The Asian Journal of Legal Education has been published since 2014 by the WB National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), India in association with the SAGE Publications. NUJS is a premiere national law university in India established in 1999 by an Act of the State of West Bengal, India. The University was blessed as Professor N. R. Madhava Menon, legal luminary and visionary of reform of Indian legal education, joined as the first Vice-Chancellor. The Chief Justice of India is the Chancellor of NUJS which assures the highest level of academic and ethical integrity. The journal is having several legal scholars from different jurisdictions as members of the editorial board. The journal aims to publish scientific works on legal education, clinical legal education, human rights theory and practice, legal ethics, etc.This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
The Asian Journal of Legal Education primarily aims to promote continuous academic research and dialogue among the legal fraternity about the reform of legal education in the Asian Region. It is a peer-reviewed journal, published two times a year and indexed in Scopus. Sharing of experiences and concerns about issues involving pedagogy of law, legal aid, promoting access to justice by law schools, and experiential learning of law to strengthen efforts of justice education will be of great interest to the Journal. The Journal also encourages submissions on substantive topics and is particularly interested in topics at the intersection of social justice and Asian legal reform. We define these topics broadly, and welcome submissions on human rights theory and practice, criminal justice and human rights, legal and professional ethics, law and society, law and technology, law and impoverishment, and Asian perspective of international laws and related fields of study.
The range of audiences the Journal has in mind includes legal and social-science academics, legal practitioners, law students, and students interested in law as it relates to fields such as politics, economics, history, or social theory. It is proud to be part of a global conversation on legal education and welcomes submissions from authors based in other regions also. The Journal Board comprises renowned legal scholars from Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, UAE, UK, and USA.
|Manoj Kumar Sinha||Director, Indian Law Institute, India|
|Anirban Chakraborty||Associate Professor, NALSAR University of Law, India|
|Paramita DasGupta||Assistant Professor (Law & Technology), West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata|
|Frank Bloch||Emeritus Professor, Vanderbilt Law School, USA|
|Nirmal Kanti Chakrabarti||Vice-Chancellor, WBNUJS, Kolkata, India|
|Amita Dhanda||Emeritus Professor, NALSAR University of Law, India|
|Daniel Friedmann||Emeritus Professor, Tel Aviv University, Israel|
|Bruce A Lasky||Director, BABSEA CLE, Thailand|
|David McQuoid||Professor, University of Natal, South Africa|
|Justice Ruma Pal||Formerly Judge, Supreme Court of India, India|
|B B Pandey||Formerly Professor, Delhi University, India|
|Mizanur Rahman||Professor of Law, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh|
|Jane Schukoske||Former Director, United States-India Educational Foundation, New Delhi|
|Mahendra Pal Singh||Research Professor, OP Jindal Law School, India|
|Cecily E Baskir||Formerly Assistant Professor, Peaking University, China|
|Lisa Bliss||Associate Clinical Professor, Georgia State University School of Law, United States, USA|
|Yashomati Ghosh||Associate Professor, NLSIU, Bangalore, India|
|Richard Grimes||Professor, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic|
|Jonny Hall||Associate Dean, Northumbria Law School, UK|
|Andrew Jensen Kerr||Lecturer of Legal English, Georgetown University Law Center, USA|
|Eun Hee Han||Visiting Professor, Georgetown University Law Center, USA|
|Arpeeta Shams Mizan||Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Dhaka University, Bangladesh|
|Stephen Levett||Solicitor, England and Wales, UK|
|Luke Marsh||Associate Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China|
|Omar Madhloom||Senior Lecturer, University of Bristol Law School, UK|
|Michael Ramsden||Professor of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China|
|Michal Urban||Professor, Charles University, Faculty of Law, Czech Republic|
|Umakanth Varottil||Associate Professor, NUS, Singapore|
The Asian Journal of Legal Education
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Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the The Asian Journal of Legal Education editorial office as follows:
The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences,
Dr. Ambedkar Bhavan, 12, LB Block, Sector III,
Salt Lake City, Kolkata – 700098,
Tel: (+91)33-2335 7379, Fax: (+91)33-2335 7422.