Emphasising Australian law, the Sydney Law Review is devoted to publishing exceptional, timely articles that make an innovative contribution to legal scholarship and are of interest to a wide audience.
The Sydney Law Review features original peer-reviewed articles, as well as review essays and book reviews commissioned by the Editorial Board. Students enrolled in the Sydney Law Review unit of study have the opportunity to publish case notes or law reform comments in the journal.
In addition, the ‘Before the High Court’ column provides a forum for some of Australia's leading academics to comment on cases awaiting hearing by the High Court of Australia.
The Sydney Law Review is published four times a year (March, June, September and December) and accepts submissions on a rolling basis (there are no submission deadlines).
You can access the current issue of Sydney Law Review here (pdf, 1.2MB), as well as archives back to 1953, on the AustLII website.
For article submission, you will need to provide two separate Word files:
Submissions are first assessed by the editors and, if considered suitable, will be sent for anonymous peer review. The submission and reviews are then considered by the Editorial Board. The review process usually takes 8-12 weeks, after which the authors are notified of the board's decision. Please be aware that there may be delays due to late reviews and/or holiday periods.
All authors are required to sign an author agreement before publication. Copyright in articles published in the Sydney Law Review is vested in the Sydney Law Review and its contributors. Apart from any fair dealing for the purposes of private study, research, criticism or review as permitted under the Copyright Act, no article or part may be reproduced by any process without written permission.
The Sydney Law Review's Before the High Court column provides a forum for some of Australia's leading academics to comment on cases awaiting hearing by the High Court of Australia.
View our Before the High Court Author Guide for further information before submitting a proposal for the Editorial Board’s consideration by email to the Sydney Law Review.
You can access the archives of the Before the High Court column on the AustLII website.