The Journalists: The Jindal Global Law Review

JGLR is a theme-based journal with each issue focusing on historical and contemporary significance to law.
The Journalists: The Jindal Global Law Review
Assistant Editors of Jindal Global Law Review

The Journalists is a deeper look at the journals published by law schools around the country. In this edition, we take a look at the Jindal Global Law Review.

Jindal Global Law Review (JGLR), founded in 2009, is the faculty-edited flagship journal of Jindal Global Law School. Published biannually, JGLR is a theme-based journal with each issue focusing on historical and contemporary significance to law. JGLR publishes peer-reviewed interdisciplinary and critical legal scholarship, focusing on the Global South — primarily by academics in law and related disciplines that take the conventional and the creative seriously.

In this interview conducted by Campus Ambassador Amey Pyati, JGLR's Assistant Editors Ajita Sharma and Aashish Yadav discuss their reasons for joining the JGLR editorial board, the inclusion of JGLR in the SCOPUS index, legal research and writing, and a lot more.

What inspired you to contribute to this journal?

Ajita Sharma: For me joining the editorial board of JGLR in January 2020 seemed like a natural choice as an early-career scholar to learn about the process of knowledge production from a range of contributors and editorial board members with varying life experiences, research interests and theoretical frameworks.

It was and continues to be an exciting avenue to polish my editorial skills and techniques, and gain insights from senior colleagues who have a strong appreciation for attention to detail and a common objective of publishing research that explores the understanding of law in different contexts.

Aashish Yadav: During my LLB, I had the opportunity to work as an editor of the first student edition of Delhi Law Review. It allowed me to become familiar with the rigours of the editorial process and provided me with an insight into the thoroughness required from academic scholarship. Being a part of JGLR editorial team has kept me abreast of the cutting-edge research and scholarly interactions in law.

Most importantly, it has allowed me to sharpen my research and writing, and refine my style. These learnings are especially valuable to me as an early-career researcher. Working on issues ranging from hate crimes and clinical legal education to citizenship has helped me build an understanding of scholarly traditions and emerging legal discourses.

How does the Jindal Global Law Review (JGLR) differentiate itself from other journals?

JGLR is a peer-reviewed law journal with a vision to focus on interdisciplinary research from the Global South. We invite submissions on issues relevant to the Global South and featuring Southern scholars and their writing. Further, our themed issues allow us to publish scholarship, which takes a critical and creative lens to various aspects of legal thought and practice. The themed issues also help shape a theoretical insight into how the law operates in distinct social contexts.

JGLR also publishes long-form interviews with legal practitioners and experts in their fields to ensure thoughtful engagement on the themed issues. In the recent past, we have featured interviews of Dr Prabha Kotiswaran, Harsh Mander, Dr Upendra Baxi, V. Geetha and other scholars. JGLR also publishes photo-essays alongside the standard journal article, case comments and book reviews.

Since 2015, JGLR has partnered with Springer, a well-known international publisher of research, educational and technical literature for its publication. In 2018, one of JGLR’s key recognitions came when the Supreme Court of India cited the special double issue on ‘Law, Culture and Queer Politics in Neoliberal Times’ edited by Professors Oishik Sircar and Dipika Jain in the landmark judgment of Navtej Johar and Others v. Union of India.

In October 2020, JGLR was included in the SCOPUS index among a coveted and a relatively small group of reputed international journals. JGLR is India’s first and only law school’s law journal to be recognised over 1,650 law schools and over 200 law journals in the country.

How have the students from Jindal Global Law School responded to the creation of this journal?

In the past, we have received abstracts from students studying law or legal studies from all over the world at various levels of education – graduate, post-graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral. Students from JGLS have also enthusiastically displayed an interest by submitting quality proposals for JGLR’s past issues. Even though JGLR primarily publishes academics in law and related disciplines, we have accepted manuscripts from students who have demonstrated exemplary research and writing skills keeping in mind the journal’s overall thematic balance and the nature of contributions received.

Has it fostered a greater interest in legal subjects and topics among students, pursuing other courses in the university?

We have received feedback from students and colleagues from non-law disciplines that they appreciate our thematic issues’ multidisciplinary nature. We hope our scholarship continues to generate interest among students of law and allied disciplines.

The journal has recently earned much praise by being included in the SCOPUS abstract and citation database. What future milestones like this does your team hope to achieve?

Yes, SCOPUS indexing is an acknowledgement of the journal’s credibility. It has made JGLR more visible among scholarly circles seeking to publish in Indian law journals. It has led to an increase in the responses to our Call for Papers by a manifold. We receive a wide variety of abstracts and proposals from academically diverse scholars from around the world.

In future, we want to take steps keeping our aims and objectives in mind and remain attentive to discourses and concerns in the Global South. Our focus will be to encourage critical diversity of academic research and knowledge production in more areas relevant to the Global South.

JGLR has introduced three new occasional sections to re-imagine the standard law journal. These sections are Book Forum (conversations about a book between readers and authors), Teaching Texts (pedagogical experiences of engaging with key texts in a classroom), and Review Essays (argument-based analyses of a collection of books/works).

Through such adaptations, JGLR hopes to continue publishing cutting-edge research, which is accessible to all interested readers, and to contribute to the research culture in law schools across India.

JGLR’s last issue published in Spring 2020 on ‘Hate crimes in India’ covered various articles and topical nature themes. The Fall 2020 issue on ‘Clinical Legal Education’ will be released in the forthcoming weeks. We are also compiling this year’s Spring issue on ‘Bodies, Borders, & Displacement: The Crisis of Citizenship in our Time’.

Currently, JGLR is accepting submissions until 1 February 2021 on the theme ‘Law and Dis/abilities’ for the Fall issue of 2021.

Details of JGLR’s Editorial Team and Advisory Board can be found here. For more information on our past and forthcoming issues, and submission related queries, please visit our website or write to jglr@jgu.edu.in.

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