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First Azim Premji University International Conference on Law, Governance and Development

The Law, Governance and Development Initiative (LGDI) was established at the Azim Premji University in 2010 to analyze the relationship between development and governance with a particular focus on the structure and practices of government and the constitutive and instrumental role of the legal system. The Initiative seeks to investigate and reconfigure our understanding of governance problems in India and relocate legal system reform as a central element of governance reform in India. The annual conference of LGDI aims to create a forum for academic enquiry and debate on law and its relationship to governance and development, and explores empirical and theoretical questions of reform of the Indian legal system using a multi-disciplinary approach.

The theme for this year's conference is 'Indian Legal System Reform: Empirical Baselines and Normative Frameworks'

Date: 18th and 19th May, 2012
Venue: Azim Premji University, Bangalore

This Conference will be organized around a set of original research contributions, made available to all the participants prior to the Conference. The Conference will encourage informed debate on the central issues of legal system reform in India, organized around panel themes described below.

Call for Papers:
Single authored student submissions are strongly encouraged and preferred over co-authored pieces. This clarification does not apply to faculty submissions. The Call for papers deadline has been extended to 7th May, 2012 for both faculty and student submissions.


  1. Legal System Reform - A Context
  2. Civil Justice Reform
  3. Criminal Justice Reform
  4. Alternative Dispute Resolution
  5. Reforming the Appellate Courts
  6. Institutions for Legal System Reform

Submission Guidelines:
Faculty papers are expected to be full length 5000-8000 word academic papers and student papers are expected to be 800 word reflection papers on any of these themes. Faculty and student papers must present new empirical data or novel normative perspectives on the Conference themes.

Please email the papers along with your CVs to

Selected faculty and students will be invited to participate in the conference and their travel and accommodation costs will be borne by the Organizers.

Law Governance and Development Initiative 6th floor,
Azim Premji University,
PES School of Engineering Campus,
Pixel Park, B Block,
Electronics City,
Hosur Road (Beside NICE Road)
Bangalore - 560100

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