Centre for Comparative Public Law, Himachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla in association with the Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi is organizing Two-Week Capacity Building Programme On "Access to Justice in Ancient and Medieval India: Revisiting Possibilities and Challenges for Legal Pluralism in 21st Century" from16 - 29 July 2022.
‘Access’ is one of the most celebrated terms of modernism and has acquired the status as the foremost slogan of the ‘liberal-progressive agenda’ in the 21st century. Often used by policymakers, economists, jurists, socio-political scientists, and technologists,1 it refers to the spirit of inclusion, absence of barriers, and removal of socio-legal structures responsible for exclusion.
Access is, primarily, immanent in the ideals of justice.2 The broad subject of access raises questions of participation in practices of the institutions, distribution of goods, sharing of power, rewards & punishments, etc. It requires a system of law and legal administration.
The availability and working of a ‘people-centric corrective justice dispensation system constitute a prerequisite for access. An institution centric adjudicatory mechanism serves to make human social existence means for the legal system, in its own right, legitimizing it and survives as an end in itself. The tensions between access and in-access (denial), and consequently, the incidence of inclusion and exclusion are immediately rooted in the very structure of social order produced by the ‘law’. Ultimately, however, it embodies and stands firmly on the conceptual categories found in history, culture, and organizing values in philosophy. The dominant categories, in modern India, were received from the West during European suzerainty.
Colonial objectives of the European powers were accomplished through brute force as well as the Western epistemic practices. The history of violence, in its crude form, is easily discernible with its genocidal practices where (entire) tribes and communities were persecuted and, in many cases, decimated. The epistemic practices justified and rationalized the acts and consequences of the violence. It, however, notably annihilated the entire traditions of alternative knowledge systems: science, medicine, law, philosophy, and the historical-cultural capital of such societies.
About the Centre
CCPL was established in 1995 as a non-profit virtual research centre in the Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong. Its goals are to
(1) advance knowledge on public law and human rights issues primarily from the perspectives of international and comparative law and practice;
(2) encourage and facilitate collaborative work within the Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong, and the broader community in the fields of comparative and public law; and
(3) make the law more accessible to the community and more effective as an agent of social change.
About the HPNLU, Shimla
The Himachal Pradesh National Law University (HPNLU, Shimla), was established by the State Government in the year 2016, by an Act of the Legislature (Act 16 of 2016). The University started functioning from 5th of October, 2016. The first batch of B.A.LL.B. students was inducted on the basis merit/score secured by them in different national level entrance tests.
The University started its own Entrance Exam: HPNLET, in 2017-2018 and continued for academic session of 2018-2019 for admissions in various courses i. e. B.A.LL.B.; B.B.A. LL.B.; and LL.M. (One-Year Programme with two specializations viz- Constitutional Law and Criminal Law) and Ph.D.Programmes.
About the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR)
Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) was established in the year of 1969 by the Government of India to promote research in social sciences in the country. ICSSR provide grants for projects, fellowships, international collaboration, capacity building, survey, publications etc. to promote research in social sciences in India.
Documentation center of ICSSR - National Social Science Documentation Centre (NASSDOC) - provides library and information support services to researchers in social sciences. ICSSR has developed ICSSR Data Service to serve as a national data service for promoting powerful research environment through sharing and reuse of data among social science community in India.
Who may participate?
The participants should be Professor/ Associate Professor/ Assistant Professor or Research Associates/ Ph.D. Scholar in a UGC recognized university/ deemed university/ colleges/ institutes of national importance and ICSSR Research Institutes. Their application should be duly forwarded by the parent institution.
Opening of the CBP for Registration – 20 May, 2022.
Last Date of Registration – 20 June, 2022.
Intimation of Acceptance – 30 June, 2022.
Conducting the CBP – 16-29 July, 2022
Rules for Registration
Interested candidates should fulfill the following criteria for participating in the CBP. There is no registration fee for the CBP AND the organizers shall provide food-lodging for all participants.
Contact & Queries
Dr. Chanchal Kumar Singh
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Mobile: +91 8076153198
Mr. Aayush Raj
Assistant Professor of Law, HPNLU, Shimla Mobile: +91 8986580111