NLUD Journal of Legal Studies

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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.


Writing Guidelines


1. The Journal of Legal Studies invites submissions under the following categories-

  • 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 found here and here (these guidelines are only indicative and do not represent the views of the Board).

3. Please note that the Book Reviews must 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. Suggested 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 Punishment
  • 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 Indian Constitution
  • Tarunabh Khaitan, A Theory of Discrimination Law
  • V. Krishna Ananth, The Indian Constitution and Social Revolution: Right to Property since Independence

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 Indian context.

5. The Writing Guidelines are recommendatory, and the Editorial Board reserves the right to make selections based upon its discretionary assessment of each submission.


Submission Guidelines


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.

3. All submissions must have 1.5 line spacing in Times New Roman font, with font size 12.

4. Citations 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 Edition.

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.


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.