Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Nagpur was established by the Government of Maharashtra in 2016. It is an academic fraternity of individuals determined for excellence and holistic development to contribute effectively to the society. It aims to provide society with socially responsible and accountable legal professionals. In order to realise this holistic vision, the University strives to develop legal and intellectual acumen among the academic fraternity for instituting confident and critical outlook towards the legal profession and society.


The University established CSSRL to promote quality teaching-learning pedagogy and research in Indic studies. Through the Centre, the University offers certificate courses, and undertakes research activities to develop the necessary literature and understanding of the interface between Shaastras and modern law in association with Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek.

The Indian Knowledge Systems (IKS) Division of Ministry of Education (MoE) at All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) envisions the promotion of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research on all aspects of IKS, updating and disseminating IKS knowledge for further innovations and societal applications. MNLU, Nagpur’s CSSRL – a multidisciplinary research centre with the vision of ‘Innovation in Law by Exploring Shaastric Wisdom’ is one of the awardees of the Research Proposals Programme ofIKS Division.


As the relevance of the concept of Dharma came to be identified in modern day and age, it began assuming importance as a theory potent with principles for regulating the ethical and virtue jurisprudence that have the potential to modify the state’s approach towards positive laws. Today, we are at a juncture in the revival and advancement of Indic Knowledge Systems where ‘Dharmoprudence’ has become an integral facet of jurisprudence. As a society, to find our path on the lines of ‘Yato dharmah tato jayah’ (where there is dharma, there is victory) we need to do a manthan of the Indic and global perspectives of dharma in the light of law and jurisprudence. CSSRL, as a research center dedicated to exploring Indic intellectual heritage for innovations in law, recognizes it to be its duty to promote the development of a scientific temper, spirit of inquiry, humanism and reform in this crucial exercise and create a platform to deliberate upon the various perspectives of Law and Dharma for the benefit of the society.

Sub-Theme 1: Dharma: Ideas and Interpretations

♣ Functions of Dharma in a Changing Society and a Globalizing World

♣ Sources of Dharma and Challenges in their Interpretation

♣ Dharmasutra Narratives for Modern Jurisprudence

♣ Dharma: Common Misconceptions and Comparative Perspectives

Sub-Theme 2: Dharma and the Individual

♣ Conscience, Conduct, Individuality and Dharma

♣ Principles of Dharma for Reasoning, Critical Thinking and Scientific Temperament

♣ Foundations of Law and Dharma for Human Behavior

♣ Role and Utility of Dharma as a Purushaartha in Promoting Humanism and Reform

Sub-Theme 3: Dharma and the State

♣ Facets of Dharma for Constitution and Constitutionalism

♣ Social Progress, Religious Practices and Legal Control

♣ Foundations of Dharma for Reforms in a Welfare State and International Relations

♣ Criminology, Victimology, Social Justice and Dharma

Sub-Theme 4: Dharma and the Current Legal Framework: Revisiting Jurisprudence

♣ Indic Approach for Global Environmental Sustenance

♣ Dharma and Progressive Gender Laws

♣ Principles of Dharma for Evidence and Judicial Inquiries

♣ Dharma and Violence: War and Peace Negotiations

♣ Role of International Organizations in Protection of Dharma

The sub-themes mentioned below are illustrative and not exhaustive. Papers that strike practical relevance of the Indic Knowledge Systems to modern discipline of law and demonstrate the utility of Indic knowledge for contemporary issues and problems of law shall be preferred. Selected papers from this seminar are proposed to be published.


The author(s) of the selected abstracts will submit their papers observing the following guidelines:

  • The title of the paper should be followed by the Name, Designation, Institutional Affiliation, E-mail Address and Contact Number.

  • The paper should be submitted in MS Word (Compatibility Mode).

  • The paper should be in single column layout.

  • There should be 1 inch margin from all sides.

  • The font used should be Times New Roman.

  • Font size for the content should be 12 and for footnotes it should be 10.

  • There should be single spacing between the text

  • The alignment of the text should be justified.

  • All submissions should be the original work of the author(s) and should not have been submitted for publication/published elsewhere in any form.

  • Selected papers are to be e-mailed to jusmanthan.cssrl@gmail.com and the subject line of the e-mail should read: Research Paper Submission for JusManthan Meemamsa on ‘Law and Dharma: Exploring Globularity of Indic Perspectives’


An abstract of 250-300 words is expected and should be accompanied by the following details:

  • Sub-Theme

  • Title of the Abstract

  • Name of the Author(s)

  • Official Designation/Institutional Details

  • E-Mail Address

  • Postal Address and Contact Number

The abstracts are required to be e-mailed to jusmanthan.cssrl@gmail.com. The subject line of the e-mail should read: Abstract Submission for JusManthan Meemamsa on ‘Law and Dharma: Exploring Globularity of Indic Perspectives’.


Indian Nationals

Students and Research Scholars – Rs. 1200/-

Co-Authorship – Rs. 1500/-

Faculty, Academicians and Professionals – Rs. 2200/-

Co-Authorship – Rs. 2500/-

Foreign Nationals

Students and Research Scholars – USD 30

Co-Authorship – USD 35

Faculty, Academicians and Professionals – USD 40

Co-Authorship – USD 45

Payment Link: https://www.onlinesbi.sbi/sbicollect/icollecthome.htm

Registration Link: https://forms.gle/y2AKXaxG43JWMafF6


Organisers shall provide accommodation on a shared basis to those who need it, at the rate of 800/-. If an arrangement for accommodation is required then the organising committee is to be informed in advance by the participants, so that the necessary arrangements can be made conveniently.


Last Date for Submission of Abstracts – December 25, 2022

Notification of Selection of Abstracts – December 27, 2022

Last Date of Registration and Fee Payment – December 30, 2022

Last Date for Submission of Papers – January 15, 2023

Date of Seminar – January 19 and 20, 2023


For any query kindly mail, us at cssrl@nlunagpur.ac.in


Rudraksh Pathak (CSSRL Samanvayak): 9981483595

Harshada Gaikwad (CSSRL Samanvayak): 8669257171

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