Call for Papers: Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal: Postgraduates only


The Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal is the flagship journal of Oxford University’s postgraduate law community, designed for contributions from academics, professionals and policy-makers, wherever situated, on matters of current interest to Commonwealth legal systems. Created in 2001, it provides a forum for international debate on both private and public law topics. Some pieces are explicitly comparative in orientation, while others concern a single jurisdiction only.

All pieces published in the OUCLJ are selected on the basis that they are likely to be of interest to a larger Commonwealth audience. All submissions considered for publication are double-blind refereed. The OUCLJ is published by Hart Publishing.


Submission guidelines

  1. Contributions should be word-processed and double-spaced, and provided in electronic form by email to [email protected]. The only exception to electronic submission is where this would be impracticable or cause undue hardship.
  2. One hard copy, double-spaced and printed on A4/letter paper (using one side of the page only), may accompany the electronic version. If a contribution contains graphs, tables, or any other significant formatting, a hard copy may be requested in addition to the electronic version. Contributions should be provided in Microsoft Word format unless prior arrangements have been approved.
  3. In the case of articles, an abstract of no more than 150 words, clearly summarising the arguments, should be submitted with the contribution. This will appear on the journal’s website if the article is published.
  4. The preferred lengths of contributions (including footnotes) are as follows:
    1. articles: 10,000 words (maximum limit); and
    2. case comments and book reviews: 2000–4000 words.
  5. However, well-written and concise contributions which exceed these limits may be considered by the Editors.
  6. Contributors’ autobiographical details should appear as the first footnote of each contribution, and include the name, academic and professional qualifications, institutional affiliation, current title and position of each author.
  7. Contributions should conform to the new edition of the Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities. In particular, and in accordance with the Style Guide, contributors are asked to follow these style requirements:
  • in each jurisdiction, the court should be referred to in parentheses after the case report citation in all instances where it is not obvious from the report series which court made the decision; where a case appears in several series of reports, only the official, or otherwise best, citation should be given (together with any neutral citation);
  • where a case is only available electronically, if the court uses a unique court identifier, then that should immediately follow the name of the case, before the electronic source is noted; footnotes (not endnotes) should be used. ‘ibid’ may be used but other Latin phrases (‘supra’, ‘contra’ etc) are not permitted; and
  • citation of sources should always appear in footnotes. not in the text. Books should be cited as follows (example): Peter Cane, The Anatomy of Tort Law (Hart Publishing 1997) 15. Note that the place of publication is no longer required. Articles should be cited as follows (example): Peter Birks, ‘Three Kinds of Objection to Discretionary Remedialism’ (2000) 29 University of Western Australia Law Review 1, 1–2. Journal titles should be given in full without abbreviations.


The OUCLJ will not consider for publication contributions which have been submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere. Contributors are asked to confirm that a piece is being submitted exclusively to the OUCLJ. The Editors and publisher of the OUCLJ do not accept any responsibility for loss or damage to any hard copies or materials supplied. Regretfully, such materials cannot be returned.

It is the contributor’s responsibility to ensure that all references and citations are correct, and that the contribution does not contain any material that infringes copyright, or is defamatory, obscene or otherwise unlawful or litigious.

All contributors will receive a free copy of the journal issue and an electronic copy of their published piece. All contributors may purchase additional copies of the issue directly from Hart Publishing at a 33% discount.

A reviewed book will become the property of the reviewer once the review is published. As a condition of publication, contributors grant licences to publish to the OUCLJ and the publisher for the purpose of administering rights and permissions in all contributions. These licences include the licence to publish in hard copy, as well as electronically, by the OUCLJ, the publisher, or by any assignee, for non-profitable and/or profitable purposes. Copyright nevertheless remains the property of the contributor.

Contributions will, if considered suitable for publication, be double-blind refereed.If accepted, it will then be copy-edited, which also takes some time.

Submissions for the Winter issue will usually be accepted until the end of August each year. Submissions for the Summer issue will usually be accepted until the end of February each year.

While we do publish calls for papers for each issue, we welcome submissions at any time.

Contact details

The Editors Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal

Faculty of Law St Cross Building

St Cross Road Oxford


UK telephone: +44 (1865) 271 095

Fax: +44 (1865) 271 493

Email (preferred): [email protected]

Read the Call for papers here.

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