LASSnet Conference Revised Program



Day 1, Friday, December 14th, 2012

Friday, Dec 14th, 9.30am – 10.30am
Registration and Tea
                                                                  (Arts Theatre)
10.30 – 11
Welcome and Introduction to LASSNET and the Conference
(Arts Theatre)

Friday, Dec 14th, 11.00am – 1.00pm
Session 1
Panel 1
(Seminar Room)

Left, Liberal and the Radical

Chair: Stewart Motha

Arvind Narrain
“My experiments with law”: Gandhi’s exploration of laws potential

Nishan De Mel
Left Politics and Liberalism in Sri Lanka: unpicking the antagonisms in relation to State Formation

Dr Kiran Grewal
From Civil Society to Political Society: Reimagining Rights Discourses in Sri Lanka

Tamara Relis
Contextual Realism and International Human Rights Law Paradigms
Panel 2
(Audio Visual Room)

The Violence of Law: Publics, Impunity and the Rhetoric of Justice

Chair: Pratiksha Baxi

Deepak Mehta
The Ayodhya Dispute: The Absent Mosque, Emergency and the Jural Idol

Moyukh Chatterjee
The Impunity Effect: Tracing the FIR in the Gujarat Pogrom

Pratiksha Baxi
Jurispathic Governance in the Times of Mass Sexual Violence

Panel 3
(Room B)

Land and Resources I

Chair: TBC

Raju KD, Roopa KL, and KD Raju
The Sociological Effect of Land Acquisition Laws in India

Girija Godbole
Understanding the changing relationship between land and rural women in western Maharashtra, India
Gautam Bhan
Planned Development and/as Crisis: Evictions and the Politics of Governance in Contemporary Delhi

Panel 4
(Room 33)

State and Development I - On Technology, Resources and Expert Knowledge

Chair: TBC

Naveen Thayyil
Law, Public participation and Normativity: Contestations about Techno-science.

W.A.D.J. Sumanadasa

Achieving (in)Justice in Law Making: An Appraisal of Revival of Underperforming Enterprises or Underutilized Assets Act, No. 43 of 2011

Aviram Sharma
The framing of drinking water quality in India’s water law

Friday, Dec 14th, 1.00pm – 2.00pm

(Post-Graduate Unit)

Friday, Dec 14th, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Session 2
Panel 5
(Seminar Room)

Rethinking Resistance : Subalternity and the State in contemporary India - Part 1

Chair: TBC

Uday Chandra
Beyond Subalternity: Land, Community, and the State in Contemporary Jharkhand

Lipika Kamra
Non-Sovereign Agency and the Maoist Movement in India

Samrat Sengupta
Strategic Outsiderism: Performances of Resistance by ‘Multitudes’ after ‘Empire’

Minati Dash
The ‘Moral Collective’ in the Moral Economy

Panel 6
(Audio Visual Room)

Trauma, Memory, Witnessing I

Chair: Arvind Narrain

Vijayalakshmi Balakrishnan
The Child-State Relationship Revisited: Some Notes from India

Lakmini Seneviratne
The Truth Behind a Right to the Truth

Debaditya Bhattacharya
Testifying to the Limits of the ‘event’: Witness-accounts as literature
Arvind Narrain
Nicolas Grand
Fighting disappearances in Argentina: Memory and Remembering as a Living Force”
Panel 7
(Room B)

Law and the Social

Chair: TBC

Rohini Chaturvedi
Researching public policy: a methodological reflection on ‘studying up’ in India

Malavika Kasturi
Law,  Caste and Religious Conversion: The Arya Samaj Marriage Validation Bill of 1930

Anindita Mukherjee Aymen Mohammed
Cows. Holy, don’t eat (?)

