The Constitutional Law Society, National Law University Odisha, is delighted to invite you to a Guest Lecture on the occasion of Constitution Day or National Law Day, on the 26th of November, 2022 on the theme of “Revisiting Kesavananda Bharati and the Basic Structure Doctrine in Contemporary Times”. We will be joined for this Guest Lecture by our eminent panelists, Mr. Shrutanjaya Bhardwaj and Prof. G Mohan Gopal.  

About The Constitutional Law Society

The Constitutional Law Society (CLS) of National Law University Odisha was established in 2018 with a vision to provide a platform for public discourse and deliberation vis-à-vis Constitutional Law. It seeks to supplement an accessible forum for intellectual discourse and shape the discussion of the most important and relevant issues of constitutional law through meticulous scholarship, public lectures and seminars, and research through independent projects, conferences, and cooperation with other institutions and individuals engaged in constitutional study. Further, it endeavours through the course of its activities to foster awareness about the subject and its importance. The purpose behind the establishment of the Society is to generate debate and dialogue on various nuances of the subject of Constitutional Law. The activities undertaken by the committee aim at enabling the students to have a holistic understanding of constitutional principles and constitutional jurisprudence.

Overview of the Institution

National Law University Odisha, Cuttack was established with the vision of advancement of learning, teaching, research, diffusion of knowledge in the field of law and catering to the needs of society by developing the professional skills of those intending to take up the professions of Advocacy, Judicial Services, Legal services, and so on. The University is committed to providing an atmosphere in which academic excellence is the foremost priority for students. Along the lines of this vision, NLUO has significantly catered to the needs of research in various legal fields by paving way for various dedicated research centres and student committees. The Constitutional Law Society is one such initiative of NLUO which aims at promoting the study, research and informed deliberation in the field of Constitutional Laws, and its allied subjects with a policy and application-oriented purpose.

Background to the Theme

This new enlargement of the scope of the Basic Structure doctrine, of applying it to everyday legislative measures, puts at risk crucial legislation and executive actions. It may become difficult for any government to function effectively if every other legislation passed by it is pegged before the Courts on grounds of basic structure. 

About our Panelists:

Dr. G Mohan Gopal, was Director of the National Judicial Academy of the Supreme Court of India from 2006 to 2011. From 2012-2019 Prof. Gopal was the founder Chair of the National Court Management Systems Committee of the Supreme Court of India. Prof. Gopal is former Director (Vice-Chancellor) of the National Law School of India, Bengaluru. He continues to work actively on current judicial and legal issues and reform of legal and judicial institutions.

Mr. Shrutanjaya Bhardwaj is a practicing advocate at the Supreme Court. His practice areas are constitutional law, criminal law, service law, and arbitration law. He completed his B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) from the National Law University, Delhi, and his LL.M. in Constitutional Law, Media Law, and Human Rights from the University of Michigan Law School. He also served as visiting faculty to several esteemed institutions such as the University of Delhi (Faculty of Law), the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, and his alma mater, the National Law University, Delhi. 

Event Details and Organisation 

The event is being organised online on the 26th of November and will be hosted over Google Meet. The lecture shall be scheduled from  6-7 pm on the 26th of November. 

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