Call for Papers| NLIU Journal of Business Laws: Submit by Nov 25

About the National Law Institute University

The National Law Institute University (NLIU) was established by Act No. 41 of 1997 of the Madhya Pradesh Legislature to provide modern legal education through multidisciplinary teaching and imparting of up-to-date skills. The University has successfully instilled a sense of social responsibility along with scholastic and reflexive capabilities bearing in mind larger national and humanitarian goals.

About the CBCL

CBCL was established as a “Centre for Excellence” in 2008 to generate awareness and facilitate research in the field of corporate and commercial laws in India. Since its establishment, CBCL has produced rich research output contributing to the legal discourse in the country in the field of corporate and commercial laws.

About the NLIU-JBL

The NLIU-JBL was conceived with the idea that it would be an efficient platform to foster meaningful research in the arena of business and commercial laws. Through the JBL, the endeavour is to provide students and budding scholars with opportunities to contribute to the intellectual discourse surrounding the field.  

The response they have received, despite the inaugural and second volume of the NLIU-JBL only being published online in 2019 and 2020, respectively, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, proves that the Journal is well on its way to achieving its objectives. It is the sincerest hope that the ideas the NLIU-JBL expresses can one day become a reality.

In light of the above, they are extremely honoured that Hon’ble Justice Mohammad Rafiq, Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court and the Chancellor of NLIU has graced the NLIU-JBL as its Patron-in-Chief. Furthermore, they are grateful to have Prof. (Dr.) V. Vijayakumar, the Vice-Chancellor of NLIU as the Patron of this Journal.

About the event

The Centre for Business and Commercial Laws (CBCL) is now inviting submissions for Volume 3 of the annual NLIU Journal of Business Laws (NLIU-JBL). The NLIU-JBL is a peer-reviewed journal and is one of the premier journals of the National Law Institute University, Bhopal.


The NLIU-JBL traverses the entirety of the business and commercial laws within its ambit. It covers diverse areas, including company law, securities and capital markets law, intellectual property law, law of banking and finance, insolvency and bankruptcy law, taxation law, investment law, competition law, contract law, employment law, commercial aspects of dispute resolution, and white-collar crimes. NLIU-JBL welcomes original and useful unpublished contributions from students, academicians, and professionals.

The submissions are expected to be of contemporary social relevance and must demonstrate high standards of scholarship.

Submission Categories

Submission may be made to the NLIU-JBL under the following heads:

  • Long Articles – 4000 – 7000 Words: Long articles must be comprehensive and contain a rigorous in-depth analysis of the contemporary problem(s) and idea(s). It should include identification of lacunae in the existing status quo along with alternatives, suggestions, and references to a range of sources. 
  • Short Articles – 2000 – 4000 Words: Short articles should rigorously analyze the contemporary problem(s) and idea(s). They should ideally identify lacunae in the existing status quo, provide solutions, alternative suggestions, and should include references to a range of sources. 
  • Case Comments – 2000 – 4000 Words: A case comment should be a critique of a recent judgment. The comment should highlight the relevance of judgments to the field of business and commercial laws, in addition to the views, expressed in the judgment, and include the critical opinion of the author.
  • Legislative Comment – 2000 – 4000 words: The comment should provide a rigorous analysis of a recent legislative instrument. It should examine the objective of the legislation and the legal impact the same is expected to have.
  • Book Review – 1000 – 3000 words: Book review must be a crisp account of a recently published book dealing with business and commercial laws. It should discuss the issues explored and left unexplored and the related arguments of the author

Note: Word limit is inclusive of footnotes but exclusive of the abstract. Kindly adhere strictly to the word limit prescribed.

Submission Guidelines

Submission is expected to be of high academic quality and must comply with the prescribed substance, formatting, and citation standards. Furthermore, submissions will be accepted only if:

  • The title succinctly encapsulates the topic and explains the body of work;
  • The abstract briefly describes the idea behind the submission, its structure, and the authors’ conclusion(s);
  • The issue(s) are clearly identified and adequately described; and
  • The submission is coherently presented.

Note: A submission will not be accepted if it has been plagiarized. NLIU-JBL has a zero-tolerance policy towards plagiarism. Please note that any plagiarized submission will be outrightly rejected.

Formatting Guidelines

  • Title: Times New Roman, Font Size 14, in CAPITALS, Bold, aligned CENTRE.
  • Abstract: Times New Roman, Font Size 12, Italics, aligned CENTRE.
  • Keywords: Times New Roman, Font Size 12, aligned JUSTIFIED.
  • Headings:
    • Heading: Times New Roman, Font Size 12, in CAPITALS, Bold, aligned CENTRE, numbered in Roman Numerals (I, II, III….).
    • Sub-Heading: Times New Roman, Font Size 12, in Small Capitals, Bold, aligned CENTRE, numbered in Capital Letters (A., B., C…..).
    • Heading under Sub-Heading: Times New Roman, Font Size 12, in Small Capitals, Bold, aligned CENTRE, numbered in English Numerals (1, 2, 3….).
  • Body:
    • Body Text: Times New Roman, Font Size 12, 1.5 spacing between lines and automatic spacing between paragraphs, aligned JUSTIFIED.
    • Note: Authors are advised to apply the 1.5 line spacing and automatic spacing between paragraphs requirement uniformly after the Title, Abstract, Keywiords, and all Headings.
  • Footnotes: Times New Roman, Font Size 10, spacing 1, aligned JUSTIFIED, OSCOLA 4th Edition.
  • Miscellaneous: Please ensure 1 inch/2.54 cm distance on all four margins.


Co-authorship is permissible only up to a maximum of two authors. However, co-authorship is not allowed for Case Comment, Legislative Comment, and Book Review. 


Submissions made to the NLIU-JBL are on an exclusive basis. These submissions must not have been previously published or submitted for publication elsewhere. The contribution presented to and accepted for publication along with the copyrights therein shall be the intellectual property of the NLIU-JBL and shall vest with it.

Along with the manuscript, the authors must send an originality and copyright statement signed by the author(s) declaring the manuscript to be the original work of the author and whereby the author(s) declares that the copyright of the work vests with NLIU, Bhopal.

Submission procedure

Authors are requested to submit their manuscripts before 11:59 PM on 25th November 2021. Please follow the instructions below to submit your manuscript:

To know the submission procedure

  • Upload your manuscript and the copyright statement in MSWord format.
  • Each author will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of their submission from CBCL shortly after submitting.


In case of any queries, please contact them via email at [email protected].

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