Seminar on LAW AND SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION: Contemporary Issues


The relation between law and social transformation has been explained in various dimensions for the last few decades. Legal theorists, social theorists, and political theorists tried their best to explain this relation between law and social transformation in many ways. The law is considered as both an independent and dependent variable in society.  The interdependence of the law with other social systems is recognised one. The concept of ‘Law And Social Transformation’ is explained with many other mechanisms, such as political and economic factors, ideology, competition, conflict, structural strains and technology.

As law is the reflection of the will and wish of the society, the study of laws enacted by a society gives a clear picture of the nature of that society. Law is in fact a tool of social transformation also. When law changes the society, it shows the progress of the society. The change in the society may also reflect in the laws of that society also. When society changes law, it shows the maturity and sensibility of that society.

We can site many examples in the history for law and social transformation, particularly in India. From the sati movements, temple entry movement, movements against untouchability and slavery, elimination of child labour, movements for widow remarriage and women education, rights of scheduled castes and tribes, etc., in the past indicate the depth of progress that had been achieved by our society in the past.

Post independent India witnessed many social changes such as movements for labour rights, women rights, consumer rights, environmental rights, right access justice etc., through both legislative and judicial process. Neo liberal policies in the beginning of 1990s started bringing changes in the living pattern of society. This social transformation in the field of economy and society is evident from the contemporary society.

Recent movements of rights to education, sustainable development, right to information, privacy, movements against female infanticide, rights of women against sexual harassment etc., show that social transformation is a never-ending process. It is a continuous process takes various dimensions and phases in different times.  Recent incidents related offences against women, especially after ‘Nirbhaya’ case,  compelled the government to consider the sentiments of the commonest of the common man and society at large. As a result, government set up a commission to give suggestions and untimely the Criminal Law Amendment Act came into existence.

The judgement in Sabarimala case, made many repercussions in the society. In this regard, role of Judiciary in mooting social transformation through progressive decisions, is also remarkable. The behavioural pattern of society changes in accordance with the technological advancements. Issues related to regulation of social media; digital currency also may take places in the legal frame work in the immediate future.

The changing patterns of society and role of Law as a tool of such transformation is required to be analysed in the light of contemporary issues. In this context, the Centre for Post Graduate Legal Studies, NUALS, as the organizers of the Webinar calls upon the legal professionals, academicians from other social science disciplines, administrators, University students, young and upcoming research scholars, social activists and the representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations to present their research papers relevant to the below-mentioned themes.

Sub Themes

  • Law as a Tool of Social Transformation:- Jurisprudential Aspects
  • Constitution, Constitutional Morality, Constitutionalism, and Transformative Constitutionalism.
  • Religion, Religious Institutions, Culture, Customary Practices and Social Transformation: Role of Law
  • Intersectionality and Social Transformation
  • Individual rights v/s Group rights
  • Rights of Women, Children and Social Transformation: Role of law
  • Neo Liberal Policies and Social Transformation: Need of Neo Laws
  • Technological Advancement and Social Transformation: Role of Law
  • Role of Judiciary in Social Transformation

*The above sub themes are not exhaustive

Paper Submission/Submission Guidelines

• Submissions are to be made in electronic form only and are to be sent to [email protected]
• The paper should be in English, not exceeding 3000-5000 words (excluding footnotes).
• The paper should be accompanied by an abstract not exceeding 350 words. Please limit keywords to 4. This shall not count towards the word limit.
• Co-authorship is permitted to a maximum of two authors.
• The cover page should include Name, Address, E-mail ID, Contact number and the name of the College/University/Firm along with the address of the author/s. In case of co- authorship, the cover page should include details of both the authors. A brief profile of the author/s not exceeding 250 words should be attached with the abstract.
• Kindly avoid the general and common information about the sub theme of your paper as far as possible as doing so may result in duplication of information in the chapters coming under a single sub-theme.
• No part of the submission should have been published earlier nor should it be under consideration for publication or a contest elsewhere.
• All contributions must represent original ideas and interpretations coupled with critical evaluation and assessment.
• Full papers shall undergo Blind peer review and Plagiarism check.
• Any form of plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification. Such Plagiarised papers shall be rejected.
• Revision (if any) suggested by the reviewer of the paper shall be included. Revisions suggested are on the basis of blind peer review .
• Full papers mailed to [email protected] will only be considered.
• Status of the acceptance of full papers shall be communicated after blind peer review and plagiarism check. The registration details shall be informed with communication of acceptance.
• Any queries regarding the book shall be addressed to [email protected]

Formatting Guidelines

⮚ The paper should be in English, not exceeding 3000-5000 words (excluding footnotes).
⮚The submission is to be made in Times New Roman, Font Size: For Title – 16; For Headings – 14; Main Text – 12, Line spacing: 1.5, Footnote size: 10, Line Spacing 1.0 for footnotes.
⮚ The name and Designation of the author/authors shall be mentioned below the title of the paper
⮚ Harvard Blue Book Style (20th edition) shall be used for citation.
o Alignment shall be Justified. One inch margin to be maintained on all sides.
o Submissions may be made in .doc/.docx/.odt formats only.
o Use of headings and subheadings must be in a consistent format.

Registration Form, Fee and Conference Material Cost

Registration Form: All the candidates selected for paper presentation have to register through the registration form in the prescribed format at the prescribed time.

Registration Fees: NIL

Event Details

Important Dates

Last date of Submission of Full papers: 5 March 2022
Communication of status of Full papers: 10 March 2022
Submission of revised papers (if needed): 14 March 2022
Registration: 15 & 16 March, 2022

Date of Conference: 17 & 18 March 2022

For Query Please Contact

Email: [email protected]

Prof. (Dr.) Mini S.
Professor, NUALS
Director, Centre for Post Graduate Legal Studies, NUALS
Email: [email protected]

Dr. Meenu Mohan
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, NUALS
Email: [email protected]

Dr. Vipin Das R.V.
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, NUALS
Mob: 8113067224,
Email: [email protected]

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