Call for Papers


The National Judicial Academy, India (NJA) has been set up under the guidance of the Supreme Court of India for judicial education, policy and research, as a means for improving the quality of justice delivery in the country. As part of this mandate, the NJA has decided to publish a peer-reviewed annual journal for discussion, thinking and deliberation on the theme of "quest for justice"- broadly defined. Named the Indian Journal of Justice Studies, this journal aims to contribute to thinking on issues of justice, like, for example, the various and often competing concepts of justice; ideas and social, political, religious and economic forces shaping these concepts; struggles and social movements for justice; institutional frameworks and formal and informal networks influencing justice delivery; state policies, including developmental policies and their impact on justice; the role of judicial institutions in relation to justice; the role of the legal profession and legal education in the quest for justice; multidisciplinary approaches to justice; legal frameworks and their impact of justice, international and comparative approaches to justice, etc.
The Editorial Board of the Journal invites submissions for the 2007-08 issue, in keeping with the editorial policy provided below. The deadline for submission of manuscripts is July 25, 2008.
The editorial policy and the Call for Papers are also available at http://www.nja.gov.in/journal.html.



The Indian Journal of Law and Justice ("Journal") aims to foster thinking, research and writing centered on the theme of "quest for justice"- broadly defined. It encourages scholarship drawing on a variety of theoretical bases, research methodologies and disciplines.

The Journal welcomes submissions from judges, lawyers, academics as well as law students. In addition, given its policy of encouraging interdisciplinary scholarship, it also welcomes submissions from specialists from other disciplines.

Solicited and Unsolicited Articles, Review Procedure and Selection

The Editorial Board of the Journal may, at its discretion, invite articles, comments and reviews from individuals who are leaders in their fields. Apart from such solicited pieces, the Journal will also consider unsolicited papers that are submitted to it for publication. All articles, comments and reviews, whether solicited or unsolicited, will be reviewed by the Editorial Board to determine publishability. The decisions of the Editorial Board will be final and no request will be entertained for further review.

The Editorial Board will carefully consider all manuscripts received by it. All unsolicited pieces will be reviewed anonymously, without regard to the author's name, affiliation, prior publications, etc.

The editorial policy of the Journal seeks to afford substantial deference to authors. Therefore, the Journal only accepts manuscripts that are well written and completely argued at the time of submission, as it will not be possible for the Editorial Board to engage in detailed editing of the substantive content of the manuscripts. The changes that are suggested by the Editorial Board are intended to hone the ideas advanced by the author, not to replace them. Therefore, after the editing process, the Board will send the author a marked copy of the manuscript, highlighting the suggested changes. These changes are meant as reasoned suggestions, not editorial diktats, and the author's judgment regarding whether the changes should be made or not, will be respected.

Articles, Notes, Comments, Reviews, Essays

The Journal seeks to publish a variety of legal and other writings on the issue of justice. The only consideration is that the writing should be scholarly in nature. Based on the length of the piece and the merit of its substantive content, the Editorial Board will decide whether to publish the accepted pieces as articles, notes, comments, reviews or essays. Generally articles will be of 10,000 words or more and will either develop a theory, or apply theoretical and/or research findings from law and other disciplines to legal subject matter.

A comment is a shorter piece of about 5,000 words which discusses one particular issue of legal or policy significance in detail. A piece will be considered an essay if it is around 3,000 words and its primary purpose is to advance an idea, or to initiate or engage in analytical discussion.

Notes and reviews are descriptive pieces which summarize a recent legal or policy development like a new legislation, judicial decision or policy and place them in their wider legal and social context. The main purpose of such these writings is to familiarize the reader with current developments. The reviews section will also include book reviews.

Citation Style

The Journal follows the Blue Book citation style. (The Blue Book: A Uniform System of Citation (Columbia Law Review Ass'n et al. eds., 18th ed. 2005). However, the manuscripts need not necessarily comply with this citation format in draft form.


