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Remembering S.P. SATHE: 14th International Conference On Contemporary Trends In Comparative Public Law

 Remembering S.P. SATHE: 14th International Conference On Contemporary Trends In Comparative Public Law

         6th To 8th March 2020

A THREE-DAY International Conference



The Indian Law Society was established in 1923 as a Public Charitable Trust registered under the Societies Registration Act. It is a non-profit organization established with the sole purpose of imparting legal education. The Society is a voluntary association of persons, who came together with a pledge to launch courses on law, formal an informal, where law and legal doctrines are taught with social utility, purpose, impact and social relevance. The founder members of the Indian Law Society were the legal luminaries like Sir Narayanrao Chandavarkar, Shri J. R. Nanasaheb Gharpure, Diwan Bahadur and P. B. Shingane. Indian Law Society established ILS Law College in 1924, with a view of facilitating infrastructure essential for the study of law. Establishment of the Law College by the Indian Law Society was indeed a pivotal moment in Indian Legal Education as the College exemplified academic excellence, social relevance, and professional competence. Imaginative realignment of written law or the hard law with a view to reorient them with the Indian social milieu has always been the strength of the Indian Law Society.


 Established in 1924, ILS Law College (   is one of the oldest law schools in India and has been playing a pioneering role in legal education and scholarship in the country. Ninety six years since its establishment, the Law College has acquired the reputation of being a premier institution imparting quality legal education. Since its inception, ILS Law College has produced some of the most highly regarded contributors in the field of law. Three Chief Justices of the Supreme Court, Justice P. B. Gajendragadkar, Justice Y. V. Chandrachud, Justice E. S. Venkataramaiah, Former Governor of Maharashtra K. M. Reddy, Former Defence& Finance Minister and First Chief Minister of Maharashtra Y. B. Chavan, Former Minister of Commerce, Mohan Dharia, Former Chief Ministers of Maharashtra, Sushil Kumar Shinde and Vilasrao Deshmukh, all received legal education from ILS Law College. With its illustrious history and heritage, the institution has contributed immensely to the growth of legal profession and has upheld its tradition of producing meritorious legal scholars who dedicate themselves to public service and reform. The generations of distinguished legal luminaries who have been nurtured by this unique institution have made a seminal contribution globally to the evolution of the esteemed field of Law.


Professor Satyaranjan Purushottam Sathe was a distinguished legal luminary and a renowned academic in the judicial universe of India. He held various positions in Universities and Law Institutes of repute. Professor S.P. Sathe had a long association with the Indian Law Society. He was the Principal of ILS Law College from 1976 to 1991. He was also the Secretary of the Indian Law Society until 2002. He was the Founder Director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. He was also the President of the Maharashtra People’s Union for Civil Liberties, and a VicePresident of the National PUCL. Professor S. P. Sathe has been an authority on Constitutional Law, within the country and abroad. He contributed extensively to the field of legal education. His recent work on ‘Judicial Activism is appreciated worldwide. More than 100 articles written by him were published in national and international legal periodicals, magazines and journals. Books to his credit are, ‘Administrative Law’, ‘Judicial Activism in India: Transgressing Borders and Enforcing Limits’, and ‘Right to Know’. He also wrote in Marathi. He contributed to the Marathi Vishwa Kosh published by the Government of Maharashtra. He was invited to deliver lectures, and to participate in seminars as a resource person to different law universities, institutions within and outside India. Known for his humility, Professor Sathe endeared himself to his colleagues and students alike. His commitment to Rights and Liberties of the people was deep and abiding. Every year, Professor S. P. Sathe Foundation, set up by the Indian Law Society, organizes “Remembering S.P. Sathe an event that consists of Public memorial lecture, National Moot Court Competition, National Conference at ILS Law College, Pune on a specific theme with a view to commemorate his contribution to Indian Jurisprudence and Social Action and to encourage academic pursuit of law students. The Theme for Remembering S.P. Sathe 2018-19 is “Contemporary Trends in Comparative Public Law”.


Centre for Public Law, established in 2009 is a student ( driven initiative at the ILS Law College to promote research in public law.



ILS  Law College under auspices of Remembering SP Sathe Foundation (set up by the Indian Law Society) and Centre for Public Law is pleased to invite abstracts from law students, academicians , lawyers, activist, researchers and faculty around the world for participation and submission of Research Papers for Remembering S.P. Sathe: 14th International Conference on “Contemporary Trends in Comparative Public Law” scheduled on 06th to 08th  March 2020.

