CfP: Conference on Making International Law Relevant by Jindal Forum for International and Economic Laws [Prizes worth Rs.25k; Merit Certificates]: Submit by Dec 25

Jindal Forum for International and Economic Laws is organizing a conference on International Law and is inviting submissions for the same.


The Jindal Forum for International and Economic Laws (JFIEL) is a blog affiliated with O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat.

About the Conference

The theme for the conference is ‘Making International Law Relevant: Promises and Challenges for India’. The conference acknowledges the fact that international law is not a prominent part of Indian legal practice and public discourse.

The conference aims at challenging this status quo with analytical, reflective and grounded papers which show the significance of international law to the Indian context.

About the Call for Papers

The submissions could highlight how international law could become an arena through which the Indian State could advance its strategic interests, whether in tribunals, international organisations, or in its relations with other States and international actors (as most clearly seen in the Khulbushan Jadhav case or India’s attempt to secure a permanent seat at the Security Council).

Submissions could similarly discuss how India should align its domestic practices and policies towards compliance with international law to serve strategic interests, such as avoiding repetitions of Vodafone-like litigation.

In sum, submissions should not only engage with the law but offer compelling policy reasons for the practical importance or utility of taking international law seriously.


Equally, we welcome pieces arguing for the relevance of international law where it is absent in mainstream literature on any domestic controversies in any context. All fields in public and private international law may be engaged with, including:

  • International human rights law
  • International humanitarian law
  • International criminal law
  • International investment law
  • International trade law
  • International commercial arbitration
  • International environmental law
  • International space law

Note: They are happy if any interested authors wish to share their topic of interest with them before writing. If pieces purely include an application of the law or rearticulate it in contexts where it has already been extensively debated, they would encourage sending them to their rolling blog, rather than the Conference. If authors wish to write on any historical issue, their analysis should nevertheless be linked to some contemporary debates or events.

About the Conference

The conference will be held in a hybrid format. The participants are expected to attend the events physically on the premises of Jindal Global Law School (“JGLS”), Sonipat.

For students unable to join physically, online participation will remain an option to retain accessibility. Student panels for the paper presentations will be composed of both JGLS students and external students.

External participants could be from either Indian or foreign universities but must be at the undergraduate level.

Along with panel presentations where all students would benefit from collaborative discussion and networking, participants will also engage in seminars with luminaries of the international legal field. Only authors whose pieces are shortlisted will attend the conference events.

Submission Guidelines

  • It is compulsory for authors to submit a 100-200 word abstract.
  • Once the abstracts are shortlisted, selected candidates will be asked to submit a 2,000-2,500 word paper.
  • Co-authorship is not allowed for the conference.
  • Kindly use hyperlinks for citations. Submissions with footnotes will not be accepted.

Awards and Rewards

  • All selected attendees will be given a certificate of merit.
  • Please note that authors will be considered for awards in two separate categories ‘Internal’ (JGLS students) and ‘External’.
  • The five best-ranked submissions in each category shall be rewarded with a certificate of excellence and individual Gift Vouchers amounting to INR 5,000/-each.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for Abstract Submissions: 25th December 2022
  • Notification of Abstract Selections: 20th January 2023
  • Deadline for Paper Submissions: 4th February 2023
  • Paper Presentation: Late March to Early April 2023 (final dates to be announced)

Contact Information

In case of any queries, please contact jfielconference[at]

Click here to submit the abstract