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8 Apr'19
National Conference 2019

K.L.E. Society’s Law College Bengaluru is organising the National Law Conference 2019 on ‘Transformative Constitutionalism in India: Reflections on Shifting Paradigms’. It is scheduled on 8th and 9th of April 2019.

THEME: Transformative Constitutionalism in India: Reflections on Shifting Paradigms

The idea of constitutionalism is as old as the political society. It has been a constant effort of the society to keep the ruler within the defined or undefined bounds. The classical understanding of constitutionalism, that the authority of the government should be limited, has been attributed with a different facet in the welfare state. The constitution has become a means for transformation and it serves as a catalyst to bring socio-economic developments in the society. This facet of constitutionalism is described as ‘transformative constitutionalism’. In an era of pervasive economic globalization, state institutions have subordinated political considerations to economic ones. However, it does not mean that core values of constitution such as Rule of Law, Democracy, Republicanism, Socialism and Secularism are to be given less impetus. State has a constitutional mandate to realise all the constitutional aspirations—justice, liberty, equality, fraternity, dignity, unity and integrity—while the state undergoes transformation. The framers of Indian Constitution have incorporated the provisions to enable the state to bring about the intended transformation with the coordinated efforts of all the organs of the state. Since the adoption of the Constitution, there have been commendable efforts by the State to bring transformation in society such as land reforms, agrarian reforms, educational reforms, social reforms, political reforms, economic policy reforms, health care reforms and development in service sector and infrastructure, all of which have been contributing in achieving transformative constitutionalism. The Constitution of India has been effectively serving as a bridge between past and future of the nation. In this context few issues that are concerned with socio-economic transformation need to be deliberated as they involve conflict of different interests and constitutional values. Thus, the following topics are identified based on their relevance in the present-day socio-economic scenario of the nation in the context of transformative constitutionalism.

Sub Themes:

I. Constitutionalism: A Spectrum of Ideas
The classical understanding of the idea of constitutionalism is that it is a legal limitation on the government. It is the antithesis of arbitrary rule-a government ruled by law enshrining democratic principles, respect for individual rights, and institutions to assure respect for the constitutional blueprint. As opposed to the classical view of constitutionalism, another view is that constitutionalism, in addition to a legal limitation, also includes affirmative action by the state and its functionaries to fulfil the constitutional aspirations.
II. Interface of socialism and capitalism under constitutional framework of India
Open market fuelled by capitalist-oriented policies juxtaposed with limited government and socialist oriented schemes are the undisputed realities of the day. This potpourri reflects the blend of capitalism and Indian socialism. In this context, it needs to be deliberated as to how, within the constitutional framework, the life of contradictions is lived up and to be lived.
III. Co-operative Federalism for Transformation
It is a deliberate design of the Constitution of India to create interdependence between centre and states in tune with cooperative federalism. It also facilitates functioning of local self-governments at 3rd tier and its coordination with governments at higher levels. The success of cooperative federalism lies in the coordinated efforts of the governments at centre, states and local levels in evolving and implementing the various social welfare schemes and measures.
IV. Protective Discrimination of States and Transformative Constitutionalism
In order to address economic, social and geographical disparities among the states and regions within the states, the Constitution of India makes provision for awarding special status and to provide special funds for alleviating the disparities. This protective discrimination, law and policy governing thereof, and fulfilment of the avowed objectives need to be deliberated.
V. Role of Judiciary vis-a-vis Transformative Constitutionalism
The Indian Judiciary has contributed immensely in making the Constitution a living law of the nation. It has fostered the transformative constitutionalism. While the contribution is generally applauded, serious concerns have been expressed about conforming to the core values of the Constitution of India. Thus, the same is to be analysed and dwelled upon.


Professionals, academicians, research scholars and students can apply for the conference. Participation is strictly by registration only.  


  K.L.E. Society’s Law College, #3, CA-2 V Block, West Circle, Sir M. Vishweshwaraiah layout, Ullal Post, Bengaluru – 560091  


  1. The abstract shall not exceed 300 words. It should include the following-
  2. Title of the paper
  3. Keywords
  4. Name of the author/s
  5. Designation
  6. Name of the institution
  7. E-mail address
  8. Contact details
  1. The abstract shall be sent to   “ “ with the subject line “Abstract – National Conference”


  1. The length of full paper including tables, diagrams, illustrations, references, etc. shall not be less than 3000 words and shall not exceed 8000 words. The paper should be typed in Times New Roman 12-point font with 1.5 line spacing. The Foot notes shall be typed in Times New Roman 10-point font with 1 line spacing.
  2. A uniform method of citation should be adopted.
  3. The full paper should be submitted in soft copy and shall be sent to “” after receiving confirmation with details of payment, with the subject line “Full Paper – National Conference” along with the certificate of originality duly filled by the author(s).


Best paper, each from students’ and professionals’ category, will be conferred Best Paper Award based on the content, research, relevance of the topic and methodology, after going through plagiarism check.


Selected best papers will be published in a book bearing ISBN. The Conference Committee, KLESLC reserves the right to publish only quality papers.


  1. The presentation should be based on the accepted paper but may include updates and related additional content.
  2. PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) is encouraged for presentation at the conference. If giving power Point Presentation (PPT), presenter(s) should save their presentation in .pdf or .ppt format on a flash drive. A Windows laptop and projector will be made available in each presentation room.
  3. All presentations are to be in English.
  4. It is suggested for presenter(s) to dress professionally.


  • Academicians and Professionals: Rs. 1,500
  • Students: Rs. 500
  • Participation is limited to 100 candidates. Participation is reserved on first come basis.


Demand Draft

DD to be drawn in favour of “The Principal KLE Society’s Law College, Bengaluru, payable at Bengaluru. The same shall be sent along with the duly filled registration form to the address given below.

Online payment

Account details: Account holder’s name: The Principal KLE Society’s Law College, Bengaluru Bank Name: Canara Bank, II Block, Rajajinagar, Bengaluru-10 S.B. A/c No: 8418101080600 IFSC Code: CNRB0008418  


  1. Last Date of Submission of Abstract: 31st March 2019
  2. Confirmation of Abstract: 1st April 2019
  3. Submission of Full Paper and Registration: 4th April 2019



Chairperson Dr. J.M. Mallikarjunaiah Principal, KLE Society’s Law College Advisory Committee Dr. Anita M J Associate Professor Dr. S G Goudappanavar Associate Professor Faculty Co-ordinators Dr. Manojkumar Hiremath, Assistant Professor (+91 9448640187) Mr. Harsh Pratap Singh, Assistant Professor (+91 74065649998) Mr. Ayush Jha, Assistant Professor (+91 7987312155) Mr. Ashwary Sharma, Assistant Professor (+91 9833484016) Ms. Laxmi S. Goudar Assistant Professor (+91 7975112850) Student Coordinators Mr.Nithin Kushwah –  7026774941 Ms.Chaitra Bhat  – 8861539732   Address: #3, CA-2 V Block, West Circle, Sir M. Vishweshwaraiah Layout, Ullal Post, Bengaluru – 560091. Telephone:  080-23485372, 23488197, 23286489 For queries write to us at :




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