  •  Justice Jasti Chelameshwar (Former Judge, Supreme Court of India)
  •  Prof. Paul Craig (Oxford University); 
  •  Mr. Arvind Datar (Senior Advocate); 
  •  Mr. Shreehari Aney (Senior Advocate); 
  •  Dr. Shirish Deshpande (Professor MNLU Nagpur)
  •  Prof. Rosalind Dixon (University of New South Wales);  
  •  Dr. Alexander Christoph (Associate Professor and Associate Dean,       Jindal Global Law School); 
  •   Dr. Shreya Atrey (Oxford University); 
  •   Dr. Aparna Chandra (National Law University, Delhi); 
  •   Mr. Arvind Narrain (Founder, Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore); 
  •   Mr. J Sai Deepak (Advocate, Supreme Court of India)
  •   Mr. Mihir Nanivadekar (Advocate and Editor, Indian Constitutional Law & Philosophy Blog); 
  •  Dr. Shivprasad Swaminathan (Associate Professor, Jindal Global Law School); 
  •  Dr. Jhuma Sen (Associate Professor, Jindal Global Law School);
  •  Mr. Sharath Chandran (Advocate, High Court of Judicature at Madras)
  •  Mr. Amit Pai (Advocate on Record, Supreme Court of India)

Objectives of the Conference

  • To examine the viability of societal and global constitutionalism to redesign and realign public law
  • To conceive epistemic strategies for reconstruction of jurisprudence in a globalized world
  • To critically analyze overwhelming influence of purposive interpretation on the text of the constitutions
  • To examine the viability of expanding the contours of basic structure doctrine evolved by the supreme court of India beyond amendment review
  • To examine the existing doctrines that carves out a space for marginalized minorities like disabled and LGBT communities so as to enhance their quality of life and representation as equal members of the society.

Click Here for the Concept Note and Schedule

Click Here to Visit Conference Blog.

The researchers have the liberty to present research papers on original and creative ideas under the umbrella topic “Comparative Public Law.” To illustrate a few topics: – Intersectionality; Right to Self Determination; Need for Equality Legislation in India; Disability Equality; Doctrine of Legitimate expectations; Shifting Locus of Sovereignty; Comparative Human Rights; Dignitary Constitutionalism; Fundamental Constitutional Values; Transformative Constitutionalism; Constitutional Morality etc. This list is not exhaustive.


  1. Each participant must register and pay the registration fees to confirm participation.
  2. For submission of abstract registration by payment of fees (as applicable) is
  3. For registration in ‘students’ category, college/ University Photo ID card is mandatory.
  4. Only one co-author is permitted. However, if co-author is not attending the conference, he/she need not pay the registration fees.
  5. Each applicant must submit an abstract of not more than 500-words by email to [email protected] with subject “Research Paper Abstract- International Conference” and receipt of registration fees. Abstract without registration shall not be accepted. Payment of registration fees entitle the participants to attend the conference, even in case of rejection of abstract.
  6. Contents of Abstract
  • Name and contact details of author and co- author if any;
  • Central idea of the research theme and the core arguments;
  • Proposed breakup of the sections of the paper

Last Date for Submission of abstract with registration: 25th December 2019.

Notification for shortlisted Abstracts:  30th Dec 2019.

Participants shortlisted by the organizing committee to present papers in the parallel sessions of the conference must submit their full paper by 09 Feb 2020 by e-mail to [email protected] not exceeding 6000 words (including foot notes).


Selected Research Papers presented during the conference may be published in the in-house journal ‘ILS Law Review’.


Format of paper

 MS Word format with Times New Roman font on A4 size paper and 1” margin on all side, font size 12 and line spacing of 1.5, Citations must be in the form of footnotes and conform to the latest edition of ILI style (


Details of Registration

  • The registration fee is not refundable.
  • Registration Fee (incl GST, covers- conference kit, refreshment, participation certificate)
ILS students INR 590/-
Non- ILS Students INR 1,072/-
Professionals INR 2,360/-
International Students INR 3,540/-
International Professionals INR 5,900/-

Note : For International Students and Professionals please transfer the amount as per given Bank Details.

            For Indian Students and Professionals please pay through ” Register & Pay Now”




  • Participants to bear their travel and accommodation costs.
  • Accommodation may be provided on request to the participants with charges. Request may be sent to [email protected] with subject “Request for Accommodation”.


Single Occupancy (Attached WC) Rs 999/- (per day) (excluding food)

Double occupancy (Attached WC) Rs 750/- (per day) (excluding food)

To register and pay

Bank Details 

Bank Name:  State Bank of India

Bank Account Name: ILS Law College

Bank Address: Deccan Gymkhana Branch, PMT Building, Pune, Maharashtra 411004

Type of Account: Current

Account Number: 11100349321

IFSC Code: SBIN0001110

Branch Code: 01110R126

Swift Code: SBININBB218


Please note that you have to pay the bank remittance charges from your end and there should not be deducted from the fees.

Please mention your name and address while remitting your fee and instruct your banker to mention it in the remittance letter to India.

Click Here Registration Form 

 Important Dates : 

Last date to submit abstracts with Registration:  25th December 2019
Result of selected abstracts:  30th December 2019
Last date to submit your papers:  9th February 2020
Last date to register for participation only:  2nd March 2020

For quires and clarifications Contact

[email protected]

or call student volunteers

Varad Kolhe +91 9503453510,

C.V. Rajmohan +91 8547547050

Nihar Chitre +91 9757135410