Journal of Legal Anthropology Vol 1 No. 3 (2013) online edition now available on this site.  Please follow the Journal links to access promotional copies.

Submission Guidelines




Submissions are accepted in MS Word format. Please send an electronic copy to: Narmala Halstead, School of Law and Social Sciences, University of East London, Docklands Campus, London, UK E16 2RD United Kingdom, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . and to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note that authors should retain one copy for themselves, as submissions cannot be returned.

Books for reviews, review articles and book reviews should be sent to Heather A. Horst,  

Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow

School of Media and Communication

College of Design and Social Context

RMIT University

Melbourne Victoria 3001  Australia

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The Journal of Legal Anthropology is a refereed journal. We will consider original articles which are not under simultaneous consideration elsewhere and which have not been previously published. Articles are read by internal and external referees.


Articles should be typed double-spaced throughout (including notes and bibliography). Notes should be end notes. We will consider articles between 7000-8000 words, excluding notes and bibliography. We will also consider shorter essays between 3000-4000 words, excluding notes and bibliography. Articles should be submitted electronically and must include an abstract (100-150 words), five key words and three to five lines of biographical information. Book reviews are limited to 800 words and book review essays of two or more books are limited to 1500 words.

Tables, charts, diagrams, etc., should be submitted in camera-ready form. For photographic essays send electronic photos and b/w prints, not negatives.

References cited in the text should use the form: Malinowski (1926: 126). The following style should be used for assembling the bibliography:

Articles in journals: Yngvesson, Barbara (1989) 'Inventing Law in Local Settings: Rethinking Popular Legal Culture', Yale Law Journal (98): 1689-1709.

Books: Boyle, James (1996) Shamans, Software & Spleens: Law and the Construction of the Information Society. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Chapters in books: Starr, June and Mark Goodale (2002) ‘Introduction: Legal Anthropology: New Dialogues, Enduring Methods', in J. Starr and M. Goodale (eds.) Practicing Ethnography in Law: New Dialogues, Enduring Methods pp. 1-12. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Authors will receive a copy of the journal on publication.


Authors are responsible for obtaining permissions from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures, or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere.


The article title page should include the full name(/cache/jsn_epic_pro/s/index.html) of the author(/cache/jsn_epic_pro/s/index.html), academic or other personal affiliation, and the complete address (plus electronic mail address and telefax number where available) of the author to whom correspondence should be sent.


Before publication authors are requested to assign copyright to the Journal of Legal Anthropology, subject to retaining their right to reuse the material in other publications written or edited by themselves, and due to be published at least one year after initial publication in the Journal.

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