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National Workshop on "Judicial Dissent: A Conceptual and Contextual Audit of the decision making in the Supreme Court of India"

Glocal Law School, Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh in association with Rural Litigation & Entitlement Kendra (RLEK), Dehradun is pleased to organize a two days National Workshop-cum-Conference on "Judicial Dissent: A Conceptual and Contextual Audit of the Decision Making in the Supreme Court of India".

Date: 4th - 5th April, 2015
Venue: Glocal Law School, Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh

This initiative of Glocal Law School focuses on the role of the judiciary in constitutional transitions, and commences with a "framing workshop-cum-conference" to provide in-depth discussion of key issues, experience sharing between various stakeholders, a discussion paper and the framework for a research and/or training and technical assistance programme designed to enhance the rule of law in new constitutional frameworks through strengthening the role of the judiciary.

The focus on the institution of the courts is explicable. As an active participant in guarding the new constitutional order, the judiciary has a key role in ensuring the new constraints on power established by the Constitution are upheld, and that a new culture for constitutionalism is allowed to develop. However it would be conceivable only when that ambience is created within the institution where judges are independent and free to decide issues only on the basis of law and facts. In this backdrop, this workshop-cum-conference is organised with following objectives:

  • Bringing together the bar, bench, legal academia, researchers and experts from different aspects of judicial study to deliberate on the role of judges and various other stakeholders in this phase of constitutional transitions.
  • Providing forum for stock-taking, analytic exercise and an opportunity to discuss the contemporary erosion of dissenting opinions in the decision making of the Supreme Court.
  • Framing a programmatic response based on the lessons learned from our own past experiences and the global trend of judicial decision making processes.
  • Contribute meaningfully to the overall dissenting framework of the judiciary to strengthen the legal system of India.

The Survey of Major Themes:
A survey of issues affecting the judicial institution, its process of decision making and its ability to strengthen the rule of law results in the following selection of recurring issues which will form the focus for discussions at the workshop:

  • Judicial Independence, Dissent and Constitutionalism: Conceptual Framework
  • Genealogy of Judicial Dissent: Global Experience
  • Why Do Judges Dissent?
  • Culture of Dissent in the Indian Supreme Court: Past & present
  • Contribution of Dissenting Opinions of Supreme Court Judges in India

Submission Guidelines:
The programme committee solicits original research papers from the bar, bench, legal academia, students, researchers and experts from different aspects of judicial study on any of the subthemes to be considered for presentation at the conference and publication afterwards in the form of an edited book. Each participant is required to submit an abstract on any one of the six tracks above and can choose the specific issue within the selected track to discuss. The abstracts must be of 500 words and should clearly identify the issue they are dealing with, and the argument that they seek to put forward. The conference follows a very strict policy on plagiarism and runs all submissions through plagiarism detection software.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 28th February, 2015. The results will be declared after a very strict review process by 5th March, 2014. Following this, the selected authors will have to submit their final papers (word limit of 7500 words) by 28th March, 2015. All the papers will also be subject to review by the papers committee and may be rejected on content, suitability, being off the theme, poor quality, plagiarism and program scheduling requirements.

  • Only original, unpublished work will be accepted for the conference.
  • Papers should reflect the conference themes. The major themes of the conference are as follows: Judicial Independence, Dissent and Constitutionalism: Conceptual Framework; Genealogy of Judicial Dissent: Global Experience; Why do Judges dissent?; Culture of Dissent in the Indian Supreme Court: Past & present; and Contribution of Dissenting Opinions of Supreme Court Judges in India.
  • Abstract and the full paper need to be submitted for approval to the Paper Committee of the Conference by the date already announced.
  • Authors may submit their abstract and final paper as email attachment to Please use the subject line as: "Submission of Abstract/Final Paper for National Workshop-cum-Conference on Judicial Dissent".
  • The structure of the paper will be as follows:
    • Title of the paper - title should be concise and expressive of the content; a subtitle may be added if required
    • Name/s of author/s, Institution address, email, and phone/fax numbers
    • Abstract not exceeding 500 words with at least 5 key words
    • Body of the paper
    • References (Harvard Blue Book 19th Ed. Style)

  • The abstract (max. 500 words) and final paper (max. 7500 words) should be in MS Word 2007 format with 1.5 line spacing, 12 font size in Times New Roman, justified alignment, 1.5 line spacing and 1 inch margin on all the sides of A4 size paper.
  • The authors should follow Harvard Blue Book 19th Ed. footnoting Style, in Times New Roman and with font size 10 and 1 line spacing.
  • The word limit of the final paper is inclusive of Tables and Figures which may be incorporated into the text of paper as close to where they are first referred.
  • If there is more than one author, registration is compulsory for all authors. At least one Author is required to present the paper in person at the conference.

The fee is Rs. 500/- per participant for academicians and industry delegates. The fees include admission to all Technical Sessions, meals (breakfast and lunch on both the days. Accommodation and local hospitality will be arranged by the University.

Important Dates:

Last date for abstract submission:

28th February, 2015

Acceptance of abstract:

5th March, 2014

Full paper submission and registration for conference:

28th March, 2015.

Date of Conference:

4th - 5th April, 2015.

Dr. Yogesh Pratap Singh
Organising Secretary (Convenor)
Phone: +91-8392939345

Dr. Afroz Alam
Phone: +91-9438303041

Glocal University,
Delhi-Yamunotri Marg (State Highway 57),
Mirzapur Pole, Distt. Saharanpur - 247122,
Uttar Pradesh

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