The Journal will publish only original articles and research papers. Manuscripts are accepted for publication on the understanding that their contents, all or in part, have not been published elsewhere. Every contribution should be the author's own original work, and should not constitute a substantial repetition of work already published or to be published elsewhere.


Submissions are considered for publication on condition that copyright in any material included in the Journal is assigned to the National Judicial Academy on the understanding that the Academy can re-publish the article elsewhere, or can allow third parties to publish the piece. Authors are free to use their own copyright materials in other publications, provided that the Journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication. The author also retains his or her moral rights in the submission.
Submission format

All submissions should be made in electronic format only, in a MS Word document. The manuscripts should contain footnotes and not endnotes. The manuscripts can either be e-mailed to: njabhopal@nja.gov.in (put the words "To the Editor" in the subject line) or be sent in a disk to: The Editor, Indian Journal of Juridical Studies, National Judicial Academy, Surajnagar, Bhadbadha Road, Bhopal- 462044, India. Please ensure that the disk is virus free, and is not corrupted.


The opinions expressed in the Journal are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Editorial Board, the National Judicial Academy, or any other persons or institutions affiliated with it.


Lakshmi Arya

Lakshmi Arya is an Associate Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore. She has recently submitted a doctoral dissertation on rape laws and trials in colonial times (British India and princely Mysore, 1860 – 1947) at the history department in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her research interests lie in the field of gender, state and the law.

Narayan Chandra Sarangi

Narayan Chandra Sarangi is a Postgraduate in Law from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar –Orissa. Presently employed in a nationalized Bank as a middle management functionary in Legal Department, he was a faculty at University Law College, Bhubaneswar and a practicing advocate at Orissa High Court. He is also a research scholar in Law at Utkal University, Bhubaneswar –Orissa. His area of interest includes Labour and Industrial Law, Intellectual Property Law and Laws relating to Displacement. He has published a number of articles in various journals; presented papers at various UGC sponsored seminars and designed study materials for 5 year LLB course. His published articles include Intellectual Property Law and Banking Law.

Som Raj Choudhury

Som Raj Choudhury is a student of law at University College of Law, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. His primary interests are to understand the relationship between law and governance. He seeks to do this by working on the policies developed by both Central and State Government, and how their implementation benefit the people, and becomes an welfare instrument for the society at large. He has undertaken a project on the study of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) programme and its implementation and the success of this project at the Zilla Parishad and Panchayat levels. He has presented a paper on “Geography of Crime and Justice” at the 14th International Annual Conference on Criminology held at Sacramento, California. At present, he is working on the theme of Resettlement and Rehabilitation with UNDP.

S. Vivek and Kalyani Ramnath

Vivek is an undergraduate student at the National Law School, Bangalore. His area of interest is public law and jurisprudence and in this context, the interlinkages between law, language and the state. Kalyani is also an undergraduate student at National Law School, Bangalore and she is, at this time, attempting to study the place of languages in the law and looking at contrasting legal interpretations in different settings – the courtroom and the classroom, for example. Both of them subscribe to the view that there is nothing as practical as a good theory.


Srinivas Chokkakula

Srinivas Chokkakula is a Ph D candidate at the Department of Geography, University of Washington, Seattle, USA. He is pursuing his doctoral research on interstate water disputes and democratization in India. He has his earlier degrees in civil engineering, environmental planning and geography. Before moving to US for doctoral studies, he worked in India for about ten years in the broad areas of development planning and environmental management in nonprofit settings. His research interests include local planning and governance in India, state-society relations, natural resource planning and development, and, disaster management.

Hester Betlem

Hester Betlem completed B.A.in South Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999, went on to complete a Masters in Human Rights Studies from the School for International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, New York City in 2003. She is currently working towards her PhD in Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. Her interests include Law, Belief and Sexuality. She is presently doing her field research among Mathamma women in Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh, where she is looking at the manner in which dedicated women inhabit (or not) the languages of law and social reform in everyday practice.


