Date: 13th and 14th March ,2019
Venue- Malviya Hall University of Lucknow Old Campus. Vidhi Bhawana Foundation, Dwarikapuri Indiranagar, Lucknow- 226016

Contact persons:
Bhawana Joshi – 09412977430 (

Student coordinators

Akash Adim -9455240967
Punit Deshwal-7060043023,7060344409


How strong can be the ICJ in giving relief to Kulbhushan jadhav (hereafter KBJ) and his family? This provoked question of fact and law has engaged the attention of many legal practitioners, students, scholars and diplomats; and now it is ever more felt in India that the effectiveness of ICJ is highly critical for global peace and progress in the 21st century.

Under the UN regime, the ICJ is the principal judicial organ charged with two primary functions, i.e. to facilitate the resolution of disputes between states and to provide advisory opinion to specified international organizations. In the case of KBJ, the ICJ- being the prima facie satisfied about the merits of India’s case and the availability of its jurisdiction over the dispute- has granted interim/ provisional measures. i.e; the stay of execution of KBJ by invoking the provisions of the aforesaid articles.

India and Pakistan, both are signatories to the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 1963. This provides consular assistance to their nationals who are facing trials in other countries and unequivocally and compulsorily conferring jurisdiction of the ICJ. Furthermore, the well-known doctrine of “Pacta Sunt Servanda” in International Law has been denied in many recent cases including that of KBJ in terms of Article 36 of the ICJ statute, the court has jurisdiction which has been recognized as compulsory ipso facto and without special agreement. In most identical fact situations, i.e. In the Lagrand Case and in the case of Avena & Other Mexican National , the ICJ has exercised its jurisdiction, stayed the execution and directed the review and retrial. The contemporary case of KBJ is a test case for the ICJ to dispel the impression that International Law is the disappearing point of jurisprudence.

Vidhi Bhawana Foundation invites all the law scholars, Professionals, diplomats and students and members of the Civil society to present their views on these matters. The seminar participants and panelists will exchange ideas and discuss the functions and role of the International Court in the contemporary world.

Major themes of the Seminar:


  • The international Court of Justice and International Legal System.
  •  The role of the ICJ for enhancing the Rule of Law.
  • Human Rights and Consular access.
  •  ICJ and Human Rights.
  •  India & ICJ in 21st Century.
  • Critical Analysis of KBJ’s case & Role of International Law. KBJ CASE, THE LAGRAND CASE AND OTHER RELEVANT ALIKE CASES: a critical and comparative analytical summary / commentary.
  •  The ICJ & The UN: Relationship of the ICJ with other UN Organs.
  •  The ICJ’s Contribution to International law.
    Article 36 of the ICJ Statute.
  •  Diplomatic and Consular Relationships and the Protection of Diplomatic Relations in 21st century in International Law regime.
  • Any other relevant/ contemporary issue.

Guidelines for Paper Presentations:

  • The topics mentioned in the themes are suggestive and the final article/ paper can incorporate more than one issue.
  • Abstracts should not be more than 250 words and a maximum of five relevant keywords.
  • Full Paper – 3000 words minimum excluding references and footnoting (Descriptive footnotes and substantive text in the footnotes is not permitted).
  • FootnotesmustfollowTheBluebook:AUniformSystemof Citation (Harvard, 19th Edition) or OSCOLA.
  • Abstract and Full paper is to be submitted as soft copy only in MS Word format ( Typed in Times New Roman, 14 point Heading and 12 point Normal text with 1.5 spacing and 10 point with 1.0 spacing footnotes).
  • A separate MS- Word file should be submitted containing the article title, followed by author’s name, affiliation, communication address, email and phone details.
  • A declaration waiving the copyright by author and stating that all submissions are original and bonafide work of the author.
  •  No part of submitted paper should contain any form of identified of the author or any such information if found would lead to disqualification.  Only1(single)co-authorispermitted.
  •  All papers ( along with abstract) must be submitted at with clearly mentions the name of the candidate (s) and the details of their institutions.
  • Last Date for abstract Submission 20th February (Only quality abstracts will be called for final and full paper submission).
  • There shall be prize for best paper and best presenter. Criteria shall be solely based on quality content and presentation respectively.

Registration Fees- till 5th march 2019.

  • For Students pursuing LLB (3years and Hons.) and LLM or any other graduate or post graduate level course(s) having relevant understanding of International law
  • (International relations/international politics/diplomacy)– 1200 INR.  ( For Co- Authorship- 2000).
  • For Professionals – 1500 INR (Co- Authorship 2500 INR). .

On the spot registrations are allowed

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