UGC SPONSORED NATIONAL SEMINAR ON

SOCIAL JUSTICE AND WELFARE STATE: MYTH AND REALITIES
27-28 NOVEMBER, 2010 UNIVERSITY OF NORTH BENGAL

Organized by Department of Law, University of North Bengal Raja Rammohunpur, District: Darjeeling West Bengal, India

especially in the United States. The intended – and also largely achieved – result is that there will be a broad support for the system since most people will receive at least something. having children. non profit organisations etc. In many countries. 2010 A welfare state is a concept of government where the state plays a key role in the protection and promotion of the economic and social well-being of its citizens. It is based on the principle of equality of opportunity. The term "welfare system" has been used to describe the range of welfare measures that the welfare state and welfare society mixes. There are two main interpretations of the idea of a welfare state: • • A model in which the state assumes primary responsibility for the welfare of its citizens. between "us" and "them". and debate about how each term should be defined. This requires high taxing. of which almost everything is channeled back to the taxpayers with minimum expenses for bureaucratic personnel. .g. The general term may cover a variety of forms of economic and social organization. and public responsibility for those unable to avail themselves of the minimal provisions for a good life. This responsibility in theory ought to be comprehensive. According to the first model the state is primarily concerned with directing the resources to “the people most in need”. to all people who fulfill easily established criteria (e. the welfare state has been referred to as a type of "mixed economy". some degree of welfare is not actually provided by the state. This requires a tight bureaucratic control over the people concerned. The unintended result is that there is a sharp divide between the receivers and the producers of social welfare.UGC SPONSORED NATIONAL SEMINAR ON SOCIAL JUSTICE AND WELFARE STATE: MYTH AND REALITIES 27-28 November. equitable distribution of wealth. with a maximum of interference in their lives to establish who are "in need" and minimize cheating. but indirectly. This phenomenon has been termed a "welfare society". This model is dominant in the US. the producers tending to dismiss the whole idea of social welfare because they will not receive anything of it. There is some confusion between a "welfare state" and a "welfare society". the private sector is often contributing those funds via redistributionist taxation. etc). receiving medical treatment. but directly to welfare recipients from a combination of independent volunteers such as corporations. According to the second model the state distributes welfare with as little bureaucratic interference as possible. Welfare state can also mean the creation of a "social safety net" of minimum standards of varying forms of welfare. The welfare state involves a direct transfer of funds from the public sector to welfare recipients. because all aspects of welfare are considered and universally applied to citizens as a "right".

The sprawling campus of the University enjoys the pristine beauty of the eastern Himalayas and is the intellectual hub of North Bengal. Nepal and Bhutan.A.D. These principles can be found in the Preamble and the Directive Principles of State Policy. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH BENGAL The Department of Law is prominently situated on National Highway 31 between Bagdogra and Siliguri in the District of Darjeeling. The concept of ‘Social Justice’ with which the Constitution of India is engrafted consists of diverse principles essential for the orderly growth and development of every citizen. Assam. Uttar Pradesh and Orissa. This is the ultimate welfare at the citizenry level. Located at the foot hills of eastern Himalayas. Department attracts scholars and students from all over India and especially from Sikkim. Presently there are about The twenty five scholars engaged in doctoral research under various faculty members. 2010 to critically assess the role of the State and the Citizens in relation to a State driven by the principles of social justice and welfare. Social justice is thus an integral part of justice and as such is inclined to translate itself to ‘distributive Justice’.D. as well as influencing how their citizens consume and how they spend their time. The Department has its own campus in the south Block of the North Bengal University. It also attracts students . 15.M. Tripura. The Department of Law was formerly known as the University College of Law and was established as such in the year 1974. degrees have been awarded.B.B. LL. Siliguri is the gate way to North eastern India and land locked countries like Bhutan and Nepal. It is well connected with all metropolis and major cities by air and rail. It shares a huge and porous international border with Bangladesh. [Honours] 5 year integrated course.B. Siliguri is an important sub-division of the district and commercial capital of North Bengal. course and Ph. LL. level is eighty. welfare states can affect the distribution of wellbeing and personal autonomy among their citizens. Through these provisions. and the LL. A two day seminar is organised on 27-28 November. A person who is empowered by Social Justice and is able to meaningfully take advantage of Fundamental Rights enshrined under Articles 14. The intake at the LL. It was started in 1999 and since then sixteen Ph. programme.D. Arunachal Pradesh. Presently the Department offers a B. The criteria of admission both at LL.M. It was upgraded as the Department of Law in the year 2000. and LL. course which was started in 1993 has twenty five seats. It therefore is a species of the genus “Justice”. The Department has a rich Ph.The activities of present-day welfare states extend to the provision of both cash welfare benefits (such as old-age pensions or unemployment benefits) and in-kind welfare services (such as health or childcare services). The distance from Bagdogra is six kilometers and from Siliguri is seven kilometers.M. DEPARTMENT OF LAW. is also empowered to achieve economic and political justice. is on merit. 16 and 21 etc.

