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Aims and Scope

Socio-Legal Review (SLR) is a peer-reviewed, bi-annual journal that encourages interdisciplinary research at the intersection of law and social sciences. We are an open-access, student-run journal published by the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru.


SLR subscribes to an expansive view of “law and society” and seeks to publish scholarship that goes beyond looking at the law as merely a set of rules and doctrines. As such, we welcome interdisciplinary research that critically enquires into the intersections between the law and the social sciences, especially in the South Asian context. We invite articles from diverse disciplines and areas of study that engage with the law including but not limited to:

  • ethnographic and anthropological studies of the everyday working of the law

  • legal history and historical analyses of the law and legal institutions

  • decolonial, postcolonial, Marxist, feminist, queer, class, anti-caste, and critical race studies perspectives toward the law

  • social movements, and the law as a catalyst or impediment for social transformation

  • public policy and planning, regulation, and governance and administration

  • study of legal institutions, systems and cultures, and institutional reform

  • pedagogy, legal methods, and the intersection of legal theory and social/political theory

  • identity, migration and citizenship studies

  • environmental, land, and urban studies

  • religion and minority studies

  • bioethics, medico-legal, healthcare, and disability studies

  • civil society, human rights, and socio-economic welfare

  • criminal law, criminology, and law and justice

  • law and the humanities, including literature, theatre, film, media studies, literary criticism, philosophy, and so on.

In addition to the print journal, we also publish shorter pieces on our online platform - the SLR Forum. The SLR Forum is designed as a space for encouraging accessible and timely discourse on issues of socio-legal relevance including, but not limited to, contemporary developments. We invite academics, students, and practitioners to contribute to the Forum through essays, commentary, book reviews, and other forms of writing that dissect these issues through an interdisciplinary method.​​​​

Please read our Submission Guidelines for information on how to submit your manuscript for the Journal or the Forum.

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