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About the Socio-Legal Review (SLR)

The Socio-Legal Review (SLR) is a student-run, peer-reviewed journal published by the National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU). SLR began with the support of the Modern Law Review, London in 2005 and has, over the past few years, carried articles by luminaries in the legal and social field such as Rajeev Dhavan, Roger Cotterrell, W.T. Murphy and Asghar Ali Engineer. It aims to be a forum that involves, promotes and engages scholars and students to express and share their ideas and opinions on themes and methodologies relating to the interface between law and society. SLR has been listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals and has been uploaded on Westlaw and HeinOnline.

The past volumes can be accessed here. Recently, SLR was also cited by the Supreme Court in two of its decisions, namely, Justice KS Puttaswamy v Union of India and Joseph Shine v Union of India.

About SLR Forum

The Socio-Legal Review Forum (SLR Forum) was conceptualized as a platform for informed debate on contemporary developments. The Forum acts as an online companion to our print journal. It accepts short pieces in the form of comments on recent legal developments or book reviews engaging with recent literature. Longer pieces in the form of essays or responses to pieces published in the journal are also accepted.

Submission Guidelines

SLR is currently looking for articles for Volume 18(1), as well as for the SLR Forum. We have a broad mandate and look at any articles with a perceivable link between law and society, particularly in a South Asian context. SLR invites contributions in the following categories –

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1. Long Articles: Between 6,000 – 8,000 words.
2. Short Articles: Between 3,500 – 5,000 words.
3. Book Reviews: Between 2,000 – 3,000 words.
4. Case Notes/Legislative Comments: Between 1,500 – 2,500 words.
5. Notes from the Field – Notes from the Field are pieces designed to provide a glimpse into a new legal strategy, political initiative or advocacy technique applied in the field, a current problem or obstacle faced in legal reform or development work, or a new issue that has not yet received much attention and needs to be brought to light. For contributions in this category, empirical studies are encouraged.

All manuscripts must be submitted in a .doc or .docx format. The manuscripts must necessarily be accompanied by the author’s biographical information on a separate title page and an abstract of not more than 250 words. For formatting and citation guidelines, please refer to SLR’s style guide.

Submission Deadline

The last date for submission of manuscripts for Volume 18(1) is October 15, 2021. Submissions sent after this will be considered for publication in Volume 18(2).

Submission

Contributions to SLR must be made in electronic form only. Please mail contributions to [email protected], with the subject ‘Submission for Socio-Legal Review – Volume 18(1)’.

Submission guidelines for the journal are available here.

Submission guidelines for the SLR Forum are available here.

Contact Information

If you have any queries, please feel free to email us at [email protected]

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