NLS Faculty Seminars

Faculty Seminar | Designed for Abuse: Special Criminal Laws and Rights of the Accused

August 25, 2021

The paper was presented by  Kunal Ambasta, Assistant Professor of Law, NLSIU.

The aim of this paper presentation is to interrogate the necessity and efficacy of special criminal laws in the context of the Indian criminal justice system. It further argues that special criminal statutes have the inevitable effect of curtailing the rights of the accused in several crucial respects extending prior, during, and after trial. Special statutes creating distinct legal offences are sought to be justified on the basis of the distinctness of the crimes that they pertain to. (Read more).

Shreya Shree

Faculty Seminar | Revered ‘Routines’ in Medical Examination of Rape Accused

August 18, 2021

The LL.M. dissertation paper was presented by  Shreya Shree, Assistant Professor of Law, NLSIU.

It is an empirical study on medical examination of the accused in rape investigation. The research was conducted between January – June 2018, in the cities of Lucknow, Dehradun, New Delhi, Pune, Patna and Bangalore; and involved interactions with police officers, medical practitioners in-charge of conducting the accused’s examination as well as forensic science experts (Read more).

Faculty Seminar | Introduction: Liberalism and Its Encounters in India

August 11, 2021

The paper was presented by Dr. R. Krishnaswamy & Dr. Atreyee Majumder.

In this introduction to a set of essays that contemplate India’s liberal trajectory, Krishnaswamy, a philosopher, and Majumder, an anthropologist, consider with their divergent disciplinary toolkits, a map of Indian theory. As they see it, there have been four problems that have perpetuated a continuous theoretical dialogue within modern India. The four problems are the problem of caste and social injustice, Hindu-Muslim relations, the relevance of colonial institutions and the question of language and its self-assertive politics. (Read More).

Faculty Seminar | Rape adjudication in India in the aftermath of Criminal Law Amendment Act, 2013: Findings from trial courts of Delhi

APRIL 7, 2021

The paper was presented by Preeti Pratishruti Dash, Assistant Professor of Law, NLSIU.

This paper assesses the impact of the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 2013 (CLA-2013) on rape adjudication, by examining 1635 rape judgments from trial courts of Delhi pronounced between 2013 and 2018. Of these, 726 cases were adjudicated under the old law, of which 16.11% resulted in convictions and 909 cases were adjudicated… (Read More)

Mrinal Satish

Faculty Seminar | Religious Penal Clauses in Context: Country Studies in Common Law Asia

March 24, 2021

The paper was presented by Dr. Mrinal Satish, Professor of Law, NLSIU.

In this paper, Dr Mrinal traces the history, interpretation and contemporary application of religious penal clauses in India. He argues that the contemporary application of religious penal clauses has a chilling effect on free speech and expression, and is being used as a tool to curtail dissent and differing points of view… (Read More)


Faculty Seminar | All that Glitters…Recent Law Reforms and their Impact on Child Marriages

March 10, 2021

The paper was presented by Dr. Sarasu Esther Thomas, Registrar & Professor of Law, NLSIU.

This paper looks at the intersection between child marriage and related laws with a special focus on Karnataka which is the only State which has an amendment to the child marriage law declaring such marriages void… (Read More)


Rahul Singh

Faculty Seminar | Whither Evidence (Act) based reasoning?: Towards an Effects-based Approach in Indian Competition Jurisprudence

January 20, 2021

This paper was presented by Rahul Singh, Associate Professor of Law, NLSIU.

India has a nascent competition enactment. But it has an old evidence law—the Indian Evidence Act—of 1872 vintage. The competition commission has shown scepticism towards the applicability of the evidence law to competition proceedings. This article argues that such scepticism is mistaken… (Read More)


Sushmita Pati

Faculty Seminar | In the Shadows of the State: How Rent Shape Our Cities

January 6, 2021

This session was chaired by Dr. Sushmita Pati, Assistant Professor of Law, NLSIU.

“My work is centred around how cities are constituted by rent. We know enough of how capital and labour make cities. But we don’t really know where to place rent in all of this. But if we do want to understand urbanisation in the global south, I argue that rent is central. To do this, I look at a peculiar form of urban villages in Delhi. In 1950s…(Read More)


Cross-Border Data Access for Law Enforcement: What Are India’s Strategic Options?

December 2, 2020 

The Paper was presented by Smriti Parsheera, NLS ‘LLB 2006, a researcher at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi and a Fellow with the CyberBRICS Project hosted by the FGV Law School, Brazil.

The paper evaluates India’s present mechanisms for data access by law enforcement authorities and existing arrangements for cross-border data access. It also analyzes the emerging global movement toward direct data access arrangements… (Read More)



Manjeri Subin Sunder Raj

Why Not Nature Rights? 

Jan 8, 2020

The Paper was presented by Dr. Manjeri Subin, Assistant Professor (Ad-hoc), NLSIU.

Law has always been seen as recourse to weed out quite a large number of problems and environmental harm is no exception. Built on a large number of concepts that have been eulogised for many years, laws and legal systems, around the world, have helped in shaping the progress of mankind. ‘Rights’ and ‘Duties’… (Read More)

The Hocus Pocus of Corporate Purpose and the Visible Hand of the State – Insights from India’s CSR Experience

December 18, 2019

The paper was presented by Ms. Akshaya Kamalnath, Lecturer (Corporate Law) , AUT Law School, Auckland.

Can corporate law solve the most serious global problems we have? Corporations do have a role to play in issues like climate change, the consequences of using artificial intelligence without adequate safe guards and even inequality. But should corporate law be the vehicle to solve these problems? This article argues… (Read More)

Competition Regulation in Two-Sided Markets: The Indian Experience

December 11, 2019

The paper was presented by Mr. Akash Krishnan, Teaching Associate (Economics), NLSIU.

With the expansion of computing and the internet revolution, two-sided markets are fast becoming ubiquitous across all spheres of the 21st-century economy. The phrase “two-sided market‟ at first sounds like a tautology, i.e., by default, all markets have two sides, a buyer side, and a seller side. Regulators… (Read More)

Kunal Ambasta

An Unclear Empiricism: A Review of the Death Penalty India Report

December 4, 2019

The Paper was presented by Kunal Ambasta, Assistant Professor, NLSIU.

The Report opens up many ways and means by which India may engage in a meaningful conversation about the death penalty, and determine legislative policy on the subject. Empirical studies on death row populations, often exploring effects of socio-economic or racial marginalization, are not uncommon… (Read More)