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Law and Liberty Conference, 2019

Event Date: 19 Aug To 20 Aug 2019; Time: 10:00 AM onwards
Venue: Symbiosis Law School, Pune

About the Program

Each year, the Law and Liberty Conference highlights emerging concerns in the domain of individual liberty, and the legal and regulatory frameworks which enable the flourishing of a liberal society.

Centre for Civil Society hosted its first Law and Liberty Conference in partnership with the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies in 2015 and held its second edition in 2017. The conferences aim to provide a platform for liberal perspectives on legal concerns, develop a liberal critique of the extant juridical discourse and to build a network of legal practitioners, scholars and students to promote the cause of liberty.

This year, the LLC is based on the overarching theme of 'Legal Foundations of a Free Society'. The conference aims to explore the importance of government regulations in enabling societal growth and progress, and the importance of economic freedom in creating a free society.

Program Highlights:

  • Four panels covering spheres economic, civil, and personal liberties
  • Expert speakers providing a variety of perspectives, from academia, governance, and legal practice.
  • Join over 70 of the best law students in the country in a constructive legal discourse

Hosted by the Centre for Civil Society in association with Symbiosis Law School, Pune.

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Registration

Application Fees: 1,000/- (which shall cover food and course materials for the entire duration of the program.) [Limited merit-based scholarships are avaliable]
Application Deadline: 7th July 2019
Conference Dates: 19-20 August, 2019

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For details contact: Utkarsh Khare (utkarsh@ccs.in) or Sourya Banerjee (sourya@ccs.in) | 91 8174901422/ 91 9848281402.

Baithak: Conversations in Policy

Event Date: 30 Jun 2019; Time: 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Venue: TBD

What?

Last year at CCS Academy, we curated a platform for CCS alumni, young students and professionals to engage in themes and discussions around public policy; now popularly called Baithak: Conversations in Policy. Baithaks follow an open group discussion format where the speaker is also the moderator of the debate, the principal guide and the facilitator of free flow of information among all the participants.

About Ragini Bajaj

Ragini Bajaj Chaudhary, Director Caspian Impact Advisors is development finance professional with more than 20 years of experience in microfinance, impact investment and development. Prior to Caspian, Ragini served as a CEO of GMC India, where she led the development of its strategic road map for the Affordable private school sector, set up operations to lead an 8m early stage investment fund, an Accelerator – Calibrator for mobile ed-tech companies and eco-system development for education.

Prior to GMC, she led the financial inclusion agenda of Poorest State Inclusive Growth (PSIG) Programme as well as its impact investment and incubation portfolio as a Private Sector Development Advisor, UK Government's Department for International Development (DFID) India.

Prior to DFID, she has worked in Mi India (Dia Vikas Capital), EDA Rural Systems, Care India, Institute of Rural Management Anand, in various capacities specialising in, impact investment, training, rating, consulting and social performance management for microfinance, livelihoods and social enterprise space. Ragini is a management graduate from Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) and has qualified as a Management Accountant from Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA),UK. Ragini strongly believes that her strong understanding of consumer context, social and economic challenges and rural realities has been on account of her grounding in IRMA. She counts this as one of her life-changing experiences.

Why?

The idea of Baithak is to give a platform to all CCS graduates and potential course participants to come together for a discussion on contemporary socio-cultural and economic issues in the presence of prominent voices from the liberal movement in India. Its objective is to create a knowledge ecosystem, impacting the policy space in India at large.

When and where?

Topic: Privatisation of Education in India: The Sin or the Saviour?
Date: June 30, 2019
Time: 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Venue: TBD

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For details contact: Sourya Banerjee (Sourya Banerjee)

Appeal for Repeal Laws Day 2018

Event Date: 26 Nov 2018; Time: 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Venue: Speaker Hall, Constitution Club of India, New Delhi
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Repeal of Laws:

India, one of the largest democracies in the world with an ever-rising population, has had, several statutes that with the advent of time have become obsolete, redundant or repetitive. In addition to this, there is the matter of inconsistent language and dissemination- making it difficult for an ordinary citizen to access and comprehend the plethora of legal information with ease. This increased transaction cost coupled with glaring redundancy further breeds fertile grounds for corruption, discouraging engagement of individuals and firms with the society/ economy at large.

Centre of Civil Society (CCS) initiated the 'Repeal of 100 Laws' Project in 2014 with the aim to identify laws that could be repealed on account of three reasons

  • Redundancy
  • Obsolescence in the face of new laws
  • Hindrance to development, governance and freedom.

