CfP: NLSIU’s Annual Themed Conference on Transformative Constitutionalism [July 20-21]: Submit by April 8

Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
Share on facebook
Share on whatsapp
Share on telegram

The NLS Annual Themed Conference 2019 is part of the Bridging Silos Project funded by Ford Foundation and the conference aims to explore the ideas of “Transformative Constitutionalism” theoretically as well as in the context of Indian law and policy.

The conference aims to discuss and exchange ideas of what it means to practice transformative constitutionalism. In such a discussion,
contemporary legal developments relating to the constitutionality of discriminatory adultery laws, LGBT rights, Aadhar, freedom to worship and the right to dissent exemplify the promise and pitfalls of a ‘transformative constitution’.

In some of the decisions, the Supreme Court has taken a step towards fulfilling the Constitutional mandate of equal treatment and protection of individual liberty of all signifying the redemptive potential of the Indian Constitution to implement rights and freedoms in an effective manner. However, in others, the court may have failed to appreciate the values of the Constitution fully.

Finally, we aim through this conference to imagine the practice of transformative constitutionalism on legal issues that have so far not been
dealt with in a definitive manner but continue to pose challenges. These may be the adjudication of contentious issues such as the acceptability of the death penalty, the rights of accused persons, or issues such as the criminalization of marital rape. The conference aims to bring together students, academicians and practitioners of law to apply their understanding of transformative constitutionalism to issues such as these.

Call for Papers

Paper abstracts are invited on any topic looking at the transformative nature of the constitution. Papers can include, but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Sedition Laws
  • Juvenile Justice Act and the Amendments
  • Rights of Transgenders
  • Reservations in Promotion/Implications of 103rd amendment
  • Death Penalty
  • Prisoners Rights
  • Science and Technology – Data Privacy issues/Surveillance Issues etc.
  • Right to Privacy
  • Manual Scavenging – Examining the adequacy of the Legal Framework
  • Surrogacy Laws
  • LGBT Rights and moving forward in the light of Sec. 377 judgment
  • Women’s equality issues in Private Sphere/Family Life/ Public Sphere
  • Adultery Judgment
  • PIL – Public Interest Litigation
  • Any other area reflecting Transformative Constitutionalism

The abstract should not exceed 350 words, and must be in the format provided below:

Brief Biography(100-150 words)
Organisation/ Institution (if any)
Postal Address
Email Address
Phone Number

Method of Submission

All submissions for the conference have to be electronically mailed with subject heading “Conference – Abstract Submissions” at the following address, and it should be submitted in .doc or .docx format.

Important Dates

Call for Papers: 12th March 2019
Submission of Abstracts: 08th April 2019
Notification of Selected Abstracts: 18th April 2019
Registration: 19th April – 07th May 2019
National Conference: 20th and 21st July 2019

Registration Fees

Students: Rs. 2,000/-
Academicians and Professionals: Rs. 2,500/-

The cost of registration includes the delegate fee, lunch and tea during the conference on 20th and 21st of July 2019. The facilities to accommodate people on campus is limited and participants are expected to make their own arrangements.

In order to encourage participation of students from underrepresented groups and areas, the organizers are willing to pay for travel (Second Class Train Fare), boarding and lodging for about 20 participants. The students intending to avail the concession must produce proof of family income.

Payment Details

Payment for the conference can be done either by

  • Demand Draft drawn in favour of National Law School of India University, payable at BENGALURU which has to be sent to the
    address along with the registration form to ‘Centre for Women and the Law, National Law School of India University, P.O. Bag 7201, Nagarbhavi, Bangalore – 560072
  • Through NEFT transfer. The Bank Transaction ID Number in case of NEFT transfer must be sent to
  • Registration will be confirmed only on receipt of payment.

For queries call Jyotsna Tripathi – 7619455680, Robin Christopher J8123034361, Ashwini. C – 7795558527 or email

For official notification, click here.


Disclaimer: We try to ensure that the information we post on Lawctopus is accurate. However, despite our best efforts, some of the content may contain errors. You can trust us, but please conduct your own checks too.
Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
Share on facebook
Share on whatsapp
Share on telegram

Join Our Call for Papers WhatsApp Group

Get Daily Updates

Join Our Call for Papers Telegram Group

Get Daily Updates

Related Posts

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Get the latest opportunities in your inbox, daily!


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Upskill yourself in January with certificate courses by LLS. Registrations end in...