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Venue: Library Conference Hall, TISS Mumbai
Organised by School of Law, Rights & Constitutional Governance, TISS in association with Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission and International Justice Mission
India is a social, democratic, republic governed by rule of law. The Constitution of India guarantees all citizen basic fundamental rights including equal treatment and protection of law and access to legal including civil, criminal mechanisms and institutions. If law is equal for all, accordingly access to justice should be similarly available to all. If equal justice under law is to be a reality, there has to be equal access to courts, institutions and legal mechanisms. Further, these Constitutional guarantees are coupled with state obligation under Directive Principles of State Policy to ensure justice in all spheres of life equitably among the citizenry. Despite these robust constitutional protections, large sections of society particularly the marginalized groups owing to their disadvantageous socio-economic condition face onerous burden to access legal protection, judicial institutions. In addition to this, these communities receive least or minimal co-cooperation from law enforcement agencies to avail legal support. It is usually observed that the marginalized communities are at the forefront of receiving oppressive treatment at the behest of legal institutions and remain largely vulnerable being inducted in prison, police custody with or without compliance with their legal safeguards. Keeping in line the present scenario, the courts being overburdened and law enforcement agencies acting arbitrarily, this further creates bar to access to justice for the same. Today there is an access-to-justice “crisis” imperiling the country’s legal system as access to courts is expensive, time-consuming, procedure-ridden, technical, difficult to comprehend which impedes poor and vulnerable people from approaching the same.
In the light of the abovementioned, this seminar has the objective to delve, deliberate and to generate awareness amongst students of varied disciplines, legal luminaries and the diaspora working on Access to Justice on two cardinal issues mainly access to justice through criminal and correctional legal mechanisms, its impact and implications on the marginalized community in terms of entitlement, legal empowerment and issues connected there with and possible resolve.
The School of Law, Rights and Constitutional Governance calls upon students, research scholars, legal professionals, academicians, civil society organizations, social activists and the representatives of governmental to actively participate and present their perspectives on the same.
Themes of the Seminar
For the purpose of this seminar the themes and sub-theme are listed below are indicative of relevant research areas to give the prospective authors innovative prepositions about the ambit of discussion during the course of seminar. However, the authors may draw upon issues not limited to but touching upon the same for abstract submission and paper presentation.
The seminar invites abstract and full paper submissions on the given research areas in the prescribed format reiterated below:
The abstract should be accompanied by a cover page comprising of a brief profile of the author including name, current academic qualification, designation, institution/organization, e-mail address, contact number and postal address for correspondence.
Abstracts & research papers may be submitted to the Convener of the seminar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the aftermath of the seminar, the selected full papers after scrutiny by the Editorial Board would be considered for publication in the Edited Volume.
The Registration fee for the seminar is as follows:
The seminar is open to all for attending and participation, subject to payment of mandatory registration fee.
Timeline for registration fee payment
Mode of Payment
The interested participants may register themselves by filling up the prescribed registration form either online or at the spot on the day of seminar. The registration form (hard copy) will be available on the registration desk at conference desk. In the case of latter, payments shall be acceptable only in Cash and the participants are required to bring their institutional ID cards.
The accommodation for the participants are available in the specified categories:
The participants are expected to arrange their own transportation to the conference venue at their own cost. The registration fee will not cover Transportation expenses or reimbursement.
Library Conference Hall (Main Campus), Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai – 400084
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