Law and Life in India
Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, JNU

4 FEBRUARY, 2012

Conference Room, Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi


Saturday, 4 February, 2012
Session 1: The Uses of History for Law
10.00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Chair/Discussant: Lawrence Liang, ALF, Bangalore
  1. The National Consensus and Legal Exception in the Constituent Assembly Debates by Rakesh Mehar, MPhil, Centre for Political Studies, JNU.
  2. Paramount State and ‘ruler- citizen’:  Privy Purses Abolition and its aftermath by Garima Dhabhai, M.Phil, Centre for Political Studies, JNU

11:30-11:45 am: Tea
11:45-1:15 pm

Session 2: Feminist Critique of Law: Challenges and Limits
Chair/Discussant: Rachel Wahl, PhD Scholar, New York University
  1. Commercial Surrogacy and the Law in India: A Feminist Critique by Sneha Banerjee CIPOD, SIS, JNU
  2. The Burden of Intelligibility: Disabled Women's Testimonial Evidence in Rape Trials by Saptarshi Mandal, Visiting Fellow, CSLG

1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Lunch

Session 3: Documents, Rituals and the Violence of Law
2:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Chair & Discussant: Ruchi Chaturvedi, Visiting Fellow, CSSS, JNU & Hunter College, CUNY

  1. “Feeling the rules”: Cultural affects, documentary practices of rationing post-independence and the ‘signature’ of the official by Tarangini Sriraman, PhD Scholar, Political Science, Delhi University
  2. Petty Sovereigns, Rituals of Violence and Implications for State Legitimacy: A Study of Police Violence in Delhi by Santana Khanikar, PhD Scholar, Political Science, Delhi University
4:00-4:15 pm: Tea
Session 4: Law, Labour and Social Movements
4:15-5.00 pm
Chair & Discussant: Anuj Bhuwania, Assistant Professor, OP Jindal Global Law School

  1. Vinivesh Ki Niti, Nyayalay Evam Shramik: Balco Ke Sandarbh Me Ek Adhyayan by Indrajeet Kumar Jha, PhD Scholar, Political Science, Delhi University.

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