New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said 21st-century challenges cannot be fought with a 20th-century approach, but there is a need to rethink, reimagine and reform.
Addressing the Commonwealth Attorneys and Solicitors General Conference (CASGC) 2024 in New Delhi, Prime Minister Modi said, “Sometimes ensuring justice in one country requires working with other countries.”
“The collaboration with other countries brings a greater synergy which will boost better and faster justice delivery,” PM Modi added.
Talking on the legal reform undertaken by the government, PM Modi said, ” India inherited a legal system from colonial times but in the past few years, India made several reforms in the legal system.”
“Now three new legislations have replaced more than 100-year-old colonial criminal laws in the country,” he said adding, “India has done away with thousands of obsolete laws from colonial times.”
Raising concerns over cryptocurrency, the Prime Minister said, “The rise of cryptocurrency and cyber threats are posing new challenges.”
He further stated that in recent times, the nature and scope of crime have seen a radical change and criminals have wide networks across various countries and regions.
“They use the latest technology for both funding and operations.”
The Prime Minister noted, “India has a special relationship with the African Union and it is proud that the African Union became a part of the G20 during India’s presidency.”
He added that this will go a long way in addressing the aspirations of the people of Africa.
Speaking at the event, Union Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal said, “Today in a technologically connected world, we are living in a global village.”
He said the global challenges of the day require global solutions through the coordinated efforts of all stakeholders.
The Minister also expressed hope that this conference will address diverse interrelated ranges of issues that include the judiciary, the justice system, legal education, and global legal challenges.
The theme of the conference is Cross-Border Challenges in Justice Delivery.
The Conference will deliberate on important issues of law and justice like judicial transition and the ethical dimensions of legal practice, executive accountability and revisiting modern-day legal education, among other things.
Attorney Generals and Solicitors from the Commonwealth nations spanning the Asia-Pacific, Africa, and the Caribbean along with various international delegations are participating in the conference.