Call for Papers: Law and Jurisprudence and Their Impact on Society and Politics

To encourage research and writing on questions of law and jurisprudence, and their impact on society and politics, Economic and Political Weekly invites submissions from young researchers, students, and lawyers for the Law and Society column to be published in the months of May, June, and July. The submission criteria are as follows:

Scope of submission

  • An original, unpublished essay that relates to lawmaking, working of judicial institutions, impact of laws on different sections of society, critical analysis of laws or judgments, or similar themes.
  • Length Between 1,500 and 2,000 words (inclusive of references in EPW style).

Eligibility: Any person aged between 18 and 35-whether a student, researcher or professional. Preference will be given to entries by applicants from marginalised backgrounds.

Guidelines for the essays

  • The topic need not necessarily relate to India or Indian laws, but preference will be given to those that do.
  • Preference will be given to topics that cover contemporary issues in law and society. C. The essay must have a core argument to make about the topic in question.
  • Refrain from direct quotes of judgments and laws, and paraphrase where possible.

Procedure for submission

  • Please mention your full name, age, educational qualifications, and current institutional affiliation (if any) in the email.
  • All entries must be accompanied by an undertaking that the essay has not been submitted to any other journal for publication in any other form.

Send in your entries by 1 May 2023 to in Microsoft Word format with the email subject being “Law and Society column submission!

Successful applicants will be notified by EPW one week before the first publication is released in May. The decision of the editorial board of EPW will be final.

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