Rules for submission

  1. The SOAS Law Journal will only consider academic Articles of a legal nature.
  2. We strongly encourage submissions to fall between 3,000 to 10,000 words in length, excluding footnotes.
  3. All submissions are encouraged to be referenced in accordance with the Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA).
  4. Submissions will only be accepted from current and former SOAS students and from authors from other institutions who have graduated within the last ten (10) years.
  5. Each author may not submit more than three (3) Articles for consideration per each Issue of the Journal.
  6. Articles which have already been published in other journals or publications should not be submitted and will not be considered for publication.
  7. Articles previously submitted to the SOAS Law Journal which were not selected in previous calls for submissions may be resubmitted.
  8. Submissions must be in an electronic format (preferably in Microsoft Word .doc or .docx format).
  9. Submissions must be sent via email to
  10. Authors must also complete and submit an Article Submission Cover Sheet. 
  11. If one’s Article is selected, we will request a .zip folder from the author containing electronic copies of articles, books and other sources cited in the said Article. While it is not mandatory to include every single electronic copy of the sources that have been cited, authors are advised to provide as much information as possible to facilitate the verification of the provenance of all sources cited, a key aspect of our editorial process.

Article Selection Criteria

  1. Nature: The article must be legal in nature. It may include interdisciplinary and comparative research, but the core of the article must be legal.
  2. Originality: The article should not be a repetition of existing works. It should develop a new idea; apply an existing standard to another field/law; analyse the application of a standard to identify a different outcome; analyse a new law/phenomenon etc. Articles which touch upon contemporary or recent issues are desirable but not necessary.
  3. Critical: The article should not be overly descriptive and instead evidence depth and analysis.
  4. Structure: The article should maintain an appropriate structure so that flow can be maintained.
  5. Readability: The article should easily guide the reader and be written in clear English.
  6. Appropriately referenced: There should be no plagiarism.


If you have any queries regarding Article submissions, please feel free to send an email to


The submission deadline for Volume 5, Issue 1 of the SOAS Law Journal, to be published in February 2018, is the 15th November 2017.

Please Note: For the February 2018 Issue, we are particularly interested in aligning this publication with international observances of children’s rights and interests in August, and more generally with youth-related matters.