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. If any authors are interested in submitting to the Journal, but envisage having difficulty meeting this deadline, please contact us and we will endeavour to facilitate an extension of time.
Articles should be submitted in Word format to: email@example.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 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.
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:
- 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.