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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.


Jonathan Crowe, Professor of Law, Bond University, Australia

Hillary Nye, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta, Canada

Raff Donelson, Associate Professor, Dickinson Law, Pennsylvania State University, 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

Two issues a year

ISSN Print 2633-6847
ISSN Online 2633-6855

2022 subscription prices:

Individual £79.00/$125.00/€93 (print and online); £59.00/$95.00/€70 (online only)
Academic Institutions print and online: £194.00/€229; £170.00/$272.00/€201 (online only)
Single print issue: £65/$100

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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.

The final version of your article should be accompanied by a completed copy of the Author Information Form: JLP Author Information Form.

Terms of publication

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

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Information for librarians

In the absence of a separate license agreement, Edward Elgar Publishing follows the SERU guidelines for subscriptions to the Journal of Legal Philosophy, as published at the NISO SERU website:

Edward Elgar is also able to enter in to a signed license agreement with institutions if this is preferred. Two copies must be signed and sent to: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, The Lypiatts, 15 Lansdown Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2JA, UK, email with any queries. Or go to our license page.

Journal Interlibrary Loan Policy

Subscribing not-for-profit institutions may share single printed copies of articles among other not-for-profit academic libraries on behalf of end users, to fulfil individual requests by authorised users of those institutions for the purpose of research or private study. Subscribing institutions may also supply secure electronic versions (up to a maximum of five articles per year from any one journal to any one library) by secure electronic transmission including fax, Ariel or its equivalents, whereby the electronic version is deleted after printing.

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Open Access in Elgar Journals

All Elgar Journals give to authors the option of making their article Open Access via the Gold Open Access route, under the following criteria:

  • Requests will only be considered after the article has been submitted, peer-reviewed and accepted for publication by the Journal.
  • An author processing charge of £1200 per article is applicable.
  • The Article will be made publicly available on Elgaronline under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-ND-4.0), both in free-flowing HTML and as a PDF download. Other licences can also be considered if required by your funding body - see our Open Access Agreement for more information.
  • The version of the Article made available on Elgaronline will be the final published version of the full Article, both in free-flowing HTML and as a PDF download.
  • Authors can embed a link into any public repository or web-page which links directly to the final version of the full article on Elgaronline.

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