Call for Papers: 3rd RGNUL-SAM Conclave on Emerging Trends in Banking & Finance in India, 2023

The Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab (RGNUL) is an autonomous National Law University (NLU) established by the RGNUL Act (No. 12 of 2006) passed by the Legislature of the State of Punjab, under the second wave of reforms instituted by the Bar Council of India.

Established in 2006, RGNUL has garnered a pan-India reputation as a stellar institution for legal research and education. In May 2015, RGNUL became the first and the only NLU to have been accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with an ‘A’ grade.


RGNUL Financial and Mercantile Law Review (RFMLR) is a bi-annual, student-run, double-blind peer-reviewed law journal published by the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab (RGNUL).

The Journal was first published in 2014 and gives an opportunity to legal academia and legal professionals. The Journal is indexed on SCC Online, Manupatra, and HeinOnline, and has been ranked amongst the ten most accessed law school journals by SCC Online.

The Editorial Board also collaborates with various legal experts and undertakes various academic initiatives to promote study and research in the field of business and commercial laws.

About Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co (SAM & Co), founded on a century of legal achievements, is amongst the leading full-service law firms in India. With over 761 lawyers and 159 partners spread across offices in seven locations in India, it is one of India’s biggest and most reputed law firms.

About the Conclave

Banking and Finance is a leviathan field of law that encapsulates various dynamic and technically complex areas which confer an ever-evolving characteristic to it. Aspects such as capital transactions, loan agreements, debt structuring, recovery litigation and the swift growth of the fintech sector show the relentless importance and relevance of this domain.

Accordingly, this edition of the Conclave aims at providing a platform for the initiation of a novel discourse on the pressing issues in the interminably expanding field of banking and finance practice in India, and present innovative solutions to the issues faced by all the stakeholders.

Paper Presentation Session

The first session of the Conclave would be a Virtual Paper Presentation Session. The Editorial Board of RFMLR invites law students to submit research papers under the below-mentioned theme to contribute to the discourse around practical issues in Banking & Finance in India. After preliminarily reviewing all the manuscripts, the Editorial Board will shortlist entries whose authors will be invited to present their research before the experts from SAM & Co on the day of the Paper Presentation Session.

Expert Discussion

The next session of the Conclave would be a Virtual Expert Discussion on Emerging Trends in Banking & Finance in India, where professionals from SAM & Co and other experts would discuss emerging issues in this domain.

This would not only give the attendees insights into the practical issues in this area, but also give them a unique opportunity to interact with the experts from the field.

Themes for Submission & Paper Presentation


Emerging Trends in Banking & Finance in India


  1. Alleviating the Rise and Recovery of Non-Performing Assets (NPAs)
  2. Regulatory Challenges surrounding Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs)
  3. Analysing the Menace of Letter of Credit Fraudin the Banking Sector 
  4. Scrutinising Regulatory Concerns in the Digital Payments and Digital Lending Industries
  5. The Expansion of Green Financing

Note: The authors may opt to write on any other topic apart from the abovementioned sub-themes, provided that it falls under the ambit of Banking and Finance. Such authors shall submit a Research Proposal (800- 1200 words) to the Editorial Board explaining the research objective and highlighting the key issues and arguments of the proposed paper. The Research Proposals shall be sent for approval to the Editorial Board at [email protected] by March 10, 2023. The Editorial Board would strive to communicate its decision on the proposal within 3-5 days of the submission. Unless expressly approved by the Editorial Board, any submission outside the scope of the abovementioned sub-themes will not be considered.


  • Among all the papers presented in the Conclave, the top three will be awarded Certificates of Merit, along with other prizes which shall be announced later.
  • All the other entries selected for presentation will be awarded Certificates of Participation.
  • After a comprehensive review of the papers shortlisted for presentation, the Editorial Board will publish the compilation of the best entries among them.

Submission Deadline

The author(s) shall submit the manuscript along with the duly signed Certificate of Originality and Copyright (in the attached format) via this form latest by March 30, 2023. For detailed submission guidelines, please refer to the brochure attached.

Important Dates

Deadline for Submission of Research Proposal: March 10, 2023

Deadline for Submission of Final Manuscripts: March 30, 2023

Date of Virtual Paper Presentation Session of the Conclave: April 08, 2023

Date of Virtual Expert Panel Discussion of the Conclave: April 13, 2023

Intimation to Authors of Entries Shortlisted for Publication: May 2023

Publication of Selected Entries: July 2023

Important Links

Submission Form

Contact Details

For any Queries, write to the Editorial Board at s[email protected]

For further details, please refer to the brochure attached or visit

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