Hans Dembowski

Hans Dembowski has a PhD in sociology from Bielefeld University. His thesis dealt with urban development and the judiciary in Calcutta. Currently, he is the editor of D+C Development and Cooperation (www.inwent.org/d+c) and the German twin publication E+Z Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit. Law and governance matters are still of core interest to him, though his focus is no longer exclusively on South Asia. Before joining D+C in late 2003, he worked for the economics desks of a national daily in Germany (Frankfurter Rundschau) and Radio Deutsche Welle.

He is the author of "Taking the State to Court – Public Interest Litigation and the Public Sphere in Metropolitan India" (www.asienhaus.de/taking-state-to-court). The original version was published by OUP in 2001, but distribution was soon discontinued because of contempt-of-court proceedings before the Calcutta High Court. The case is still pending, he was never officially notified of the matter.


Statement by Academics and Activists on the Harassment of Ashis Nandy and a Demand for Withdrawal of Spurious Charges Levied Against Him

We write to protest in the strongest possible terms against the charges of criminal offence levied against Ashis Nandy, a political psychologist, sociologist and an internationally renowned public intellectual of the highest caliber. This is the latest case of harassment of intellectuals, journalists, artists, and public figures by antidemocratic forces that claim to speak on behalf of Hindu values sometimes and patriotism at other times, especially in Gujarat, but who have little understanding of either. What is pernicious in this case is that the charge of criminal offence against Nandy levied under Section 153 (A) and (B) for his newspaper article “Blame the Middle Classes” was brought by the head of the Gujarat Branch of the National Council of Civil Liberties. The State Government of Gujarat by giving its permission for filing the case has shown its own complicity in the case.

It seems part of the strategy of the most intolerant sections of Indian society today to make a cynical use the language of civil liberties to achieve ends that are the opposite of what the aspirations to civil liberties and the struggles over them represent. The harassment of well-known intellectuals and artists hides we fear, the daily intimidation being faced by members of minorities and especially the Muslims in Gujarat. We demand that all the charges against Professor Nandy be immediately dropped. We understand that there is a great deal of anxiety in Gujarat today about its lost honour. It might help to remind ourselves that this honour or “asmita” will not be gained by acts of violence and intimidation but by recovering or discovering the humanity of each other. Gujarat can and will regain its own destiny by remembering the politics of nonviolence, as one of its sons by the name of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi once taught the nation and the world.

