About JILS

Journal of Indian Law and Society (formerly the Indian Juridical Review) is a student run peer reviewed journal based at the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. Published bi-annually, it is the flagship journal of the Student Juridical Association.

It was founded with the objective of creating an inter-disciplinary forum to analyze legal issues through the prism of other social sciences. Breaking the barriers of compartmentalized legal discussions, the Journal encourages cross-disciplinary approaches for a better understanding of law and legal systems within India. Thus, it aims to contribute significantly to the fields of both social sciences and law and especially the sociology of law.

The journal publishes original papers which are evaluated by independent referees on the basis of their quality of inter-disciplinary research and contribution to reshaping legal views from a law and society perspective.


Our Latest Issue – Volume 12(2)

Citation: 12(2) JILS (2021)

Foreword by Professor Kalpana Kannabiran

Editorial Note by Alex Koshy


The Inscription of Technology in Life: Biotechnology and the Changing Architecture of Property & Rights (Part I in a two paper series) by Rajshree Chandra 

The Inscription of Law in Life: Intellectual Property and commodification of Life (Part II in a two paper series) by Rajshree Chandra

The Pillars of Nero: Professionally Imposed Barriers to Legal Awareness and Solutions to them by Rishabh Jain & Somanshu Shukla 

Privacy through the Ages: India’s Privacy Jurisprudence in Gender and Sexuality Rights by Torsha Sarkar

Land, Laws and Loss in Kashmir by Ipsita Chakravarty 


Abusive Constitutional Borrowing: The Latest Legal Iteration of a Political Crisis by Rehan Abeyratne 

Fortifying Liberal Constitutional Democracy in our Times: Reflections on ‘Abusive Constitutional Borrowings’ by Arun K. Thiruvengadam 

Abusive Borrowing in Asia? A Reply to Commentators by Rosalind Dixon & David Landau 


War by Atul Alexander & Sanyam Jha 

Saving the News: Why the Constitution Calls for Government Action to Preserve Freedom of Speech  by Shameek Sen