Government Law College, Kozhikode is organising a National Seminar on Basic Structure Doctrine: Defence Against Parliamentary Hegemony. Scroll down for more details.

Government Law College, Kozhikode is inviting papers for its upcoming National Seminar Basic Structure Doctrine: Defence Against Parliamentary Hegemony scheduled to be held on 15th September 2023.

About Government Law College, Kozhikode

Established in the year 1970, Government Law College, Kozhikode, is one of the pioneering legal educational institutions in the state of Kerala. The institute is owned and operated by the Government of Kerala and is affiliated with the University of Calicut. It is recognized as a Centre of Excellence by the Kerala Government.

About the Seminar

The decision in Kesavananda Bharati vs. State of Kerala, which completed 50 years in 2023, is a landmark legal milestone in the history of Indian jurisprudence. It is the seminal ruling in which the Supreme Court laid down the "basic structure" doctrine on the limits of Parliament's power to amend the Constitution. This landmark legal battle, which unfolded in the mid-20th century, has left an indelible mark on the understanding of fundamental rights and the delicate balance between the amendment power of the Parliament of India and the supremacy of the Supreme Court of India. The pivotal case set the stage for subsequent legal debates on the scope and limitations of the dynamism and basic structure of the Indian Constitution. Over the course of the seminar, we will dissect the intricate legal arguments, the historical context, and the enduring implications of the Kesavananda Bharati case and the scope and limitations of the basic structure doctrine.

Date and Time

15th September, 2023 | 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM.


College Auditorium & Seminar Hall, Government Law College, Kozhikode.


Prof. (Dr.) Anil G. Variath

  • He holds the charge of Registrar of the Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai. He also serves as the Director of the Centre for Research in Criminal Justice and the Chair Professor & Director of Justice M. L. Pendse Chair in Environmental Laws.

Dr. Sindhu Thulaseedharan

  • Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Law, University of Kerala

Dr. Gireesh Kumar

  • Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Law, Central University of Kerala


  • Session 1: Revisiting the Basic Structure Doctrine
  • Session 2: Is Basic Structure the Essence of the Constitution? [Hybrid Mode]


Any interested law student, researchers, legal professionals, or faculty from any institution can submit their paper.


The topic of the paper should be on the areas of the seminar as provided below:

  • Basic structure doctrine
  • Amendment of the constitution
  • Fundamental rights and its amendments
  • Rule of law
  • Constitutional wisdom, etc.

Submission Guidelines

  • The word limit, excluding footnotes, should not exceed 4000 words.
  • The last date for submission of the full paper is September 14th 2023.
  • All papers must be submitted to the email address:


Flyer: [Click here]


Seminar Co-ordinators

Dr. Krishna Kumar N (Principal, Government Law College, Kozhikode)

  • Ph: +91-9846115326

Bineesh Kumar B.S (Assistant Professor and Seminar Co-ordinator, Government Law College, Kozhikode)

  • Ph: +91-8527163506

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