GNLU’s Webinar on Sabarimala Reference by Senior Advocate Mr. Sanjay R Hegde; Register Now!

About GNLU

Gujarat National Law University is a National Law University established under the Gujarat National Law University Act, 2003 in the state of Gujarat. The university is located at Gandhinagar, which is the capital of Gujarat and is located 23 kilometers north of the city of Ahmedabad.

About the GNLU Centre for Criminal Justice Sciences

Recognizing that a comprehensive appreciation of the technicalities, complexities and patterns of criminal law are indispensable for realizing the goals of the law, the University established the Centre for Research in Criminal Justice Sciences, as a centre of excellence to carry on research in the niche area of Criminal Law. The centre provides a platform for a holistic research environment and aims to further knowledge and academic discussions about the multifaceted dimensions of criminal science.

About the Webinar

In furtherance of our objective to foster constructive discussions on brewing issues of law, we are organising a Webinar on the topic- “Sabarimala Temple: The dichotomy between customs and women’s rights”

The Apex Court has upheld the constitutional right of women to enter the Sabarimala Temple, giving a backseat to orthodox and oppressive customary practices. The judgment is a milestone in concretising the right to equality and safeguarding the rights of women. The webinar aims to cover the angle of women’s rights and their conflict with customs and traditions. The objective is to delve deep into the legal aspects and emerge with a harmonious interpretation in order to pave way for a society which upholds the rights of its female populace while giving due regard to customs that are just and equitable.

About the Speakers

Mr. Sanjay R Hegde, is a Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India. He began his illustrious career back in 1989 while working as a lawyer with M/s Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe Solicitors. He gained his LL.M while at work and thereafter moved to Delhi to practice in the Supreme Court in the Chambers of Senior Advocate Mr. G. Ramaswamy. During this period, he worked on several high-profile cases, appeared for the Government of Indian before an international arbitral tribunal and from 1996 to 2004 was on the Union of India’s arguing panel before the Supreme Court.

He also worked for a decade as the Advocate on Record for the State of Karnataka and thereafter focused on private practice. He has frequently engaged in legal journalism including appearing on television panels and writing as a columnist for newspapers.

Prof. (Dr.) S. Shanthakumar is the Director of Gujarat National Law University with about 27 years of teaching experience at prestigious universities. He is an alumnus of Madras University, Chennai, where he earned his graduation, post-graduation and doctorate degree in law. Before joining the legal academia, he had practiced at the Madras High Court for seven years.

Webinar Schedule

  1. Introductory Remarks by Prof. (Dr.) Sanjeevi Shanthakumar, Director, GNLU
  2. Insightful Remarks by Mr. Sanjay R Hegde, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India.
  3. Concluding Remarks and Vote of Thanks by Dr. Anjani Singh Tomar, Associate Professor of Law, GNLU


The Webinar is open for Students, Lawyers, Research Scholars, Teachers, Judges, Professionals and Academicians or for anyone who is interested in the topic of the Webinar.

How to Register (Free)

To register for the Webinar, click here.

The webinar will be conducted on Cisco WebEx, details of which will be shared with the participants in due course of time.

Contact Details

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No e-certificates will be provided for attending the webinar.


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