Panel 8
(Room 33)

The Left and Social Justice

Chair: TBC

Buddhima Padmasiri

§  Anisa Rahim
Beyond Labour Law: A Case Study of the Maruti Suzuki Workers' Struggle in IMT Manesar

§  Durgambini Patel
Quasi Legal Determinants of Labour Unrest in Developing Economies-
Ranjan Anno Helan Menaka
A Need to Strengthen the Laws Relating to Migrant Women Workers: A Sri Lankan Perspective

Friday, Dec 14th, 4:00pm – 4.30pm

(Pillared Area)

Friday, Dec 14th, 4.30 pm – 6.30pm
Plenary 1

Law and the Social

Venue: The Arts Theatre

Chair: Gananath Obeyesekere

§  Radhika Coomaraswamy
§  Kalpana Kannabiran
§  Tobias Kelley
§  Stewart Motha

Day 2, Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Saturday, Dec 15th, 8.30am – 10.30am
Session 3
Panel 9
(Seminar Room)

Rethinking Resistance : Subalternity and the State in contemporary India - Part 2

Chair: TBC

Kenneth Bo Nielsen
Subaltern Resistance and the Law

Alf Gunvald Nilsen
Deepening Democracy in Rural India? Adivasi Struggles in Madhya Pradesh

Swagato Sarkar
History, Capitalism and Resistance: Deconstructing Democratic Power

Jhuma Sen
Siting Insurrectionary Jurisprudence: Law as the ‘State’s Emissary’?

Panel 10
(Audio Visual Room)

Feminism I

Chair: TBC

Chulani Kodikara
Only until the Rice is Cooked: The Discourse around Domestic Violence in Sri Lanka

Sanghamitra Choudhury Shailendra Kumar Singh
Women at crossroads: A study of conflict and trauma in NE India focusing Assam, INDIA.

Zoe Rathus
The Role and Risks of Using Social Science in Family Law Decision-Making

Anisur Rahman
Possessing Women: Interpretation of Islamic Family Law in Colonial India
Panel 11
(Room B)

Land and Resources II

Chair: TBC

Rohini Chaturvedi
Are we missing something?: Federalism as an analytic variable in natural resource governance

Arpitha Upendra Kodiveri
Biocultural Community Protocols and affirmation of Biocultural Rights

Sankar Pani
Indian Forest Rights Act 2006 as a case study for the Emergence of Biocultural Rights

Panel 12
(Room 33)

State and Development II - On Neoliberalism, Conflict, South Asia

Chair: TBC

Rajya Laxmi Gurung
Neoliberal economic reforms in Post-conflict context: A Peace Dividend or Peace Penalty?

Manasa Sundarraman
Tarun Krishnakumar
Blooming Threats to Existential Rights: Response and Tactics of the Indian State

Rasika Mendis
Restitution in post conflict Vanni – a legal framework for post-conflict policy formulation

Saturday, Dec 15th, 10.30am – 11.00am

(Pillared Area)

Saturday, Dec 15th, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Session 4
Panel 13
(Seminar Room)

Regulating Sex Work in South Asia

Chair: Radhika Coomaraswamy

Rohit De
Husna Bai's Profession: Sex, Work and Freedom in the Indian Constitution

Prabha Kotiswaran
Sword or Shield? The Role of the Law in the Indian Sex Workers’ Movement

Vibhuti Ramachandran
Responding to ‘sex trafficking’ in India: affect, morality and efficiency in law enforcement discourses

Panel 14
(Audio Visual Room)

Land and Resources III

Chair: TBC

Namita Wahi
The Evolution of the Right to Property in the Indian Constitution

Satyadeep Kumar Singh
Socio-legal dynamics of Land-acquisition and Land grabs in name of Development: Tale of two Nations (India and Sri Lanka

Anusha Hariharan
Encroachment as access: questions raised by the Jan Adhikar Andolan

Kabir Bavikatte


Panel 15
(Room B)

Governance I

Chair: Roshan de Silva Wijeyeratne

Aditi Surie
Placing Women in Local Governance: Reflections from Fieldwork

Rasika Mendis
Restitution in post conflict Vanni – a legal framework for post-conflict policy formulation

Kshetrimayum Subarta Singh
When Sublime Shifts to Profane

Amit Bindal
Stanley Kubrick in Law School Curriculum: Bringing Humanities back through Popular Culture
Panel 16
(Room 33)

Antidiscrimination law: A common point of struggle?

