Two day National Seminar on ‘Land, Records and Rights: Laws, Governance and Challenges” on 19 & 20 February 2023


About the Seminar

Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law School, Visakhapatnam, a state university constituted under Act 32 of 2008 by AP Legislature, is organizing a two day National Seminar on the theme (main theme) “‘Land, Records and Rights: Laws, Governance and Challenges”.  The seminar would be organized on the 19 and 20  February 2023.  There will be six technical sessions excluding the inaugural and valedictory.

Land is a source of life and livelihood. It is used for multiple purposes including agriculture, industries, human habitation, animal husbandry, afforestation and carbon sequestration.  There is tremendous pressure on land due to the developmental model adopted by the state actors.  The governments have to see to it that land is put to optimum use.  Towards the furtherance of the new economic model the governments are handing over government land to corporate bodies to start developmental projects, SEZs and the like. They are also acquiring lands from title deed owners including the farmers, adivasis and marginalized sections of society on a large scale and handing it over to them.  This development model is causing social dislocation, displacement, economic disparity, impoverishment, food insecurity, environmental problems and climate change.   Displacement of people from the natural habitat and their disentitlement over their land is happening on a large scale.  Ownership and tenurial rights over land are at stake.  In such circumstance it is of utmost importance that the ownership and tenurial rights of the land holders are protected.   Digitization of the land records is taking place in this backdrop.  There is a possibility for tampering with any records, manual or digital if it is not done properly.  Digitization is taking place while there is so much pressure on land.  Obviously the whole process has to be monitored and reviewed from close quarters.  This seminar would throw light on these issues.

We invite papers on the following sub themes:

  1. Constitutional Provisions, Doctrine of Eminent Domain: Issues and Challenges
  2. Modernization and Digitization of Land Records
  3. Agriculture, Land Entitlements, Tenurial Rights and Laws
  4. Climate Change, Forest Laws, Carbon Sequestration and Sustainable Development
  5. Development, Displacement, Tribal Communities’ Rights and Rehabilitation
  6. Community and Legal Rights vis-a-vis Land: Doctrine of Public and Commons
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Deadline for Abstract Submission- 17th January 2023

Communication of Acceptance- 20th January 2023

Deadline for Registration- 27th January 2023

Deadline for Paper Submission- 9th February 2023

Dates of the Seminar- 19th-20th February 2023


  • Abstract and Full Paper submissions: Times New Roman, font size 12, spacing 1.5
  • Footnotes: Times New Roman, font size 10, single spaced
  • Footnoting style: The footnoting style of Indian Law Institute, New Delhi
  • Margins: 1 Inch on all sides
  • Word limit (Abstract): 300-500 words
  • Abstract must be accompanied with the name, designation and contact details of Author and co-author
  • Word limit (Full Paper): 3000-5000 words exclusive of Footnotes
  • Co-authorship: up to two authors.
  • All the submissions should be sent to
  • Select few papers may be published in a book with an ISBN number subject to the discretion of the University


  • For academicians/professionals/practitioners: INR 1000/-
  • For students/Research Scholars: INR 500/-
  • For international participants: $ 50

The Registration fee is payable to:

  • Registrar, Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University
  • BANK NAME: Union Bank of India
  • BRANCH: Sabbavaram A/C NO: 283710100024089
  • IFSC CODE: UBIN0828378
  • Purpose: Land Law Seminar

Note: Registration fee includes Seminar Kit, lunch, and high tea on relevant dates. The facility of accommodation may be provided on a twin-sharing basis of Rs.1000/- per day for each participant. However, the accommodation has limited capacity and it will be allotted on first come first serve basis.

DSNLU – ICSSR Sponsored National Seminar on Land Records


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