Call for Papers: Azim Premji University & University of Chicago’s International Conference on Supreme Court and the Marginalised: Submit by July 25

Azim Premji University, Bangalore and the University of Chicago will organize an International Conference to assess the efficacy of the Supreme Court of India in furthering the interests of the relatively disadvantaged on December 11th and 12th, 2015 at the University of Chicago Center, Delhi, India.

The aim of this Conference is to examine the empirical effects of decisions of the Indian Supreme Court on the everyday lives of marginalised citizens.

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, and Arun Thiruvengadam.

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 and its decisions on one or more of the following themes:

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

Please submit details of name, institution, email address, paper title and a 400 word abstract to by July 25th, 2015.

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

Final paper submissions are due by October 15th, 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 organisers will cover costs of domestic economy travel and accommodation for selected participants


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