Chair: Kalpana Kannabiran

Farrah Ahmed
The Personal Law System, Discrimination and Religious Autonomy

Tarunabh Khaitan
‘Will it help the poor?’: Antidiscrimination Laws in Developing Countries

Jayna Kothari
Disability Discrimination – Understanding Equality in the context of Disability

Aniruddhan Vasudevan
Gowthaman Ranganathan
Anti-discrimination Laws Addressing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities in India

Saturday, Dec 15th, 1:00pm – 2.00pm

( Post-Graduate Unit)

Saturday, Dec 15th, 2.00pm - 4:00pm
Session 5
Panel 17
(Seminar Room)

The Legal Complex and Political Liberalism in South Asia

Osama Siddique

Terence Halliday

Lucien Karpik
Political Liberalism in the British Post-Colony: A Theme with Three
Deepika Udagama
The Sri Lankan Legal Complex and the Liberal Project: Only Thus Far and No More.
Rohit De
Emasculating the Executive: The Federal Court and Civil Liberties in Late
Colonial India: 1942-1944
Maryam S. Khan
The law of defamation in Pakistan: a normative window into the freedom of the press
Panel 18
(Audio Visual Room)

Roundtable on Caste in South Asia

Moderator: Ahilan Kadirgamar

With A. Marx, C. Rajeshkumar, Sumathy Sivamohan and Others
Panel 19
(Room B)


Chair: TBC

Arpita Das
Understanding intersexuality through discourses of law using Foucault’s biopolitical framework

Ritu Gupta
LGBTI rights in Sri Lanka; Now it’s time for change

Urmila Pullat
Transgendered in Sri Lanka : Gender Identity and the Law in Sri Lanka and India

Panel 20
(Room 33)

The social life of documents

Chair: TBC

Andi Schubert
The Biography of a Form: Interrogating Choice in Sri Lanka’s First Post-War Census

Dileepa Witharana
An Analysis of the different flexibilities for patents and copyrights in Sri Lanka’s Intellectual Property Act

Harini Amarasuriya
The Tale of Two Documents: Social Inquiry Report vs. the Social Care Plan
Beverley Brown
The Challenge of Indian Oaths

Saturday, Dec 15th, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Tea and Break
(Pillared Area)

Saturday, Dec 15th, 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Plenary 2

Law, Neoliberalism, and Development

Venue: The Arts Theatre

Chair:  Babu Mathew

§  Abdul Paliwala
§  Aditya Nigam
§  Ahilan Kadirgamar

Day 3, Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Sunday, Dec 16th, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Session 7
Panel 21
(Seminar Room)

Roundtable/Book Panel on Reviving Comparative Constitutional Discourse in South Asia

Arun Thiruvengadam

·            Sara Hossain
·            Jayampathy Wickramaratne,
·            Rohit De
·            Ridwanul Hoque
·            Deepika Udagama

Panel 22
(Audio Visual Room)

State and Development III - On Rule of Law, Governmentality

Chair: TBC

Osama Siddique
Approaches to Legal and Judicial Reform in Pakistan: Post Colonial Inertia and the Paucity of Imagination in Times of Turmoil and Change

Imran Amin
Social Justice and the Governmentality of Participation in India

Nick Robinson
South Asia’s Separation of Powers: Towards a New Model

Dinesha Samararatne
Post-war Sri Lanka - ‘Rule by Law’ or ‘Rule of Law’?

Mario Gomez
Lifting the Veil of Secrecy: Right to Information Regimes in Emerging and Existing Democracies
Panel 23
(Room B)

Nationalism and Diaspora Politics

Chair: TBC

Mrinalini Shinde

Rabindranath Tagore and Nationalism

Kalana Senaratne

Tamil Nationalism and the Politics of 'Internal Self-Determination'

Brendan O’Duffy

Comparative Theories of Diaspora Involvement in Post-Conflict Politics

Panel 24
(Room 33)

State and Development 4 - On Institutions

Chair: TBC

Yasodara Kathirgamathamby
Role of State Administration in respect of plantation Community in Sri Lanka - with special reference to district secretariat, divisional secretariat and Grama Nildhari Divisions.

Latika Vashist
Vulnerability, Death & Solidarity: Imagining New Forms of Resistance to Violence

Rakesh Mehar
Crisis in Democracy as the Crisis of Democracy
Ridwanul Hoque
Judicial intervention with politics in Bangladesh: Preserving or perturbing the basic constitutional structures

Philippe Cullet
The Right to Sanitation as a Self-Standing Right

Sunday, Dec 16th,
12.00pm – 1.00pm
(Post-Graduate Unit)

Sunday, Dec 16th, 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Plenary 3

Law and the Politics of Resistance

Venue: The Arts Theatre

Chair: Neloufer de Mel

§  Uma Chakravarti
§  A. Marx
§  Sumathy Sivamohan