Papers sought for Interface of Law & Public Policy conference in Singapore

Interface of Law and Public Policy (T02P06)
Announcement published by Mr. Biju Abraham on Monday, November 7, 2016 on HNet
Call for Papers
Dates: June 28, 2017 to June 30, 2017
Subject Fields: Humanities, Law and Legal History, Political Science, Public Policy, Social Sciences

NLSIU in collaboration with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa to organise a panel on ‘Interface of Law and Public Policy’ at the 3rd Conference of International Public Policy Association at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore during 28th June to 30th June 2017

Panel Chairs Sony Pellissery (NLSIU), Babu Mathew (NLSIU) & Avinash Govindjee (NMMU)

Judiciary has played a critical role in Global South while defining the Public Policy agenda. This is because countries in the Global South primarily have ‘Transformative Constitution’ (TC) that empowers the citizens while dealing with the State. Yet, in the study of public policy, the intersectionality of law and policy is astonishingly under researched. Very often law is treated as an instrument to gain compliance to policies through sanctions. Beyond this instrumental function, many judges functioning with the framework of TC, have acted as ‘norm entrepreneurs’ and directed the State to design policies to enhance citizens’ quality of life. These developments have been backed up by global institutions (e.g. OHCHR, ILO, WHO, UNICEF) that have monitored the nation-states to adopt global standards.

We are looking for papers that demonstrate how public policy and law are interfacing while dealing with public problems. Though not exhaustive, following are the tentative questions to which authors could respond while proposing a paper as part of this panel.

1. What are the similarities and differences in the orientation towards the concept of justice from the discipline of Law and Public Policy? Papers that could answer this question by presenting evidence using case laws and substantive public policies from the contexts of Liberal Constitution and Transformative Constitution are specifically welcomed

2. Is there any evidence for policy convergence among nation-states due to the work of International agencies, multi-lateral and bi-lateral agreements? Or does the evidence support the convergence of sectoral laws (e.g. labour laws) across nation-states since there is convergence of economic policies across border?

3. What are sub-domains of Law (e.g. administrative law, planning law, regulatory law) that have shown high intersectionality with the questions of Public Policy? Among these sub-domain and other cases, under what conditions have judiciary acted for policy change? What are the situations in which law has been an impediment for policy change?

These questions are suggestive. Any paper that addresses the issue of interface of Law and Public Policy is relevant for this panel.

How to submit paper proposal: All details pertaining to the conference is available on The panel on ‘Interface of Law and Public Policy’ is listed under the theme of Comparative Public Policy with a serial number of T02P06. Paper proposals have to be submitted online using the special portal of the conference.

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