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Article Types


Academic articles that are submitted are subjected to a double blind peer review. Referees remain anonymous to the author during the review procedure and the author's name is removed from the manuscript being reviewed.
Each article is first assessed by two of the editors of the editorial board and, if it is judged suitable for Utrecht Law Review, it is sent to two referees for a double blind peer review.
Based on the recommendations of the reviewers, the editors then decide whether the paper should be accepted as it is, revised or rejected. In case of revisions, a final decision on publication will be made after resubmission. If there is no agreement on the part of the editors, the editor-in-chief will make the final decision.

This section is peer reviewed.


In this section reactions to earlier articles can be published.

Student Papers

The 'Student Papers' section offers promising Utrecht Master's students the opportunity to publish a paper, which will enable us to showcase the talent which the Utrecht School of Law has available.

How does it work?

Supervisors who are of the opinion that the quality of a Master's thesis or research project is above average, can stimulate the student involved to redraft the thesis or research project as an English-language academic paper with a minimum of 6,000 words and a maximum of 10,000 words (including notes). Students may themselves take the initiative, after consulting their supervisor, to submit a Student Paper.
In principle a Student Paper will be examined according to the same criteria as a regular article, as listed under the 'Editors' screening criteria' (see below, under 'Peer Review Process'). In particular, the thesis or research project should not only be of above average quality but also of interest to a wider audience. This means that a thesis or research project must be written in such a way that it is readable for a general legal audience. Therefore the article must contain the following elements:

  • An introduction in which the choice of subject is justified and its contribution to the existing knowledge in the field is explained;
  • An explanation of the research methods which have been employed;
  • A clear formulation of the problem and the way in which the article aims to solve it;
  • A clear structure and sound reasoning;
  • A sufficient basis of relevant case law and literature, with adequate references;
  • A conclusion which answers the problem and covers the article's contents.

In order to guarantee the paper's quality and the supervisor's commitment, the supervisor's name will be mentioned in the first note, indicated by an *. The text of this note will read: 'This paper is an adapted version of the master's thesis/the research project by [name student], entitled [title of thesis/research project], which was completed at the Utrecht University School of Law, [name institute], on [date] under the supervision of [name + title supervisor].'
The paper must be submitted to the Utrecht Law Review's Editorial Board within 6 months of the student's graduation.
The Utrecht Law Review's Editorial Board will assess the paper's eligibility for placement in the Student Papers column. As opposed to the procedure regarding regular academic articles, there will be no peer review assessment.
Upon submission, please indicate clearly that it concerns a Student Paper.

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This section announces interesting developments at the Utrecht School of Law.



Policy Paper

This section is peer reviewed.

Author Guidelines

All authors are asked to submit their articles online.

Previously, manuscripts could be submitted to the managing editor by e-mail. We now kindly ask all authors to ensure that they have also submitted their article through the journal's online system.

NB: Manuscripts should be written in clear English and adhere to the ULR style guide. If English is not your first language we advise that you have your manuscript professionally edited prior to submission. This may help to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers. Please note that language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication.

Authors are invited to submit manuscripts that fall within the scope of the Utrecht Law Review. Please read the information on the Peer Review Process and follow the guidelines below.

The Utrecht Law Review does not charge Article Processing Charges (APCs), as these are currently covered by the Utrecht University School of Law.

The Utrecht Law Review provides immediate open access to its content. Authors retain copyright of their articles. Articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (CC-by).

If you have any questions you can contact the managing editor

Academic articles and student papers for the general issue must be submitted before 15 April.
Articles for special issues can only be submitted on invitation by the editors.

Manuscripts should average between 6,000 words and 10,000 words in length (including notes).
Manuscripts must be written in English (UK spelling) and be complete in all respects, including figures and tables.
If English is not your first language we advise that you have your manuscript professionally edited prior to submission.

Title, subtitles and biography
The title page must list the full title, names, academic or professional affiliations and complete addresses of all authors. In case of multiple authors of one article, all authors should be displayed on a new line, followed by organization details, separated by commas. A brief autobiographical note may be supplied. The name and address of the author to whom correspondence may be sent should be indicated, including an e-mail address which may be displayed publicly.
As a guide, the main title should consist of eight words or less. Notes are not allowed in the title, biography or any of the subtitles. Subtitles must be short and clearly defined. Only the first word of each subtitle should be capitalised (i.e. 'setence case').

Abstract and key words
A structured summary of about 100 to 200 words should be included with the manuscript together with 3-6 key words (lowercase) which encapsulate the principal subjects covered by the paper which will be used for indexing. The summary should be understandable to readers who have not read the rest of the paper. It should not contain any citations of other published work.

Final submission and copyright
Once accepted for publication, the final version of the paper must be provided. A completed and signed copyright form must accompany each paper. Articles published in the Utrecht Law Review are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
By signing the form the author states to accept the copyright notice of Utrecht Law Review. The copyright notice for authors (see below) is also included in the copyright acceptance form.

Points of style
Please make sure that the text adheres to the stylistic requirements outlined in the Utrecht Law Review style guide, which can be downloaded in pdf format here. Please note that, as of 2020, the Utrecht Law Review uses the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) available here.

Submission Preparation Checklist

  1. The submission is not under consideration for publication elsewhere and it contains work not previously published in English elsewhere. Articles originally published in another language might, in certain circumstances, be accepted for publication in the Utrecht Law Review in English. The author should indicate if this is the case. It is up to the editorial board to decide upon acceptance.

  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice or Microsoft Word file format.

  3. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  4. Any third-party-owned materials used have been identified with appropriate credit lines, and permission obtained from the copyright holder for all formats of the journal.
  5. The author declares the absence of any conflict of interest.
  6. All authors have given permission to be listed on the submitted paper The corresponding author is authorized to speak on behalf of the authors.
  7. All DOIs for the references have been provided, when available.
  8. All citations must adhere to the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA).

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
  1. Authors retain copyright and grant Utrecht Law Review right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in the Utrecht Law Review.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in Utrecht Law Review.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).

Once accepted for publication, the final version of the paper must be provided. A completed and signed copyright form, which will be sent by the Managing Editor, must accompany each paper. By signing the form the author states to accept the copyright notice of Utrecht Law Review. The copyright notice for authors is also included in the copyright acceptance form.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Publication Fees

This journal doe not apply any Article Processing Charges (APCs). The journal is funded via other means.