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Constitutional Law Symposium: Call for Papers

NLIU Law Review in collaboration with India Foundation is conducting the NLIU - India Foundation Constitutional Law Symposium

Date: 16th & 17th March, 2019

About the Symposium:
The aim of the Symposium is to provide a platform for discussion on Contemporary Constitutional Law Issues in India. The symposium is open for participation from students, researchers, faculty members, academicians, lawyers and legal experts in the field of Constitutional Law.

Students currently pursuing LL.B. (Hons.) / LL.B. / LL.M. from a recognized University and faculty members of law are eligible to send entries.

The paper submissions and presentations by the Author(s) must strictly conform to originality within the broad theme of "Contemporary Constitutional Law Issues in India". A suggestive list of topics has been provided below in order to aid the participants; however participants are free to include any issues within the main theme.

  • Validity of Article 35-A and Article 370 of the Constitution
  • Restrictions on freedom to manage religious affairs
    • Comment on "Essential religious practices" in light of the Sabarimala Temple judgment or / and Triple Talak judgment
    • Right to management of temples
    • Analysis of the Ayodhya issue

  • Freedom of expression and media trial
    • Free Speech versus the law on Sedition

  • Indian Judiciary: Scope for improvement:
    • Need for increase in age for retirement and pension of Judges
    • Post-retirement jobs - necessity or mere appeasement?
    • Judicial accountability and mechanisms for its enforcement

  • Any other constitutional law topic with contemporary relevancy in India

Submission Guidelines:

  • Articles: Manuscripts under this category should be within 4000 - 6000 words long. Co-authorship of papers (maximum two) among individuals from the same or different institutions is allowed. The manuscripts under this category must be of a highly analytical nature where the Author(s) arrive at a definite conclusion pertaining to the topic.

  • Abstract: Each manuscript must contain an Abstract of not more than 300 words. This is inclusive of the above mentioned word limit of 4000 - 6000 words.

  • Citations: Citations must conform to standards laid down in the Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th Edition, 2015). Submissions must use only footnotes as a form of citation. Substantive footnoting is not permitted for manuscripts for any of the articles.

Note: The word limit is exclusive of footnotes. Strict adherence to the word limit is highly advised.

Formatting Style:
The following format must be strictly adhered to for all the submissions

  • Title: Times New Roman, font size - 15 pt, Bold, 2.0 line spacing, centre-aligned
  • Abstract: Times New Roman, font size - 11 pt, Italicized, 1.5 line spacing, justified, margins of 2.0
  • Main Body: Times New Roman, font size - 12 pt, 1.15 line spacing, justified
  • Heading: Times New Roman, font size - 14 pt, Bold, 1.5 line spacing, centre-aligned
  • Sub-headings: Times New Roman, font size - 13 pt, Italicized, 1.15 line spacing, centre-aligned
  • Footnotes: Times New Roman, font size - 10 pt, 1.0 line spacing, justified
  • Margins: one inch (2.54 cm) on all four sides.

Submission Details:
The email must also contain a cover letter containing the name(s) of the Authors, the institution, the course and the year of study along with a declaration about the originality of the manuscript. A sample declaration form can be downloaded from


  • The winner(s) of the symposium will be awarded prize money of Rs. 20,000/-
  • The second best participant(s) will receive prize money of Rs. 15,000/-
  • The third best participant(s) will receive a prize money of Rs. 10,000/-.

Important Dates:

Last date of Submission:

31st January, 2019

Declaration of Results for Paper Presentation:

25th February, 2019

Last date for confirmation of participation for top ten* shortlisted:

28th February, 2019

Dates for Paper Presentation:

16th - 17th March, 2019

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