XII NLSIR-Samvād Partners Symposium by NLSIU [Dec 9, Bangalore]: Register by Dec 1


As we live through the “century of people on the move”, several States are grappling with the challenges posed by large-scale movement of persons. Migrants moving for better opportunities, and refugees fleeing violence and persecution, are often viewed as threats to the national security of their country of destination.

As a response, those who emphasize the need for protection of human rights push for the political, social, and economic integration of these people, and the eventual grant of full membership as citizens. While this is essential, the sovereignty-rights discourse often overlooks the opportunities for economic development that are created due to these large-scale movements.

The XII NLSIR Symposium attempts to discuss these challenges and opportunities in the context of India. Its legal framework governing migrants, refugees, and citizenship has become the subject of much debate in light of the changing political and legal landscape. A discussion on these issues is therefore relevant and the need to explore a viable way forward for India is indeed a pressing one.

This Symposium is divided into three sessions. The first session places India’s migration policy in the larger context of the international legal framework governing migration. The second session seeks to highlight the position of refugees in India and explore the interplay between India’s constitutional guarantees and the obligations under international law for protection of refugees.

The final session seeks to shed light on citizenship and social, political, and economic integration of persons within India. The questions here shall be viewed in the context of the ongoing National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in Assam and the pending Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, both of which pose crucial constitutional questions.


We have following speakers lined up for the three sessions:

Session I: India’s Migration Policy: Institutionalized Stigma?

  • Gurucharan Gollerkeri, Director, Public Affairs Centre, Bangalore.
  • Hamsa Vijayaraghavan, Legal Director, Migration and Asylum Project.
  • Madhurima Dhanuka, Coordinator, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative.
  • Seeta Sharma, Technical Officer, EU-India CAMM Project, International Labour 

Session II: On Shifting Sands: India’s Refugees And The Way Forward

  • Ashwani Kumar, Senior Advocate, Former Union Minister of Law and Justice.
  • Saurabh Bhattacharjee, Assistant Professor, National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (NUJS)
  • Srinivas Burra, Associate Professor, South Asian University (SAU)
  • Prashant Bhushan, Advocate in Mohammad Salimullah v. Union of India
  • Roshni Shanker, Founder, Migration and Asylum Project
  • Cheryl D’souza, Advocate in Mohammad Salimullah v. Union of India

Session III: Courting Issues of Citizenship

  • Alok Prasanna Kumar, Senior Resident Fellow, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy.
  • Arijit Sen, Program Manager, Amnesty International India.
  • Leah Verghese, Senior Campaigner & Researcher, Amnesty International India.
  • Derek O’Brien, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha*
  • Ranabir Samaddar, Director, Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group*

The cost of participation will be Rs. 1000 per head which includes accommodation on 8th and 9th night, the delegate fee for the conference, and all meals during the conference. If delegates do not require accommodation, then the cost is Rs. 600 for the delegate fee for the conference and the meals during the conference.

Further, we can only accommodate limited people on campus. Thus, the requests for accommodation for every delegation would be entertained on first-come-first-serve basis.

We will provide individual certificates to students and a delegation certificate signifying that your esteemed university participated in the conference.


This is a mandatory registration form for all interested students: Click here.

This form must be filled by December 1, 2018, failing which the students will not be able to attend the event.


For further information, please contact Mr. Sharan A. Bhavnani (Editor-in-Chief): +91-9686338767; Ms. Nikita Garg (Deputy Editor-in-Chief): +91-9945767507 or email us at [email protected] with the subject – “Query: NLSIR Symposium”.

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