Oslo Law Review (OsLaw) was established in 2014, and publishes research articles from all areas of legal scholarship, as well as interdisciplinary articles or articles that engage with law from the perspective of other related disciplines (e.g. political science, anthropology, sociology, linguistics and philosophy). The journal aims to provide an open access forum for high quality academic discourse on legal issues. Its remit includes discussing Norwegian and Nordic legal phenomena.
The journal’s target groups are legal scholars and other researchers with an interest in legal topics. The journal may also be of interest to law students, practising lawyers, judges, political decision makers, the media and a broader reading public.
The journal publishes articles in English.
The journal is published by Scandinavian University Press (Universitetsforlaget) on behalf of the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo.
All articles that are considered by the editors to be relevant for publication in the journal are reviewed by at least one anonymous academic referee with no ties to the author. The final decision regarding publication of the article is made by the editors-in-chief. The journal practises ‘double blind’ peer review, whereby both the reviewer and the author remain anonymous to each other.
The journal is covered by the following indexing and discovery services:
Vidar Halvorsen, professor at University of Oslo
Anders Narvestad, doctoral research fellow at University of Oslo
Alla Pozdnakova, professor at University of Oslo
Shaheen Sardar Ali, professor at University of Warwick
Bert Jaap Koops, professor at University of Tilburg
Elise Poillot, professor at University of Luxembourg
Giovanni Sartor, professor at European University Institute/University of Bologna
Carsten Smith, professor emeritus at University of Oslo
Lawrence Solum, professor at Georgetown University
Address: Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 6706 St. Olavs plass, 0130 Oslo, Norway
Oslo Law Review is a scholarly journal with open access, with no subscription charges or registration restrictions. All content is freely available online.
As an author for this journal, you retain copyright and publishing rights to your own article without restrictions, and you grant any third party the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full text of your article in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license. Authors are not required to pay article processing charges (APCs) or article submission charges.
Oslo Law Review is an open access, peer-reviewed law journal with an international compass, published by Scandinavian University Press (Universitetsforlaget) on behalf of the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo. The journal welcomes original, high-quality articles from all areas of legal scholarship, as well as interdisciplinary articles or articles from other disciplines that engage with law (eg political science, anthropology, sociology, linguistics and philosophy).
The language of the journal is English.
Only manuscripts which follow the guidelines below will be assessed for publication.
All submissions to the journal should be sent to the editors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The journal uses double blind peer review of manuscripts. Manuscripts must therefore be anonymised by the author(s). Information about the author(s) must be provided in a separate document. All explicit references to one’s own publication(s) should be anonymised.
Checklist before submission
Submitted manuscripts should contain the following:
Title and name of the author(s).
Abstract (150-200 words).
References should be numerical and organised as footnotes.
In separate documents:
Name, institutional affiliation and e-mail address of author(s).
A short biographical description of each author.
Numbered figures and table (each on a separate page), if applicable.
The manuscript should be submitted in a standard format, with a 'Normal' style setting. Font should be Times New Roman, 12 pt. Text should be double spaced, with 2.5 cm margins and aligned to the left.
The manuscript should be no longer than 70,000 characters (with spaces), including footnotes and references.
The start of a new paragraph should be marked by an empty line.
Authors may utilise a maximum of three heading levels.
Spelling, punctuation and capitalisation
Authors should adopt UK spelling and punctuation conventions except in quotations from other sources.
For quotations, use single inverted commas (and doubles for quotations inside a quotation).
All headings and sub‐headings should be capitalised.
Secondary level headings should directly follow primary headings. For example, heading 3.1 should directly follow heading 3, with no intervening text.
The use of capitalisation should be minimal; however, ‘State’, ‘Article’ and ‘Act’ should always be capitalised.
Contractions, abbreviations and acronyms
Contractions will have no full points (eg, Mr, St, edn,). This includes words which do not end with their final letter, and their plural forms (eg, vol, vols, ed, eds).
Acronyms and abbreviations in capitals should also not have full points: NATO, USA, EU, BC.
Quotations and permission to reproduce them
Quotations should be kept to a minimum and lengthy quotations should be avoided.
Quotations of more than sixty words should be set apart from the main text (indented with extra space above and below).
Quotations of prose passages from a foreign language should be given in English only, using either an official or otherwise established translation or a new one of your own (with an indication as to whether or not the translation is your own).
When a short quotation in a foreign language is essential, it should be followed directly (not in the notes) with an English translation, placed in square brackets.
When words are omitted in a quotation, this should be done by using three full stops, the first full stop being preceded by a space (‘ …’).
