About Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law:

The Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala (RGNUL) is an autonomous National Law University (NLU) established by the RGNUL Act (No. 12 of 2006) passed by the Legislature of the State of Punjab. The University has been ranked among the top 10 law schools in India in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

About RGNUL Financial and Mercantile Law Review:

RGNUL Financial & Mercantile Law Review (“RFMLR”) is a double-blind, peer-reviewed, bi-annual law journal published by RGNUL since 2014. Ranked among the top ten most accessed law reviews in India by SCC Online, RFMLR is an initiative of the student community of RGNUL, which promotes research and debate in the areas of finance and economics emanating out of legal issues. The Editorial Board of RFMLR has published eight volumes of the journal to date, in addition to three special issues, namely, Special Issue on GST Law, Special Issue on COVID-19 and, Special Edition on RGNUL-SAM Conclave on Arbitration in Practice.

The Editorial Board operates a Blog on the official website of RFMLR, to publish scholarly, legal analysis in a shorter format to encapsulate a critical view on current and ongoing trends. The blogs include contributions from law students as well as notable guest authors and cover an array of topics from the diverse and multifarious areas of business and commercial laws.

About Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co:

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. (SAM &  Co.), founded on a century of legal achievements, is among the leading full-service law firms in India. It is one of India’s biggest and most well-reputed law firms. The firm represents major transnational corporates on their India entry and business strategy and is known globally for its exceptional dispute resolution & arbitration, mergers & acquisitions, tax, competition law, regulatory litigation, capital markets and private equity practices.

About the Conclave:

The Information Technology industry in India plays a vital role in its economic wellbeing and is one of the fastest growing sectors in the country. The term is generally used to refer to a variety of areas and the expansiveness of the domain also presents a plethora of challenges in the event of disputes. Thus, the RGNUL–SAM Conclave on Practical Aspects of Information Technology Litigation & Data Protection in India 2022 aims to initiate a discourse on the pressing and contemporary issues in the Information Technology sector, with a particular focus on understanding the disputes that emerge in India.

The Conclave consists of two sessions: Expert Discussion and Paper Presentation Session.

Paper Presentation Session

The Editorial Board of RFMLR invites law students, academicians, and practioners to submit research papers under the below-mentioned theme to contribute to the discourse around the practical issues in Information Technology Litigation & Data Protection in India. After reviewing all the manuscripts, the Editorial Board will shortlist entries whose authors will be invited to present their research before the experts from SAM & Co on the day of the Conclave.

Among all the papers presented in the Conclave, the top three will be awarded Certificates of Merit. The author(s) of the top entry will be rewarded with internship(s) at SAM & Co. and a cash prize of INR 10,000. All the other entries selected for presentation will be awarded Certificates of Participation. After a comprehensive review of the papers shortlisted for presentation, the Editorial Board will publish the compilation of the best entries among them.

Expert Discussion

The next segment of the Conclave would be an Expert Panel Discussion, where professionals from SAM & Co and other experts would discuss issues pertaining to Practical Aspects in Information Technology Litigation and Data Protection in India. We welcome academicians, legal practitioners, and law students to attend the Expert Panel Discussion. This would not only give the attendees insights into the vital issues in this field, but also give them a unique opportunity to interact with the experts from the field. Registration link for attending the same can be found here.

Themes for Submission & Paper Presentation: 

The sub-themes for papers are:

  1. Online Dispute Resolution Platform for B2C and B2B E-Commerce in India: Taking Lessons from Comparative Jurisdictions
  2. Rationalization of Adjusted Gross Revenues and Bank Guarantees in the Telecom Sector: Analyzing the Structural and Procedural Reforms Envisaged under the Telecom Reforms, 2021
  3. Personal Data Protection Bill and its consistency with the Existing Statutes on Financial Privacy
  4. Standard Form Digital Contracts in India: Prudent Modes of Conveyance of Terms, Standards of Enforceability, and Dispute Resolution Process
  5. Implications of International Data Localisation Disputes
  6. Privacy Concerns related to Data Encryption in India – Necessity of Adequate Safeguards
  7. Practical Implications of IT Litigation and Data Privacy on account of multi-jurisdictional legal involvement

The Conclave aims to address issues specifically related to practical issues in Practical Aspects in Information Technology Litigation and Data Protection in India. Therefore, the above-mentioned sub-themes are exhaustive in nature and the authors should submit papers only on the topics falling within these sub-themes.

Note: The authors may opt to write on any other topic apart from the abovementioned sub-themes, provided that it falls under the ambit of Practical Aspects in Information Technology Litigation and Data Protection in India. Such authors shall submit a Research Proposal (800-1000 words) to the Editorial Board explaining the research objective and highlighting the key issues and arguments of the proposed paper. The Research Proposals shall be sent for approval to the Editorial Board at submissions_rfmlr@rgnul.ac.in by March 31, 2022. The Editorial Board would communicate its decision within 3-5 days of the submission of the proposal. Unless expressly approved by the Editorial Board, any submission outside the scope of the abovementioned sub-themes will not be considered.

Submission Deadline:
The author(s) shall submit the manuscript along with the duly signed Certificate of Originality and Copyright (in the attached format) via this form latest by April 15, 2022. For detailed submission guidelines, please refer to the brochure attached.

Important Dates:

  • Deadline for Submission of Manuscripts: April 15, 2022
  • Intimation to Authors of Entries Shortlisted for Paper Presentation: April 22, 2022
  •  Deadline for Registration for Expert Panel Discussion: April 20, 2022
  •  Date of the Conclave will be intimated soon.
  •  Publication of Selected Entries: June 2022

Important Links:
Registration for the Expert Discussion
Registration and Submission of Final Papers

Brochure: Click Here


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