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Sydney Law Review

We publish one of Australia’s most eminent academic law journals

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.

Sydney Law Review

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).

Editors: Associate Professor Arlie Loughnan and Associate Professor Shae McCrystal

Online access

You can access the current issue of Sydney Law Review, as well as archives back to 1953, on the AustLII website.

Make a submission

You will need to provide two separate Word files:

  • an abstract of 100-200 words and
  • a full original submission in Word, including the abstract and authors' details.

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.

Before the High Court

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.

For further information or to submit a proposal for the Editorial Board's consideration, please email the Sydney Law Review.

Recent columns

Online access

You can access the archives of the Before the High Court column on the AustLII website.

Sydney Law Review