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National Law School of India Review: Volume 30(1) - Call for Papers

The National Law School of India Review (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. For more than 25 years, the NLSIR has regularly featured articles authored by judges of the Indian Supreme Court, senior counsels practicing at the Indian bar, and several renowned academics from National and Foreign Universities.

Submission Categories:
Papers may be submitted under the following categories:

  • Long Articles: Between 5000 and 8000 words, inclusive of footnotes. 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.

  • 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 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.

Authors are requested to note that pieces engaging with a foreign theme or legal development, in any of the above categories, should also explain its relevance in the Indian context, whether by virtue of similar laws or otherwise.

Formatting and Citation Guidelines:

  • The body of the manuscript should be in Times New Roman, font size 12 with double 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 the Bluebook (20th Edition) style of citation.

Submission Guidelines:
The NLSIR only accepts electronic submissions. Submissions may be emailed to under the subject heading "30(1) NLSIR - Submissions". All submissions must contain the following:

  • The manuscript should be in MS Word format. The manuscript should not contain the name of the Author or his/ her institutional affiliation or any other identification mark.
  • A cover letter containing the name of the Author, professional information, the title of the manuscript, and contact information.
  • All manuscripts must also contain an Abstract of not more than 150 words.

The last date for submission of manuscript is 1st November, 2017.

Mr. Akshat Agarwal
Chief Editor

Ms. Sharwari Pandit
Deputy Chief Editor

National Law School of India Review
National Law School of India University,
PO Box 7201, Nagarbhavi,
Bangalore - 560072

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