June 30, 2016

Submissions – Articles and Case Notes

Article Submissions

The call for article submissions for Volume 22 of the Journal is now open.

The Deadline for receipt of submissions is 6 pm, Friday 20 January 2023.

Articles should be submitted in Word format to: editor@hibernianlawjournal.com


Article Submission Guidelines

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.
  • We particularly welcome submissions from trainee solicitors and pupil barristers, PhD students and early career academics.

Case Notes 

The Journal will be inviting submissions of case notes (2,000-4,000 words) on cases of topical interest, beginning in early 2023.


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.

The Journal reserves the right not to award the advertised prize in the event that the submissions received are not of a publishable standard.