A not-for-profit peer-reviewed journal, publishing high quality original work.


LIJ follows a blind review process. It is published twice a year, in January and July. Accepted papers are published online upon being accepted (First View), and then formatted and published in Issues. Generally, each Issue will contain 4-6 articles, 1-2 case comments, and 1-2 book reviews, making about 44,000-55,000 words in total.

LIJ has a highly interdisciplinary and international editorial board and reviewers, including lawyers, geneticists, psychologists, ethicists – enabling us to publish quality interdisciplinary research. LIJ greatly appreciates the contribution of our peer-reviewers. It is only with the help of our reviewers that our editors can ensure that we publish high quality research.


Aims and scope

The Journal publishes original research in law; as well as inter-disciplinary research at the intersection of law and other disciplines, including genetics, biosciences, philosophy, linguistics, neuroscience and medicine. 

The Journal publishes original papers, case comments, short reports, debates and book reviews. The Journal also provides important news and interpretation on changes in the legal world and coming trends affecting law, lawyers, and society. Contribution to the society, nationally and internationally, is the focus of LIJ.

In the area of law and genetics and law and biosciences, we welcome papers on ethical, legal and societal implications of genetic science and of biosciences in general, including discrimination (employment, insurance genetic/bioscience, setc.); genetic data protection and privacy; and commercialisation of genetic research.


Mission statement

First, to facilitate a forum for the sharing of knowledge, news and trends concerning the application of the law throughout the globe; and for further development in all fields of law.
Second, to ensure the dissemination of fine accessible work to the public throughout the world.



The Journal began in 2011 as the UK Law Student Review. In order for the name to better reflect the Journal’s aim, mission, and cross-border coverage, it was renamed Legal Issues in 2015.

Main advantages


Open Access for a nominal fee

Fast publication – First View

Free and Permanent URL

Multinational and Multidisciplinary Editorial Board

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    Westlaw UK

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