CfP: Remembering S.P. Sathe: 14th International Conference on Contemporary Trends in Comparative Public Law

Call for Papers and Participation for “Remembering S.P. Sathe: 14th International Conference on Contemporary Trends in Comparative Public Law”

6 to 8 March 2020

ILS Law College, Pune, India

Instructions on how to register and submit abstracts for research papers are found below. Note that the last date for registration and submission of abstracts is 24 November 2019.


The Indian Law Society was established in 1923 as a Public Charitable Trust registered under the Societies Registration Act. It is a non-profit organization established with the sole purpose of imparting legal education. The Society is a voluntary association of persons who came together with a pledge to launch courses on law, formal and informal, where law and legal doctrines would be taught with social utility, purpose, impact and social relevance. The founding members of the Indian Law Society include legal luminaries like Sir Narayanrao Chandavarkar, Shri J. R. Nanasaheb Gharpure, Diwan Bahadur and P. B. Shingane. The Society established the ILS Law College in 1924, with a view to facilitating the infrastructure essential for the study of law. The establishment of the Law College by the Society was indeed a pivotal moment in Indian legal education as the Law College exemplified academic excellence, social relevance, and professional competence. Imaginative realignment of written law, or hard law, with a view to re-orientating them with the Indian social milieu, has always been the strength of the Society.


Established in 1924, ILS Law College ( is one of the oldest law schools in India and has since played a pioneering role in legal education and scholarship in the country. Ninety-six years since its establishment, the Law College has acquired the reputation of a premier institution imparting quality legal education. Since its inception, the Law College has produced some of the most highly regarded contributors in the field of law. Three Chief Justices of the Supreme Court, Justice P. B. Gajendragadkar, Justice Y. V. Chandrachud, Justice E. S. Venkataramaiah, Former Governor of Maharashtra K. M. Reddy, Former Defence& Finance Minister and First Chief Minister of Maharashtra Y. B. Chavan, Former Minister of Commerce, Mohan Dharia, Former Chief Ministers of Maharashtra, Sushil Kumar Shinde and Vilasrao Deshmukh, all received legal education from the ILS Law College. With its illustrious history and heritage, the institution has contributed immensely to the growth of legal profession and has upheld its tradition of producing meritorious legal scholars who dedicate themselves to public service and reform. Generations of distinguished legal luminaries who have been nurtured by this unique institution have made a seminal contribution globally to the evolution of the esteemed field of law.


Professor Satyaranjan Purushottam Sathe was a distinguished legal luminary and a renowned academic in the judicial universe of India. He held various positions in universities and legal institutes of repute. Professor S.P. Sathe had a long association with the Indian Law Society. He was the Principal of the ILS Law College from 1976 to 1991. He was also the Secretary of the Society until 2002. He was the Founder Director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. He was also the President of the Maharashtra People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), and a Vice President of the National PUCL. Professor S. P. Sathe is still an authority on constitutional law, both within the country and abroad. He contributed extensively to the field of legal education. His recent work on judicial activism is appreciated worldwide. More than 100 articles written by him were published in national and international legal periodicals, magazines and journals. Books which he has authored include: Administrative Law; Judicial Activism in India: Transgressing Borders and Enforcing Limits; and Right to Know. He also wrote in Marathi. Professor S. P. Sathe contributed to the Marathi Vishwa Kosh published by the Government of Maharashtra. He was invited to deliver lectures, and to participate in seminars as a resource person to different law universities, institutions within and outside India. Known for his humility, Professor S. P. Sathe endeared himself to his colleagues and students alike. His commitment to the rights and liberties of the people was deep and abiding.

Every year, the Professor S. P. Sathe Foundation, set up by the Indian Law Society, organizes “Remembering S.P. Sathe”, an event that consists of a public memorial lecture, national moot court competition, and a national conference at ILS Law College, Pune on a specific theme with a view to commemorating his contribution to Indian jurisprudence and social action and to encourage the academic pursuits of law students. The theme for Remembering S.P. Sathe in 2018-19 is “Contemporary Trends in Comparative Public Law”.


The Centre for Public Law, established in 2009, is a student-driven initiative at the ILS Law College to promote research in public law (


Remembering S. P. Sathe: 14th International Conference on Contemporary Trends in Comparative Public Law

The ILS Law College, under the auspices of the Remembering S. P. Sathe Foundation (set up by the Indian Law Society), and the Centre for Public Law are pleased to invite abstracts from law students, academics, lawyers, activists, researchers and faculty members from around the world for participation and the submission of research papers for Remembering S.P. Sathe: 14th International Conference on Contemporary Trends in Comparative Public Law scheduled on 6 to 8 March 2020.

