Call for Papers | National Seminar on ‘Changing Contours of Personal Laws’ | MNLU Nagpur | Submit by Jan 10

About MNLU, Nagpur

Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Nagpur was established by the Government of Maharashtra in 2016. It is an academic fraternity of individuals determined for excellence and holistic development in order to contribute effectively to the society. It aims to provide society with socially responsible and accountable legal professionals. In order to realise this holistic vision, the University strives to develop legal and intellectual acumen among the academic fraternity for instituting confident and critical outlook towards the legal profession and society.

About the Event

The National Seminar on ‘Changing Contours of Personal Laws in India’ envisions to provide a platform for deliberations on nuances of personal laws in India. Personal laws are unique in multiple ways, as it deals with relationship between two or more individuals based on various socio, economic, cultural, and legal factors. The status and rights of an individual are the cornerstone of personal laws. In the contemporary Indian society, due to several factors, there are multiple challenges relating to matrimonial obligations, individual autonomy, and domestic violence, to name a few, which needs to be addressed in an efficient manner. Further, there is a need for deliberation on the possibilities of expanding horizons on encouraging inter-disciplinary approaches with personal laws.

Thus, this Seminar organised by the University is to comprehend the issues and challenges; and changing facets of personal laws in India.

Sub Themes

Sub-theme I: Constitution of India and Personal Laws

  • Individual Autonomy and Right to Marriage in Contemporary Society
  •  Rights of Women and Personal Laws
  • Ensuring Gender Justice to Woman under Personal Laws
  • Right to Privacy and Personal Laws

Sub-theme II: Matrimonial Rights and Obligations

  • Law of Maintenance in India
  • Property Rights of Women in India
  • Child Custody and Welfare
  • Changing Facets of Matrimonial Home

Sub-theme III: Family Dispute Resolution Mechanism

  • Understanding Family Dispute Resolutions in India
  • Issues and Prospects of Mediation in Matrimonial Disputes
  • Efficacy of Family Courts in India
  • Role of ADR in Family Dispute Settlement
  • Conflict Management within the Family
  • Violence within the Family

Sub-theme IV: Contemporary Developments in Personal Laws

  • Cohabitation and Personal Laws
  • Family Models/Patterns in Contemporary Society
  • Common Civil Code versus Uniform Civil Code
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology and Personal Laws
  • Matrimonial Property Jurisprudence in India
  • Comparative and International Family Law

Submission Guidelines

  1. The word limit of the paper shall be 4000-5000 words (exclusive of footnotes).
  2. Name and details of Author and Co-author.
  3. The line spacing for the main text and footnotes should be in 1.5 and 1, respectively. (Endnotes are not permitted).
  4. The paper must be in single column lay out with margins justified on both sides.
  5. The main text should be in 12 font size and footnotes should be in 10 font size, Normal, Times New Roman and justified.
  6. Uniform mode of citation must be followed; preferably MNLU, Nagpur mode of citation.
  7. The File Name shall be strictly in the following nomenclature. For Example: Name of Author _ Title of paper.
  8. The abstract and full paper must be submitted in .doc format.
  9. Plagiarism declaration statement in the e-mail. (The Plagiarism limit is as per UGC regulations).

Abstract Submission

The abstract shall not exceed more than 250 words and must reach the organiser on or before January 10, 2023, accompanied by a cover page stating the following:

  • Sub-theme
  • Title of the paper
  • Name of the Author(s)
  • E-mail address of the Author(s)
  • Postal address and Contact Number

Submission Procedure

Click Here to Submit the Abstract

Click Here to Submit the Full Paper

Registration and Payment

The participants need to register for the National Seminar after the acceptance of their abstracts through the below given link. A participant may register for the Seminar as a delegate without presenting the paper. Fee payment for the registration can be done through the following link:

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1. The registration fee includes Seminar kit, Access to all sessions, Lunch and Refreshments during the Seminar; but does not include cost of accommodation and/or any allowance.

2. Students and Research scholars must submit a copy of their ID card or letter of supervisor/ HOD at the Seminar venue, stating that they are currently enrolled in a college or university.

3. Acknowledgment of the payment must be sent to this link.

Relevant Contacts

For any queries, contact us at: [email protected]

Other details

Student Convenors

Swastika Saxena: [email protected]


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