1.Veena Das, Johns Hopkins University, USA.
2.Homi Bhabha, Harvard University, USA
3.Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Center for Policy Research, Delhi, India
4.Gananath Obeyesekere, Princeton University, USA
5.Pratiksha Baxi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India
6. Saurabh Dube, El Colegio de Mexico
7. Diana Eck, Harvard University, USA
8.Sanjay Subrahmaniam, University of California at Los Angeles, USA
9.Lawrence Cohen, University of California Berkeley, USA
10.Sasanka Perera, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
11. Jonathan Spencer, University of Edinburgh, UK
12.Flavia Agnes, Legal Center of Majlis, Mumbai, india
13. Harsh Mandar, Aman Biradari, Delhi, india
14. Uma Chakravarty, Independent Scholar, Delhi, India
15.Hent de Vries, Johns Hopkins University, USA
16. Ravinder Kaur, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India
17. Nancy Scheper-Hughes, University of California Berkeley, USA
18. Akhil Gupta, University of California Los Angeles, USA
19.Ishita Bannerjee, El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico
20.Nivedita Menon, University of Delhi, India
21.Deepak Mehta, University of Delhi, India
22. Nirja Gopal Jayal, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
23. Srimati Basu, University of Kentucky, USA
24. Pamela Reynolds, Johns Hopkins University, USA
25. Perveez Mody, University of Cambridge UK
26. Janaki Abraham, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India
27. Rajni Palriwala, University of Delhi, India
28. Kalpana Kannabiran, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad
29.Stewart Motha, Kent Law School, UK
30. Anand Pandian, Johns Hopkins University, USA
31.Vikram Vyas, St. Stephens College, University of Delhi
32.Maria Pia de Bella, CNRS-IRSI-EHESS, Paris
33. Gil Anidjar, Columbia University, USA
34. Lawrence Liang, Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore
35 Ranendra K Das, Johns Hopkins University, USA
36. Stanley Samarsinghe, Tulane University, USA
37.Kavi Bhalla, Harvard Initiative for Global Health, USA
38.Naveeda Khan, Johns Hopkins University, USA
39 C K Raju, Center for Studies in Civilizations, Delhi, India
40. Asha Singh, Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi, Delhi.
41 Sanjay Barbora, Panos Institute South Asia, Guwahati, India
42.K. Tudor Silva, University of Peradinya, Sri Lanka
43. Ashok Xavier, Loyola College, Chennai, India
44. Rada Ivekovic, College international de philosophie, Paris
45. Vasuki Nesiah, Brown University, USA
46. Nermeen Shaikh, Asia Society, New York, USA
47. Mani Shekhar Singh, Independent Scholar, Delhi
48. Kavita Misra, Columbia University, USA
49. Christopher Stone, Hunter College, New York, USA
50.Arjun Appadurai, New School University, USA
51.Fredrique-Appfel Marglin, Smith College, USA
52. Ailli Trip, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
53. Nayanika Mookherjee, Lancaster University, UK
54. Sanjay Reddy, University of Columbia, USA
55.Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago, USA
56. Sanmay Das, Ransellier Polytechnic Institute, USA
57. Mohan Trivedi, University of California, San Diego, USA
58.Kamala Visweswaran, University of Texas at Austin, USA
59.Banu Subramaniam, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
60.Geeta Patel, University of Virginia, USA
61.Ajay Sakaria, University of Minnesota, USA
62.Gloria Goodwin Raheja, University of Minnesota, USA
63.Farah Aziz, Journalist, Mumbai, India
64.Pankj Mishra, Writer, New York, USA
65.Uday Mehta, Amherst College, USA
66.Qadri Ismail, University of Minnesota, USA
67. Rachel Dwyer, University of London, UK
68. Michael Dwyer, Publisher, London, UK
69.Bhaskar Sarkar, UC Santa Barbara, USA
70.Ashok Dhareshwar, Washington, DC, USA
71.Mahdi Almandrja, University Mohammad V Rabat, Morocco
72. Richard Falk, Princeton University, USA
73. Piya Chatterjee, UC Riverside, USA
74 Ann Grodzins Gold, Syracuse University, New York
75. Sunil Bhavsar, San Diego, California, USA
76.Simone Sawhney, University of Minnesota, USA
77.Gyanendra Pandey, Emory University, USA
78.Sabina Sawhney, Hofstra University, New York, USA
79.Vivek Dhareshwar, Center for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore, India
80. Adel Wessell, Southern Cross University, Australia
81. Baden Oxford, Southern Cross University, Australia
82. Indira Chowdhury, ARCH, Bangalore, India.
83. Jerry Pinto, Journalist, Mumbai, India.
84. Andrea Pinto, Librarian, Mumbai, India.
85.Sruti Chaganthi, Center for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore, India
86.David Loy, Xavier University, Ohio, USA
87.Jan Obevg, Transnational Foundation, Sweden
88. Vrinda Grover, Marg, Delhi
89.Mahua Sarkar, Binghamton University, USA
