The Journal is now accepting article submissions to Volume 18. Original articles conforming to the below requirements should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, 9 November 2018.
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.
- Submissions are due by 9 November 2018 (although exceptions may be made in individual circumstances).
Articles should be submitted in Word 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.
Case note submissions to Volume 17 of the Journal are now closed. Case note submissions to Volume 18 of the Journal shall open in January 2019.
Case notes of circa 3,000 words were sought 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.