Call for Papers: National Seminar on Water Law and Policy in India

Submit by October 6, 2014

The Centre for Environment and Law, under the auspices of the National University of Advanced Legal Studies, proposes to organize a National seminar on Water Law and Policy in India, on 9th October 2014, for disseminating knowledge and awareness among various sections of the society. The importance of water in sustaining life and the environment makes water conservation a major objective of environmental law. The Centre for Environment and Law is aimed at propagating and promoting discourse in the realm of environment and related legal issues. The Centre aims to provide a platform for stakeholders to collaborate over and study various policy decisions which impact the environment.

Papers are invited from students of law colleges/law schools and universities to be presented in the seminar.

The topic of the seminar is “National Water Law and Policy in India”

The seminar focuses mainly on the following themes:

  • Introduction to Water Laws and Policies in India.
  • Dams: Temples of Modern India or Death-Knell of Human Rights
  • Resolving Inter-State Water Disputes- with special reference to Mullaperiyar Dam controversy.

Suggested session topics:

  • Dam or Doom: Human rights perspective on development
  • Mulaperiyar: The way forward
  • Need for Water Law Reforms
  • Role of government in Inter-State water disputes – A rethinking?

Submission Guidelines:

  • Submissions are to be made in electronic form only and are to be sent to
  • Each Article is expected to be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 500 words.
  • The word limit for articles is set at 3000 words (inclusive of footnotes).
  • Abstracts must be submitted on or before 26 September 2014 and articles must be submitted before 6 October 2014.
  • Submission must contain a covering letter indicating name of the author(s), institution, e-mail id & contact number.
  • By submitting an article, the author is presumed to undertake that the article is an original work and has not been submitted, accepted or published elsewhere.
  • Articles found plagiarised will be summarily rejected.
  • Co – authorship is allowed (maximum of 2 authors).

Formatting Guidelines:

  • All submissions must follow the Bluebook system of citation.
  • Submissions must be in Times New Roman with font size 12 and line spacing 1.5
  • Footnotes must be in Times New Roman with font size 10 and line spacing 1.
  • Submissions may be made in .doc/.docx/.odt formats only.

For further details or queries, please contact us at or contact: Anjali P Menon

National Workshop on Public Opinion as a Factor in Sentencing Policy

The Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Law Reforms proposes to hold a one day National Workshop on Public Opinion as a Factor in Sentencing Policy on Friday, 10th October 2014 at NUALS Campus, Kalamassery, Kochi, Kerala.

Public opinion sometimes plays a difficult to define role in the sentencing policy of Courts. Judges are not impermeable inanimate membranes. They too are susceptible to the influence of public discussions and opinions. Such influences may have in many cases affected sentencing.

Public opinion may have some relevance to the enquiry, but in itself, it is no substitute for the duty vested in the Courts to interpret the Constitution and to uphold its provisions without fear or favour. If public opinion were to be decisive there would be no need for constitutional adjudication. On the other hand, a mere mechanical application of the law insensitive to public opinion undermines the legitimacy of the judiciary in the eyes of the public threatening Rule of Law. The topic gains relevance in the light of impact of crime on society and since we do not have any codified guidelines or even a proper ‘sentencing policy’ as such.

Research papers of upto 3000 words are invited for presentation at the workshop. Softcopies of the same in doc or docx format with a brief biodata of the author with details of affiliation and a statement to the effect that it is an original work of the author may be mailed to on or before 30 September 2014. Acceptance of papers would be intimated by 2 October 2014. The organizers reserve the right to publish the proceedings of the workshop including all accepted papers.

Please note:

a. While a certificate of acceptance would be issued to all authors whose papers are accepted, participation certificates attesting to presentation of the paper at the workshop would be made available only to those authors who personally present their accepted papers at the workshop.

b. While working lunch and refreshments would be provided at the venue, authors presenting their papers shall not be entitled to any TA/DA or any such allowance from the organizers.

c. There is no entry fee.

National Conference: Gujarat National Law University


Gujarat National Law University’s Centre for Constitutional and Administrative Law (CCAL) in collaboration with Knowledge Consortium of Gujarat, Government of Gujarat is organizing a pre-summit conference.

The conference focuses on how the present scenario of India can be improved by mainly on good governance and participatory democracy as its core issues. This conference has been aimed to produce a fruitful result by to identify the loopholes of existing system, and conducting an atmosphere which will be conducive for all to extend their horizons and learn something more on the world’s largest democracy.

