NLS Faculty Seminars

Academic work at the University is a continuous ongoing process outside the classroom. Every Wednesday, an NLS Faculty Seminar is convened to spotlight cutting-edge academic research within the NLS community. This provides an opportunity for faculty members, researchers, and others within our broader network to discuss their ongoing and recent papers with the faculty and research scholars at the University.

Below is a list of faculty seminars at NLS.

An Institutional Ethnography of Counter-Terrorism

April 24, 2024

Discussants: Radhika Chitkara and Dr. Atreyee Majumdar

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From Colony to Sovereign: Understanding India’s Pre-Independence Legal Personality

April 17, 2024

Discussants: Dr. Akhila Basalalli and Prof. Kamala Sankaran

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Evaluating the Implementation and Enforcement of India’s POSH Act through Surveying Individuals Across Sectors

April 10, 2024

Discussants: Alexandra (Zander) Blitzer and Prof. Saurabh Bhattacharjee

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Sentencing as a Fair Trial Right

April 03, 2024

Discussants: Prof. Mrinal Satish and Kunal Ambasta

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Protecting Journalism from National Security: the Aftermath of Madhyamam Broadcasting

March 27, 2024

Discussants: Manish and Radhika Chitkara

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Considering the Soul and its Ways for the Practice of Anthropology

March 20, 2024

Discussants: Dr. Atreyee Majumder and Dr. Karthick Ram Manoharan

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The inscription of DNA as a technology of truth in India

March 13, 2024

Discussants: Manpreet Singh Dhillon and Dr Sushmita Pati

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Literature as Recovery: Text Criticism and the Kannada Public Sphere

January 17, 2024

Discussants: Ammel Sharon and Dr. Kena Wani

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Exploring ‘humiliation’ in Section 3 (1) (r) of Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989

January 10, 2024

Discussants: Dr. Ashna Singh and Dr. Karthikeyan D

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Contextualizing Corrective Rape in an era of Transformative Constitutionalism in India

January 03, 2024

Discussants: Sharon Singh and Dr. Debangana Chatterjee

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Lives of Circumcised and Veiled Women: A Global-Indian Interplay of Discourses and Narratives

December 27, 2023

Discussants: Dr. Debangana Chatterjee and Prof. Dhivya Janarthanan

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Terror Trials: Life and Law in Delhi’s Courts

December 20, 2023

Discussants: Dr. Mayur Suresh and Dr. Manpreet Dhillon

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Fundamental Duties in Indian Constitutional History

December 13, 2023

Discussants: Prof. (Dr.) Sudhir Krishnaswamy and Prof. Pranav Verma

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Economic Reservations: Ideal and Reality

December 6, 2023

Discussants: Dr. Bastian Steuwer and Prof. Arun Thiruvengadam

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Customary International Law and Specially Affected States: A TWAIL Perspective

November 29, 2023

Discussants: Kiran Suryanarayana and Prof. Harisankar Sathyapalan

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Antaja Kings in Mleccha Land: The Political Imagination of Jāti in an Early Eighteenth-Century Royal Court

November 22, 2023

Discussants: Dr. Samyak Ghosh and Dr. Chandrabhan Yadav

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What is Western About Western thought ?

November 15, 2023

Discussants: Prof. Sudipta Kaviraj  and  Dr. Karthick Ram Manoharan

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Informality at Work – Towards a Law on Livelihoods ?

November 8, 2023

Discussants: Dr. Kamala Sankaran and Dr. Sony Pellissery

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SEBI’s Sandbox

September 20, 2023

Discussants: Prof. Rahul Singh

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The Dynamics of Doctor-patient Relationship in Elective Aesthetic Medicine

September 13, 2023

Discussants: Dr. Madhubanti Sadhya and Prof. Mrinal Satish

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Populism and Caste in contemporary India: Socio-political pragmatisms of caste associations

September 6, 2023

Discussants: Dr. Aniket Nandan and Dr. Karthikeyan Damodaran

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To have a country so important: on Law as a Sign for War

August 30, 2023

Discussants: Dr. Atreyee Majumder and Prof. Diya Deviah

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The Search for a Link between Electoral Expenses, Regulation, and Corruption

August 23, 2023

Discussants: Prof. Jasmine Joseph and Prof. Sanjay Jain

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Discussion on the India Justice Report

August 16, 2023

Discussants: Maja Daruwala, the Chief Editor, and Valay Singh, the project lead of IJR (India Justice Report).

