Introduction of the Book on Criminal Law Reforms | Integral University
With the changing world, the dimensions of crimes and laws relating to them have changed drastically. Criminal activity has largely transformed suggesting a reformulation of social values in the intervening decades. There is no dissent to the fact that the philosophical stance and fundamental principles of existing criminal law were the product of a particular time, culture, and mindset, which has changed dramatically in the past few decades. As a result of this, we have been pitched up against concepts underlying the laws that are either problematic or have become obsolete and therefore need to be amended for better applicability in the present. There have also been instances where these laws have failed to provide remedies for the newly emerging category of crimes.
However, in the face of such issues, we still need to abide by the idea that criminal law reform must not be guided by retribution and deterrence, but by reformation and rehabilitation that has been our firm stance all these years. Strangely enough, the intelligentsia has in a way negated the need for reforms and we are still living with the colonial-era laws and codes.
We need to understand that the present laws were framed when India was seen as a colony and was envisioned to be an ‘imperial despotism’ by Lord Macaulay. But the political scenario, as well as the administrative stance, are way different today and criminal reforms are needed to suit this new India. This book will study the legal issues, regulations, and implications around the emergence of a new category of crimes over these years. The book tries to specifically explore the legal implications of these crimes in recent times and tries to put forth a clear road map aimed at proposing relevant reforms for the same.
Objective of the Book
The robustness of a nation’s criminal justice system is directly connected to the well-being of that nation. India being a welfare state, cannot ignore this fact and needs to move forward towards building a more robust criminal justice system and needs to introduce security measures for the well-being of individuals, community, society, government, and state at large.
This book on criminal law reforms aims to act as a catalyst by helping the authorities in bringing amendments by providing the much-needed road map that we lack today. The various chapters in this book will be aimed towards delving into details about the lacunae that exist in the modern criminal justice system which are followed by recommendations for their amendments.
The book further seeks to analyze the issue of obsolete laws, as well as the absence of laws to govern many modern-day crimes. This book will study and deliberate on these issues and towards the end provide relevant recommendations for the future course of amendments, aimed at streamlining and chiseling the existing legal framework in India. To be published by a reputed publisher with ISBN number.
Theme of the Book
Reforms needed in Indian Criminal Justice System
- Admissibility of Electronic Evidence
- Burden of Proof
- Circumstantial Evidence
- Classification of Offences
- Delayed execution of Death Penalty
- Due Care and Causation in case of the Bail Application
- Increase of penalties under aged Indian Penal Code
- Ineffectiveness of Criminal Justice System
- Need for Gender Neutral Laws
- Police Reforms
- Prisoner Rights
- Protection of Whistle-Blowers
- Reforms for Restorative and Reformative Justice
- Reforms for Rights of Crime Victims
- Reforms for Witness Protection
- Unnatural Sex
Any other suitable sub-theme relating to significant aspects of criminal law reform will also be appreciated; authors need to frame suitable sub-themes in the light of the above-mentioned theme.
The target audience of this book will be academicians, researchers, policymakers, lawyers, research scholars, and students.
- Abstract should be submitted to [email protected] in.doc/.docx format only; with the subject line ‘Abstract – [Name of the Author/s]’. The abstract should be between 300-500 words, including 3 – 5 keywords.
- Full-chapter should be submitted to [email protected] in .doc/.docx format only; with the subject line ‘Chapter – [Name of the Author/s]’. The minimum number of words in the submissions, excluding footnotes, shall be 4000. There is no maximum limit.
- Co-authorship should be limited to two.
- The contributors must adhere to the Bluebook 20th Edition citation format.
- Title of the Paper must be in Times New Roman, Size 14, Bold, Centre-aligned.
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- Chapter must be in Times New Roman, Size 12; Line Spacing: 1.5.
- Footnotes must be in Times New Roman, Size 10, Single Line Spacing.
- Abstract Submission Deadline: August 25, 2020
- Intimation for Selected Abstracts: September 15, 2020
- Full Chapters Submission Deadline: October 30, 2020
Dr. Abhishek Kumar Singh: [email protected]
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Adnan Athar Quraishi
Integral University, Lucknow