90.Joseph Borocz, Rutgers University, USA
91.Megha Subramanian, University of Southern California, LA, USA
92. Nayanika Mookherjee, Lancaster University, UK
93.Pradeep Jeganathan, International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka
94. Malathi de Alwis, International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka
95.Ein Lal, Independent Film Maker, Delhi, India
96.Shastri Ramachandran, Journalist, the Tribune, Chandigarh, India
97. Rita Brara, University of Delhi, India.
98. V.Venkatesan, Journalist, Frontline, Delhi
99. Debamitra Kar, Pearson Education, Delhi, India
100.Maitreyi Krishnan, Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore, India
101.Ponni Arasu, Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore, India
102.Manoranjani Thomas, Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore, India
103. Mayur Suresh, Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore, India
104. Prashant Iyengar, Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore, India
105. Namita Malhotra, Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore, India
106. Clifton Rosario, Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore, India
107. Arvind Narrain, Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore, India
108. Jiti Nichani, Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore, India
109. Usha R, Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore, India
110. Siddhartha Narrian, Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore, India
111. Anand Chokhwala, Surat, India
112. Nayana M Trivedi, Scripps Memorial Hospital, San Diego, California, USA
113. Munira A Basnai, NIH, Bathesda, USA
114. Attila Melegh, Corvinus University, Hungary.
115. Gauri Viswanathan, Columbia University, USA
116.Bhrigupati Singh, Johns Hopkins University, USA
117. Prerna Singh, Princeton University, USA
118. Saumya Das, Mass. General hospital, Cambridge, USA
119.Ranjini Obesesekere, Independent Scholar, Sri Lanka
120. Sithie Tiruchelvam, Tiruchelvam Associates, Colombo, Sri Lanka
121.Jonathan Parry, London School of Economics, London, UK
122. Manav Ratti, Oxford University, UK
123. Priyamvada Gopal, University of Cambridge, UK
124.Harsh Pant, King’s College, London, UK
125. Keya Ganguli, University of Minnesota, USA
126. Joshua Castollino, Middlesex University, UK
127. Sudeshna Guha, Univeristy of Cambridge, UK
128. Debjani Ganguli, Australian National University, Australia
129.Kavita Daiya, George Washington University, USA
130. Jonathan Woolf, University of Liverpool, UK
131. Soumhya Venkatesan, University of Manchester, UK
132.Kriti Kapila, University of Cambridge, UK
133. Shirin Rail, University of Warwick, UK
134. Radmila Nakarada, University of Belgrade, Serbia
135. Gul Khattak, Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad, Pakistan
136. Suketu Bhavsar, Cal Poly, Pomona USA
137. Jishnu Das, Center for Policy Research, Delhi, India
138.Swati Chattopadhyay, UC Santa Barbara, USA
139.Dineshwar Tiwari, Deshkal Society, Delhi, India
140. Ranjeet Nirguni, Deshkal Society, Delhi, India
141.Mary JaJehanbegaloo, University of Toronto, Canada
142.. Imtiaz Ahmad, Dhaka University, Bangladesh
143. Shard Chandra Behar, Bhopal, MP, India
144.Arthur Kleinman, Harvard University, USA
145. Aamir Mufti, UC Los Angeles, USA
146.Nauman Naqvi, Brown University, USA
147. Steven Caton, Harvard University, USA
148. Ziauddin Sardar, City University, London, UK
149. Ohashi Masaki, Keisen University, Japan
150. Jessica Marglin Princeton University, USA
151. J. Mohan Rao, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
152. Sylvia Marcos, Center for Psycho-ethnological Research, Cuernavaca, Mexico
153. Jean Robert, Architect, Mexico
154. Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University, USA
155. Rajeev Bhargav, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi
156. Baber Johansen, Harvard University, USA
157. Srirupa Roy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
158. Fredrique-Apffel Marglin, Smith College, Northampton, USA
159. Shudana Yusaf, Princeton University, USA
160. Sudhir Kakra, Psychoanalyst and Writer, Goa, India
161.Daho Djerba, University of Algeria, Algeria
162. Upendra Baxi, Warwick University, UK
163. Harsh Kapoor, South Asia Citizen’s Web
164.Govinda Rath, G.B.Pant institute of Social Sciences, Allahabad, India
165.William Connolly, Johns Hopkins University, USA
166.Dipankar Gupta, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India
167.Indrani Chatterjee, Rutgers University, Delhi
168. Peter Ronald deSouza, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Simla
169. Triloki Madan, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, India
170. Mara Kamdar, World Policy Institute, New York, USA