Prominent speakers at the conference will include Prof. Paul Craig (Oxford University); Prof. Upendra Baxi (Jindal Global Law School); Prof. M.P Singh (Jindal Global Law School); Prof. Pratap Bhanu Mehta (TBC), Prof. Gerard Quinn (University of Leeds) (TBC); Prof. Rosalind Dixon (University of New South Wales); Dr. Shreya Atrey (Oxford University); Dr. Arun Thiruvengadam (Azim Premji University); Dr. Aparna Chandra (National Law University, Delhi); Mr. Shrihari Aney, Senior Advocate; Mr. Arvind Datar, Advocate (TBC); and Dr. Abhinav Chandrachud, Advocate (TBC)

Objectives of the Conference

  • To examine the viability of societal and global constitutionalism in redesigning and realigning public law;

  • To conceive of epistemic strategies for the reconstruction of jurisprudence in a globalized world;

  • To critically analyze the overwhelming influence of purposive interpretation on the text of constitutions;

  • To examine the viability of expanding the contours of basic structure doctrine evolved by the Supreme Court of India beyond amendment review; and

  • To examine the existing doctrines that carve out a space for marginalized minorities, like disabled and LGBT communities, so as to enhance their quality of life and representation as equal members of society.

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Applicants are to present research papers on original and creative ideas under the umbrella topic “Comparative Public Law”. To illustrate a few topics: – Intersectionality; Right to Self-Determination; Need for Equality Legislation in India; Disability Equality; Doctrine of Legitimate Expectations; Shifting Locus of Sovereignty; Comparative Human Rights; Dignitary Constitutionalism; Fundamental Constitutional Values; Transformative Constitutionalism; Constitutional Morality etc. This list is not exhaustive.


  1. Each participant must register and pay the registration fees to confirm participation.

  2. For submission of abstract registration by payment of fees (as applicable) is

  3. For registration in ‘students’ category, a college/university Photo ID card is mandatory.

  4. Only one co-author is permitted. However, if the co-author is not attending the conference, he/she need not pay the registration fees.

  5. Each applicant must submit an abstract of not more than 500 words by email to with subject “Research Paper Abstract - International Conference” and attaching the receipt of registration fees. Abstracts without proof of registration shall not be accepted. Payment of registration fees entitles the participants to attend the conference, even in case of rejection of abstract.

  6. Contents of Abstract

  • Name and contact details of author and co-author (if any);

  • Central idea of the research theme and the core arguments; and

  • Proposed breakup of the sections of the paper.

Last date for submission of abstracts and registration: 24 November 2019.

Notification for shortlisted abstracts: 5 December 2019.

Participants shortlisted by the organizing committee to present papers in the parallel sessions of the Conference must submit their full research paper by 31 January 2020 by e-mail to, not exceeding 6000 words (including footnotes).

Selected research papers presented during the Conference may be published in the in-house journal ILS Law Review

Format of Research Paper

MS Word format with Times New Roman font on A4 size paper and 1” margin on all side, font size 12 and line spacing of 1.5. Citations must be in the form of footnotes and conform to the latest edition of ILI style (

Details of Registration

  • The registration fee is not refundable.

  • Registration Fee (incl GST, covers conference kit, refreshment, participation certificate):

ILS students INR 590/-

Non- ILS Students INR 1,072/-

Professionals INR 2,360/-

International Students INR 3,540/-

International Professionals INR 5,900/-

  • Participants to bear their travel and accommodation costs.

  • Accommodation may be provided on request to the participants with charges. Request may be sent to with subject “Request for Accommodation”.

Single Occupancy (Attached WC) Rs 999/- (per day) (excluding food)

Double occupancy (Attached WC) Rs 750/- (per day) (excluding food)

How to Register and Pay:

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Bank Details

Bank Name:  State Bank of India
Bank Account Name: ILS Law College
Bank Address: Deccan Gymkhana Branch, PMT Building, Pune, Maharashtra 411004
Type of Account: Current
Account Number: 11100349321
IFSC Code: SBIN0001110
Branch Code: 01110R126
Swift Code: SBININBB218


Please note that you must pay the bank remittance charges from your end and these should not be deducted from the fees.

Please mention your name and address while remitting your fee and instruct your banker to mention it in the remittance letter to India.

Summary of Important Dates:

Last date for registration with submissions of abstract: 24 November 2019.

Notification for shortlisted abstracts: 5 December 2019.

Paper submission deadline: 31 January 2020.

Last date for registration without abstracts: 25 February 2020.

For inquiries and clarifications, please contact or call the following student volunteers:

  • Varad Kolhe +91 9503453510

  • C.V. Rajmohan +91 8547547050

  • Nihar Chitre +91 9757135410