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About the Webinar
Theme: Basic Structure Doctrine of the Constitution Title for the session: Constitutional Basis for Basic Structure Doctrine in India: Effects and Applicability
Speaker: Prof. (Dr.) Yogesh Pratap Singh (Professor of Law & Registrar, NLUO)
Date: 18th April 2021 (Sunday)
Timing: 5 PM onwards
Register here: http://bit.ly/BasicStructureWebinar
About Basic Structure
The framers of the Indian Constitution came up with a written Constitution in order to ensure that there was some sort of rigidity in the Constitution. Also, the power to amend was given to the Parliament under Article 368 in order to overcome the difficulties which may encounter in future in the working of the Constitution.
However, the extent of flexibility embraced by a Constitution has to be balanced by a need to preserve its normative character as a higher law that restrains temporary parliamentary majorities of the nation. Article 368 of the Constitution does not prescribe any express limitation upon the Parliament’s amending power, however, the Supreme Court in Keshavananda Bharati v. State of Kerala (1973) declared that Article 368 did not enable Parliament to alter the ‘Basic Structure or Framework’ of the Constitution.
Vigorously debated since its inception, the doctrine continues to be a central feature of recent institutional contests over Constitutional identity and change. (Source: Iftikhar Hussian Bhat, “Doctrine of Basic Structure as a Constitutional Safeguard in India: Reflection in the Jurisprudence of Other Countries,” University of Kashmir)
About the Speaker
Dr. Yogesh Pratap Singh received his LL.M. from National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore and LL.B. from the University of Allahabad. His doctoral thesis entitled “Contribution of Dissenting Opinions of Indian Supreme Court Judges to the Indian Legal System: A Critical Evaluation” is recognized as a significant contribution
to the understanding of voting patterns of judges in the Supreme Court of India.
This work has later published in a book titled “Judicial Dissent and Indian Supreme Court: Enriching Constitutional Discourse” by Thomson Reuters. Hon’ble Justice Dr. D.Y. Chandrachud, Judge, Supreme Court of India authored a scholastic foreword for the book. Dr. Singh served as Deputy Registrar, Research in the Supreme Court of India (on deputation) from May 2016 to October 2018.
Dr. Yogesh participated in the 39th Annual Session on International Human Rights Law organized by the International Institute of Human Rights (IIHR) Strasbourg, France. Prof. Singh worked as Vice-Chancellor In-Charge of National Law University, Odisha from 28 September 2020 to 20 March 2021. Currently, he is the Registrar of the National Law
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