusophone Society of Goa (LSG) which included an added cultural exchange dimension to the agreement.
Speaking at the opening of the centre, Professor of Law at the University Of Lisbon, Portugal Dr Dario Moura Vincente said globalisation had forced the two states to interact in sharing of culture and international law. “Together with India, Portugal began the first globalisation with access to the European Union market. As part of this, an Indo-Portuguese culture emerged including an identity of two cultures blending with each other. A new globalisation of the 21st century with worldwide integration and technology is the greatest challenge that involves training lawyers to meet this challenge,” said Vincente.
Dr Francisco Duarte Azevedo, Consul General of Portugal in Goa said, “Heritage is more than just buildings, fortresses and roads. It includes the spirit, our culture, way of life, our way of understanding and reacting, history, food and Goa is a special place and must be preserved through exchange of knowledge.”
Referring to the moral civil code that was introduced in the state in 1867, Azevedo said it was a watermark that served as a moral bible. “We all live under rules and the most important is the civil code that was written in 1867. There have been reviews to the main structure of the law with passage of time. They serve as a kind of moral bible where religious rules are inserted. It is necessary to understand what kind of rules were made in Goa,” he said.
Source:: The Navhind Times