The Journal is one of Australia’s leading peer reviewed legal journals, and is produced by a voluntary student board. The Journal publishes four Issues annually and is the flagship publication of the UNSW Law School.

From 2018, three of the four issues published by the Journal will be General Issues, made up of articles on a broad range of topics. One will be a Thematic Issue, which focusses and brings together a range of perspectives on a single subject. Upcoming deadlines are as follows:

  • A call for submissions to the 2018 Thematic Issue 41(3), on vulnerability and the law, is available here. Submissions are due by 1 March 2018.

The editors will consider articles on any topic for General Issues or the Forum on a rolling basis. Submissions may be made at any time. Submissions accepted for publication in the Journal are advance published on our website once typeset, ahead of their appearance in print.

Submission Guidelines

The Journal encourages the submission of a range of works on any current legal topic, by academics, legal professionals and students from Australia and abroad. We seek to publish contributions that provide new insights across all areas of law and which will be of interest to a generalist Australian legal audience.

Electronic Submission
All submissions must be uploaded as a Microsoft Word document. We recommend that submissions follow the Australian Guide to Legal Citation, Third Edition (‘AGLC’) as supplemented by the UNSW Law Journal Additions to the AGLC. Although compliance with the AGLC is not a consideration in selecting articles for publication, authors will be required to ensure their submission conforms to these rules if it is accepted for publication.

Length Limitations & Originality
The word range for articles submitted to the Journal is 7000 to 13 000 words in length (excluding footnotes), though this is subject to the Editor’s discretion. Submissions to the Forum should be under 5000 words. Works submitted for consideration must be original contributions that have not been published previously, and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Articles included on online repositories such as SSRN and institutional archives should be taken down prior to submission, to preserve anonymity for the peer review process.

General and Thematic Issues
Submissions will only be considered for a General Issue if they demonstrate a sufficient connection with Australian or international law. The Journal does not accept submissions that focus on foreign domestic law unless they offer a comparative analysis or other substantial linkage with Australian or international law. Please note that the Thematic Issues may not be subject to this restriction. Authors should consult the relevant call for contributions for guidance on a thematic.

To submit an article for an upcoming issue, please use our online submission form;