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Call for Papers: NUALS’ International Seminar on Human Rights 2015 [March 19-21]; Submit Abstract by Feb 20


International Seminar on “Human Rights: International and National Perspectives” at National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi, Kerala -19th to 21st March, 2015.

Right from the Magna Carta days, the significance of Human Rights (HR) has grown over the centuries. Human rights obtained concrete forms when democracies settled on to good governance by incorporating them in their constitutions. They got recognition and sponsorship through international conventions and protocols.

In time, this international consensus led to the formation of human rights  institutions and commissions within and among the nations of the world. Today, courts in various democratic countries express their concern on HRs and formulate innovative and effective methods to meet violations within their jurisdictions. The right to development is recognized as an individual human right and a societal right.

Though not enshrined as a separate and academic faculty in its entirety, HRs are taught in many law and non-law institutions at present. A three day Seminar on “Human Rights: International and National Perspectives” is being held in the National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (Cochin), Kerala from 19th to 21st March, 2015.

This is to focus on the widening frontiers of HR law and to equip those who are engaged in teaching HRs, lawyers and activists. A breakup of the areas of interest is given below for learned thinking and deliberations in the Seminar, providing the participants a platform to work out their scholarly projects.

Kindly confine yourself to the areas identified for the Seminar. The papers may be in Times New Roman Font in A4 format, single line spacing, not exceeding 3000 words.

It will be of great benefit if the papers along with an abstract in not more than 150 words is sent by email to the coordinator of the Seminar before the 20th of February, 2015.

Acceptance of paper would be intimated upto 25th of February, 2015. The email id is [email protected]

The participants whose papers are accepted shall be reimbursed AC second class train fare for presenting their papers at the Seminar. Needless to say, all participants are our guests and will be rendered boarding and accommodation.


Development and the People

Right to development as human rights and societal right – land acquisition, compensation and rehabilitation: new perspectives – dams, a boon or a bane?  – development-induced displacement – are better facilities for oustees really better in a different habitat? – rehabilitation before commencement of development work, the unsolved problem – migration from rural to urban society – challenges of increasing urbanization – homelessness, slums, inadequate settlement and landlessness: a human rights dilemma – population explosion – public participation in decision making, how to realise it – towards good governance.

Sustainable development – land use, abuse and non-use – wet lands, coastal area and forests – mining of minerals and sands – alternative energy sources – nuclear power and nuclearization.

Rights of Stake Holders

Gender Justice – Convention on Elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (CEDAW) – incorporation of the concept into the Indian legal system – treaty making powers -judicial contribution – women’s commission – home makers and domestic workers – equal pay for equal work – lack of determining norms – work environment  – legal recognition of dignity – the responsibility of the executive and the legislature in ensuring gender equity – judicial responses – non representation in decision making – policy on status of women in India – the ILO Conventions – the Kathmandu Declaration for the Rights of South Asian Home-based Workers (2010) – Unorganised Sector – universality of gender justice problems – economic independence and patriarchy.

Traditional fisherman and forest dwellers: the impact of law and regulation – the impact of mechanised fishing – legal framework for recognising HRs and for inclusive development – law to redesign the legal control – indigenous people, traditional knowledge and intellectual property.

Scavengers – use of human waste as manure – the Bangalore model.

Growth and Inclusive Development

Quest for development – urban environmental degradation and resource depletion – habitat change to generations: present and future – poverty, urbanization, habitat change and environmental degradation – participation of a cross-section of society in development  – equitable distribution and redistribution of benefits – state obligation and role – are we still a welfare state? – socio-economic support structures.

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