Need to Align Corporate Practices with Constitutional Values | Former Chief Justice Dipak Misra


MUMBAI: June 24, 2023 | Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU) Mumbai hosted an enlightening lecture on the “Constitutional Perspective of Corporate Social Responsibility” which was delivered by the esteemed former Chief Justice of India, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Dipak Misra. The lecture, held as part of the prestigious 3rd Justice G.A. Thakker Memorial Lecture series, paid tribute to the late Justice G. A. Thakker’s remarkable contributions to the field of law and justice.

The event witnessed an overwhelming response from legal practitioners, scholars, and students eager to hear Justice Dipak Misra’s profound insights into constitutional matters. The dias was shared by Senior Advocate Bombay High Court Mr. Nithin Thakker, Prof. (Dr.) Dilip Ukey, Vice Chancellor, MNLU Mumbai; and Prof. (Dr.) Anil G Variath, Registrar, MNLU Mumbai.

During his address, Justice Misra shed light on the intricate relationship between the Indian Constitution and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). He delved into the constitutional principles and provisions that underpin CSR initiatives in the country. Justice Misra emphasized the significance of aligning corporate practices with constitutional values, stressing the judiciary’s role in ensuring adherence to these principles.
Leveraging his extensive experience on the bench, Justice Misra discussed landmark judgments that have shaped the legal landscape surrounding CSR. He examined the constitutional obligations imposed on businesses to contribute to societal welfare and elucidated the connection between CSR and the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution.


The lecture also explored the evolving nature of CSR in India and the challenges encountered in its implementation. Justice Misra shared insights on the necessity for a comprehensive framework to regulate and monitor CSR activities, while striking a balance between corporate interests and the well-being of society.

MNLU Mumbai expressed heartfelt gratitude to Justice Dipak Misra for gracing the event and sharing his invaluable insights. The University believes that his lecture has not only deepened the understanding of the constitutional dimensions of CSR but also inspired the legal community and students to actively engage in discussions surrounding corporate accountability and social responsibility.

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The 3rd Justice G A Thakker Memorial Lecture, featuring Justice Dipak Misra, proved to be an intellectual feast, fostering meaningful discussions and contributing to the advancement of legal knowledge.

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