June 30, 2016

Submissions & Case Note Competition

Case Note Competition 2018The Journal is now accepting case note submissions of circa 3,000 words on any recent seminal judgment by the Irish courts, the EU courts or the European Court of Human Rights.

Judgments of other common law jurisdictions and international tribunals shall be considered provided that they are comparatively relevant in an Irish context.

Case notes should critically analyse a judgment in terms of, where relevant, its legal background, persuasiveness of argument, comparative context, internal consistency, novelty, policy considerations and/or potential future developments and ramifications (etc.).

The Journal reserves to its absolute discretion the right not to award one or both of the advertised prizes in the event that the submissions received are not of a publishable standard.  Publication in Volume 17 is a fundamental prerequisite to eligibility to compete for the Best Case Note and Runner-Up Best Case Note prizes.


The Journal has closed its call for article submissions to the forthcoming Volume 17.  Original articles conforming to the below requirements were to be submitted by email to editor@hibernianlawjournal.com by Friday, 10 November 2017.  The call for submissions to Volume 18 of the Journal shall open in August 2018.

About Submissions

Articles relating to domestic, European and international law are considered, provided that they are relevant in an Irish context. An annual prize, chosen by our Judge-in-Residence, is awarded for the best article. A separate prize is awarded by the Law Society of Ireland for the best article submitted by a trainee solicitor.

The house style of the Journal is OSCOLA Ireland, which can be accessed here in full and here as a quick reference guide.

The following guidelines apply to submissions:

  • Articles should be between approximately 5,000 and 15,000 words.
  • The article must not have been published elsewhere, although may be a thesis which is bound and catalogued in a university library.
  • Articles may be on any legal topic of interest to the author.
  • Case notes which make a genuine contribution to scholarship are also welcome.
  • We particularly welcome submissions from trainee solicitors and pupil barristers, PhD students and early career academics.
  • Submissions are due by 10 November 2017 (although exceptions may be made in individual circumstances).

Articles should be submitted in soft copy format to:


Tips for Authors

A good article:

  • analyses and critiques the law;
  • offers a different perspective on the law;
  • speculates on the future development of the law;
  • deals with issues which may have been ignored or unappreciated in the past;
  • deals with a discrete legal question and does not try and deal with too many issues;
  • presents a coherent and well thought through argument; and
  • is well written and well structured.

The most common reasons for submissions being rejected are:

  • authors submit an entire undergraduate, LLM or PhD thesis without modifying the piece to make it suitable for publication as a journal article;
  • articles describe and summarise the law but do not analyse or critique the law;
  • articles focus on the politics or policy surrounding an issue without sufficiently analysing the law;
  • articles are not up to date or show a lack of understanding of the law as it currently stands;
  • authors do not demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the academic literature on the topic they are writing about; and
  • articles are poorly written and poorly structured.