Call for Submissions for Justice Adda’s ‘Map-A-Forum’-Encyclopedia of Non-State Forums: Submit by Mar 13


Submissions are invited by way of a Call for Submissions for Justice Adda’s ‘Map-A-Forum’ encyclopedia of non-State forums.

About Justice Adda

Justice Adda is a human rights and legal design social venture, which aims to make the law and legal services accessible, empowering, and useful for everyone. They also build websites and apps for those working in the justice space and advise on human rights communication strategies.

About ‘Map-A-Forum’

Map-a-Forum is an initiative by Kalindi Kokal (IIT Bombay) and Siddharth deSouza (Tilburg University, The Netherlands; Founder, Justice Adda) – to organize information about the various types of non-state forums for conflict resolution that exist in India.

Envisioned as an encyclopedia of non-state forums, the project has been imagined as a map of India (and eventually South Asia) in which the forums will be dotting the canvas. The map will be interactive, which means that clicking on a region or a forum would open up the written contribution about that forum. This map will be hosted on the website of Justice Adda.

The Map a-Forum project takes off from a virtual conference titled Plural Ideas of Justice Stories, Narratives and Experiences from India that Justice Adda in partnership with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung organised in April 2021 bringing together case studies, field notes and theoretical analysis about what we understand about justice through the different methods of conflict resolution that people adopt in conjunction with or independent of the state.

As part of this project, there was an effort to build a database of such non-state forums that scholars have written about or may have come across during their fieldwork. Such a database will not only help scholars access information about the different types of forums more easily, but also provide scholars working on similar subjects/ in similar areas to connect for further knowledge building.

Given that at present such data, although rich in content, remains  scattered; we hope that such a platform will become a productive site of engagement. 

Submission Details & Procedure

  • Abstract of not less than 100 words are invited containing the author’s name, the non-state forum identified, its location and brief description of the forums’s main functions. 
  • Once accepted, the final contribution ought to be of 500- 1000 words. There is no fixed style of writing, however, we would request that contributions ensure that the following questions are answered:
    • Name and exact location of forum, including village/taluka. The more detailed, the better the map!
    • Usual composition  of the forum: number, gender, caste/religion specificities.
    • Methods of dispute processing that are usually adopted. This can be explained with empirical examples too. 
    • Types of cases that usually come to such a forum.
    • Objectives of the forum.
  • It is understandable that non-state forums are often fluid in composition and form and therefore there may be a chance that there are no exact answers to these questions. In this case, provide as much information as you can about such a forum as is necessary for a prima-facie understanding of it. 
  • Font, Style: Times New Roman,12pt, 1.5 space. 
  • Submissions are welcome from students, researchers and academicians.
  • All submissions are to be sent to the e-mail: legalpluralismindiaconference[at]

Important Dates

  • Last Date for submission of the abstract: March 13, 2022
  • Intimation of the selection of abstract: March 20, 2022
  • Last date for the submission of the contribution: To be declared to selected authors 

Contact Information

Write to legalpluralismindiaconference[at] for any queries.

Click here to learn more about the initiative.

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