Call for Proposals: Contemporary Issues in Indian Public Law

The Faculty of Law, University of Oxford and the Melbourne Law
School, University of Melbourne are organising a workshop on Contemporary
issues in Indian Public Law on the 10th and 11th of April 2015 in India.
This is a call for proposals for workshop papers on any
particular aspects of the following topics (particular examples have been
provided in brackets against each topic—they merely illustrate the topic and
are not meant to restrict its scope):
1. General reflections on Indian constitutional
law (constitutional conventions in the
Indian constitution, the basic structure doctrine, the autonomy of
administrative law, historical issues
2. Citizenship (Unique Identity Cards, migration, refugees, diaspora)
3. Rights and Directive Principles (horizontality, scope, conflict of rights,
emergency powers
4. Separation of powers: 
Parliament and State Assemblies (legislative
functioning, executive control, committees
 (b) The
Justice System (delays, court management,
writs, SLPs, lower judiciary, tribunalisation, rule of law, police and
prosecution reforms, access to courts, standing
 (c) The Executive (impact of coalition politics, increasing powers, accountability)
5. Subsidiarity (Kashmir and North-East exceptionalism, asymmetric federalism,
panchayati raj
6. Administrative law (control of discretion, grounds of review, scope of review)
for other papers on contemporary issues in Indian public law are also welcome
A forum for high-quality
Indian Public Law scholarship
expect a close-knit group to discuss about 12-15 original unpublished papers
over 2 days in the workshop. This will be followed by a conference with a
larger number of participants on the 12th
of April 2015
. (Further information on the conference will be made
available at a later date.) The papers will be published in an
edited collection. We hope this will become the first edition of ‘Contemporary
Issues in Indian Public Law’, which we will hope to bring out every 4 years or
so. The aim is to provide a platform for international quality research on
Indian public law, which is usually published in foreign journals at the moment
because of a dearth of academic-led and peer-reviewed world-class law journals
in India.
Submission of proposals
The proposals should be no
longer than 750 words and submitted in PDF and Word format by email to Ms
Kathryn Taylor at [email protected] . Please put ‘Contemporary
Issues in Indian Public Law Workshop’ in the subject line. The deadline for the
submission of proposals is 1 August 2014.
Selection of papers
The proposals and the final
papers will be reviewed blind by a panel of experts. In the unlikely event that
the final submission falls far below the quality promised in the proposal, the
organisers reserve the right to reject it.
papers will have to be submitted by 1 February 2015 to allow discussants
sufficient time to prepare a response. The aim will be to circulate all papers
to the attendees at least a month before the workshop. Bursaries are available
for reasonable travel and accommodation costs of contributors whose home institutions
are unable to provide necessary funding.
address all queries to Ms Kathryn Taylor at [email protected]
Farrah Ahmed (Melbourne Law School, University of

Tarunabh Khaitan (Faculty of Law, University of Oxford)
Written by
Tarunabh Khaitan
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