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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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Issue DateTitleAuthor(s)
2020-03‘Divided by borders united by the Himalayas’: A Cross regional Policy Paper on the ‘Third Pole effect’, focusing on the issue of Water Crisis and Climate change in South AsiaRodricks, Abhisekh; Bhattacharjee, Shibasish
2020-03Legal and Regulatory Issues of Privacy and Data Protection in E-Commerce and Social TransformationRai, Sambhavna
2020-03Biotechnological Advancement and Its Impact on the SocietyLimbu, Numa
2020-03Use of Technology in Access to JusticeBaladhikari, Surja Kanta
2020-03Social Memory in Internet AgeShinde, Vishal B.
2020-03Expression Dispute under Copyright Law: A Synthesis StudyGhosh, Rima
2020-03Biodiversity Laws as a Means to Protect Traditional Knowledge: Issues, Challenges and Success StoriesSingh, Sonal
2020-03Stigmatization of Mental Health – An Overview of Mental Health Laws and Forensic Psychiatry in IndiaBasnet, Srijana; Tamang, Manisha
2020-03Environmental Justice Movement and Ecological Conflicts in IndiaShome, Shubhajeet
2020-03The Forest Legislations with Special Reference to Forest Right Act (2006) and Its Impact on the Condition of the Indigenous Forest Villagers in North Bengal: A StudyBasu Majumder (Das), Taniya
2020-03Animal Rights: The Social Justice Movement of the 21st CenturyLama, Neelam
2020-03Climate Change, Poverty and Human Rights: An Emergence without PrecedentChatterjee, Chandrani
2020-03Internet Banking- A transformation Based on Technology from Traditional to Virtual BankingBhattacharjee, Abhijit; Chakraborty, Saikat
2020-03Infertility and Assisted Reproductive Technology in India: A Study of Socio-Cultural, Political and Legal Issues and Current PracticesGhosh, Satarupa
2020-03Right to Privacy and Data Protection in the Digital Age – Preservation, Control and Implementation of Laws in IndiaRai, Neelam
2020-03Power Play of Artificial Intelligence upon Intellectual Property RightsGhosh, Jayanta
2020-03A Critical Analysis of The Social Change and Transformation through Western Education in IndiaYonzon, Tripti
2020-03Education as an Instrument of Social Change in IndiaBarman, Ankur
2020-03Social Transformation and Its Impact on Traditional KnowledgeWangchuk Bhutia, Jigmee
2020-03A Study of the Role of Persuasive Legal Instruments for Protection of Right to Education of Children in IndiaLepcha, Prerna
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