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For decades now legal fraternity has been preoccupied with attempts to explain the relationship between legal and social change in the context of development and society. They viewed the law both as an independent and dependent and variable (cause and effect) in society and emphasized the interdependence of the law with other social systems. In its most concrete sense, social transformation means the change the society envisages in keeping with the demands of social, economic, political and historical factors. Social change brings about a change in the thought process of the people living in the society. Social change also has an impact upon the governance of a country. Such changes impact upon the rights of the people and also subaltern thoughts. 

Law is the reflection of the will and wish of the society. It is responsible for the social transformations. The relationship between law and society works in a circular motion. On one hand the law changes the society and compels the society to be changed according to it. And on the other hand society changes the law as per its demands and needs. Legislated law, judicial interpretations, and custom and usages having the force of law play an important role in bringing about social change. When law changes the society it is the sign of beginning of the development of the society. When society changes law it is the sign of maturity of the society. The Shahabano case, Vishakha case, transgender case, the Nirbhaya case, Shabarimala case, Triple Talaque case environmental cases were some of the areas where the commonest of the common man was able to raise a voice and say how the law must be, what must be the punishment etc. The change required in the society can be initiated by a single person also and this has been proved in India right from Raja Ram Mohan Roy; Eishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Dayanand Saraswati to Mahatma Phule, Mahatma Baseswar, and Mahatma Gandhi up to  Mother

Teresa, Baba Amte,  Anna Hazare! Thus the demand takes root and compels the government to either reform the existing laws or make new or even delete the existing unworthy laws. 

Education too is a very important instrument of social change.  Social change refers to an alteration in the social order of a society.  As a result of rapid industrialization,  growing  urbanization  and  changes  in  the human  intellect  society  needs  to change  in  order  to  cope  with  the  gradual  changes.  Education can initiate social change by bringing about changes in the outlook and attitude of people. Present education system is totally mechanized and homogenising which curbs the individual thinking and self-learning. 

Education is the root cause of social and cultural changes that takes place within the society. Education has  been and  is  being  played  as an  agent of socialization  of the  youth so as to reach the expectations of the society. Technology is another instrument of social change and development. With the introduction of technology in all walks of life, minimal knowledge of technology is the need of the hour.  

Keeping the current developments and the emerging trends in mind, the Department of Law, University of North Bengal, had organised the National Law 

Conclave on the theme “Law as an Instrument of Social Change: Issues, Challenges and Emerging Trends” in November 2019.This special issue of the Indian Journal of Law and Justice is an anthology of the selected papers presented in the Conclave    which intends obtain the bird’s eye view of the changes that have occurred and to ascertain how the jurists interpret the phenomenon of change.


 Prof. Gangotri Chakraborty

Chief Editor

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Collection's Items (Sorted by Submit Date in Descending order): 1 to 12 of 12
Issue DateTitleAuthor(s)
2020-03Fighting Extremism – The Legal PropositionsGoswami, Gauri; Boruah, Isheta
2020-03Evolution of Child Custody Laws from ‘Parens Patriae’ to the ‘Welfare of the Child’Pradhan, Alisha
2020-03The Right to Information (Amendment) Act, 2019: The Politics of Disempowering EmpowermentMoitra, Sanyukta
2020-03Right to Information and Good Governance: A Technical DimensionGhatani, Swarnim
2020-03Accepted, But Not Accepted: The Stigmatisation of LGBT People in India Post Navtej Singh JoharTamang, Rupendra
2020-03Euthanasia Vis-À-Vis Right to Die with Dignity: An Analysis of Article 21 of the Constitution of India and Approach of the Indian JudiciaryRakshit, Souradeep; Mitra, Arpita
2020-03Indian Women in the Event of Social Transformation – Legal PerspectivesDas, Sudeshna
2020-03The Relevance of Jaya Prakash Narayan’s Political Ideas to Reform Indian Democracy for Development for All: An AnalysisBarman, Paritosh
2020-03Linguistic Regionalism and Constitution: An Indian ExperienceMondal, Rakesh
2020-03People's Movement, Social Change and Law: A Critical AnalysisBiswas, Diganta
2020-03Social Transformation through Affirmative Action in India: A Critical AnalysisSharma, Om Prakash; Roy, Lalit Kumar
2020-03Legal Recognition of Live-In Relationship: An Emerging Trend of Social Transformation in IndiaChatterjee, Sangeeta
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