Submissions

We welcome high-quality submissions in any area of law of any jurisdiction.  Cross-border contribution is encouraged. Please read the following requirements carefully before submitting an article for consideration.

  • Submissions can be made at any time. Submission received before June 1 and December 1 will be considered for the subsequent issue (published in July and January, respectively). 
  • Ensure that your submission meets all the Type, Content, and Style Guidelines. The Editorial Board reserves the right to refuse to consider submissions that fail to meet these requirements.
  • Read our Copyright and Publishing Right Information

 

 

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Submission Types

  • Article (limit 8,000 words; in exceptional cases, longer articles are acceptable). A comprehensive analysis of a relevant topic which contributes to society, be it through further development of the law or through providing information on complex legal matters, with a priority for cross-border input. An article can also be on an issue within the legal profession. It should survey the topic and offer critical analysis. It should not merely report previous scholarly work, but add to and/or provoke conversation.
  • Case Comments (limit 2,500 words; in exceptional cases, longer comments are acceptable). Case comments evaluate a recent and usually controversial or impactful case. It should review the opinion in terms of facts, arguments, history, precedent, holding, and dissent (if any), and discuss the possible effect of the case on the law or the legal system.
  • Book Reviews (limit 2,000 words; in exceptional cases, longer reviews are acceptable). Reviews of scholarly works or legal textbooks should provide the reader a summary of the structure, content, and purpose of the book. It will also critically analyze the book as to its style, success of purpose, and place within the intended area of law.

Note: Legal Issues does not generally accept papers that were submitted as part of regular class assignments. Please be advised that the standard of the Journal is high and we receive an increasingly large number of submissions.

Contents

  • Title. The title of submission should clearly describe the content of the piece.
  • Body. The body of the submission should be double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman.
  • Sections. The paper should be organized in sections (and subsections if appropriate), numbered in standard legal format (1, 1.1, 1.1.1).
  • Footnotes. Footnotes should appear at the bottom of each page, single-spaced 10 point Times New Roman, numbered consecutively throughout the submission using Arabic numbers.
  • Abstract (200 words max, no footnotes, single paragraph). An abstract is a summary of your submission which enables the readers to gain an understanding of the topic and the main arguments of your piece. This should appear after the title and author name.
  • Keywords (3–5). Typical legal keywords that would be found in a legal database such as area of law, key cases, legislation, legal principles.
  • Citations: The Journal require citations for the following: factual assertions, direct quotations, statute and case references, secondary literature reference. The format of citations must follow the Style Guide (see below).

Style Guide

All submission should conform to the Legal Issues Journal Style Guide.

Elements not covered by the Legal Issues Style Guide should follow the Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities.

Submission Process

The submission should be in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx) or Google Docs.

In the body of the email, include the following:

  • Your name and affiliation (university, company, organization, etc.)
  • Title of submission
  • Abstract
  • Keywords
  • Total number of words (including footnotes)

Please make sure your name is absent from the document or its metadata, as the review is a blind review.

To submit an article, case comment, or book review, attach it to an email and send it to the Editor-in-Chief.