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2nd All India Legal History Congress by Tamil Nadu National Law University: Register by 29th March 2021

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The Tamil Nadu National Law University (TNNLU), Tiruchirappalli is organizing the 2nd All India Legal History Congress (AILHC) on May 21st and 22nd, 2021 online. This Legal History Congress is being organized with the generous financial support of the Government of Tamil Nadu. We hope that this Congress will provide an opportunity for everyone interested in various facets of legal history whether they are legal historians, historians from other fields, academicians from the social science disciplines, judges, advocates, research scholars and students across the country to present papers on the subthemes indicated at the end, in order to enhance our knowledge of the Legal History of India and other parts of the world.

The theme for this year is “Pursuit of Legal History of India in the 21st Century”. There will be 8 Sections divided on the basis of chronology and interested persons are invited to submit their abstracts on the sub-themes, enumerated at the end, according to the time period of the interest.

About the Organiser

TNNLU is located in Srirangam Taluk of the Tiruchirappalli Corporation, formerly known as Trichinopoly. This institution of learning was established by the Government of Tamil Nadu by an Act of State Legislature (Act No. 9 of 2012) to provide quality legal education. TNNLU is the brainchild of the former Hon’ble Chief Minister Dr J Jayalalithaa who laid its foundation stone on 13th February 2012. Tiruchirappalli, known as Rock Fort City, is well connected by road, rail, and air. This city was the capital of the in the Sangam period, i.e., in the 3rd century B.C. It passed through the hands of the Pallavas, the imperial Cholas , the Pandyas, the Delhi Sultanate, and the rulers of Vijayanagara. Tiruchirappalli was also a battlefield in the Carnatic Wars of the 18th century during the administration of the East India Company.



Pursuit of Legal History of India in the 21st century

Sections of Sub-Themes

  1. Legal History from 600 BC to 600 AD
  2. Legal History from 600 AD to 1200 AD
  3. Legal History from 1200 AD to 1700 AD
  4. Legal History from 1700 AD to 1947 AD
  5. Constitutional History
  6. Legal History of South Asia
  7. History of Women & Law in India
  8. Methods of Legal History (workshop for students)


  • Approaches to the study of Law and History
  • Law, custom and usage in the pre colonial periods
  • Law and judicial system in the brahmanical texts
  • Idea of justice as reflected in the Sanskrit texts
  • Idea of justice as seen in the Pali texts
  • Idea of Justice in the Sangam literature
  • Law and judicial system in the South Indian kingdoms in the pre colonial era
  • Local governments and administration of justice in pre colonial times
  • Court procedures under imperial Cholas
  • Judicial institutions during the medieval period
  • Legal system of South Indian kingdoms in medieval period
  • Need for an understanding of the past in judicial practice
  • Caste and gender in the practice of law in pre colonial history
  • The East India Company Courts in India
  • Rule of law and constitutional developments
  • Khap Panchayats and administration of justice
  • Framing of Indian Constitution and Legal system in India
  • Women and Law in India – A historical perspective
  • Sexual assault as seen through the brahmanical texts
  • Development of the laws relating to rape in Colonial Times
  • Privy Council and the Indian legal system
  • Judicial reforms vis-à-vis the British administration in India
  • Impact of Portuguese Judicial System in the Indian Sub-Continent
  • French Judicial system in India
  • Legal Education & Legal Profession before and after the Independence of India
  • Women’s Rights and legal reforms
  • States Reorganization and Official Language Policy
  • Growth of legal system in South East Asian Countries
  • Roman Law and its impact on other continents
  • Anglo-Saxon Jurisprudence
  • Napoleonic Code and its relation to India
  • Contemporary Challenges in Legal History
  • History of the various legislations in India since the Colonial days
  • Social reform legislations during the British rule of the subcontinent

The above sub themes are only illustrative and the participants are free to write on any topic directly connected to the central theme of the Congress

Paper Guidelines

  1. Abstract: Not exceeding 300 words
  2. Keywords (Maximum of 5)
  3. Full Research Paper: 4000-4500 words
  4. Font style & Size: Times New Roman & 12
  5. Line spacing: Double & justified alignment
  6. Endnotes: Times New Roman (size 10), Endnotes style: MLA style 8th Edition
  7. Soft copy of Abstract along with a covering letter should reach to [email protected] on or before 13th March 2021
  8. Abstract submitted by the registered participants only will be shortlisted for the online presentation
  9. Editorial Board will reserve the right to reject or edit any paper
  10. Selected papers will be published in the Legal History Journal
  11. There will be cash awards for two of the best research papers one in each category:
    1. Best research paper by a faculty member or other scholars
    1. Best research paper by a student

Important Dates

  • Submission of Abstract on or before – 13th March 2021
  • Selected abstracts will be intimated by the Editorial Board on 20th March 2021
  • Submission of full Research Paper on or before – 1st May 2021
  • Registration opens – 1st March 2021
  • Registration link and the detailed programme of the Congress is available on the web site of TNNLU: www.tnnlu.ac.in
  • Last Date for Registration – 29th March 2021
  • The foreign delegates are advised to submit their abstracts on or before 13th March 2021 and the full paper before 1st May along with their bio-data after visiting the website of the Ministry of External Affairs, as it has been made mandatory by the Government of India. www.mea.gov.in


  • For the Indian delegates: Registration will be Rs. 500/- & Rs. 300/- for the scholars & students respectively. Every additional co-author has to pay Rs. 500/- each, in case of students Rs. 300/- each. (Maximum of 3 authors are permitted)
  • Participants from SAARC Countries, Africa & Latin American Countries – USD · 25. Every additional co-author has to pay USD 25 each.
  • Participants from other Countries – USD 50. Every additional co-author has to pay USD 50 each.

Fill this form for Registration: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Dr M. Britto Stalin, Assistant Professor of History,

Tamil Nadu National Law University,

Contact: +91 – 73975-58105 / 94439-56105

Email: [email protected]

Vinudeep R, Student Volunteer

Phone: +91 – 9751317297

For Brochure: CLICK HERE

Fill this form for Registration: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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