Call for Papers – The Legal Lock

About Hidayatullah National Law University

Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), named after one of the greatest legal luminaries of the country, Hon’ble Shri Justice Mohammad Hidayatullah, was established in 2003 by the Government of Chhattisgarh Hidayatullah National University of Law, Chhattisgarh, Act, (No. 10 of 2003). HNLU is the first National Level Institute established in the new State of Chhattisgarh in the year 2003 and the sixth Law University in the country.

About Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute

In the year 1968, with its basic objective of improving the ‘quality‘ of the life of the people of Canada and India by building and strengthening intellectual and cultural linkages through academic research, dialogue and exchange, the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute started as a bi-national organization promoting understanding between India and Canada. The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute became bi-national in 2005. It has the honor of being the only Institution which has 142 premier academic Institutions as its members in India (including IITs, IIMs, NITs, Law schools, and Central and State Universities) and 37 universities in Canada (including McGill, Queen’s and York Universities).

About the conference

There has never been a more critical time for oceans and marine life than now. The threats of overfishing, climate change and pollution are expected to cause a cumulative loss of at least USD $428 billion to the global economy. As a step to combat this issue, the United Nations came up with the Sustainable Development Goals (‘SDG’) under which SDG 14.6 specifically deals with the issue of sustainable fishing and ocean management. In a bid to fulfill the mandate of the SDGs by 2030 as aimed, international organizations and countries globally seem to work together.

Structure of the conference

Apart from the inaugural and valedictorian sessions, the International Conference will be organized in the following two parts:

Part A: Theme-based Panel Discussions

Part B: Paper Presentations in Technical Sessions


Through this international conference, we aim to raise awareness and interest in international trade law, marine life, fisheries, the blue economy, climate change and such seminal happenings. The conference will feature panel discussions, expert talks, and paper presentations. We intend on inviting environmental lawyers, academicians, economic and industry experts, law/oceanology/business etc. students and research scholars to participate and present papers in the international conference.


  • Agreement on Fisheries – Future Discourse
  • SDGs and Marine Life
  • Developing countries, LDCs and Fisheries
  • Law and Oceanology
  • Blue Economy and Ocean Governance
  • Blue Finance, Policy, and SDGs
  • Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystems
  • The role of Mangroves in fisheries and their protection
  • Climate Change and Oceanology
  • Life below Water and Pollution
  • Pandemic and its Effects on Marine Life
  • A gender perspective on Marine Life
  • Livelihood and fisheries

These sub-themes are only suggestive and not exhaustive. Papers that are not covered under the above-mentioned sub-themes yet retain relevance in the thrust area may also be considered.

Call for papers

Research papers/articles in English are invited from academicians, professionals, practitioners, researchers, students of law, social science and environmental science, and other stakeholders on emerging issues and related areas on the broader sub-themes given above.

The selected papers based on quality may be published as edited books with ISBN.

Important dates

  • Deadline for the Submission of Detailed Abstracts: February 21, 2023
  • Intimation of Acceptance for Detailed Abstract: February 22, 2023
  • Deadline for Registration & Fee Payment (only if the Detailed Abstract is accepted): February 23, 2023
  • Conference Dates: February 27-28, 2023

Registration fees

For Academicians/Professionals and Research Scholars: INR 1000

For Students: INR 800

Note – Co-authorship of up to two authors is permitted with the submission of registration fees by both authors separately.

Bank details

Account Holder’s Name: Registrar, Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur

Bank Name: IDBI Bank

Account No.: 1188102000000806

IFSC Code: IBKL0001188

MICR Code: 492259503

Branch Name: HNLU Campus Branch, Uparwara, Nava Raipur

Account Type: Current A/C

Submission Guidelines

  1. The detailed abstract is up to 500 words accompanied by a brief profile of the author/s indicating his/her email ID, contact number, designation, and official address.
  2. The word limit for a full paper along with an abstract is 3000 – 7000 words (excluding footnotes), which must be submitted in MS Word format by the paper presenter latest by April 15, 2023. The same may be considered for publication in the form of an edited book with an ISBN.
  3. Font: Times New Roman, Font Size: 12, Line spacing: 1.5, A4 size paper with 1” margin on all sides.
  4. Plagiarized papers shall be summarily rejected.
  5. For references and bibliography, the author(s) are required to follow the Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, 20th edition.

Link for the submission of detailed abstract

Click here to submit.

Contact details

For further queries and additional information, please contact:

Dr. Ankit Awasthi (Secretary)

Email id: [email protected]

Contact Nos.: 7355235075 / 9919521188

Madhvi Patidar Madhvi Patidar

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