Call for Proposals: The Courts and The Constitution Conference (Submit by 25 February, 2022)

Law and Other Things in association with NALSAR University of Law and Aziz Premji University is organizing the 3rd Edition of the Courts and the Constitution Conference. Entries for the same are invited from interested students, scholars, and practitioners of law and other connected fields.

About The Courts and The Constitution Conference

The inaugural edition of the Courts and the Constitution Conference took place on 26-27 January 2019, with the theme “2018: Year in Review”. It was a first-of-its-kind initiative in India and discussed the major legal developments and landmark judgments of the year 2018 in light of their long-term impact on the governance and rights of the Republic. The second edition of the conference, “The Republic at 70: Past, Present and Future Directions” was hosted on 25-26 January 2020. More than 25 legal luminaries participated in multiple panels on Developments in Equality Jurisprudence, Reforming Tribunals, Federalism and the Constitution, and Citizenship, Residency and the Constitution, as well as public guest lectures on capital punishment, among others.The featured speakers in the past two editions included, inter alia, Arun Thiruvengadam, Sudhir Krishnaswamy, Arvind Narain, Chintan Chandrachud, Nizam Pasha, Suhrith Parthasarathy, Aparna Chandra, Anup Surendranath, Arundhati Katju, Alok Prasanna Kumar, Malavika Prasad, Harish Narsappa, Rohit De, Suchindran Bhaskaran, Ujjwala Uppaluri, as well as N.R. Madhava Menon, M.P. Singh and Indira Jaisingh. Both the editions were co-organized by the Editorial Team of the Law and Other Things Blog, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, and the School of Policy and Governance, Azim Premji University, Bangalore, and took place in-person at NALSAR. The third edition will be hosted on 26-27 March 2022, in a hybrid model (in-person as well as limited online streaming) in light of the extraordinary circumstances created due to the pandemic.

About the Call for Proposals

This year, along with invited speakers for the various panels, interested students and professionals in the legal and associated fields are invited to submit proposals for presenting their papers during the conference. If accepted, the applicant will get a chance to present their paper/ideas as a part of the panel, and proposals shall also be developed into papers that will be published by the Blog. The proposals should pertain to either of the six themes of the panels.

Themes for the Panels

This year, LAOT is inviting submissions from authors on the themes of each panel.

They are:

The State of the JudiciaryP

ublic Health Crisis and the Constitution

Emerging Voices – The Shamnad Basheer Memorial Roundtable

Contemporary Issues in Indian Federalism Environmentalism and Governance in South Asia

Civil Liberties and Criminal Justice.

More details about each panel can be found in the attached concept note here.


Proposals are invited from students and professionals from the legal field as well as allied disciplines. Since the objective of this Call for Proposals is to make the conference more accessible to a younger demographic, those who are under the age of 30 years will be given priority.

Structure and Rewards

The authors of the best entry corresponding with each theme will be selected to participate in the respective panels (allowing for virtual or in-person participation). Our aim is to have at least one speaker in each panel identified through this route. The selected authors will get the opportunity to present their work alongside established scholars and practitioners.Please note that the proposals will be closely scrutinized and that the selection process is likely to be quite competitive. The conference organizers reserve the right to not select any entries, if they do not meet a certain qualitative threshold.The participants may adopt any suitable means for presenting their work, including audio-visual aids or a PowerPoint presentation. The selected participants will have at least 15 minutes to make their respective presentations.

Criteria for Selection

The proposals shall be evaluated on the following grounds: (i) framing of the research question/s, (ii) the choice of research methodology (if appropriate/relevant for the topic that is discussed), (iii) treatment of the research question/s in the literature, (iv) the framing of the central argument and the quality of substantiation of the chosen issues, (v) originality of the ideas/arguments presented, and (vi) relevance of the chosen topic, in respect of the existing scholarship related to Indian Constitutional Law and the Indian Legal System.

Important Dates

Last date for submission of the manuscript is 25 February 2022.

Late entries will not be entertained. Authors shall be intimated of the selection of their proposal by 10 March 2022.

Contact Information

E-Mail id (for queries): courtsandconstitution[at]

Contact Persons

Shravani Shendye: 9399736197

Eeshan Sonak: 8380074901

For other important details please visit official website.

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