Call for Papers: Two Day National Seminar on “Constitutional Quest to Uniform Civil Code Mirage or Compulsion”

Concept Note

Article 44 of the Constitution of India provides that; “The state shall endeavour to secure for the citizens a uniform civil code throughout the territory of India”. In the landmark Shah Bano case, the Supreme Court regretted that Article 44 of the Constitution of India in relation to bringing of Uniform Civil Code in India remained a dead letter and held that a common civil code will help the cause of national integration by removing disparate loyalties to laws which have conflicting ideologies.Recently, the Law Commission examined the implications of implementing uniform civil code, thereby resurfacing the debate on whether the constitutional mandate under the Directive Principles of State Policy should be made a reality. It has been argued that the personal laws should be replaced and a code on marriage, divorce, succession, custody, adoption and maintenance should be common, governing every citizen. The two day national seminar endeavours to delve into issues concerning a uniform civil code and aims to provide a platform to researchers, academicians and students for discourse and to deliberate on aspects pertaining to Uniform Civil Code.


Sub Themes:

  • Common civil code/law v/s Uniform civil code
  • Uniform civil code: from status to contracts
  • Uniformity or pluralism
  • UCC, Constitution of India and Constitutionalism
  • UCC, Multi culturalism and secularism
  • The Jurisprudence on Uniform Civil Code
  • Uniform Civil Code and conflict of Personal Laws
  • UCC and Human Rights
  • Gender equality and family law
  • Uniform Civil Code in Comparative International Law.



This is a Competition open for students. Team [of max. five] is expected to prepare a draft Uniform Civil Code which should be possible be adopted under Art.44 of the Constitution of India. This is a team event. All members of the team must be from the same law school/University. No. of Words: Maximum 10000 words, in WORD document

Last date for submission:25th February, 2017, to be sent to:

Competition Fee per team:Rs.2000/-

FIRST PRIZE: Cash prize of Rs.15,000/- + Certificate

SECOND PRIZE: Cash prize of Rs.10,000/- + certificate

Important Dates:

Abstract Submission by e-mail – 22nd January, 2017 Communication of Abstract Selection – 30th January, 2017 Submission of Full paper (by e-mail) – 27th February, 2017 Date of Seminar – 17th and 18th March, 2017


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