CfP: National Seminar Smart Laws For Smart Cities by NLSIU & DMA, GoK [Oct 29-30]: Submit by Oct 5

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About the Seminar 

Taking into account  issues faced by the State and Urban governments with regard to urban planning and development and realizing that cities and urban areas are crucial drivers of economic growth, the Ministry Of Urban Development, GoI launched the Smart Cities Mission (SCM).

This was done with the objective of promoting cities that provide core infrastructure, a clean and sustainable environment and application of ‘smart’ solutions to achieve these, thus, improving quality of life of all citizens. The aim of the mission is to leverage the existing technological tools to develop new smart cities and transform existing ones, and unleash their true potential as centres of opportunity.

But what remains to be addressed is the Legal and institutional framework that is required for such cities. Are the current laws on urban governance apt and adequate to cater to the objectives of these cities or is there a requirement for modification and introduction of “smarter” and a more efficient legal structure to keep pace with the proposed  urban reforms

The Two Day National Seminar on Smart Laws for Smart Cities: Agenda for Reform,
Consolidation and Codification organized by National Law School of India University, Bengaluru in association with the Directorate of Municipal Administration, Government of Karnataka aims to look at the above mentioned issues and analyze and
discuss the same with relevant stakeholders.

Important Dates
  • Abstract Submission: 5th October, 2018
  • Communication for Acceptance of Abstract: Before 6th of October, 2018
  • Last Date for Registration: 10th of October, 2018
  • Submission of Full Length Papers: 25th November, 2018
  • Date of Seminar: 28th and 29th of October, 2018
Who Can Attend?

Legal practitioners, Academicians, Research Scholars, Solicitors, Attorneys, Advocates, Urban Planners, Corporate personnel, Civil Society Groups, Architects, Resident Welfare Associations, Government officers in Urban Local Bodies, State and Central Government, Students etc. are invited to submit papers and participate in the seminar.

Submissions – Details and Guidelines

Abstracts of not more than 500 words, for original researched papers on the themes mentioned in the Brochure (attached below) are invited. Authors of accepted abstracts shall have the privilege of presenting their paper at the seminar.

There can be a maximum of only one Co-author. The full length research papers in case of short articles should be 3500 – 5000 words (inclusive of foot notes), and around 8000 words (inclusive of foot notes) in case of long articles.

Potential contributors are required to adhere to a uniform mode of citation (20th edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation is recommended). Abstracts and papers should be submitted as Word documents, with a covering letter containing the correct name, designation and phone number of the author(s).

The above documents should be mailed to the email address listed below with the email subject line as Name of the Author_SCitiesAbstract for the Abstract and Name of the Author_SCitiesFinal for the Final Paper.

After peer review, select papers/articles will be published by NLSIU in a Journal/Primer or
other such publication.

Kindly mail you abstracts and final papers to Mr. Raghav Parthasarathy at Ph:[m] +91 8884188206

Registration Charges

Rs. 1500/- per author / per participant. [Nonresidential].

Last Date for Registration for participants and paper presenters: 10th October,


For other details regarding the Seminar contact  Ms. Susheela at Ph: [m] 9448690903. 

For more details about the seminar please refer to the brochure by clicking here.


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