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Oxford University Press launches London Review of International Law

1 October 2012

Oxford University Press has announced its 2013 launch of a new journal, London Review of International Law, for critical, innovative, and cutting-edge scholarship on international law.

The growing appetite for more critically-oriented journals in the field, coupled with the expansion of teaching and research in international law, led to the launch, filling the need for a journal explicitly directed to the overarching trends in international law. The London Review of International Law aims to support and foster the emergent body of work being undertaken in the areas of international legal theory, international legal history, and international socio-legal studies. This work is reshaping the contours of international legal scholarship with profound implications for received enquiries and ideas, and the London Review gives it pride of place.

Emma Thomas, Senior Publisher at Oxford University Press, said: “We had a tremendously positive response to this project when we were evaluating the proposal. The London Review has great potential as a new voice in international law, and it’s a wonderful complement to all our existing publishing in this area. I’m looking forward to working with this incredibly talented and committed group of Editors to achieve their vision for the journal.”

Professor Susan Marks, London School of Economics, speaking on behalf of her Co-Editors said:

“International law is a flourishing field of research, and we are hugely excited to be launching this new outlet for it. The London Review will complement the excellent periodical literature that already exists, publishing work at the cutting edge of international legal thought with a special emphasis on international legal theory, international legal history and international socio-legal studies. The initial phase of setting up the journal has been fascinating and fun; even the dry details like the style sheet have held surprisingly enjoyable challenges. But what comes next is, of course, the real project: submissions rolling in! We want this journal to be a go-to forum for new voices, imaginative research, great writing and inspirational ideas.”

The London Review is divided into three sections. The first section publishes scholarly articles. The second section is devoted to review essays. These may be critical explorations of one or more new publications or of older texts reconsidered in the light of new publications, but may also be structured, for example, around particular scholars, concepts or events. The London Review does not publish short-length book reviews. The third section supplements this writing with material designed to broaden and enrich the international legal conversation in a different way. Varying from issue to issue, this may include annotated reprints of classic texts, translations of foreign language scholarship, and reports of archival sources, along with photography, poetry and other non-traditional forms of engagement with international legal themes.

London Review of International Law is a new launch for 2013 and will publish two issues in September and December 2013. As with all OUP new launches, all content will be freely available online for the first two years of publication. Visit the journal website for more information, submission guidelines, and to sign up to receive tables of contents by email:

For more information contact:
Gabby Fletcher
Oxford University Press
01865 353969

Notes to editors
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