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The National Law School of India Review (NLSIR): Call for Submissions

The National Law School of India Review (NLSIR) is the flagship law journal of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India and is now accepting submissions for its upcoming issue - Volume 26(1).

The NLSIR is a bi-annual, student edited, peer-reviewed law journal providing incisive legal scholarship on issues that are at the forefront of contemporary legal discourse. Over the last 20 years, the NLSIR has regularly featured articles authored by judges of the Indian Supreme Court, Senior Counsel practicing at the Indian bar, and several renowned academics.

The most recent issue of the NLSIR, Vol. 24(2), featured contributions by Prof. Martin Hunter (Leading authority on International Commercial Arbitration and Barrister), Mr. V. Umakanth (Professor, National University of Singapore) and Mr. Rajat Sethi (Founding Partner, S & R Associates) among several others.

Moreover, in August 2009, NLSIR attained the unique distinction of being the only Indian student-run law journal to be cited by the Supreme Court of India, in Action Committee, Un-Aided Private Schools v. Director of Education. NLSIR has also recently been cited in Justice R. S. Bachawat's Law of Arbitration and Conciliation, a leading treatise on arbitration law in India.

Categories for Submission:

  • Long Articles:
    Between 5000 and 8000 words, inclusive of footnotes. Papers in this category are expected to engage with the theme comprehensively, examine 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 welcomed.

  • Essays:
    Between 3000 and 5000 words, inclusive of footnotes. 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.

  • Case Notes and Legislative Comments:
    Between 1500 and 2500 words, inclusive of footnotes. This is an analysis of any contemporary judicial pronouncement, whether in India or elsewhere. It 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.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Submissions are preferred in Times New Roman font, double-spaced.
  • Main text should be in font size 12 and footnotes in font size 10.
  • All submissions must be word processed, and compatible with Microsoft Word 2003 and 2007.
  • The Review uses only footnotes (and not end-notes) as a method of citation.
  • Submissions must conform to the Bluebook (19th edn.) system of citation.

The NLSIR strongly recommends electronic submissions, though hard copies are also accepted. In case of hard copy submissions, two copies of the submission are required. Please submit the paper to indicating which category your paper is intended for.

All submissions should contain the name of the author, professional information, the title of the manuscript, and contact information.

The last date for submissions to Volume 26(1) is 1st November, 2013. Submissions may be emailed to under the subject heading '26(1) NLSIR - Submissions'. Submissions received after this date will however be considered for the next issue.

Convenor, Student Advocate Committee,
National Law School of India,
PO Box 7201,
Nagarbhavi, Bangalore - 560 242

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