Constitutionalism in Contemporary Times

About NLU Jodhpur

National Law University-Jodhpur (NLUJ) is one of India’s leading Law Schools situated at the vibrant and colourful city of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Since its establishment in 1999, NLUJ has endeavoured to produce exceptional lawyers and legal scholars aimed at pushing and challenging the existing boundaries of knowledge.

About the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Law and Administrative Law

The Centre for Comparative Constitutional Law and Administrative Law (CCAL) at National Law University Jodhpur is dedicated to fostering dialogue and scholarship in the domains of Comparative Constitutional Law and Administrative Law. Our flagship publication, the Comparative Constitutional Law and Administrative Law Journal (CALJ), under the able guidance of Prof. (Dr.) I.P. Massey has been fostering scholarly excellence since its inception in 2013. Our Advisory Board comprises legal stalwarts including Former CJI M.N. Venkatachaliah, Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhawan and Prof. Timothy Endicott.

Indexed on SCCOnline and Manupatra, CALJ offers a platform for robust debate on contemporary issues in Comparative Constitutional Law and Administrative Law. As part of our commitment to enhancing discussions on contemporary legal issues, we also publish Pith & Substance: The CCAL Blog where scholars, students, and legal practitioners share their insights on constitutional and administrative law themes. In our continuous endeavour to promote in-depth engagement with legal writing, we initiated the Writ[e] & Talk podcast in 2022. Through insightful interviews with authors of academic papers, we explore the intricacies of their research, arguments, and methodologies. The CCAL also had the privilege of hosting guest lecturers by eminent scholars, including Prof. Romila Thapar, Prof. Shubhankar Dam, and Mr. Vikram Raghavan, who enriched our academic pursuits.

About the Constitutional Law Society

The Constitutional Law Society was established in 2018 with the aim of fostering a culture of in-depth discussion and debate surrounding several areas of Constitutional law. Its principal objective is to address subjects and themes that may not be fully explored or covered within the confines of a traditional classroom setting. Through a range of engaging activities, including competitions, specialized lectures, and group discussions, the society endeavours to enhance and deepen students’ understanding of Constitutional law. Over the course of its existence, the Society has hosted a distinguished array of learned academicians and scholars, among them being Prof. Hanna Lerner, Prof. Vicki C. Jackson, Prof. Gary J. Jacobson, Dr. Chintan Chandrachud, Dr. M. R. Madhavan, and Prof. Philip Dann, among several others. These esteemed individuals have graced the society’s lecture series, generously sharing their profound insights and expertise on a wide spectrum of subjects pertaining to Constitutional Law.

About the Seminar

The Centre for Comparative Constitutional Law & Administrative Law and the Constitutional Law Society at National Law University Jodhpur are delighted to announce a joint initiative — a National Seminar titled ‘Constitutionalism in Contemporary Times’ to be held at NLU Jodhpur on 7th September, 2024. The abstract submission deadline for the conference is 20th June, 2024. With the success of the previous two editions of the national seminar, we are delighted to conduct the seminar on our campus this year. This seminar aims to provide a platform for legal scholars, practitioners, academicians and students to engage in thoughtful discussions and deliberations on pressing contemporary issues within the realm of constitutional law. By bringing together diverse perspectives and expertise, the seminar seeks to foster an enriching exchange of ideas, critical analysis and novel insights into the evolving landscape of constitutional jurisprudence.


Authors are invited to submit papers exploring a range of broad themes specified below, encompassing not only the Indian context but also comparative perspectives.

  1. Governance, Electoral Processes, and Civic Engagement

  2. Constitutionalism in the age of Technology

  3. Evolving contours of Judicial Review

  4. Constitutional protection to minorities

Submission Guidelines

  • Participants are encouraged to submit abstracts that reflect the core argument of the paper in clear terms along with a tentative trajectory of the paper, with a maximum of two authors per submission.

  • The abstract shall be within 300 words. At least five keywords must be highlighted.

  • The abstract shall contain the names, email addresses and designations of the authors.

  • Formatting guidelines: Font: Garamond; Font Size: 12; Alignment: Justified; Line space: 1.5.

  • Click on the link to upload abstract:

Eligibility Criteria and Fee Structure

The seminar will be open to all UG, LLM & PhD students, academics and practitioners. Upon acceptance of the abstract submitted, participants will be required to pay a non-refundable fee as specified below:

  1. UG, LLM & PhD Students: Rs. 3000

  2. Academics & Practitioners: Rs. 4500

Please note that the registration fee covers accommodation for two days and lunch, dinner & high tea for the day of the event and stationery provided on the day of the seminar. Further, co-authors are required to pay the registration fee separately.

Important Dates

  • Release of Themes and Call for Abstracts: May, 2024

  • Deadline for abstract submissions: June 20, 2024

  • Announcement of accepted abstracts: June 24, 2024

  • Deadline for Manuscript Rough Draft Submission: August 12, 2024

  • Deadline for Final Manuscript Submission: August 26, 2024

  • Seminar and Paper Presentation: September 7, 2024


  1. A Certificate of Participation shall be provided to all the paper presenters and participants.

  2. Select few articles may be published in a ‘Special Issue’ of the Comparative Constitutional and Administrative Law Journal (CALJ). Please do note however, that such publication shall be contingent on the number and the quality of the papers we receive. The articles shall only be published if the papers satisfy our journal’s editorial standards.

  3. Cash prizes shall be provided to the top three paper presenters during the valedictorian ceremony.


For queries or clarifications with respect to the Seminar, feel free to reach out to us at

For additional support, reach out to our organising team:

Student Co-ordinators:

Himanshi Yadav: +91 88249-58039

Khushi: + 91 87082-67573


Ms. Sayantani Bagchi

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, National Law University, Jodhpur.

Advisor, Centre for Comparative Constitutional Law and Administrative Law & Constitutional Law Society, National Law University Jodhpur.

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