Varun Gauri

Varun Gauri is Senior Economist in the Development Research Group of the World
Bank. His research focuses on politics and governance in the social sectors and
aims to combine quantitative and qualitative methods in economics and social
science research. His research has addressed HIV/AIDS policies in Brazil, South
Africa, and Mozambique, basic immunization in Pakistan, the behavior of
development NGOs in Bangladesh and Uganda, payment modalities for health care
providers in Costa Rica and Nigeria, litigation for social and economic rights
in developing countries, and the relationship between international human rights
treaties and development outcomes. He is the author of School Choice in Chile:
Two Decades of Educational Reform. He has published widely in development
journals, including World Development, the Journal of Development Studies,
Studies in Comparative International Development, World Bank Research Observer,
and Health Policy and Planning. Since joining the World Bank in 1996, he has
also worked on and led a variety of operational and analytic tasks, including
project and program evaluations, investments in privately owned hospitals,
health care decentralization, and public expenditure reviews.

Geetanjali Srikantan

Geetanjali Srikantan is a doctoral student at the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore. Her research interests lie in the area of law and religion. Her present research which draws from jurisprudence and legal history revolves around the site of the religious place.


Gauri Nanayakkara

Gauri Nanayakkara, an Attorney-at-Law from Sri Lanka, is currently researching on performers’ rights in Sri Lanka for the doctoral thesis at the University of Kent, UK. She possesses a Master of Laws from the Queen Mary University of London, UK on Communications and Computer Law. She has been working as a private practitioner and subsequently as a State Counsel at the Attorney General’s Department of Sri Lanka prior to joining the University of Kent. In addition to her research work she also teaches at the University.

Saptarshi Mandal

Saptarshi Mandal is a student of law at the National University of Juridical Sciences in Kolkata. His primary interest is in understanding the relationship between law and marginality. He seeks to do this by bringing together perspectives from Dalit, Queer, Disability and Feminist studies and the way law interacts with each of these. He has been working on the idea of jurisprudence of caste, and has published on Dalit conceptions of justice and the legal discourse around manual scavenging. At present, he is working on the theme of disability and citizenship, of which the present effort is a part.

Renu Addlakha

Renu Addlakha, Ph.D. is senior fellow at the Centre for Women's Development studies, New Delhi. Her areas of specialisation include the sociology of medicine, mental illness and the psychiatric profession, public health, anthropology of infectious diseases, bioethics, gender and the family, disability and society. She has published in peer reviewed national and international journals. She is the author of 'Deconstructing mental illness: An ethnography of psychiatry, women and the family (2008).


Rajshree Chandra Ahuja

Rajshree Chandra Ahuja, doctoral researcher at JNU, has been teaching at LSR and Janki Devi Memorial College for a number of years in the Department of Political Science, Delhi University. She was awarded her Masters and M.Phil degrees from CPS, JNU. Rajshree recently submitted her doctoral thesis entitled "Intellectual Property Rights and the Politics of Knowledge" at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, JNU. The thesis examines IP rights as a rights claim examining both the ontological criterion as well as the consequentialist premises of IP rights.


Ahilan Kadirgamar

Ahilan Kadirgamar is an activist with the Sri Lanka Democracy Forum. He has written about the international dimension of the conflict and peace process in Sri Lanka and worked on human rights concerns related to the conflict. His current interests include the political economy of state-society relations and attempts at constitutional reform in Sri Lanka.


Proposed Panel on Labour, Livelihoods and the State

This panel for the forthcoming LASSNET conference on Law and Social
Sciences in South Asia aims to explore the conception of a 'worker'
who is the object of legal protection. How have the state and law
imagined the 'worker'; what have been the shifts and continuity in the
law; why have certain categories of work and livelihoods been
privileged over others, and in what manner; what are the implications
of legal protection/ exclusion; and what are the costs the 'worker'
and organizations/collectivities have to bear for inclusion in such
legal coverage.

Papers from plural perspectives are welcomed.

Please email: Prabhu Mohapatra (prabhuayan@gmail.com) and Kamala
Sankaran (kamala.sankaran@gmail.com)