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Bail on Medical Grounds in India: A Search for Principled Jurisprudence

August 09, 2023

Discussants: Prof. Nanditta Batra and Dr. A. Nagarathna.

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Tax Avoidance in Indian Tax Treaties: The Past, the Present and the Future

August 02, 2023

Discussants: DR. Nigam Nuggehalli

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Deconstructing the Universal of Consent

July 26, 2023

Discussants: Ishika Saxena and Dr. Rinku Lamba

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Status of Women in the Karnataka State Police

July 20, 2023

Discussants: Devyani Srivastava

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Reflections on Rabindranath Tagore’s Religion of Man

July 12, 2023

Discussants: Prof. (Dr.) Rinku Lamba

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Making India an Arbitration Hub: Does India Need a Separate Law for International Arbitration

May 24, 2023

Discussants: Sahana Ramesh and Sharada Shindhe

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Dr. Arul George Scaria’s Report for the Delhi High Court.

May 17, 2023

Speaker: Dr. Arul Scaria

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Right to occupy Airspace – Conflict between Airports and Landowners on the use of vertical space in India

April 19, 2023

Speaker: Dr. Betsy Rajasingh

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Periyar: A Study in Political Atheism

March 29, 2023

Speaker: Dr. Karthick Ram Manoharan

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“When will the dawn of divorce arrive?”: An Itinerary of Pre-Legal Ideas about Divorce in Stree Magazine, 1930-1955″

March 15, 2023

Speaker: Prof. (Dr.) Ashwini Tambe

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Choral Voices: Ethnographic Imaginations of Sound and Sacrality.

March 8, 2023

Speaker: Dr. Sebanti Chatterjee

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Marxism and Postcolonialism: A Reparative Reading through Walter Benjamin’s Historical Materialism.

January 18, 2023

Discussants: Atreyee Majumder and Ishika Saxena

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Discussion on the Paper “An Exceptionally Special Law: Constraints Over Emergency Powers under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.”

December 21, 2022

Discussants: Radhika Chitkara and Prof. Arun Thiruvengadam

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Coining Legitimacy: Law and Technology in India

November 23, 2022

Speaker: Dr. Sukhalata Sen, Moderator: Dr. Mrinal Satish

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Dr. Nikhil Menon on his Book: “Planning Democracy: Modern India’s Quest for Development”

November 16, 2022

Speaker: Dr. Nikhil Menon, Assistant Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

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Grand Narratives of Transition and the Quest for Democratic Constitutionalism in India and South Africa

November 9, 2022

Speaker: Dr. Theunis Roux, Professor, University of New South Wales (Faculty of Law), Sydney.

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Collaborating in Times of Crisis: Challenges and Strategies of International Research

November 7, 2022

Speaker: Dr. Victor V. Ramraj, Professor, University of Victoria (Faculty of Law), British Columbia

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The Southern Turn Towards World Comparative Law

November 2, 2022

Speaker: Dr. Philipp Dann, Professor, Humboldt University (Faculty of Law), Berlin

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Reposing ‘Faith’ in Gender Equality: Mapping the Consequences of the Sabarimala case for Religious Freedom and Gender Equality in India

July 20, 2022

Speaker: Megha Mehta, Visiting Assistant Professor, NLSIU

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Co-producing India’s National DNA Data Bank: Bio-legality and the Question of Privacy

July 13, 2022

Speaker: Dr. Manpreet Singh Dhillon, Academic Fellow, NLSIU

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A Life of Contradictions: Group Inequality and Socio-Economic Rights in the Indian Constitution

May 25, 2022

Speaker: Dr. Aparna Chandra, Associate Professor of Law, NLSIU

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Hidden in Plain Sight- The Indian Evidence Act, 1872 as a Guide to Evidence Law Reform 

May 18, 2022

Speaker: Kunal Ambasta, Assistant Professor of Law

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Can we Really Devise Dispute Resolution Mechanisms Different from the Regular Procedures of Civil Trial Envisaged in the CPC? A Study of the Consumer Protection statutes

May 11, 2022

Speaker: Dr. Nanda Kishore, Visiting Faculty, NLSIU

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The Evolution of the Right to Property in India: From a Law and Development Perspective