 

For the 2018 edition of the Repeal of Laws initiative the following state compendiums have been prepared:

 

APPEAL FOR REPEAL LAW DAY

Centre for Civil Society, in an effort to institutionalize the repealing of laws as a constitutional practice for the Republic of India, would like to bring together like-minded organizations, scholars, academicians and lawyers to acknowledge 26 November as the Appeal for Repeal Law Day. Its objectives are:

  • To celebrate the diversity of our legal system and have a constructive dialogue around the process of repealing of laws
  • To launch the compendiums constituting the recommended laws for repeal in the aforementioned 6 States

 

The target is to bring together 70-80 dedicated individuals under one roof and to engage in constructive dialogue around the potential processes required for the institutionalization of the repeal of laws. The idea is to deliberate over the existing structures and processes for repealing laws in India, and envisaging practices which can be adopted moving forward.

ipolicy for Young Leaders | August - September 2018

Event Date: 24 Aug To 23 Sep 2018; Time: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Venue: New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai

ipolicy for Young Leaders, Bengaluruìpolicy is our flagship 3 day introductory course in Public Policy. The course involves a variety of interactive learning methods including dynamic games, talks, dialogues, and documentaries, designed to provide participants with opportunities to explore and share ideas about policy-based solutions to social problems from a liberal perspective.

Why should you attend ìpolicy?

  • To gain exposure to a wide range of topics especially in the areas of livelihood, governance, education, poverty, law, corruption, politics and more
  • To network and interact with fellow participants coming from diverse backgrounds and disciplines representing leading colleges from all over India and abroad.
  • To enhance analytical, public speaking, and presentation skills through working groups, role play, discussions and debates
  • To join our vast alumni and academic network of over 7000 CCS graduates

You can apply to more than one program at a time.

ìpolicy Dates Venue, City Application Deadline  
24-26 August 2018 New Delhi 15 August 2018
31 August-2 September 2018 Bangalore 25 August 2018
21-23 Septmeber 2018 Chennai 07 September 2018
28-30 Septmeber 2018 Mumbai 12 September 2018
Shilanjini Bhattacharya, TISS Mumbai
"ìpolicy has enabled me to critically examine the present perspectives I inhabit regarding policy design and policy implication. It has inspired me to gain a holistic understanding of markets and their ways of working in the policy domain."

Shilanjini Bhattacharya, TISS Mumbai

Evita Rodriguez, FLAME Pune
"I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity, it has provided insight, fresh ideas and a liberal perspective. I learnt a lot both from interaction with facilitators and peers. I was encouraged to think more critically, ask more questions and discouraged from accepting things on face value. I think my approach to policy formulation has changed a great deal in terms of how I now perceive institutions, trade, incentives, public interest and govt intervention."

Evita Rodriguez, FLAME Pune

Shreya Rangarajan, TISS Hyderabad
"Textbooks provide a very one-dimensional and theoretical approach to issues. Ipolicy definitely showed the current trends interms of the practice approach and introduced me to new perspectives and ways of looking at issues. The most important thing is that in each session, we did not just stop with identifying the problem but also came together to formulate possible solutions to the same."

Shreya Rangarajan, TISS Hyderabad

Swatantra: Principles, People, Politics

Event Date: 03 Feb 2018; Time: 10:00 am –  6:30 pm
Venue: Auditorium, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

Swatantra Party, founded in 1959 by C. Rajagopalachari, was India’s first and only national political party to advance principles of social justice, free enterprise, personal liberty, secularism, and individual rights. Advocating a ‘politics of ethics’, the party featured the voices of prominent liberals such as Minoo Masani, N G Ranga, Piloo Mody, and offered the only substantive alternative to Nehruvian socialism and the monolithic ‘Congress Party system’ which had emerged post-Independence. After securing substantive electoral victories through 1960s—emerging as the single-largest opposition party in the fourth Lok Sabha (1967-71)—the Party disintegrated in the early seventies, following Rajagopalachari’s withdrawal from politics and demise. Through its brief but strong tenure of 15 years, the party exercised wide reach throughout India, and exerted significant pressures on issues ranging from industry to foreign policy.

 Swatantra Party was a significant and unique intervention in the larger narrative of modern Indian politics, and merits sustained engagement from scholars and intellectuals today. Upon procurement of over 27,000 pages from the defunct Swatantra Party's offices in Mumbai, Centre for Civil Society aims to store the archive at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library. The launch of the archive is marked with a day-long Conference on Saturday, 9 December, 2017 at the Auditorium, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library on the eve of C. Rajagopalachari's birth anniversary.

To know more about the panel, and conference schedule, view the Conference Concept Note.

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For details contact:
Arushi Vats (arushi@ccs.in)
+91 9811575503