New Voices

The European Journal of Legal Studies welcomes submissions of New Voices articles, a format enabling early-career scholars to put forward their innovative ideas, build their academic identity and expand their publication record. The Journal defines ‘early-career scholars’ at time of submission as LLM, JD, PhD (or equivalent, e.g. JSD) students as well as those who defended their doctoral thesis within the last five years. Those who are not currently affiliated with an academic institution must be within five years of graduating from their highest academic degree to date. Authors must set out how they meet this definition at the time of submission.

New Voices contributions provide an opportunity to present an original argument in a direct and appealing way. It can consist, for instance, in re-thinking well-established beliefs or assumptions, or approaching a topical issue with an original and critical inquiry.

The length of contributions shall be between 4,000 and 5,000 words (footnotes included). Submissions should be sent as Word files.

A young scholar could use the New Voices platform for several purposes, including to discuss a claim of their thesis, to publish a conference paper or a case comment, or to summarise their thesis before publication of the full monograph. This list is by no means exhaustive and is only meant as an indication of the many possibilities offered by the New Voices section.

New Voices submissions are subject to double-blind peer review and are also expected to comply with the EJLS Style GuideSubmissions should include a short abstract (150-200 words), a list of keywords and a table of contents.

EJLS accepts New Voices submissions on a rolling basis. Articles should be sent as Word files to [email protected]


New Voices Prize

Every year since 2017 the EJLS has recognised the best New Voices contribution. The prize is awarded once per academic year and any article published in the New Voices section is eligible.

Previous winners

2022/2023 Henrique Marcos for the article Two Kinds of Systemic Consistency in International Law

2021/2022 Chiara Scissa for the article The Climate Changes, Should EU Migration Law Change as Well? Insights from Italy

2020/2021 Alberto Quintavalla and Orlin Yalnazov for the article The Death of Laws: Mandatory Requirements and Environmental Protection

2018/2019 Laura Henderson for the article Deciding to Repeat Differently: Iterability and Decision in Judicial Decision-Making

2017/2018 Guilherme Del Negro for the article The Validity of Treaties Concluded under Coercion of the State: Sketching a TWAIL Critique