CfP: Shoolini University’s Online International Conference on Media and Law [May 20-21]: Submit by April 15

Shoolini University’s School of Law and Department of Journalism and Mass Communication is organising an Online International Conference on Media and Law: The Quest for Equilibrium on 20th and 21st May 2021.

Concept Note

International Conference on Media Law aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Media Law. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Media Law.

Never before has mass communication been so pervasive in our everyday life. Thanks to social media, anyone with internet access can take on the role of a publisher, potentially spreading their message to an audience of millions with just the click of a mouse. That enormous potential comes at a high cost: today it is easier than ever to spread lies about people and destroy their reputation in just a few minutes.

For this reason, it is vital not only for journalists but also for the general public to have a basic knowledge of media law and ethics, in order to act responsibly and ethically when disseminating content to a mass audience. The conference endeavors to bring light on numerous issues which go unadhered and foster a culture of healthy debate and discussion on the pertinent issues w.r.t. media.


The International Conference endeavors to discern the legislative and institutional framework which guarantees freedom of expression, enhance the quality of journalism and establish pluralistic means of media reporting internationally.

The specific objectives of the project are:

  1. Harmonizing laws, regulations and practice with standards of the media.
  2. Strengthening the independency and efficiency of the bodies responsible for the regulation of digital broadcasting and enabling public broadcasting services to better perform their role.
  3. Development of a professional approach, responsibility and respect of ethical principles by the press.
  4. Answer mutual problems and challenges that countries all over the world are facing.
  5. Discussion on the possible infringement of intellectual property rights and their relative global regulations.
  6. Debate on Media Ethics and the distant reality.
  7. Discussion on media biases.
  8. Discussion on the obligations of the academicians, lawyers and journalist on the issue of media bias.
  9. Development of a professional approach, responsibility and respect of ethical principles by the press.
  10. Enable exchange of experiences, cooperation and networking in areas such as thematic training for journalists, self-regulation and legal framework in the area of broadcasting, media transparency and ownership of the media.

Call for Book Chapters

They see the event as a glorious opportunity to publish high-quality articles of the conference in a book. Therefore, the submitted papers will go through a double review and the accepted papers shall be published as chapters in the book titled “Emerging horizons of media and laws”.

The book aims to discuss the constitutional as well as the legislative ambit of media and the role played by it in our daily lives. The aim of the proposed book is to come out with a clear understanding of recent changes taking place in the national as well as an international paradigm with respect to media.

Therefore, the prospective authors are requested to write their papers considering the above dimensions.


  • Evolution and current status of media
  • History of Media regulations
  • Media and Freedom of Speech and Expression
  • Media and the Right to Privacy
  • Media and the Right to Information
  • Role of Media in Democracy
  • Media privilege with respect to parliamentary proceedings
  • Media and defamation
  • Media and authenticity of sting operations
  • Media and Contempt of Court
  • Media Trials and its effect on Fair Trial
  • Paid News and Fake News
  • Media and Security of the State
  • Obscenity and Censorship
  • Changing dimensions of legal framework w.r.t media
  • Media gagging
  • Media Tribunals: A necessity?
  • Media Ethics
  • Comparative analysis of media laws with other countries
  • Fading presence of print media

Note: The above-mentioned themes are not exhaustive; Authors are open to working on any topic related to the above-mentioned theme(s). It is also requested that the authors analyze the legal provisions and judicial observations in their topic.

Guidelines for Authors

  1. Authors should apply research skills and use appropriate research methodology.
  2. The author must highlight a specific research problem/Issue and should also reflect on the viable solution of the/problems/issues identified.
  3. Chapter including footnotes should not exceed the words limit of 4500 words with an abstract of not less than 250 words.
  4. It is mandatory for the Authors to include a cover page that should include a brief profile of the author with his e-mail ID, contact number, affiliation and address.
  5. Chapter/Chapters received after the stipulated deadline will not be entertained.
  6. Chapter/Chapters received shall be subject to the scrutiny of double-blind reviews by the Editorial Board and Panel of Experts.
  7. Chapter/Chapters are accepted for publication on the condition that they do not infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third parties and that the work does not contain any obscene, offensive, defamatory, or racially prejudiced material.
  8. As a condition of the publication, authors have, an irrevocable, transferable, non-exclusive, royalty-free right and license to reproduce publish and distribute their submission(s) in all print media including electronic services.

Important Dates and Registration Fee

  • Last date for abstract submission (300-500 words): 15th April 2021
  • Date of intimation of acceptance of abstract: 20th April 2021
  • Last date for full paper submission (1200-1500 words): 10th May 2021
  • Last Date for Registration and payment of fees: 10th April 2021

Registration fees: Rs. 750/- payable at

  • Bank Name: Punjab National Bank, The Mall, Solan
  • Beneficiary Name: Shoolini University of Biotechnology & Management Sciences
  • IFSC Code: PUNB0043300
  • Account NUMBER: 0433000100728136
  • MICR code: 173024002
  • Google pay also available on: 9418157436

Registration Link:

Please send the transaction id along with the name to shoolinilaw[at]

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