Call for Papers: Hidayatullah National Law University Student Review

[Announcement on behalf of HNLUSR]

General Information

The Hidayatullah National Law University Student Review (HNLUSR) seeks to publish innovative, original scholarship that significantly contributes to the field of law. HNLUSR is a bi-annual publication, student-edited, peer-reviewed, open-access law journal dedicated to publishing legal scholarship by lawmakers, judges, practitioners, academics, legal scholars, and students and its articles are made available in print, through our website, and via SCCOnline. The Review is proud to publish Articles, Essays, and select Book Reviews in its print volumes, and shorter analytical pieces on HNLUSR Online, the online companion to the Review.

We are pleased to invite print submissions for Volume IV, Issue I by early September for our fall issue. Please follow the guidelines below for submitting articles, essays, book reviews, and other scholarly legal work. 

Submission Guidelines

  • Style Guidelines:Please use 12pt Times New Roman font and double-space the text of your article. For the footnotes, use 10pt Times New Roman font and single-spacing. The article should use 1-inch margins and include page numbers in the bottom-right corner of the page. All submissions must be made in Microsoft Word. We encourage the use of gender-neutral language.

o    Headings: For better structure, different levels of headings may be used. It is advisable to restrict these to three levels generally, excepting special circumstances where a fourth level may be used. 

  • Length Limitations: Except in extraordinary circumstances, we will not publish articles exceeding the limitations below, which include text, footnotes, and appendices. The following word limit will be exclusive of one prescribed for Abstract.

o    Articles: We prefer article submissions that are between 6,000 and 10,000 words in total length. Articles tend to analyse a problem and suggest a solution. Such analysis usually articulates some background information to inform the reader before turning to a novel argument. Along these lines, published articles regularly follow a traditional roadmap of introduction, background, analysis/argument, and conclusion, and provide a comprehensive treatment of a particular area of law. Articles tend to be formal in both the author’s tone and in the obligation to ground information and analysis in comprehensive substantive via consistent citation.

o    Essays: Essays are similar to an article in content and style, but the total length of words is limited to 3,000-6,000. Essays tend to explore novel issues. While they are similar to Articles both with respect to scope and sophistication, Essays tend to differ from Articles in that they often exercise significantly more structural, stylistic, and substantive flexibility. Essay authors wield this flexibility in a wide variety of ways, with some choosing to pursue an ambitious or provocative rethinking of an area of the law or a commentary on a legal concept or doctrine intended for a peer audience.

o    Comments: Commentaries on recent court cases or legislative developments, limited to a total length of 2,500–5,000 words.

o    Book Reviews: Review of a recent and relevant book, limited to a total length of 1,000–2,500 words. Book reviews provide a unique opportunity to comment on contemporary legal scholarship. Book Reviews range in style and length, but typically include a description of the book, an accompanying critical analysis, and an evaluation of the book in relation to relevant areas of the law. Book Reviews should not merely summarise the book, but instead offer an argument as to the merit and significance of the work.

  • Citation Format:Please use footnotes rather than endnotes. Footnotes must conform to the OSCOLA (Oxford University Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities) (4th) style of citation.
  • Language:All manuscripts should be submitted in English. Please use the British English standard when American English and British English grammatical or spelling conventions differ.
  • Author Eligibility:We accept submissions from legal scholars, practitioners, and students. Co-authorship is limited to a maximum of three authors.


We ask all submissions to be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format. Please send your submission as email attachments to [email protected], with a subject line in the following format “Print Submission – [Authors(s) Name]”, e.g., “Print Submission – John Doe”. In addition to the article manuscript, submissions should include (i) a cover letter with the name(s) of the author(s), institution/affiliation, the title of the manuscript, and contact information (email ID and phone number); and (ii) a short abstract of not more than 250 words.


The last date of submission for Volume IV is 01 September 2022 at 23:59 HRS (IST). No submission after the due date will be entertained.

Review Process

The Review considers all manuscripts for publication. Because we strive to publish excellent and original work, submissions to the Journal are subject to several levels of review by members of our Editorial Board in advance of a vote. Each piece is reviewed by at least two Board members, and may also be reviewed by our faculty advisors and/or scholars in our peer network. We conduct an individualised, holistic review of every piece. Considerations include the clarity and effectiveness of the writing; rigorous analysis of ideas; creativity in the subject matter; accuracy and quality of citations; and grammar, spelling, and technical polish.

We endeavour to respond to authors within a month of receiving a submission, but we are unfortunately unable to provide feedback for articles that are not selected. We kindly ask that you do not send emails inquiring about the status of your submission. If a submission is selected for publication, we will contact you.


If you wish to withdraw your piece from consideration, please send an email to [email protected]. Please put “Withdraw” as the subject of your email, and include in the text the author’s name and title of your manuscript. However, the final decision will be taken at the sole discretion of the editorial board.

Peer Review

Because peer review of submissions improves the Hidayatullah National Law University Student Review’s selection process and helps to verify piece originality, the Review subjects submitted pieces to peer review, contingent on piece-selection timeframes and other extenuating circumstances.


If you have any questions about our submissions policy, please email us at [email protected].

Madhur Bhatt (Editor-in-Chief) – +91 9971678806

Viraj Aditya (Deputy Editor-in-Chief) – +91  8210697371

Official Links

HNLU Student Review website is here

HNLU Student Review submission guidelines are here

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