*** CALL FOR PAPERS: VOL. II, NO. 1 *** 


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The REVIEW: A Journal of Law, Policy and Society is a quarterly publication run and managed by Law for Aid and Welfare (LAW).

Recognising the need to strengthen the grasp on the dynamism of law, i.e., the interface of law, society and policy, as also to provide a forum for scholarship and knowledge dissemination, Law for Aid and Welfare has endeavoured to establish the LAW REVIEW: A Journal of Law, Policy and Society. The review / journal is an open access and a peer reviewed / refereed journal.

The review / journal is intended to inform, update, refresh, review and enlighten academics, law practitioners, social and policy thinkers as well as students. Further, it is aimed to serve as a means of inviting and persuading others to participate in dealing with present legal and social issues by sharing their thoughts and perspectives through a simple yet invaluable contribution in the form of legal articles, commentaries, book reviews, special articles by interdisciplinary academics, notes, essays and discussion write-ups.


The review / journal invites submissions for the first quarter of 2020, that is for Volume II, Issue 1. The submissions may be on contemporary legal and social issues. Additionally, we also welcome submissions on literature, dance, music and films with special reference to social, political or legal aspects.

Important Dates:

Date of Notification:  September 01, 2019

Last date for submissions: December 10, 2019

Each of the entries shall have to conform to the set of guidelines which follow.

Guidelines for Submissions

· All submissions are required to be addressed to:

       The Editor

       The LAW REVIEW: A Journal of Law, Policy and Society

· Contributions should be emailed to

· Please mark the subject as “CONTRIBUTION FOR VOL. II, ISSUE 1”

· All submissions should be sent with a covering letter indicating the Name of the Author, Institutional Affiliation and the Topic of the paper. Co-authored papers should give details about both the authors.

· Contributors are requested to provide full details for correspondence: postal address, day-time phone numbers and email address.

Notes for Contributors

Contributors are requested to follow ILI Citation Style while preparing their articles. The style-sheet may be referred to here. It will help immensely for faster processing and error-free editing.

Contributions in the following forms are invited:

(1) Special Articles

· Original research papers in any of the social sciences are welcome.

· Articles must be no more than 8,000 words long, including notes and references.

· Special articles should be accompanied by an abstract of a maximum of 250 words.

· Papers should not have been simultaneously submitted for publication to another journal or newspaper.

(2) Commentary

· We invite short contributions to the ‘Commentary’ section on topical social, economic, political and legal developments.

· These should ideally be between 1,500 and 2,500 words.

(3) Case Comments

· Case Comments / Judgment Analysis should ideally be between 1,500 and 5,000 words

(4) Book Reviews

(5) Discussion

· We encourage researchers to comment on articles published in the journal. Submissions should be in the range of 1,000 to 5,000 words.

(6) Postscript

· We welcome submissions of 800 to 2,000 words on literature, dance, music and films with special reference to social, political or legal aspects only.


Authors are requested to list six to eight keywords for their articles.


· Copyright of all articles published in the journal belongs to the author or the organisation where the author is employed as determined by author’s terms of employment.


Manuscripts shall be formatted according to the following guidelines:

(1) It shall be in Microsoft Word format, Times New Roman font, 12 pt. font size and 1.5 line spacing.

(2) The main text shall be divided under different sub-headings. Different level of headings shall be formatted as follows:

o Level one heading: It shall be numbered and in the centre.

o Level two heading: It shall be left aligned and in bold letters.

o Level three heading:It shall be left aligned and italicized.

(3) All citations shall be placed in foot-notes.

(4) Number less than 100 shall be spelt out unless they are a percent (e.g., 5 percent).

(5) Use of first person shall be avoided.

(6) All pages shall be numbered.

(7) Uniform date format shall be used (e.g., August 15, 1947).

(8) Quotations: Quotations within a sentence must be enclosed in double quotation marks (“ ”). A quotation within a quotation should be enclosed in single quotation marks (‘ ’).

A quotation longer than three lines should be set out in a separate block indented from both the left and right margins. Do not enclose the quotation in quotation marks. A quotation is introduced with a colon (:)

(9) When referring to a section or article of a statute in the main text, the word ‘section’/ ‘article’ should neither be abbreviated nor capitalized. However, in the footnotes the section / article should be abbreviated. E.g. The Constitution of India, art. 30; The Indian Penal Code, s. 42.

Use of Footnotes 

Footnotes are preferred (to end notes) because of the following reasons:

(1) To identify the source of quotations or paraphrases;

(2) To acknowledge indebtedness for words, phrases or ideas borrowed;

(3) To explain where additional evidence or commentary may be found;

(4) To provide additional material or discussion that is relevant but which would disrupt the flow of the text if it were included in the main text itself;

(5) To refer the reader to other parts of the paper; and, 

(6) To enable the reader to read the reference without having to turn to the end of the text which would otherwise tend to disrupt the flow of the text and hamper smooth reading.

Citation Format

We at Law for Aid and Welfare (LAW) have adopted a set pattern of citation (i.e., ILI Rules of Footnoting), which is followed in The Journal of Indian Law Institute and various other publications of the Indian Law Institute. The citation style in the articles and notes and comments submitted for publication shall be in conformity with the ILI Rules of footnoting available at