Journal of Legal Philosophy

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The legal status of infant male circumcision

Patrick Lenta
Jacqui Poltera

The Journal of Legal Philosophy is an international journal publishing theoretical work relating to law and legal studies. It continues the Australasian Journal of Legal Philosophy, which has been published continuously for more than 30 years. The JLP is published by Edward Elgar Publishing in partnership with the Australasian Society of Legal Philosophy.

The JLP aims to be inclusive, innovative and socially engaged. Its main focus is on legal philosophy or jurisprudence, but it also publishes work in ethical, political and social theory that considers questions relevant to law. It encompasses analytical jurisprudence, socio-legal theory, and critical and continental perspectives, as well as applied work in normative jurisprudence and theoretical studies of specific fields of law.

Unlike some other journals in the field, JLP welcomes theoretical work on the law of particular nations, provided that it raises wider questions that will interest readers from other jurisdictions. The JLP has a strong and diverse international editorial board and takes an efficient and author-friendly approach to the submission process.


Editorial Team


  • Jonathan Crowe, Professor of Law, Bond University, Australia
  • Hillary Nye, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Raff Donelson, Associate Professor, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA

Assistant Editor

  • Victoria Roth

Editorial Board

  • Amalia Amaya Navarro, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Peter Cane, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Lynette J Chua, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Margaret Davies, Flinders University, Australia
  • David Dyzenhaus, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Jeffrey Goldsworthy, Monash University, Australia
  • Heidi Hurd, University of Illinois, USA
  • Grant Lamond, University of Oxford, UK
  • Judith Lichtenberg, Georgetown University, USA
  • Denise Meyerson, Macquarie University, Australia
  • Mark C Murphy, Georgetown University, USA
  • Liam Murphy, New York University, USA
  • Ngaire Naffine, University of Adelaide, Australia
  • John Tasioulas, University of Oxford, UK
  • Robin West, Georgetown University, USA

Author Submissions

Call for Papers and Author Guidelines

The Journal of Legal Philosophy welcomes submission of theoretical work relating to law and legal studies, including legal philosophy and jurisprudence (broadly conceived), as well as work in ethical, political and social theory that considers questions relevant to law. We invite submissions from all theoretical perspectives and traditions.

The JLP is a double-blind peer reviewed journal. All submissions will initially be reviewed by the Editors and, if deemed suitable for the journal, will be sent out for external review. The initial editorial review is normally completed within two weeks, while the full review process typically takes six to eight weeks. We aim for an efficient and responsive submission process.

The JLP invites submission of articles and book reviews. The maximum length for article submissions is 15,000 words. There is no prescribed minimum length, but articles published in the journal typically fall within the range of 8,000-12,000 words. Book reviews are normally around 2,000 words, but we also welcome submission of longer review articles.

Style/Submissions Guide

Contributions should be submitted as email attachments in Word format to Ms Victoria Roth, Assistant Editor ( The JLP welcomes submissions in any format and referencing style, with the understanding that the author will be required to implement house style prior to final acceptance. 

Article manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with our house style guidelines: JLP Guidance.

You must complete the Contributor Information form when you submit your final draft.

Terms of publication

If your article is accepted for publication, you will be asked to sign our standard Contributor Agreement: JLP Licence to Publish.