Call for Papers: Indian Journal of Constitutional Law by NALSAR Volume 9: Submit by September 15

UPDATE Sep 4: The deadline for paper submission is extended to September 15.

The Indian Journal of Constitutional Law (IJCL), a flagship journal of NALSAR University of Law is now accepting submissions for its 9th Volume, to be published in 2019. The journal functions under the aegis of the MK Nambyar SAARCLAW Chair in Comparative Constitutional Studies and the Constitutional Law Society at NALSAR.

The annually published and peer-reviewed journal seeks to promote scholarship on core and comparative constitutional law issues.

IJCL aims at providing a source of qualitative and well-researched jurisprudence to constitutional lawyers, academicians, and students, while simultaneously encouraging contributions from all these quarters. In the forthcoming Volume, IJCL seeks to strike a balance between legal realities and academic ideals in its published pieces.

Submissions which address contemporary issues in Constitutional Law or view the subject matter from a comparative constitutional law perspective are strongly encouraged and shall be preferred. All submissions must be original, previously unpublished and should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

We seek contributions in the form of articles, essays, comments, and reviews of recently published books besides other forms of scholarly writing.

To be considered for the next issue of the journal (2019), we expect the submissions to reach us before August 31, 2018. September 15, 2018.

Contributions are solicited under the following heads:
  1. Articles – 6,000-8,000 words

Articles should contain sustained analysis on legal topics. They may be either doctrinal or theoretical (or both) and must comprehensively deal with all relevant literature on the chosen subject to formulate well-reasoned positions. An Article is therefore ordinarily conservative in its method of analysis.

  1. Essays – 4,000-6000 words

Essays, in comparison with Articles, are usually more adventurous in their method, and seek to challenge existing legal paradigms or innovatively address well known problems. It is strongly recommended that essays be considerably more concise, in terms of scope and conceptualization.  Fresh approaches to decided issues are encouraged.

  1. Case comments – 3,000-4,000 words

Should be study of any contemporary judicial pronouncement (Indian or foreign) and must contain its analysis, the context in which the particular judgment has been delivered, its contribution to existing law and must necessarily comment on the judicial process involved. Critical, comparative pieces dealing with similar issues across jurisdictions are encouraged.

  1. Legislative comments – 3,000-3,500 words

This entails a critical analysis of any existing Indian Legislation or proposed Bills and their constitutional implications. The analysis is expected to be original and technical in nature with specific regard to the constitutional provisions.

  1. Other submissions – 1,500-3,000 words

Other pieces that do not specifically fall into any of the aforementioned sections will also be considered. The Board specifically solicits Book Reviews, short responses to previous publications and notes on an author’s practical experiences in constitutional litigation, judgment deliberation, legislative drafting, etc.

All word limits are exclusive of footnotes.

The contributions should adhere to the following specifications:
  1. Citation Format

All submissions must conform to the Standard Indian Legal Citation system. (The same can be accessed at this page) Speaking footnotes are not discouraged. A submission that is either insufficiently cited or is seen as not adhering to the citation format will be deemed as rejected.

  1. Abstract

Every submission must be accompanied by an abstract, of not more than 350 words, that outlines the area of study and any important conclusions that may be drawn by the author(s).

  1. Joint Contributions

Collaborative articles and essays by up to two authors shall also be considered.

  1. Authors

Authors may submit their designations, current institutional affiliations, email and postal addresses and other such relevant details. Such details shall be mailed in a separate document and must not appear anywhere in the manuscript or the abstract.

Submission of Contributions

Submissions should contain the manuscript, abstract and authors’ details in three separate documents. All documents must be in Microsoft Word’s .doc or .docx format only. Submissions must only be in the form of electronic copies. Your submissions will be acknowledged within 48 hours and subject to a thorough review process by the peer review group.

In case the submission is accepted, the board shall inform the authors of the reviewer’s comments and the authors will be afforded reasonable time to submit a revised drafts keeping in mind the reviewer’s comments.

All submissions are to be sent to


Queries may be directed to with ‘Query‘ in the subject-line.

Alternately, you may contact:

  • Siddharth Aiyanna: +91-9845327546
  • Rithvik Mathur: +91-7019106400
  • Upasana P: +91-8978612495




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This post was first published on: 24 Jul 2018

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