Their two major themes of the conference:

  1. Participatory democracy
  2. Good governance, Principles, Practices and Perspectives

Important dates:

Last Date for Abstract: 8 December 2013

Selection of Abstract: 11 December 2013

Last Date for submission of Full Paper: 22 December 2013

Any further queries should be mailed to:

Kindly find the attached brochure for detailed information:

This information is contributed by Ms. Aastha Mehta

National Conference on Family Structure, Social Change and Law

Organisers: Vivekananda Law School (VIPS) 

19th and 20th December, 2013, Delhi

Law and society share a dialogic relationship. The nature of their relationship influences their initiation, trajectory as well as rendering in more ways than one. Law is comprehended as both the reflection as well as the aspiration of its society. This keen relationship between these institutions can be well understood and explored through the juncture of family and law. Family being the basic unit of a nation state is a subject matter of law at both the micro as well as the macro level. We at VLS understand the significance of evolving a holistic perspective as an essential tool for enhancement of understanding these overlapping categories. Vivekananda Law School, a pioneer Institute of law education proposes to organize a National Conference on ‘Family Structure, Social Change and the Law’.

In our innovative enterprise of organizing a multi disciplinary conference, we seek to involve versatile disciplinary approaches involving social, economic, political, etc. vantage points from the fields of theory and the practice. We look forward to have a dynamic discussion transcending the beaten path, opening arenas of thought and analysis through an amalgamation of experiences, ideas, interventions, reflections and academic practice. India today, stands at a critical point in time where the defined social and political limits of the institution of family are being questioned and revised through the involvement of the state and judiciary. Rights of perceived marginalized sections of society like children, women and the aged remain the focus of garnering social change, hopeful to last in the long term. However, the age-old patriarchal social structure, knowledge boom and globalization and myriad forms of modernization (many a times even regressive) continue to remain the toughest challenges.

We at Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, take this opportunity to invite academics, law enforcers and research scholars to contribute to this stimulating exchange of ideas and dimensions on family, society and law.

Call for papers:

i.                    Family and law

–          Familial philanthropy and economic rights in a family (e.g. in undivided Hindu family)

–          Women as daughters and brides (social and legal rights in natal and marital homes)

–          Hindu undivided family

–          Changing patterns of family

–          Live in relationships as new form of family

–          Elderly and incapacitated persons – care and protection

 ii.                  Marriage and law

–          The institution of marriage

–          Legal and social resolution of marital conflict

–          Inter caste and inter religious marriages

–          Succession and inheritance rights

–          Marriage as a tool to achieve individual and group aspirations

 iii.                Reproductive rights of women, surrogacy and adoption

–          Abortions and women’s choices

–          Right to Abortion vs. Sex Selective Abortions

–          Traditional surrogacy contracts

–          Legal issues on surrogacy

–          India as a field for commercial surrogacy

–          Health issues and Rights of surrogate women in India.

–          Surrogacy vs. Prostitution: Use of women’s body

–          Laws of adoption

–          Adoption by single women

–          Use and misuse of DNA technology and paternity matters

 iv.                Violence against women and the media

–          CEDAW and PWDVA – the law, loopholes and implementation

–          Dowry and marital rape

–          Media and reinforcement of traditional gender roles

An abstract of 300 words with a brief profile of the author should be sent no later than 10th October, 2013, to:

The authors of selected abstracts will be informed by evening of 20th of October 2013

Last date for submission of full papers: 30th November 2013. Registration Fees for:

Paper presenters Availing Accommodation: 1500/-

Paper presenters Not Availing Accommodation: 500/-

Audience participants: 300/-

VIPS will be providing all participants with hospitality and accommodation. We request all participants to take care of their travel expenses. For more information please log on to, All queries should be directed to, contact person:

Ms. Sandhya Kumari

Assistant Professor, VIPS


*This information is contributed by Mr. Ankur Sharma, Vivekananda Law School

Information Technology and Open Source Software: Issues and Challenges

[21-22 Sept]; Submit by Sept 10.

In order to create awareness about the importance of free and open source software and its various dimensions, Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, is organizing a Two ­Day National Seminar on “Information Technology and Open Source Software: Issues and Challenges “on 21st and 22nd September, 2013.

