National Conference on Exploring Critical Perspectives in Criminal Law’,18th – 19th June, 2018, NLU-DELHI.


The operation of criminal law and its institutions is evoking a serious debate
among various sections of the society. The main reason is that there is a general
feeling that the limits of application of the criminal law are getting seriously
compromised which is resulting into the indiscriminate use of criminal law
provisions. There are many instances where the use of criminal law become
coercive. The core idea of use of force of criminal law and balancing of
individual’s fundamental rights is increasingly coming into question. Many kinds
of human acts are increasingly brought into purview of criminal law operation.In other words, criminalization is becoming pervasive. Due process considerations
in criminal law are getting relegated to the background and being dominated by
crime control options. The selective application of criminal law is detrimental to
the future of democracy. The decision to criminalisation or decriminalisation of
several social issues like adultery, suicide, triple talaq, marital rape etc. have
thrown several critical questions requiring a serious debate. The instances of not
following the crime registration process, penchant for arrest, unfair investigation,
denial of bail, withdrawal from prosecution, reliance on custodial options by law
enforcement agencies are some of the coercive and critical developments in
criminal law to be sifted concertedly.

This conference attempts to explore the broad range of critical perspectives in
criminal law and actors involved in the criminal justice system.


In view of the above following core theme are to be debating in the conference:
1. Emergence of critical perspectives in criminal law
2. Critique of normative and institutional perspectives in criminal law
3. Social perspective in criminal law with a focus on stigmatization and
wrongfulness of the process
4. Limits of criminal law and its present state
5. Informal and illegal arrest subversion of due process
6. Overcriminalization
7. Non Punitive option in Criminal Law  8. Positive Obligations in Criminal Law

The Seminar will be graced by dignitaries and academicians, who have expertise
in the given field. The speakers and panellists will focus on various aspects of
critical criminal law. The emphasis would be to explore conceptualize the
normative, institutional and social perspectives in critical criminal law.
The Conference is also open for paper presentations. Teachers, research scholars,
lawyers, undergraduate and postgraduate students of law, are invited to participate
in the Conference.
The abstract should be in 500-700 words, summarizing the issue that will be
addressed. Submissions must be word-processed and in Times New Roman font
(the main text should be in font size 12 and footnotes in font size 10) with double
spacing. All paragraphs must begin with a one- inch indent, and a one-line gap
must be maintained between all paragraphs and headings. For footnotes, Harvard
Blue Book (20th edition) citation style must be followed. Co-authorship is limited
up to two authors. In case of co-authorship, each author will have to register
separately in the event of participation in the conference.
The Centres decision on selection of papers shall be final and binding.


Those who are interested in presenting a paper on any of the themes mentioned
above must send an abstract of 500-700 words, on or before 10 May, 2018 on the
given email address. Selection of abstract will be informed within a week after
submission on the university website. No paper presentation will be allowed
unless full paper is submitted by or before the last date i.e. 1st June, 2018


Conference Coordinators:
Mr. Sidharth Dahiya – 7838782877
Ms. Pratibha Tandon


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