About the Institute and Seminar

Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Punjab is organising a One-Day National Seminar on “The Changing Paradigm of Right to Information Law” to be held on 1st April 2020 at Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala, Punjab. The Centre for Advanced Studies in Labour Welfare (CASLW), RGNUL is organizing the one-day Seminar in collaboration with Punjab State Information Commission.

The Centre has been established in association with International Justice Mission (IJM), an International Non-Governmental Organization based in Washington D.C., USA with the aim of working to improve the Labour Justice System in India. It works for spreading awareness among labourers about their rights thereby ensuring them a life of human dignity.

Call for Papers

Seminar papers are invited from the academicians, practitioners, researchers, scholars and students on the issues related to the above themes. It is also proposed that the selected papers by the Committee will be published in a special volume of the seminar in the form of an edited book with an ISBN No.

Authors of selected abstracts would be required to present their paper during sessions on the day of the seminar. Best presenters will be felicitated by the best presenter award.


The Right to Information Act, 2005 aims to ensure an appropriate response to requests for information made by citizens with respect to listed public authorities. After 15 years, several contemporary developments have led to remarkable changes in the functioning and scope of the Right to Information. The act has been hailed by activists and general citizenry as one of the most indispensable legislations required for access to information regarding the functioning of public authorities.

However, the act has been plagued by one demand since its inception in 2005; Increasing the scope of the act. 2019 has been an important year marking such developments, such as the promulgation of RTI Amendment Bill 2019, the landmark Supreme Court constitutional bench judgment, which laid down that the office of Chief Justice of India is included within the ambit of the RTI etc. The seminar aims to expound upon the contemporary developments in the decade with an emphasis on judicial precedents and contemporary judgments on the same.


1.     Supreme Court Judgments on Right to Information

2.     Right to Information Amendment Bill 2019

3.     Right to Information Act and Citizenship

4.     Exclusion of authorities under Right to Information

5.     Study on the successes of Right to Information

6.     Rethinking Right to Information in Neo-Liberal Era

7.     Right to Information in Digital Era

8.     Right to Information and Political Parties

9.     Right to Information and Protection of Whistle Blower

10.  Conflict between Right to Information and Official Secrets Act 1923

Registration Fees

Students: 800 INR Teachers: 1000 INR Co-author*: 1500 INR  (A maximum of 2 authors are permitted per paper)

All payments to be made through this link: https://www.onlinesbi.com/prelogin/icollecthome.htm

Registration Procedure

The joint form for registration and submission of abstracts is available HERE.


§  Last date for Submission of the registration form and abstract: 24th February 2020

§  Intimation of abstract selection and opening of Payment link: 1st March 2020

§  Last date of payment: 10th March 2020

§  Full paper submission (Soft copy): 24th March 2020

Submission Details

All the abstracts and full-length papers shall be sent on email: caslw[at]rgnul.ac.in with the appropriate subject.

An abstract should contain 300 – 350 words accompanied by a brief profile of the author indicating his email ID, contact number and official address. The word range for the seminar paper is 4500-5500 words. It must be typed in Times New Roman, Font Size 12 on A4 size paper with 1” margin on all sides with 1.5 line spacing using MS Word. The Bluebook (19th Ed.) for citations must be strictly adhered to while submitting the full seminar paper.


email: caslw[at]rgnul.ac.in

Dr. Geetika Walia, Assistant Professor of Law

Faculty Coordinator, Centre for Advanced studies in Labour Welfare, RGNUL

Ph. No: 9646023882

Ms. Shruti Tandon

Student Convenor, Centre for Advanced studies in Labour Welfare, RGNUL

Email: shruti[at]rgnul.ac.in

Ph. No.: 8860951750

Mr. Anchit Singla

Student Convenor, Centre for Advanced studies in Labour Welfare, RGNUL

Email: anchitsingla[at]rgnul.ac.in

Ph. No.: 9910926800

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