The seminar endeavours to examine the interface between free and open source software, and the legal and human right issues. Academicians, lawyers, researchers, software and hardware professionals, students, members of NGOs and Media interested in the subject are invited to participate/present papers focussing on the following sub­themes:

Free and Open Source Software (FOSS): Trends and Practices

Free and Open Source Software: Concept and Practice

Free and Open Source Software: Usage and Advantages

Open Source Software vs. Proprietary Software

Open Source Software: Need for a Legal Regime

Open Source Software and Intellectual Property Rights

Free and Open Source Software as a Subject Matter for IPR

Open Source Software and Licensing

Open Source Software and Copy Right

Open Source Software and Anti­ Trust Concerns

Information Security in a Knowledge Society

Information Security: The Key Concern

Right to Cyber Information: The Need of the Hour

Social Networking Sites and Security Concerns

Ethical Hacking and Information Security

Information Technology Act 2000: The Emerging Concerns

ICT and Data Protection

ICT, E­-Commerce and E­-Governance

Cyber Crimes and Cyber Privacy

Cyber Investigation and Forensics

Transnational Cyber Crimes and Information Technology Act, 2000

The topics specified under each of the sub­themes are not exhaustive. The authors interested in contributing to the seminar may write a paper in their area of expertise falling within the broad framework of the main theme of the Seminar.


The Registration fee is Rs. 1,000/­ for academicians, lawyers, scholars, etc. and for students it is Rs. 700/­. In case of co-­authorship, the registration fee is to be paid by both the authors separately. The registration includes local hospitality except accommodation. However, accommodation can be arranged for the outstation participants on request.

The registration fee is to be paid through Demand Draft in favour of “The Registrar, Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur” payable at Raipur.

Important Dates

Submission of Full Paper: 10th September 2013

Confirmation of Acceptance of the Paper: 12th September 2013

Last date for registration: 17th September 2013

Authors are requested to submit full ­length papers on or before 10th September 2013 till 12:00 midnight through email to the following ID:

Official Website: Guidelines for paper submission and General Instructions are available at

For further details contact

Seminar Coordinator

Dr. Avinash Samal


Phone: 0771­3057633

Mobile: +919589187764

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Call for Papers – NLUO, Journal of Competition Law

Competition Law in India is still a evolving branch of law. To cope with the rapidity of technological and market changes and to deal with future problems, it must be sufficiently flexible in character. Hence, arises a need for a platform for discourse on competition law, policy and its interplay with allied fields, which the NLUO Journal of Competition Law and Policy (JCLP) aims to provide. This annual peer-reviewed journal is the first journal on Competition Law in India which shall be exclusively student-run under the aegis of the University. This Journal also has the privilege of having distinguished legal luminaries and stalwarts in the field of Competition Law as advisers to the journal. The Journal is currently soliciting contributions from academics, researchers, students, judges and practitioners, in the field of Competition law and practice for its first volume to be published in 2013. Scope of the Journal shall encompass  themes including but not limited to Competition Law and Policy (historical, present or future perspectives), Interface between competition laws and allied fields, Comparative Competition Policy and Internationalization of Competition  law.

Submissions should be pertinent to the theme of the Journal.

  • Articles [5000-8000 words]
  • Essays and Notes [3000-5000 words]
  • Legislative Comments and Case Comments [2000-4000 words]

However, submissions which do not fall under any of the heads mentioned, may be considered if found to be of sufficient merit.


  • All the contributions should be original and must not be previously published or in submission/consideration anywhere else.
  • An abstract of not more than 300 words must be included in the submission.
  • Co-authorship by upto two authors is permitted.
  • The Author(s) biographical details including name, academic/professional qualification shall be mentioned in a separate cover page.
  • Submissions should adhere to the following format


Font – Times New Roman; Font size -12; Spacing – Double; Alignment – Justified; Margin – One inch on all sides.


Font – Times New Roman; Font size -10; Spacing – Every Footnote shall be single spaced, but there shall be double spacing between two different Footnotes (Substantive footnoting is permitted).

  • The author(s) is/are requested to strictly adhere to 4th Edition of the Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities, available at
  • Mode of Submission: All submissions shall be made in electronic form by email in .doc/docx format to and should mention “Submission” in subject line, latest by 1 st August 2013.
  • The author(s) is/are requested to confirm by means of a declaration in the cover letter that the manuscript does not infringe the copyright or any other right to a third party, if so, JCLP disclaims any liability for the same.
  • As a condition for publication, authors grant exclusive rights of first publication to JCLP. Authors may subsequently publish their articles elsewhere provided JCLP is acknowledged as the place of first publication.
  • It shall be noted that the decisions taken by the Board of Editors shall be final and binding.

For any clarifications or queries, please mail us at

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