Footnotes should be kept brief.
All footnotes should be followed by a full point.
The first citation of a reference should be given in full (in conformity with the first citation style guide set out further below) and any subsequent cross-citations should be given in a shortened form giving author and footnote number.
Cross‐citations should state the author (surname only), footnote where the publication is first cited and page number or numbers (unless referring to the publication as a whole, in which case no page number is given). For example, to refer to pages 54 and 61 of a previously cited publication by Jones, which is first cited in footnote 7, the following format is to be used: Jones (n 7) 54, 61.
Do not use op cit, loc cit and idem as forms of reference.
‘ibid’ may be used when referring to the footnote which directly precedes it. There is no punctuation after ‘ibid’. For example:
1 Robert Stevens, Torts and Rights (OUP 2007). 2 ibid 271-78.
First citation style guide: Books
Here is an example:
Javaid Rehman, International Human Rights Law (2nd ed, Pearson 2010).
Chapters in edited books
The start page of the chapter is required.
Here is an example:
Justine Pila, ‘The Value of Authorship in the Digital Environment’ in William H Dutton and Paul W Jeffreys (eds), World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities in the Century of Information (MIT Press 2010) 56, 60.
Both issue and volume number should be cited for all articles.
The start page of the article is required.
Here is an example:
Alison L Young, ‘In Defence of Due Deference’ (2009) 72(4) Modern Law Review 554, 560-562.
Here is an example:
Jane Croft, ‘Supreme Court Warns on Quality’ Financial Times (London, 1 July 2010) 3.
References to online sources should always include DOI references where possible. (DOI: digital object identifier.) The DOI reference should be accessible by clicking on the URL. If you are not sure about the DOI code for a reference, you can search for it here (search using title or author name): http://search.crossref.org/.
Here is an example of how to reference an online journal article with DOI-reference:
Linda Barclay, ‘Justice and Disability: What Kind of Theorizing Is Needed?’ (2011) 42(3) Journal of Social Philosophy 273 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9833.2011.01533.x> accessed 8 December 2016.
Note: Authors are reminded that full points in contractions are to be removed, in line with the guidelines laid out above (see Contractions, abbreviations and acronyms). Accordingly, abbreviations are not followed by a full point: versus is to be written 'v' not 'v.'; 'no' not 'no.' is the abbreviation of number and so forth. Please note also that any initials in case names are not to be written with full points either.
Judgment on the merits delivered by a Chamber:
Campbell v Ireland, no 45678/98, § 24, ECHR 1999‐II.
Judgment on the merits delivered by the Grand Chamber:
Campbell v Ireland [GC], no 45678/98, § 24, ECHR 1999‐II.
Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) and Court of First Instance (CFI)
Judgments from the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) and Court of First Instance (CFI) should include the ECLI reference and highlight those instances when the decision is by the Grand Chamber. Examples are as follows:
Case T-320/02, Monika Esch-Leonhardt, Tillmann Frommhold and Emmanuel Larue v European Central Bank, CFI, judgment of 18 February 2004 (ECLI:EU:T:2004:45).
Joined case: Joined Cases C-188/10 and C-189/10, Aziz Melki and Selim Abdei, judgment of 22 June 2010 (Grand Chamber) (ECLI:EU:C:2010:363).
Cases, legislation and international standards
Cases should be cited in accordance with the official format of the relevant jurisdiction. If this does not include the name of the court, please include it. For example:
Government of the RSA v Grootboom 2001 (1) SA 46 (CC) Constitutional Court of South Africa.
When referring to legislation then full and comprehensive details should be given, rather than a URL reference alone, as with any other reference to legal sources.
National laws and international treaties should not be italicised.
For references to UN documents, do not italicise the title. Please include the UN Doc reference and year of document.
Committee on the Rights of the Child, General Comment No. 14 on the Right of the Child to have his or her Best Interests taken as a Primary Consideration (art 3, para 1) (2013) UN Doc CRC/C/GC/14.
Please consult the Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) for guidelines not covered here.
The appropriate permissions must have been obtained for all figures and tables in the manuscript. If someone other than the author has created a figure or table, the name of the source should be stated in the text. The author is responsible for obtaining the permission to use previously published illustrations. Placing of figures and tables in the text should be marked in the manuscript.
The editors do not take responsibility for filing or returning copies of submitted manuscripts.
The Editors-in-Chief ensures that content published in the journal maintains a high scholarly standard and complies with international ethical standards for academic publishing. The journal complies with the guidelines formulated by the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE).