Tuesday, September 28, 2021

CALL FOR PAPERS | NATIONAL LAW SCHOOL OF INDIA REVIEW

The NLSIR is the flagship law review of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India. It is a bi-annual, student edited, peer-reviewed law review providing incisive legal scholarship on contemporary legal issues. NLSIR has the distinction of being cited twice by the Supreme Court of India, with the latest one in the landmark judgment in Justice K.S. Puttaswamy v. Union of India. NLSIR has also recently been cited in the Justice Srikrishna Committee Report and Justice R. S. Bachawat’s Law of Arbitration and Conciliation, a leading treatise on arbitration law in India.

We are inviting submissions for NLSIR’s forthcoming Volume 34.  Please send in your submissions before 31 December 2021. 

Submission Categories                                         

Submissions are accepted for the following categories:

  1. Long Articles: Between 5,000 and 10,000 words. Papers in this category are expected to engage with the theme and literature comprehensively, and offer an innovative reassessment of the current understanding of that theme. It is advisable, though not necessary, to choose a theme that is of contemporary importance. Purely theoretical pieces are also welcome.
  2. Essays: Between 3,000 and 5,000 words. Essays are far more concise in scope. These papers usually deal with a very specific issue and argue that the issue must be conceptualized differently. They are more engaging and make a more easily identifiable, concrete argument.
  3. Book Reviews: Between 2,000 to 3,000 words.
  4. Case Notes and Legislative Comments: Between 1,500 and 3,000 words. This is an analysis of any contemporary judicial pronouncement or a new piece of legislation whether in India or elsewhere. The note must identify and examine the line of cases in which the decision in question came about and comment on implications for the evolution of that branch of law. In case of legislative comment, the note must analyze the objective of the legislation and the legal impact the same is expected to have.

All word limits are exclusive of footnotes. The journal is flexible regarding the word count depending on the quality of the submission. Pieces in any of the above categories with relevance to India or Indian law are particularly welcome. This, however, is not a prerequisite. 

Formatting and Citation Guidelines

The body of the manuscript should be in Times New Roman, font size 12 with 1.5 line spacing. The footnotes should be in Times New Roman, font size 10 with single line spacing.

The manuscript should contain only footnotes (and not end notes) as a method of citation. Citations must conform to OSCOLA (Oxford University Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities) (4th edn.) style of citation.

Authors are required to adhere to the NLSIR Style Guide which can be found here.

How to submit?

The NLSIR only accepts electronic submissions. Submissions must be made through a form, which can be accessed here. Please do not email submissions. 

All submissions must contain the following:

  1. The manuscript in .doc or .docx format. The manuscript should not contain the name of the author or his/her institutional affiliation or any other identification mark.
  2. An abstract of not more than 150 words. 

More Information

For more detailed information on NLSIR, its submission guidelines and policies, please log on to www.nlsir.com.

Contact Information                

For any queries, please contact us at [email protected].