The Centre for Environment and Law, NUALS welcomes contributions for the first issue of the Environment and Society Journal that is scheduled to be released in fall, 2013.


The Environment, Law and Society Journal (ELSJ) is a student-edited journal published by the Centre for Environment and Law of the National University of Advanced Legal Studies. Kochi.

The journal aims to provide an active forum that inspires academics, researchers, students, judges and practitioners to express and share their experiences and opinions on themes relating to the interface of environment, law and society.

Through this effort, the Journal also hopes to fill the lacunae relating to the academic debate on environmental issues among legal circles.

We welcome submissions under the following categories:

  • Articles (between 6000-8000 words including footnotes)

Articles should provide a sustained analysis of various legal topics. It could be doctrinal or empirical and should comprehensively deal with relevant literature on the chosen subject to formulate viable assertions.

  • Short Notes (3000-5000 words including footnotes)

Short notes should be shorter versions of articles which should indicate a central thesis and argument flowing throughout the piece. The nature of the note should be analytical and descriptive and should mainly deal with contemporary developments.

  • Book Reviews (1500-2500 words including footnotes)

Book Reviews may be solicited and unsolicited pieces which critically examine a book released within the two years preceding the release of the current issue of the ESLJ.

The book review shall entail an examination of ideas promoted by the author of the book from the point of view of originality, extent of analysis and tenability.

Book Reviews shall describe the subject of the review clearly, including the name of the book, the name of the author, the name of the publisher, the date of publication, and, the edition number if applicable.

  • Case Comments/Legislative Reviews (1500-2500 words including footnotes)

Case Comments/Legislative Reviews maintained in tandem with the latest legal developments in India. The author can choose a relevant and recent case or legislation (Central or State) to assess critically.


  • All works must be original, undistributed and unpublished. The research papers should not be plagiarized wholly or in part from any sources.
  • Articles and Short Notes must be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 300 words. No abstract is required for Book Reviews or Case Comments/Legislative Reviews.
  • Submissions should adhere to the following format:

MAIN TEXT: Font – Arial; Font size -12; Spacing –Double; Alignment –Justified; Margin – One inch on all sides.

FOOTNOTES: Font – Arial; Font size -10; Spacing – Every Footnote shall be single spaced, but there shall be double spacing between two different Footnotes

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