Conversations on Personal Laws and a Uniform Civil Code National Consultation

Alternative Law Forum and the National Law School of India University

invite you to be a part of the  national consultation scheduled on the

15th of December, 2016 at SCM House , Mission Road, Bangalore

From 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM


This one day consultation is aimed at bringing together different progressive voices on the UCC for a public discussion.  The idea of this discussion is not coming up with a single solution but to broaden the discussion and understand different perspectives on the Government’s proposal to bring in a UCC. This consultation will have conversation that include diverse voices from the women’s movement, collectives of women from different communities, activists, researchers and others.  Please find the Schedule below and also find attached the concept note along with this email.

Please do join us for the consultation. Do share this email with your networks.



9.30am – 10.00am


Introduction and Context Setting

10am – 10.15am


Uniform Civil Code, the Constitution and Diversity

10.15am – 11.30am



Kavita Krishnan (National Secretary, All India Progressive Women’s Association)

Sarasu Esther Thomas (Associate Professor, NLSIU)

Saumya Uma (Assistant Professor, Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai

Moderator : Babu Mathew, Professor, National Law School of India University


Tea Break

11.30am –  11.45am


People’s Voices and Personal Law

11.45am  – 1.00pm



Zakia Soman, Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan

Vani, Women’s Rights Activist, Saheli

Gowri, Mahila Munnade

Chayanika Shah, Queer Feminist Activist

Shahina KK, Journalist and Activist

Moderator : Shakun M, Women’s Rights Activist



1.00pm – 1.45pm

Continuation of Panel – People’s Voices and Personal Law

1.45pm – 3.00pm

Tea Break

3.00pm – 3.15pm

Critical review of the Law Commission Questionnaire and response to the same

3.15pm – 5.00pm

Dissecting the Questionnaire  – NLSIU Students

Responding to the Questionnaire : Open House

Moderator : Madhu Bhushan, Women’s Rights Activist