Dr. T.M.A. Pai Foundation, Manipal


  1. VBCL Law Review
  2. VBCL News Letter


  1. Editorial Board
  2. Instructions to Authors
  3. Peer Review Policy
  4. Ethical Policy

a) Editorial Board

  1. Prof. Prakash Kanive,Editor-in-Chief, Principal, V.B.College of Law, Udupi.
  2. Prof C.S Patil, Dean, Director and Acting Vice Chancellor, Karnataka State Law University.
  3. Prof Dr. P. Ishwar Bhat, Vice Chancellor, WBNUJS, Kolkata
  4. Justice Mustaq Mohammad, Judge , High Court of Kerala
  5. Prof.Dr.Subramanya, Former Vice Chancellor, Karnataka State Law University, Research Fellow, The Centre for Regulatory Studies, Governance and Public Policy, WBNUJS, Kolkata
  6. Prof.Dr.B.S.Venugopal, Principal, IFIM Law College, Bangalore.
  7. Dr.Sandeep Bhat, Associate Professor, WBNUJS, Kolkata.
  8. Sri. B.G.Shankara Murthy, Associate Editor, Assistant Prof., V.B.College of Law, Udupi.
  9. Sri. K.S.Raghunath, Asst. Editor, Asst.Prof. V.B.College of Law, Udupi.

b) Instructions to Authors

Submission Categories

Submissions may be made under the following categories:

  • Articles: 4000 - 8000 words
  • Short Notes: 2000 - 4000 words
  • book reviews: 1000 - 2000 words
Note to Authors

The prescribed word limits are inclusive of footnotes. However the longer articles shall be considered subject to the approval of the Editorial Board. Submissions are expected to be inconformity with the guidelines listed below. Kindly go through them carefully before mailing your submissions. We promptly acknowledge the receipt of submissions and a decision on publication takes a minimum of 4 - 6 weeks approximately.

Requests for expedited reviews can be forwarded to the Editorial Board when the submission is being considered for publication by other journals. In case of expedited review, please mention the name of the journal for which your article is under consideration along with the name and e-mail address of one contact person in the Editorial Board of that journal and a date by which you expect our response.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions are to be made in electronic form and should be sent to vbcl_college@yahoo.com

Each Article is expected to be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 300 words. The abstract must highlight the importance of the issue, main arguments and the conclusions of the Article. No abstract is required for the Short Notes.

Authors should refrain from identifying themselves in their manuscripts. Details of author’s qualifications, institutional affiliation and postal address must be sent in a separate page.

By submitting the article, the author is presumed to undertake a declaration to the effect that the article has not been published, submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere.

Style and Formatting Guidelines

Format: The submissions must be in MS Word (.doc) format. All submissions must be double-spaced in Times New Roman. Main text should be in font size 12 and footnotes in font size 10.

Titles: The main title must be centered and typed in bold capitals. The section titles must be in small capitals (without bold). The sub-titles must be in bold sentence case at the first level and must be in Italicized sentence case at the second level. The titles and sub-titles must be uniform, concise and descriptive.

Quotations: Quotations should be clearly indicated and should always be accurate. Use double inverted commas for quotations and single inverted comma for quotations within quotations. Where the quotation runs more than forty words it should be typed as a separate paragraph and indented without using quotation marks.

Foreign words: Foreign words not currently absorbed into the English language should be italicized, e.g., inter alia, bona fide, et al, ad hoc etc.

References: We prefer footnotes and not endnotes. Contributors are requested to adhere to the following footnote system.

* Note: The authors are discouraged to refer single source too many times in their papers. Use of Infra is not allowed.

The authors are entirely responsible for accuracy of facts and citations. Though the editors would seek clarifications on contentious issues found by them, the journal does not have the staff to check the accuracy of all facts, quotations and citations; therefore this must remain as the sole responsibility of the author.

Footnote Style

Treaty Provisions:

Convention on the Rights of the Child, Art.s 1 & 2.

UN Documents:

UN Doc. A/AC.105/39, (6 September 1967) at 7.

UN General Assembly Resolutions:

UNGA Res. 1802 (XVII), (14 December 1962) at 12.


Gian Kaur v. State of Punjab AIR 1966 SC 1257.


Tom L Beauchamp and James F Childress, Principles of Bio Medical Ethics, Fifth edition, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001) p. 145.

Articles from Edited Books:

N. Pace, ‘Withholding and Withdrawing Medical Treatment’, in N. Pace and McLean
Sheila A. M. (eds), Ethics and the Law in Intensive Care, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996) pp. 47 - 67 at p. 49.

Articlesfrom Journals:

Khushal I. Vibhute. ‘The right to die and chance to live “A fundamental right in India”: Some critical reflections’, Indian Bar Review, Vol. 24, No. 3 & 4, 1997, pp. 78 - 82 at p. 78.

Online Materials:

Shishir Srivastava, ‘Should Euthanasia be Legalized in India?’, available at <http://www.merinews.com/catFull.jsp?articleID=128617> Last visited, 25 November 2014.

Use of Supra & Ibid:

Supra note 20, p. 433.
Ibid, p. 400.

c) Peer Review Policy

All submissions to the journal are subject to two-stage peer review process. The Editor first evaluates the manuscript for ensuring the presence of minimum standard of reflective thinking and critical analysis in the paper. The language screening would also be done at this stage. Once the first stage review is completed, the manuscript would be sent for blind external peer review to an expert in the area of the concerned paper. Decision on the selection of the paper for publication in the journal would be communicated to the author within 4 to 6

d) Ethical Policy

Researchers should conduct their research in line with best practices and codes of conduct of relevant professional bodies and/or national and international regulatory bodies.

  • That the work has not been published before (except in the form of an abstract or as a part of a published lecture, review or thesis).
  • The work is not under consideration elsewhere.
  • The copyright has not been breached in seeking its publication.
  • If it is co-authored, publication has been approved by all co-authors.
  • Data fabrication/data falsification shall not be given any weightage
  • Plagiarism in any form shall be avoided. It is not applicable to review papers. Review papers are expected to give a summary of existing literature.
  • VBCL Law Review employs a double blind review process, in which the identity of authors is concealed from the reviewers.
  • Copyright vests with the publishers. However articles published in the journal can be used by the authors for research purpose or review or for instructing the pupil in the classroom.
  • No remuneration shall be paid to the authors for publication in the journal.
  • Remuneration shall not be accepted from the authors for the publication in the journal.