Call for Papers ; International Conference on The Supreme Court of India & Progressive Social Change

Nikita Hora

24 July 2015 11:15 AM GMT

  • Call for Papers ; International Conference on The Supreme Court of India & Progressive Social Change

    Azim Premji University, Bengaluru and the University of Chicago is organizing an International Conference to assess the efficacy of the Supreme Court of India in furthering the interests of the relatively disadvantaged December 11 and 12, 2015 at the University of Chicago Center, Delhi, India

    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. The list of the speakers are  Marc Galanter, Sitharamam Kakarala, Sudhir Krishnaswamy, Gerald Rosenberg, Vinay Sitapati, and  Arun Thiruvengadam.

    For the conference the papers have been invited from scholars, graduate and post-graduate students, and practitioners in the law, humanities or social sciences, involved with studying the Indian Supreme Court and its decisions


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


    1. Submit details of name, institution, email address, paper title and a 400 word abstract to byJuly 25, 2015. 

    1. Selected paper presenters will be notified by August 15, 2015.

    1. Final paper submissions are due by October 15, 2015
      . and Final papers should be between 13 and 15 pages in length (single-spaced).

    1. Conference and presentation of papers is on December 11 and 12, 2015


    University of Chicago Center, Delhi, India


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

    For further details click here.

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