Law and Liberty Conference: Understanding the Legal foundations of a Free Society

This August we organised our third Law and Liberty Conference(LCC) in partnership with Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics (GIPE), and the Federalist Society, on 19-20th August in Pune.

The LLC 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's LLC addressed the theme of 'Legal Foundations of a Free Society, with a focus on competition law and its key role in shaping economic freedoms.

On the first day of the conference, we conducted a one-day policy and economics workshop Engaging 53 participants, the workshop was followed by two panel discussions, on 'Competition Law and Intellectual Property Rights' with Dr Geeta Gouri, former Member of the Competition Commission of India (CCI); Sajid Shaikh, Assistant Professor (Law) and Assistant Registrar (Academic), Mumbai National Law University; Dr. Ashish Kulkarni, Professor, GIPE and on 'Society in the Internet age: Balancing Security vis-a-vis Privacy Rights', with Mr. Nikhil Pahwa Founder and Editor, MediaNama; Mr. Murali Neelakantan, Principal, Amicus and Mr. Prashant Narang, Associate Director-Research,CCS.

The panels were followed by the Keynote Address by Dr. Shruti Rajagopalan, Associate Professor of Economics, State University of New York on an economic analysis of the right to trade (Article 19).