Symbiosis Law School Pune To Host Research Conference With Focus On Post-COVID Challenges To Rule Of Law And Sustainable Development Goals

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Pune, 11th March 2021: Symbiosis Law School, Pune, a constituent of Symbiosis International (Deemed University) will host the Virtual 9th International Annual Research Conference on Rule of Law in Context: Indian and Global Perspectives (SYMROLIC) 2021, with a special focus on post-COVID challenges to Rule of Law & Sustainable Development Goals, on the 12th and 13th of March 2021 in association with Symbiosis Law School Noida, Symbiosis Law School Hyderabad and Symbiosis Law School Nagpur.

SYMROLIC brings the Faculty of Law, SIU’s imprint into the world of legal research. It began as a national conference showcasing in-house research and as an avenue for developing new ideas and honing research skills in 2012. The conference soon reached global excellence and attained international status by 2015. SYMROLIC focuses on leading research trends and tries to narrow the gap between the idea and reality of rule of law and society. 

It is an interdisciplinary conference that emphasizes Law & Life Interface in Innovation, Science, Technology, Management, Human Behaviour, Global Policy and Governance. The conference, over the years, has offered a strong platform to discuss, collaborate and explore diverse issues in the field of research studies. It invites some of the great minds to share and discuss their ideas on contemporary research.

Day 1 of SYMROLIC, 2021 will commence on 12th March, Friday with Inaugural Ceremony at 10 am. Prof. (Dr.) Maria Stoicheva, Vice-Rector, Department of European Studies, Faculty of Philosophy, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Jean Monnet Chair of Identity and Multilingualism will be the Chief Guest. The event will also be graced by the presence of Dr Vidya Yeravdekar, Pro-Chancellor, SIU; Prof. (Dr.) Rajani Gupte, Vice-Chancellor, SIU and Prof. (Dr.) Shashikala Gurpur, Fulbright Scholar, Director, SLS-P, Dean, Faculty of Law, SIU. 

The inaugural ceremony of SYMROLIC will witness the launch of the January-June 2020 edition of the bi-annual SLS, Pune News Letter, LexEt. 

The two-day conference will offer a unique opportunity to the audience to enrich themselves through two plenaries, six tracks and three workshops and resource persons who are international or of international repute.

Plenary Session I on “Post COVID challenges to Rule of Law & Sustainable Development Goals” will have Dr Annette E. Clark, Dean and Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, Washington, US; Dr Henrico Radley, Advocate of the High Court of South Africa, Department of Public Law & Jurisprudence, Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape, South African and Dr Siobhan Mullally, UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially in Women and Children, Director, Irish Centre for Human Rights, School of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway as resource persons.

Plenary I will be followed by Workshop Session I on “Qualitative Data Management and Analysis” by Dr Manisha Nitin Gore, Assistant Professor, Symbiosis Community Outreach Program Extension (SCOPE), SIU.

The knowledge safari will further explore the creation of new ideas through papers presentation on 6 Parallel Tracks. SLS, Pune is proud to announce that it received 64 abstracts. 

Track 1 on “Law and Human Behaviour (Covid-19)” will have Prof. (Dr.) Clemens Arzt, Director, Research Institute of Public and Private Security, Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany; Prof. Ratna Kapur, Distinguished Visiting Professor, SLS-P; Anil Malhotra, Distinguished Visiting Professor, SLS-P; Prof. (Dr.) Sarfaraz Ahmed Khan, Director, SLS Hyderabad as resource persons.

Track 2 on “Business, Trade, Commerce, Management and Law (Vaccine & Medical Goods)” will have Adv. Sampath Bulusu, General Manager, Legal Corporate Affairs, Shell Energy India Pvt. Ltd.; Dr S.K. Gupta, Distinguished Visiting Professor, SLS-P, CEO of Insolvency Professional Agency of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India and Dr Sukhvinder Singh Dari, Associate Professor and Director, SLS Nagpur serving as resource persons. 

Track 3 on “International Law, Policy and Governance (International Health, Climate Change, International Migration)” will have Prof. (Dr.) T.R. Subramanya, Dean, School of Legal Studies, CMR University, Bangalore; Prof. Lakshmi Jambholkar, Distinguished Visiting Professor, SLS-P; Ambassador K.P. Fabian, Professor, Indian Society of International Law and Distinguished Visiting Professor, SLS-P and Dr Przemyslaw Tacik, Asst. Professor, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, Director of the Nomos (Centre for International Research on Law, Culture and Power) as resource persons.

Track 4, on “EURASIA & European Studies in Law, Management, Humanities, Science, Trade and Economics (Human Rights & Health Law)” will have Prof. (Dr.) Francesca Longo, President, Italian Political Science Association, Deputy Rector, International Relation Jean Monnet Professor of European Politics, Department of Political and Social Science, University of Catania; Dr Agnieszka Sadecka, Asst. Professor, Institute of European Studies, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland and Prof. (Dr.) Maria Stoicheva, as resource persons.

Track 5 on “Innovation, Science, Technology and Law (AI, Data Science & Law Tech)” will have Dr Urvashi Rathod, Director, Symbiosis Centre for Research and Innovation, SIU and Prof. (Dr.) C.J. Rawandale, Director, SLS Noida as resource persons.

Track 6, on “Public Law, Society & Governance (Human Rights & Public Health, Labour Law, Farmers’ Rights)” will have Dr Alexander Christoph Fisher, Associate Professor and Director, PhD Programme and Executive Director, Centre on Public Law and Jurisprudence, Jindal Global Law School, OP Jindal University; Dr Shrinivasrao S. Sohoni, Retd. IAS Officer, Distinguished Visiting Professor, SLS-P and Dr Harish Shetty, Distinguished Visiting Professor, SLS-P as resource persons. 

Plenary Session II on day 2 will again address “Post Covid Challenges to Rule of Law and Sustainable Development Goals” with Dr Sital Kalantry, Clinical Professor of Law, Cornell Law School, New York, US; Prof. (Dr.) Tara Sklar, Director, Health Law and Policy Programme; Prof. (Dr.) Megan Carpenter, Dean and Professor of Law, University of New Hampshire, Franklin Pierce School of Law, New Hampshire, US; Prof. (Dr.) Carla Pratt, Dean and Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas, US and Prof. Tiffany M. Williams, Associate Director of Advocacy, Empowerment and Faith, Faculty Advisor, Women’s Legal Association, Caruso School of Law, US as resource persons. 

The Plenary will be followed by Workshop Session II on “Tools and Methods for Legal Research” by Prof. (Dr.) Subash C. Raina, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Global LEGAL Studies and Human Rights.

Workshop Session III will witness the inauguration of the 21st Teach Skills Lab and an address on “Pedagogy in 21st Century: Primer for Teaching and Research” by Prof. (Dr.) Katerina Plakitsi, Department of Early Childhood, School of Education, University of Ioannina, Greece.

Prof. (Dr.) Shashikala Gurpur, Fulbright Scholar, Director, SLS-P, Dean, Faculty of Law, SIU will deliver the Concluding Address at the Valedictory Ceremony on 13th March at 1:15 pm. The track-wise winners of the paper presentations will also be announced. 

Date of Event: 12th and 13th March 2021

You may register and participate in the event by registering on the following Zoom Link: