1st Annual South Asia Students For Liberty Conference


Announcing the

1st Annual South Asia Students For Liberty Conference

with Centre for Civil Society

17-18 January, 2015


The Largest Gathering of Free Minds in Asia!


South Asia SFL is  proud to invite you to it’s inaugural conference in Asia! The event will happen in New Delhi on 17th and 18th January, 2015 at Jesus and Mary College, Chanakyapuri,  Delhi.

With an unparalleled line-up of speakers, endless networking opportunities, loads of free resources and unique activities like Open Space Technology, this conference is something you cannot afford to miss!


 We’re going to be discussing issues like


Why Liberty?
Open Borders
Sex & The State
Welfare State or Welfare Society
Are there Limits to Free Speech?
Ethical Foundations for a Free Society
..and more!


Registration Fees


Early Registration, Ends December 31: INR 200 (INR 400  Non-Student)

Standard Registration, January 1 – January 17: INR  300 (INR 500 Non-Student)

No Registration Fee for Students from outside Delhi-NCR, on the showing of a valid college ID.

Register here now or at the bottom of the page.

Registration is mandatory for all attendees, whether outstation or local. We will close registrations as soon as slots fill.
To secure your seat, register now and make payment.


For Conference Schedule, Click here!



Keynote Speaker

Tom G. Palmer

tom palmer prednasa1TOM G. PALMER is the Executive Vice President for International Programs at the Atlas Network, and is responsible for operating programs in 14 languages and managing affairs for a worldwide network of think tanks. He is also a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and Director of Cato University. Before joining Cato he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a Vice President of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, China and throughout Asia, and the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights. He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public PolicyEthics,Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York TimesDie WeltCaixingAl Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice (expanded edition 2014), and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism (2011), After the Welfare State(2012), Why Liberty (2013), and Peace, Love & Liberty (2014). Palmer received his B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, his M.A. in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and his doctorate in Politics from Oxford University.



Our Lineup of Speakers

BARUN MITRA is a writer and commentator on current affairs on a range of issues from economic development, environmental quality and political participation. He is the founder and director of the Liberty Institute, a non-profit, independent public policy research and advocacy organisation, based in New Delhi, India. Liberty Institute is dedicated to enhancing individual freedom in economic and political domains. Among the recognition the Institute has received was the Templeton Award for social entrepreneurship in 2003. Barun Mitra also received the 2005 Julian L. Simon Award for his contribution in environmental policy debates from the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

He has been widely published in newspapers and magazines in India and across the world, among them the Sydney Morning Herald, China Daily, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, The Times (London), the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He is a columnist for The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.com.

KEN SCHOOLLAND is currently an Associate Professor of Economics at Hawai‘i Pacific University in Honolulu.

Schoolland served as an international economist in the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and on assignment to the Office of the Special Representative for Trade Negotiations. He taught at Sheldon Jackson College in Alaska and on a university exchange program at Hakodate University in Japan. He later became Director of the Master of Science in Japanese Business Studies Program at Chaminade University.

Schoolland is President of the International Society for Individual Liberty, a Sam Walton Fellow for Students in Free Enterprise, a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and on the Board of Scholars for the Grassroot Institute of Hawai‘i, and he has authored two books: The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey, now published in 45 languages, and Shogun’s Ghost: The Dark Side of Japanese Education, in two languages.


CHRISTOPHER LINGLE is Visiting Professor of Economics at Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala, Adjunct Scholar at the Centre for Independent Studies (Sydney), Research Scholar at the Centre for Civil Society (New Delhi), and Member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Globalization Institute (Brussels).
His research interests are in the areas of Political Economy and International Economics that focuses on emerging market economies and public policy reform in Europe, East Asia, Latin America and Southern Africa. His work has appeared as chapters in books, the international media, and scholarly journals, including the 
American Economic Review, Foreign Affairs, Journal for Studies in Economics and Econometrics, Kyklos, and Pacific Review. His book on the political economy of Singapore’s development was entitled, Singapore’s Authoritarian Capitalism: Asian Values, Free Market Illusions, and Political Dependency.

He is widely credited with anticipating the turmoil in the East Asian economies that began in 1997 (The Rise and Decline of the ‘Asian Century’: False Starts on the Road to the ‘Global Millennium’). He earned his doctorate in economics from the University of Georgia in 1977.

is a former faculty at Michael Polanyi College, a three-year liberal arts program at University Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala. He received a B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, Santa Fe and an M.Ed. from Endicott College.

Before joining MPC, Andrew was a Program Associate with Centre for Civil Society in the Academy Team, where he facilitated short courses in political economy for college students. He has taught in private Montessori and charter schools in the United States and is also a summer Socratic Practice facilitator at the Reason, Individualism, Freedom Institute. He has a special interest in Socratic education, political philosophy, the history and philosophy of mathematics and science, and the “Austrian” tradition of economics and social science.


AMIT VARMA is a writer based in Mumbai. He worked in journalism for a decade, where he wrote columns for Mint, Economic Times, Yahoo, Mail Today and the Hindu Business Line, and also contributed to the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian and many Indian publications. He won the Bastiat Prize for Journalism in 2007, given annually to a writer who “whose writings wittily and eloquently explain, promote and defend the principles of the free society.” In 2009, Business Week named him one of the 50 most powerful people in India, a finding he considers somewhat ironic. He wrote a best-selling novel, My Friend Sancho, in 2009, and was a professional poker player for five years after that. He is best known for his blog India Uncut, at one time the most widely read blog in the country. He is currently working, among other projects, on a book arguing that India merely gained political independence in 1947, and making the case for a second freedom struggle, this time for individual freedoms, in both the personal and economic spheres.’

10636488_10152439209192776_1641133799050858249_oSHANTANU GUPTA
has lead policy advocacy India’s leading think tank Centre for Civil Society and worked closely with parliamentarians and bureaucracy. In the past he has led large-scale education and governance programs for Naandi Foundation and worked for strengthening governance structures for child rights with UNICEF.

Before moving to the development sector, he worked in consulting space for 8 years in India, Europe and the middle-east. An engineer by training, and has a MBA from XLRI and MA in Development & Governance from University of Sussex.

He is expert on education policy, Local Governance, Campaign design, Youth programs, Social Media and Political economy and Public service delivery. He is commentator on social and political issues in print and electronic media.


 Register now to stay updated about more Speakers, the Conference Schedule and details of the Conference Social on Sunday, 18th January!


With a Special Performance by Dhruv Visvanath!


















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