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Call for Papers |Environmental Law and Practice Review (ELPR) by NALSAR: Submit by Jan 15!

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We are happy to announce that the Environmental Law and Practice Review (ELPR) is now accepting submissions for its VIIIth Volume.


The National Academy of Legal Studies and Research(NALSAR), is a public law school and a National Law University located in Shamirpet, Hyderabad, Telangana, India. It is among the first universities to offer the five-year integrated undergraduate law degree, postgraduate law degree and doctorate law degree

About ELPR

The Environmental Law and Practice Review is an initiative by the Dr. SP Chatterjee Centre for Environmental Studies at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. It is one of the leading student-run, double-blind peer reviewed environmental law journals in India, and publishes on a variety of issues such as natural resources, environmental policy and other allied topics pertaining to environmental law. ELPR has previously published contributions from distinguished scholars such as Dr Madhu Verma, Dr Philippe Cullet, Dr Armin Rosencranz, Prof Damilola Sunday Olawuyi,  Nigel Howorth, and many other experts in the field.

The 8th Volume of the Journal welcomes submissions on the theme ‘Global South and Climate Change: UNFCCC +30’ from academicians, legal practitioners, students, and researchers from the legal community. The research articles may focus on the following suggested sub-themes:

1. Climate change and the rights of indigenous people.

2. Displacements, forced migration, and climate refugees.

3. Justice, the global divide, and climate change diplomacy.

4. Gender-related rights in the context of climate change.

5. Capitalism, (In)equality, and small island states.

6. Sovereignty, statelessness, and international law.

7. Climate change governance and state responsibility.

8. Ocean, marine environment, and climate-related challenges.

9. Impact, response, and effective adaptation measures to climate change.

10. Any other contemporary topic related to the theme.

The sub-themes are only suggestive – submissions may cover any issue in line with the theme.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Nature of Submissions
  2. Article

An article may be an exposition of lacunae prevailing in contemporary laws of any country, a comparative study of different laws, or the publishing of research data and analysis in the area of environmental sciences and law. Along with articles engaging in current contemporary themes, pure theoretical works are also welcome. It is advisable that the article has a theme or a core argument around which it would ideally revolve. The author is expected to make a comprehensive study of the subject and offer fresh innovative solutions for the same. The article should not exceed 10,000 words (inclusive of footnotes).

  1. Essay

An essay, as opposed to an article, is expected to be more concise and succinct in scope and ought to engage in a contemporary problem in the field of environmental sciences and law without indulging in excessive theorising. The essay should ideally focus on a legal debate on the interpretation of law with a genuine approach to the problem. It should be a concrete and logical manuscript built around a specific/particular predicament. An essay should not exceed 6,000 words (inclusive of footnotes).

  1. Case Comment/Legislative Critique

The author may choose to critique an existing legislation, which may be an Act, Regulation, Rule, Scheme, Policy, Guideline etc. In the alternative, the author may also critique and analyse a bill which is tabled before the Parliament of any country. A legislative critique requires a thorough analysis of the various aspects of the legislation. It may focus on the consequences of the changes that would entail after its implementation, and suggestions to redress its shortfalls (if the author suggests any). A case comment may analyse or critique any recent landmark judgement and its impact. Case comments and legislative critiques should not exceed 3,500 words (inclusive of footnotes).

  1. Book Review

A book review shall ideally incorporate a complete analysis and an overview of the book, along with special reference to the original author’s ideas, their writing style, etc. Direct lifting of more than thirty words (i.e. a paragraph) from the book being reviewed is strictly discouraged and will result in immediate disqualification. The book being reviewed must pertain to core issues of environmental law or science. It must not date back to more than three years from its date of issue/publication in the public domain. Although there is no strict word limit for a book review, it should be concise enough to provide the reader a holistic review of the book. A book review should not exceed 3,000 words (inclusive of footnotes).

  1. Formatting and Citation Guidelines

The body of the manuscript should be in Times New Roman, font size 12, with 1.5 line spacing. The footnotes should be in Times New Roman, font size 10, with single line spacing.

The manuscript should contain only footnotes (and not endnotes) as a method of citation. Citations must conform to the OSCOLA (Oxford University Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities) (4th edn.) style of citation.

  1. Prior to the actual submission, authors must send an abstract of no more than 500 words describing its scope. Abstracts must be submitted by the deadline as only those papers selected on the basis of the abstract will be published.
  2. Each abstract and submission must be accompanied by a separate document with the following details of the author: name, e-mail address, postal address, name and address of institution, and course and academic year (if applicable). No biographical information may be mentioned within the main submission itself, since it would prevent the Board from conducting an anonymous review.
  3. Joint authorship is permitted and there is no cap on the number of authors per submission.
  4. Speaking footnotes are discouraged.
  5. ELPR believes in the originality of ideas and therefore any material submitted to the Journal will not be considered if it has been published or is under consideration elsewhere.
  6. Authors must submit only original manuscripts, and are prohibited from submitting plagiarised submissions. A plagiarism check of the submission will be conducted after its receipt, and any plagiarised work will be automatically rejected.
  7. The Editorial Board of ELPR shall not be responsible for any material that is libellous or scandalous and the author shall be deemed to have obtained the permission of the referred author in case the work is unpublished.
  8. Please send the submissions to: [email protected]. The subject line must read ‘Submission for Vol. 8’. Queries may be directed to the same ID with ‘Query’ in the subject line.
  9. The Editorial, Peer Review Policy, and other information about the Journal can be found on the website.

The journal would be released in July 2023 tentatively. The last date to submit the abstract is January 15th, 2023, and acceptance of the abstracts will be communicated by January 25th, 2023. The final deadline for submissions whose abstracts have been accepted will be March 25th, 2022

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