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The National Law School of India Review (NLSIR) is a bi-annual student edited, peer-reviewed law journal published by the Student Advocate Committee at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU). NLSIR, which was first published in 1988 under its erstwhile title ‘Student Advocate Journal’, is the flagship law review of NLSIU.

It holds the unique distinction of being cited thrice by the Supreme Court of India. It has also been cited by the Committee of Experts on a Data Protection Framework for India under the Chairmanship of Justice B.N. Srikrishna and also by the 21st Law Commission Report released by the Government of India.

Board of Advisors
Justice (Retd.) Ruma Pal
Former Judge, Supreme Court of India

Mr. Arvind P. Datar
Senior Advocate

Prof. T.R.S. Allan
Professor of Jurisprudence and Public Law, University of Cambridge

Prof. Dan Prentice
Emeritus Professor of Corporate Law, University of Oxford

Prof. Maximilian Haedicke
Professor of Law, University of Freiburg

Mr. Philip Wood
Honorary QC and Former Special Global Counsel, Allen & Overy LLP

Ms. Indira Jaising
Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India
Founder, Lawyers Collective

NLSIR aims to:

  • Publish scholarship of the highest calibre in all areas of Indian law, including comparative perspectives that examine Indian law,

  • Promote accessibility to legal scholarship and discourse,

  • Encourage deliberation among academia, government, industry and non-governmental stakeholders,

  • Promote original legal writing among law students and young academics.


In furtherance of these aims, NLSIR publishes two Issues in its annual Volume. The first is a General Issue, which welcomes submissions on any area of law, including interdisciplinary analysis. There is no limitation on the choice of topic, with the only requirement that it involve legal analysis with relevance to India. Authors are free to look at any other field(s) of study for guidance in developing a scholarly critique of the past/current legal landscape. NLSIR invites contributions in the categories of long articles, essays, book reviews, case notes and legislative comments.


The second Issue each year is themed on our annual Symposium. The NLSIR Symposium is the flagship event of the Committee which seeks to provide a platform for a discourse on topical issues. The theme for the symposium is a contemporary or pressing issue on which academics, practitioners, policy researchers and students engage in a productive dialogue. The deliberations at the Symposium provide the academic foundation for our second Issue, which will only feature articles on the Symposium theme.


In 2018, we launched NLSIR Online, the Online counterpart of the print journal. NLSIR Online hosts shorter pieces on contemporaneous issues. Through this, we seek to better realise our mandate of making legal scholarship accessible to both contributors and readers. NLSIR organises several other events in furtherance of its aims, which may be found under the ‘Other Events’ tab.

Board of Editors 
Shreyas Sinha
Deputy Editor-in-Chief (Journal)
Pratyush Singh
Deputy Editor-in-Chief (Blog)
Abhiram Nitin
Hayden D'Souza
Aastha Malipatil
Varsha Ramesh
Aadi Belhe
Aumita Mishra
Harsh Raj
Matilde Ribeiro
Praveen Kumar Yadav
Vrinda Sinha
Anant Joshi
Madhumita G
Varna Sajee

Citations by the Supreme Court of India

Gautam Bhatia, “State Surveillance and the Right to Privacy in India: A Constitutional Biography”, National Law School of India Review (2014), Vol. 26(2), at pages 138-139 has been cited in Para 64 of K.S. Puttuswamy v. Union of India, (2017) 10 SCC 1

Arvind Datar, "Privilegle, Police Power and Res Extra Commercium - Glaring Conceptual Errors", National Law School of India Review (2009), Vol. 21(1), at pages 133-145 has been cited in Para 59 of Unaided Private Schools of Delhi v. Director of Education, (2009) 10 SCC 1

Alok Prasanna, "For a mess of Potage: The GST’s promise of increased revenue to states comes at the cost of the federal structure of the Constitution", National Law School of India Review. Vol. 28, No. 2 (2016), at pages 97-113 has been cited in Page 75 of Union of India v. M/s Mohit Minerals, Civil Appeal No. 1390 of 2022

Other Notable Citations

Robert A. Hillman, Consumer Internet Standard Form Contracts in India: A Proposal, 29(1) National Law School of India Review (2017) at pages 70-86 has been cited in Page 52 of the Committee of Experts on a Data Protection Framework for India under the Chairmanship of Justice B.N. Srikrishna.

Arvind Datar, "Privilegle, Police Power and Res Extra Commercium - Glaring Conceptual Errors", National Law School of India Review (2009), Vol. 21(1), at pages 133-145 has been cited in Page 41 of Report No. 246 of the Law Commission of India on Legal Framework: Gambling and Sports Betting Including in Cricket in India released on July 2018

Avinash Govindjee and Sairam Bhat, Restrictive Covenants in Employment Contracts: A Comparison between the legal positions in India and South Africa, 20(1) National Law School of India Review at pages 46-61 has been cited in Para 19 of Arteflex (Pty) Ltd. v. Frans Pieters and Anr., decided by the High Court of South Africa, Case No. 2023 - 024313

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