Case Note Competition & Submissions

June 30, 2016

Hibernian Law Journal - Case Note Competition 2017 (1) (1)

General submissions for the 2017 edition are now closed.  Case note submissions will be accepted until 31 January 2017.

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.

Our house style guide is available here: Hibernian Law Journal House Style 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 31 October 2016 (although exceptions may be made in individual circumstances).

Articles should be submitted in soft copy format to:

editor@hibernianlawjournal.com

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.