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International Conference on the Supreme Court of India and Progressive Social Change

Azim Premji University, Bengaluru is association with University of Chicago is organizing the International Conference on the Supreme Court of India and Progressive Social Change

Date: 11th - 12th December, 2015
Venue: University of Chicago Center, Delhi

About the Conference:
The aim of this Conference is to examine the empirical effects of decisions of the Indian Supreme Court on the everyday lives of marginalized citizens. There is a widespread belief among Indian academics, political activists, and journalists that the Indian Supreme Court is not only an effective agent of politically progressive social change, but also, perhaps the only governmental institution capable of furthering the interests of the relatively disadvantaged. The conference is designed to explore this belief.

The Conference will take its lead from the approach in The Hollow Hope: Can Courts Bring about Social Change? (2nd Ed., 2008), which empirically measures the impact of decisions of the United States Supreme Court purported to further the interests of the relatively disadvantaged. While papers are not expected to follow the exact framework of The Hollow Hope, they are required to undertake an empirical study of the effects of selected Indian Supreme Court decisions. The focus of the conference is not on the question of whether decisions of the Indian Supreme Court have changed the law, nor on whether they have changed governmental policy. Rather, the Conference asks whether the interventions of the Indian Supreme Court have realized litigators' hopes by actually increasing the access to and opportunity for marginalized social groups to live better lives.

The Conference is organized around a set of original research contributions, made available to all the participants prior to the Conference. Confirmed speakers at this stage include Marc Galanter, Sitharamam Kakarala, Sudhir Krishnaswamy, Gerald Rosenberg, Vinay Sitapati, and Arun Thiruvengadam.

Who should attend?
For this conference we invite contributions from scholars, graduate and post-graduate students, and practitioners in the law, humanities or social sciences, involved with studying the Indian Supreme Court

Themes of the Conference:

  • Environment
  • Social Welfare Rights
  • Secularism & Conflict
  • Gender
  • Reservations
  • Legal System Reforms
  • Criminal Justice
  • Corruption
  • Labour and Civil Liberties

Submission of Conference:
Please submit details of name, Institution, email address, paper title and a 400 word abstract to latest by 25th July, 2015.

Selected paper presenters will be notified by 15th August, 2015. Final paper submissions are due by 15th October, 2015. Final papers should be between 13 and 15 pages in length (single-spaced).

The authors of selected papers will be invited to attend the conference. The organizers will cover costs of domestic economy travel and accommodation for selected participants.

Important Dates:

Last date for submission of abstract with details:

25th July, 2015

Confirmation of acceptance papers:

15th August, 2015

Last date for submission of full papers:

15th October, 2015

Conference and presentation of papers:

11th - 12th December, 2015

Mr. Shishir Bail
Azim Premji University
PES Campus, Pixel Park, B Block
Electronics City, Hosur Road (Beside NICE Road)
Bengaluru - 560100

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