NLUD Journal of Legal Studies (Issue I)
The Journal of Legal Studies (JLS) is National Law University, Delhi’s
flagship journal. It
is an annual student-edited, peer-reviewed law journal, which seeks to provide
a forum for engaging in discussions on varied issues of contemporary importance
in domestic and international law and policy. The aim of the journal is to
encourage scholarship and research in all areas of the law and its relationship
with other disciplines in order to analyse crucial developments in the legal
field. The Editorial Board is pleased to invite scholarly submissions from
students, academicians, practitioners and researchers for the inaugural issue
of the journal.
1. The Journal of Legal Studies invites submissions under the following
- Articles: 5,000
to 10,000 words, inclusive of footnotes.
- Essays: 3,000
to 5,000 words, inclusive of footnotes.
- Case and Legislative Comments: 2,500 to 3,500 words, inclusive of footnotes.
- Book Reviews:
2,000 to 3,000 words, inclusive of footnotes.
2. Case and Legislative Comments
must analyse contemporary judicial
pronouncements or statutes, and not be mere summaries of the judgment or
legislation. A few helpful guidelines on how to write a case comment can be
(these guidelines are
only indicative and do not represent the views of the Board).
note that the Book Reviews
specify the name of the book, author (and editors), edition reviewed and name
of publisher. Books reviews must not be descriptive pieces that summarise the
work, but should be critical and evaluative of the contents or arguments made
in the book. A sample book review can be found here
books for the review are:
- Anuj Bhuwania, Courting the People: Public Interest Litigation in Post-Emergency India
- Geetanjoy Sahu, Environmental Jurisprudence & the Supreme Court
- Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Abolishing the Death Penalty: Why India Should Say No to Capital
- Jairam Ramesh &Muhammad Ali Khan, Legislating for Justice
- Mrinal Satish, Discretion, Discrimination and the Rule of Law:
Reforming Rape Sentencing in India
- Sujit Choudhry, Madhav Khosla &, Pratap
Bhanu Mehta, The Oxford Handbook of the
- Tarunabh Khaitan, A Theory of Discrimination Law
- V. Krishna Ananth, The Indian Constitution and Social Revolution: Right to Property since
4. Themes must revolve
around the law and the sphere of legal studies. It is advisable to select
themes that are of contemporary relevance and have an issue of law to be
engaged with analytically. Papers dealing with foreign themes,
in any of the above categories, should also engage with its relevance in the
5. The Writing Guidelines are recommendatory, and the Editorial Board
reserves the right to make selections based upon its discretionary
assessment of each submission.
1. Co-authorship is permitted up to a maximum of two authors.
2. All submissions must contain a title. All submissions above 3,000 words must be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 300 words. Submissions above 5,000 words must also contain an index.
submissions must have 1.5 line spacing in Times New Roman font, with font size 12.
must be in the form of footnotes. Endnotes are not permitted. Footnotes
must be single-spaced in Times New Roman format, with font size 10. Submissions
must conform to the Oxford
University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA), 4th
5. The manuscript itself must not contain any reference to the author’s
name, institution or affiliation. The submission shall be accompanied by a
cover letter containing the author’s complete name, academic qualifications,
affiliation (if any) and contact details, in a separate attachment.
6. Submissions are accepted only in electronic form. The submission
must be made in a Microsoft Word (.docx) format via e-mail to [email protected] with the email title
as ‘Submission – JLS’.
7. Multiple submissions
by the same author are permitted. Each submission will have to independently comply with these guidelines. However, resubmissions and revisions of a
previously submitted paper are not permitted. The Editorial Board shall have
the discretion to decide whether a submission is new or simply a resubmission
of a previously submitted paper.
8. The deadline for the submission of
manuscripts is 15th March 2017.
A consolidated copy of this Call for Papers and the Editorial Policy can be found here.