Religion and Law Review (RLR)



The Religion and Law Review (RLR) is a peer reviewed legal periodical published by the Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi. It covers scholarly discussions on various aspects of religion, law and other socio-legal issues. The periodical accords particular importance to the study of issues and events which are of contemporary concern, having a direct or indirect bearing on situations of minor or major religious groups and other underprivileged sections of the society.


The RLR entertains all significant contributions from scholars of law and allied disciplines on relevant themes. It encourages diverse opinions on different issues to make possible objective analysis of the problems and possible solutions. Contributions on important aspects of law, like environment, human rights and administration of justice are entertained in addition to religion oriented articles and comments.


 Objectives of the Journal


The objectives of the RLR are:


1. To promote research on basic legal and social issues;


2. To provide a forum for discussion on various aspects of law and religion;


3. To highlight the issues relating to freedom of religion in different legal systems;


4. To study the contribution of religion to law;


5. To examine the nature and extent of regulation of religious activities and religious institution

by law;


6. To analyse state action vis a vis religious groups; and


7. To discuss issues regarding religion and human rights.


Guidelines for Contributors


The RLR welcomes contributions from all interested students and scholars of law, religion and society in the form of articles, notes, 268 Religion and Law Review – Vol. XXVIII 2019 case comments and book reviews. The size of contributions should not exceed 35 typed pages of A-4 size or 10,000 words. Margins should be left at each side of the page. Typing of both text and footnotes should be double-spaced. References should be given in footnotes. The footnotes should be numbered consecutively throughout the paper. The References of books and articles should be in the following format:


Name of the Author, “Name of the Book”, Page (s), (Year). Name of the Author, “Name of the Article,” Name of the Journal, Vol. (Year), Pages.


A hundred words abstract which summarizes the main ideas of the paper should be submitted by all contributors.


The full name of the writer, his present affiliation and complete correspondence address should be included.


All articles will be referred to experts in the relevant field.


The Editor reserves the right to make editorial revisions wherever found necessary.


All responsibilities for opinions expressed and accuracy of facts vest exclusively with the authors and not with the editor or editorial board.


All correspondence should be addressed to the Editor.




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Short Biographical Note of Prof. M. Afzal Wani

Prof. M. Afzal Wani is presently Professor of Law and Director, Coordination GGS Indraprastha University, Dwarka, New Delhi with 35+ years of teaching and research experience. Earlier, he served this university as Dean of Law and Legal Studies for two terms of three years each and as Member of the Law Commission of India from 2009-2012. He also served as an Elected Member of the Governing Council of the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi. Prof.Wani has remained actively associated with the Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA) for more than a decade as a Nominated Member of its Executive Committee, contributing in its vigorous development as a prime agency for legal literacy from 2005 onwards. He has organised scores of academic and literacy programmes of State, National and International levels in association with many universities and institutions. Notably, he co-ordinated the Rule of Law Project of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) with due success to build the capacity of legal and juristic departments of Afghanistan including training of Law Ministry officials, judicial officers (including judges, prosecutors and Bar leaders) and law professors of Afghanistan universities as a process of reconstruction of Afghanistan, exhibiting his best capacity of introducing peace perspectives to intellectuals of otherwise disturbed areas. He did, with due appreciation, complete an assignment of ILO in preparing a documents on introducing modern labour law standards to traditionally oriented societies. At home, he too co-ordinated Refresher Courses for Law Teachers of Indian Universities sponsored by the University Grants Commission and trained hundreds of law teachers from various states of India in innovative teaching and research skills in consonance with imperatives of new economic order and global justice. He was a prominent leading member of the teams for introducing Five Year Integrated Law Programme in AMU and advanced Diplomas in Cyber Law, IPR, Corporate Law and Human Rights at ILI. He particularly commenced specialised LL.M. Courses and Ph.D. Programme in emerging areas of study in GGS IP University covering mainly, corporate law, technology law, ADR and IPR. There he also founded a vibrant placement cell and a journal, the Indrapratha Technology Law Journal as a specialised academic vehicle. His areas of interest are Jurisprudence, Law and Development, focusing on Comparative Jurisprudence and Human Rights in Peace Perspective with main concerns about Legal Research Methodology, Legal Aid, Good Governance and issues related to women, children, tribes and IPRs. He has authored/edited more than 10 books and a hundred pieces of research papers, notes and comments, reports and book reviews. He has guided research in Law at Masters as well as at Doctoral levels and has produced 10 Ph.D. scholars so far. He has delivered many lectures and had interactions with judges as a Resource Person in Delhi and U.P. Judicial Academies. He has presented papers in various conferences at home and abroad at Oxford, Stanford, Melbourne, Singapore, Kula Lumpur, Penang, Kathmandu, Kabul, Bangkok, Maldives and Jakarta.



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Vol. VI :No.I   Summer 1997 (Theme :Women's Law)

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