Introducing the Indian Journal of Constitutional & Administrative Law


The Indian Journal of Constitutional & Administrative Law (IJCAL) has recently launched. This journal  is a bi-annual law review and will publish two issues a year; one in March and another in September. The IJCAL seeks to make the public more informed about the Constitution and its working, both of which play the most fundamental role in any polity.

Recognising the ever increasing role of the Executive, and the permeating boundaries of Constitutional Law and Administrative Law, IJCAL seeks to provide a platform for a separate and a thorough study in the area of Administrative Law. Acknowledging, that with the advent of global constitutionalism, increased reliance is being placed on the Constitutional working of different jurisdictions, IJCAL aims to undertake a rigorous analysis of Comparative Constitutional Law as well, in order to provide practitioners with practical opinions for reforming the Indian Constitutional setup and to ensure the enactment of progressive laws.

IJCAL seeks to make a strong statement regarding the requirement of open access journals, and that open access journals too can posit itself for scholarly work in equal terms with print journals.

Editor of the IJCAL, Zaid Deva, provides a glimpse of what the inaugural issue of the Journal provides:

“The first article titled Constitutional Developments (P.P. Rao) inspects the inception and the path of the Indian Constitution until today, delving into the constitutional and political history of India, with deliberation on various landmark constitutional law cases which steered the nation, and in certain times anchored the growth as well, the cases which gave form to the intent and thoughts of the intellectual stalwarts who framed the Constitution of India.

Judicial Activism in India: Whether More Populist or More Legal? (Swati Sharma, Rahul Rishi & M.S. Ananth), very boldly takes up the debate of judicial activism in India, its constitutional permits and limits by discussing recent important judgement regarding the same, State of Tamil Nadu & Ors v. K. Balu & Anr. The article seeks to explore the scope of judicial review in India and whether the judiciary is acting ultra vires its constitutional powers whilst deciding certain cases in certain ways.

Challenges in Constitutional Law (R. Venkatramani) discusses the philosophical and doctrinaire nature of Constitutional law and its constraints in reaching out to the public and making a difference in their everyday existence.”

 You can find more about the Journal here.