April 27, 2022

Speaker: Ms. Rashmi Venkatesan, Assistant Professor of Law, NLSIU

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Reconsidering SEBI Disgorgement

March 30, 2022


  • Renuka Sane, Associate Professor at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy
  • S. Vivek, Research Fellow, Regulatory Governance Project, NLSIU

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Climate-Change Induced Displacement and Rights-Based Protection: Need for a Sui Generis Convention

March 16, 2022

Speaker: Dr. Saurabh Bhattacharjee, Associate Professor of Law, NLSIU

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Liberty After Freedom: A History of Article 21, Due Process and the Constitution of India

March 9, 2022

Speaker: Rohan J Alva, Counsel, Supreme Court of India

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Open Courts and the Regulatory Framework for Judicial Data

January 27, 2022

Speakers: Aakanksha Mishra, Dual Qualified Attorney (India and New York) | Law and Policy | Masters in International Trade Law; and Siddharth Mandrekar Rao, DAKSH’S Research Associate

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Knocking on the Doors: India’s Challenges in Accessing Legal Services 

January 19, 2022

Speakers: Varsha Aithala, Doctoral Candidate, NLSIU; and Karthik Suresh, Candidate for the European Master in Law and Economics, Erasmus University, Rotterdam

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Cartel Leniency Program in India – Why No Race Here?

December 22, 2021

Speaker:  Prof. (Dr.) T.S. Somashekar, Professor of Economics, NLSIU

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Mapping the Elements of an Ambedkarite Jurisprudence 

December 15, 2021

Speaker: Arvind Narrain, Visiting Faculty, NLSIU

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The Meld Model: The Holy Grail of Indian Corporate Jurisprudence

December  1, 2021

Speaker: Rahul Singh, Associate Professor of Law, NLSIU

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Studying cyber crime awareness and victimisation among female students and IT professionals in Karnataka – An Overview of the Research Methodology

November 17, 2021

Speaker: Tasneem Deo, Visiting Faculty, NLSIU

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Legal Barriers to Accessing Safe Abortion Services in India: A Fact-Finding Study

September 29, 2021

Speaker: Dr. Aparna Chandra, Associate Professor, NLSIU

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Marking the Market : Municipalizing Calcutta’s Spaces of Exchange

September 8, 2021.

Speaker: Dr. Anwesha Ghosh, Assistant Professor, History, NLSIU

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

August 25, 2021

Speaker: Kunal Ambasta, Assistant Professor of Law, NLSIU

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Revered ‘Routines’ in Medical Examination of Rape Accused

August 18, 2021

Speaker: Shreya Shree, Assistant Professor of Law, NLSIU

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Introduction: Liberalism and Its Encounters in India

August 11, 2021

Speakers: Dr. Atreyee Majumder, Assistant Professor, Sociology, and Dr. R. Krishnaswamy

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

APRIL 7, 2021

Speaker: Preeti Pratishruti Dash, Assistant Professor of Law, NLSIU

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Religious Penal Clauses in Context: Country Studies in Common Law Asia

March 24, 2021

Speaker: Dr. Mrinal Satish, Professor of Law, NLSIU

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

March 10, 2021

Speaker: Dr. Sarasu Esther Thomas, Registrar & Professor of Law, NLSIU

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

January 20, 2021

Speaker: Rahul Singh, Associate Professor of Law, NLSIU

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In the Shadows of the State: How Rent Shape Our Cities

January 6, 2021

Speaker: Dr. Sushmita Pati, Assistant Professor of Law, NLSIU

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

December 2, 2020 

Speaker: Smriti Parsheera, NLS ‘LLB 2006, is 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.

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Why Not Nature Rights? 

Jan 8, 2020

Speaker: Dr. Manjeri Subin, Assistant Professor (Ad-hoc), NLSIU

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

December 18, 2019

Speaker: Akshaya Kamalnath, Lecturer (Corporate Law),  AUT Law School, Auckland

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Competition Regulation in Two-Sided Markets: The Indian Experience

December 11, 2019

Speaker: Akash Krishnan, Teaching Associate (Economics), NLSIU

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

December 4, 2019

Speaker: Kunal Ambasta, Assistant Professor, NLSIU

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