NLSIR is now accepting submissions for Vol. 32(2): Special Issue on Reservations and Affirmative Action Policies in India


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The most recent volume of the NLSIR, Vol. 31, features contributions by Professor Anthony Cassimatis (TC Beirne School of Law, Australia), Professor Philippe Cullet (School of Oriental and African Studies, London), Professor Kalpana Kannabiran (Council for Social Development, Hyderabad), Vrinda Bhandari (Advocate, Supreme Court of India) and Renuka Sane (Associate Professor, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy), Mr. Badrinath Srinivasan (Manager, Director-General of Hydrocarbons, Ministry of Petroleum), Peter Tzeng (Hague Academy of International Law, Yale Law School), Prof. Rashmi Venkatesan (Assistant Professor, National Law School of India University).

The National Law School of India Review (NLSIR) is now accepting submissions for its upcoming issue – Volume 32(2). Volume 32(2) will be a special issue of the NLSIR and will follow the theme of the XIII NLSIR-Samvād Partners Symposium i.e., ‘Unpacking Reservations in India: Theory, Practice, and Beyond’. Since this is a special issue of the journal, papers relevant to the above theme, i.e., those engaging with issues of reservations and affirmative action policies in India will be considered. Please send in your submissions before March 31, 2020 in order for them to be considered for our special issue, i.e., Vol. 32(2).

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 2,500 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 pre-requisite.

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 may be emailed to under the subject heading “32(2) NLSIR – Submission”. 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. A separate cover letter in .doc or .docx format containing the name of the author, professional information, the title of the manuscript, and contact information.
  3. An abstract of not more than 150 words.
  4. The title of the manuscript should indicate the sub-theme that the author has chosen.

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