200/. ii) Research Scholars and LL. U. v) Research scholars and students. Diploma course on Environment has presently been discontinued.B. programme.for each accompanying person.M. The Department has published Booklets in Human Rights.K. LL. 1000 and Rs. M. Apart from the above. 500/. The Department was jointly selected by the British Council. 500 and Rs. iii) LL. (Hons. i) Teachers/ academics/ Govt.for each accompanying person. University of Warwick. 150 each [However the students of B. both LL.G.. Delhi.for each accompanying person. The Department has a Legal Aid Clinic in collaboration with the State Legal Services Authorities. Environment Legislations in Bengali and Nepali. officials/ advocates/ NGOs/ INGOs officials from India: Rs. The Department has also been able to publish biannual law It runs a very successful NSS journal.B. students of University of North Bengal are exempted to pay any registration fee): Rs. National Law School of India University for carrying out environment education for forest personnel. from outside India: Rs. iv) Teachers/ academics/ Govt. 200 and Rs. and LL.M. The self financing P.from Bhutan.. and the National Law School of India University to carry out the ‘Human Rights Outreach Project’. the faculty members of the Department have been publishing a good number of text books and reference books on law and allied subjects on regular basis.for each accompanying person. namely Indian Journal of Law and Justice.A.) of the Department of Law. Nepal and Bangladesh. 500 and Rs 250/. students from India (Research Scholars and LL. Tea Garden personnel and judicial officers. officials/ advocates/ NGOs/ INGOs officials from outside India: Rs. 100/. REGISTRATION FEE: Registration fee is payable by each of the participant individually and separately in cash on arrival at the place of the seminar before inauguration. CLIMATE: . University of North Bengal who will present the paper are exempted to pay any fees].. It was also a partner institution with CEERA. B students who will present the paper can attend the Seminar (maximum 5 students per institution) on payment of Rs.

. Submission of full paper: 17th November. …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. UGC SPONSORED NATIONAL SEMINAR ON SOCIAL JUSTICE AND WELFARE STATE: MYTH AND REALITIES Department of Law.... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………..... 2010 REGISTRATION FORM NAME: …………………………………………… DESIGNATION: …………………………………………………… NAME OF INSTITUTION/ UNIVERSITY: …………………………………………………………………………… ADDRESS: …………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………………….... 2010. the temperature varying between 15 0C and 20 0C..... . Communication of acceptance of abstract: 12th October. The delegates are therefore requested to bring light woolen garments... TIME LINE: Submission of abstract: 5th October..... 2010.... TITLE OF THE PAPER: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….... REGISTRATION FEE: …………………………………………………………………… [NOTE: Registration fee is to be paid in cash on the day of the seminar] CONTACT NUMBER: …………………………………………………………………… e-mail: ………………………………….In the concerned period of November............ 2010. Seminar: 27th & 28th November... it will be mild cold weather at Siliguri... University of North Bengal 27-28 NOVEMBER.. 2010............

If yes... it shall be at the delegate’s own expenses and must be intimated in advance] Signature Photocopy of Registration Form is acceptable. University of North Bengal REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION From. please mention the title………………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………... WHETHER ACCOMMODATION IS REQUIRED: …………………………… FOOD HABIT: VEGETARIAN/ NON-VEGETARIAN [Please tick] PAPER BEING PRESENTED: YES/ NO [Please tick]. 2010 Organized by Department of Law. …………………………………………………………. UGC SPONSORED NATIONAL SEMINAR ON SOCIAL JUSTICE AND WELFARE STATE: MYTH AND REALITIES 27-28 NOVEMBER. SEMINAR [PROF.P. …………………………………………………………. CHAIRMAN. DWIVEDI] …………………………………………………………. If luxury class hotel is required.. …………………………………………………………. Department of . …………………………………………………………. B.MODE OF ARRIVAL: …………………………………………………………………… NUMBER OF PERSONS ARRIVING: …………………………………………….. Law To. [NOTE: Accommodation shall be in lodges or guest house arranged by the organizers.

India CONTACT DETAILS BY TELEPHONE: 1. 2. Bishnu Prasad Dwivedi 09434152647 Dr. 4. gangotrichakraborty@rediffmail. 2.com rathinbanerjee@gmail. Sujit Kumar Biswas 09434427710 CONTACT DETAILS BY e-mail: 1. Rathin Bandyopadhyay 09434328537 Dr.com sujitkbiswas@yahoo.com ORGANIZING COMMITTEE .com bpdwivedi@indiatimes. 4.com nbulawdepartment@gmail. 5. 0353-2776310 Prof.University of North Bengal Raja Rammohunpur. 3. Gangotri Chakraborty 09434037671 Prof. 3. District: Darjeeling-734013 West Bengal. Deparment of Law 0353-2776307. 5.

VII. Rathin Bandyopadhyay Member Member Sub Themes: I.P. along with an abstract of not more than 200 words are invited which may kindly be sent in advance to any of the members of the organizing committee. We are unable to arrange for stay. Dwivedi and Head of the Department Seminar Chairman Dr.B. IV. food and local hospitality to the students of LL. III. Protection of eco-soc rights for social justice Participation of the private enterprise Distributive justice Role of the judiciary in promoting social justice Right to social justice Social justice and welfare through land. Gangotri Chakraborty Dr. Sujit Kumar Biswas Seminar Director Prof. agriculture and industry The next generation approach to social justice and welfare CALL FOR PAPERS Papers on various sub-themes. if selected. Papers. II. . North Bengal University Note: Due to paucity of funds we are unable to provide travel expenses to the delegates. will feature in ‘INDIAN JOURNAL of LAW and JUSTICE’ [IJLJ]. a peer reviewed refereed journal brought out by the Department of Law. VI. food and local hospitality.Prof. However it will be our pleasure to arrange their stay. B. The delegates may like to seek travel expenses from their respective universities/ institutions. V.