Submission Guidelines

The SOAS Law Journal welcomes submissions from graduate and professional contributors. In preparing your submission, please make note of our mandatory guidelines. Articles which do not comply with these guidelines may not be considered for publication. 


Format Guidelines

  1. Submissions must be 5,000 - 10,000 words (excluding footnotes).

  2. Citations must comply with the OSCOLA standard.  

  3. Submission files must be Microsoft Word documents (.doc or .docx). 

  4. Submissions must be in simple format using 1-inch margins and the following font size specifications:
    • Title: 14
    • Headings: 12
    • Main body: 11
    • Footnotes: 10 ​​​​

Procedural Guidelines

  1. We will not consider articles previously published or otherwise under consideration at other publications. 

  2. Submissions are to be emailed to

  3. Submissions must be accompanied by an Article Submission Cover Sheet.

  4. Successful contributors will be required to provide electronic copies of articles, books and other sources cited in .zip format. Authors are advised to provide as much information as possible to facilitate the verification of the provenance of all sources cited.

Our Selection Criteria

To our editors, the ideal article is well-researched, nuanced with context, and critically analyses contemporary legal issues. It will often include interdisciplinary and comparative research. Basic elements of our selection criteria follow below. 

  1. Content: The article must of a legal nature.

  2. Academic Quality: The article must not be a repetition of existing works.

  3. Readability: The article must be well structured and written in plain English. 

  4. Referencing: Articles are diligently monitored for plagiarism. All work must be accurately referenced.