Law Commission of India, Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA) Asia – India and Lloyd Law College are organizing the prestigious CLEA Regional Conference on the topic Freedom of Speech and Expression‟ from 5th to 6th November, 2016 at Lloyd Law College, Greater Noida.
Freedom of speech and expression like the rights to life and liberty is an ever expanding circle. This very expansion brings with it challenges and concerns.
5th – 6th November, 2016
Lloyd Law Collrgr, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh
The object of the conference is to provide an excellent opportunity for sharing of every possible understanding, ideas and views relating to freedom of speech and expression: to receive wisdom from all possible source and fuse them into our administration of justice.
Abstracts containing not more than 400 words (identifying your chosen Theme/Sub-Theme) may be submitted along with a short bio indicating your educational background, institution and contact details along with a copy of scanned passport sized Photograph to firstname.lastname@example.org
30th September, 2016 latest by 11.59 pm
Freedom of Speech and Expression
1. Laws Affecting Speech and Expression
Scope of Article 19(1)(a) in the Constitutional Framework and Reasonable Restrictions
Recording and Publishing Court Proceedings/Official Secrets/ Public Order
Contempt of Court
Comparative study on freedom of speech and expression
Sedition and A.19(2) of the Constitution
Tendency or the intention to create public disorder
Dissent, Sloganeering, Incitement to violence, Free Speech and Sedition
Post Kedar Nath Singh Case
Comparative study on sedition
Civil and Criminal Remedies
Public Good and Truth
Absolute and Qualified Privilege
Mistake as a defense to defamation proceedings
Critique of SC decision in Subramanian Swamy v. Union of India 2016
Comparative study of the law of defamation
4. Privacy, Individual Freedom and Media
Government Surveillance of Social Media and Privacy
Speech and Expression in the Social Media under IT Act
Media Trial and Right to Privacy
Comparative study on media law and right to privacy
5. Right to Know v. Right against Information
Banning Literature/Movies/Songs/Paintings/Plays/ Public Events
Official Secrets and RTI
Hate Speech and Public Order
Obscenity and Freedom of Speech and Expression
Offense to Religious Sentiments and Morality
6. Freedom of Expression in the Internet Age
Right to be Informed and Harmful Ideas
Media and the loss of their intermediary role
Facts v. Opinions and the professional diligence of journalists
The myth of public opinion and the obligation not to express one‟s own opinion
Information as a commodity and the distinction between individual and corporate exercise of expression
There is no streamlined format for the abstract. Authors must identify their chosen sub-theme in their abstracts. Co-authorship is allowed, subject to a maximum of two authors.
One Co-Author only will be allowed to present the paper at the conference; however the other Co-Author’s presence is essential during the paper presentation for certificate purposes.
1. The length of the paper shall not exceed 4500 words, excluding footnotes and the abstract.
2. The submission shall be in MS-Word format (.doc or .docx) and must be typed in A4 paper with one inch margin on all the sides.
3. Font size shall be Times New Roman 12, with 1.5 spacing. Font size for the footnotes shall be Times New Roman 10, with 1 spacing.
4. Bluebook 20th Edition citation shall be followed.
5. Authors whose abstracts are selected after initial screening must confirm their participation by fulfilling registration requirements.
Assessment Criteria for Selection of Abstracts
The following criteria will be followed in the selection of abstracts:
1. Relevance of the topic and the accompanying substance
2. Continuity of thought in presentation
3. Originality. Plagiarism in any form is not permitted.
The event is open for contributions from Judicial Members and Policymakers, Lawyers, Academicians and Legal Research Scholars (Ph.D and LL.M./M.Phil) from India or abroad to investigate, appraise and review laws relating to the freedom of speech and expression to foster better understanding and insight of the law in their scope, operation, interpretation and application.
Authors whose abstracts are selected after initial screening must get registration details from Mr. Aakash Sharma, General Convener, CLEA Conference – 2016 and confirm their participation by sending in the duly filled in Registration Form to email@example.com by 17th October, 2016 latest by 11.59 p.m.
The authors submitting papers must attach a Plagiarism Report alongside their submission.
All submissions shall be made to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before 17th October, 2016 latest by 11.59 p.m.
Publication & Award
Out of the papers presented at the conference, selected papers shall be published by the committee as an ISBN Book.
Two superlative individual paper presentations at the conference shall be awarded with the CLEA Best Research Paper Award.
Accommodation, Hospitality & Conveyance
Participants interested in availing accommodation must inform their requirements to the Convenor by email to email@example.com at the time of paper submission to enable the organizers to make necessary arrangements. Participants shall be provided local hospitality during the conference. Travel and conveyance shall be borne by the participants themselves.
1. Announcement of the conference: 24th August, 2016.
2. Abstract submission deadline: 20th September, 2016.
3. Intimation regarding abstract selection: 23rd September, 2016.
4. Date of final paper submission: 17th October, 2016.
5. Date of conference: 5th & 6th November, 2016.
Mr. Aakash Sharma
General Convenor, CLEA Regional Conference – 2016
Mob. : +00 91 9899007303, 0120-6406203 / E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org