Elections provides an opportunity not merely for the study of the routes and practices through which political power is acquired and exercised, but also for critical engagement with ideological and legal commitments that underlie the exercise of politics. Its wide canvas means that it embraces normative enquiries into meanings and modes of representation as well policy debates over campaign finance, corruption and criminalization of politics. Given that democratic politics is not autonomous of law, this conference on election law and practice will inaugurate an interdisciplinary and comparative conversation about the mechanics of world's two largest democracies. This conference is organized jointly by Jindal Global University and Stanford University and offers an exciting exploration of the legal, political and social constructions of the Indian and American democracies. It will assemble a diverse range of thinkers and practitioners to reflect on democratic processes, election laws and institutional design and the panelists will employ a range of methods – historical, comparative, philosophical, legal and empirical - to explore challenges in the theory and practice of democracy. This conference is part of an evolving research agenda between partner institutions and the conference papers will be published in an edited volume by a leading academic publisher.