The Jindal Global Law Review (JGLR), Jindal Global Law School’s flagship faculty-edited law journal, is now indexed on Scopus. This development is significant as it comes on the heels of the journal celebrating a decade of its existence in 2019. In the rigorous process for acceptance by Scopus, an anonymous reviewer had this to say about the journal: “An imaginative journal and a welcome addition to the field.”
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The inclusion of JGLR as a Scopus-Indexed journal is a very significant milestone for JGU, JGLS and indeed for the Indian legal education.
JGLR was founded in 2009 and the first issue — edited by Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar and Professor (Dr.) Jayanth Krishnan — was published even before JGU had formally began its academic session in Sonipat. To have a learned journal out even before the formal commencement of the university was a marker of JGU’s and JGLS’s commitment to promoting excellence in research and scholarship — and that legacy continues with this landmark achievement.
Recognising the significance of the publication of this journal in India, which was released on 8 August 2009, Professor (Dr.) Upendra Baxi endorsed the publication. In the Inaugural Issue of JGLR, he observed, “Never before in India, and perhaps in the wider world of legal education, has a new Law School commenced its existence with the publication of a learned journal; the Jindal Global Law Review marks thus an inaugural break in the history of Indian legal education. I wish the Review all success, which is already ensured by the eminent content of the Commemorative Issue.”
The uniqueness of JGLR lies in each of its issues being themed around a topic of current and historical significance to law and cognate disciplines and edited by subject specialists. Each issue, thus, emerges as a comprehensive dossier that offers critical insights into a specific field of scholarly debate. JGLR, right from its inception, was envisaged as an interdisciplinary law journal that would be global in outlook while remaining attentive to the scholarly concerns and material conditions of the South. One of JGLR’s key recognition came by way of the Supreme Court of India citing its special double issue on “Law, Culture and Queer Politics in Neoliberal Times” (edited by Professors Oishik Sircar and Dipika Jain) in the historic Navtej Johar judgment.
If you browse through the journal’s rich decade-long archive, you will see that JGLR published on a range of conventional and critical themes, including access to justice, Indian public law, queer politics, law and development from the BRICS perspective, environmental law and governance, comparative family law, corporate and financial law, competition law, law and feminism, and hate crimes law.
Over the years, JGLR as a space for fostering collaborative legal scholarship has reimagined the law journal by publishing long-form interviews and photo-essays alongside the standard journal article, case comments and book reviews.
JGLR has carried the works of some of the world’s leading scholars, jurists and social theorists, including, Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer, Professors Madhava Menon, Upendra Baxi, Jasbir Puar, Dianne Otto, Ratna Kapur, Brenda Cossman, Vikramaditya Khanna, and Marc Galanter, to name a few. In recent years, JGLR has also carried in-depth scholarly interviews with J. Devika, Teesta Setalvad, Harsh Mander, Dr. Upendra Baxi and Dr. Prabha Kotiswaran.
For the first five years of its existence, JGLR was an in-house publication. The journal had already acquired global reputation by that time, entering the Washington & Lee Law Journal Rankings. From 2015, JGLR is published by the prestigious international publishing house Springer.