The Editorial Board in association with Ikigai Law is now inviting submissions for Blog series on “Emerging technologies: solving problems of law and policy” law students, academics and professionals.
ABOUT THE RGNUL STUDENT RESEARCH EXAM
The RGNUL Student Research Review (RSRR) (formerly RGNUL Student Law Review) is a semi-annual, student-led, blind peer-reviewed journal based at the Rajiv Gandhi National Law University, Punjab. It is a flagship legal journal of RGNUL run by the students of the University. It was founded to facilitate new ideas and an environment conducive to research.
RSRR regularly publishes dedicated blog series on niche and contemporary legal issues. RSRR regularly engages the student community, as well as legal practitioners, to contribute to legal discourse on various topics. The RSRR blog series has also been named one of Feedspot’s Top 25 Constitutional Law Blogs for the past three years.
ABOUT THE IKIGAI LAW
Ikigai Law is an award-winning law firm with a dominant market position in providing legal assistance in areas pertaining to technology and innovation and corporate and commercial law. The firm extends its expertise in the areas of regulation, policy and commercial law practice to technology and innovation-driven companies. The firm provides legal and strategic expertise to a variety of clients, from high-impact start-ups to market-leading companies, and is often at the forefront of policy and regulatory debates for emerging business models.
From being part of innovative and scalable ventures involving satellite manufacturers, virtual reality hardware and content developers to ventures with e-commerce companies, social media platforms, cloud service providers, blocks and others, the firm has made profound contributions to the development of niche areas of law.
CALL FOR BLOGS
The Indian government may soon revamp the Information Technology Act (IT Act) 2000 to keep pace with the significant developments that have taken place in the technology sector. The challenges posed by new technologies must be met within a solid framework given the proliferation of problems in this sector and the increase in the number of consumers in the digital sphere.
According to CERT-In (Indian Computer Emergency Response Team), more cybercrimes were reported in the first two months of 2022 in India than in all of 2018. This upsurge in cybercrime can be attributed to gray areas of law and the lack of regulation of digital spaces that allow processors to abuse technology. Recently, the Cyber Swachhta mission was launched to meet the need for regulation.
Internationally, the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war has exposed how BigTech companies can be used by warring governments to weaponize the internet against each other. The deployment of Whispergate, a destructive malware, on Ukrainian government websites by Russia highlights the extreme vulnerability of a state’s security at the hands of its enemies via the Internet. In light of recent events such as the Hermes-MetaBirkin controversy, the rebranding of Facebook to Meta, and the planned launch of Zuck Bucks, issues regarding intellectual property rights, taxation, consent, arbitration, cybercrimes and legal personality began to surface. Without laws to govern the metaverse, these problems are likely to multiply.
India’s Union Budget 2022 sets out a development path for the next 25 years known as “Amrit Kaal”, which aims to restore India’s commitment to the 2030 sustainable development agenda, primarily thanks to technological advances. The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has suggested the UK government incorporate changes into existing UK consumer and competition law to help the country achieve a ‘Net Zero’ economy. “by 2050.
This blog series aims to foster a discussion of the issues plaguing the tech industry. The series is an attempt to critically analyze the legal vacuum in relation to significant developments in this sector, to highlight the insufficiency of existing laws and to suggest viable solutions to strengthen the intersection of law with technology. We welcome submissions from legal practitioners, scholars, students, and members of the legal fraternity.
For more details, please refer to the call for blogs in the PDF file below or click here.
These subtopics are purely illustrative. Submissions don’t have to be limited to this list, as long as they fit within the main theme.
1. Government to Revamp Information Technology Act – Reducing Internet and Internet Risks Atmanirbhar India
2. Cyberwarfare and cyberterrorism
3. Transition to green economies: legal initiatives and challenges
4. The legal personality of AI in the 21st century: a legitimate requirement?
5. Humans and technological implants: analysis of the sufficiency of the existing legal framework
6. Advances in biotechnology: legal issues and the need for solutions
7. Metaverse: multiple concerns and scarcity of laws
8. Resurgence of cybercrimes: gray areas of law and the need for regulations
9. The ever-transposable contours of fintech: regulation and compliance
1. All submissions must be in Garamond, font size 12, spacing 1.5.
3. Margins: left 1 inch, right 1 inch, top 1 inch and bottom 1 inch.
4. The word limit for each message is 1500-1800 words (excluding endnotes). Articles exceeding the word limit will be accepted subject to the discretion of the Council. If accepted, they will be published in two parts.
5. Authors are required to provide a 100-150 word abstract along with keywords that represent the essence of the submission. The abstract should be submitted with the article itself in the same document as the blog submission.
6. Entries must be submitted only in .doc/.docx format.
7. Selected entries, after the Ikigai Law peer review process, will be posted on the RSRR website. Authors whose posts are selected for publication on the Ikigai Law website will also receive an honorarium.
8. Manuscripts selected by the jury will receive a response within 21 days of submission. In the absence of a response from the Council within 21 days, the article is deemed to have been rejected.
9. Co-author up to a maximum of two people is authorized.
10. The author or authors are solely responsible for the accuracy of any facts, opinions or viewpoints stated in the submitted manuscript.
11. Plagiarism in any form is strictly prohibited. RSRR follows the University Grants Commission (Promotion of Academic Integrity and Prevention of Plagiarism in Institutions of Higher Education) Regulations 2018.
12. The copyright of all blog posts published on the RSRR website will remain with RGNUL Student Research Review. The copyright of all blog posts published on the Ikigai website remains with RSRR and the author. The same will be subject to the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY 4.0) license.
13. All moral rights belong to the author or authors.
14. Manuscripts that do not adhere to the above guidelines are subject to rejection.
Note: Electronic certificates of RSRR and Ikigai Law will be awarded to the authors of each blog published. The Ikigai law will provide internship opportunities at two authors And one honorary of Rs. 10,000 to better entry.