Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Amsterdam Law Forum is a Dutch foundation ('Stichting') run entirely by students of the Faculty of Law at the VU University Amsterdam upon supervision of an Advisory Board.

Amsterdam Law Forum aims at being a forum in the proper sense of the word, offering a meaningful platform where established scholars and young academics meet to discuss, analyse and interpret issues of an international and transnational legal nature. The articles in this quarterly, open-access online publication contribute to an interdisciplinary understanding of current international and transnational legal developments. Knowledge of such legal developments is embraced as a critical step towards and an integral part of furthering the cause of global justice.

Aside from serving as an important forum for international and transnational legal scholarship, Amsterdam Law Forum also provides an opportunity for its editors to develop their academic and critical writing skills. To this end, editors are encouraged to contribute to the content of our journal above and beyond their primary task of reviewing and suggesting points for improvement of the manuscripts received.

The different Section Policies of Amsterdam Law Forum are to be taken as the organisational reflection of its Focus and Scope.


Section Policies

Scientific Articles

Amsterdam Law Forum offers talented young academics an opportunity to engage in international and transnational legal scholarship. Therefore, this section contains Scientific Articles as researched and written primarily, but not exclusively, by master or graduate and PhD or postgraduate students. Scientific Articles should make a clear, original and thought-provoking contribution to existing scholarship and should comply with all requirements generally associated with scientific contributions. Amsterdam Law Forum strongly prefers and encourages contributions to be limited to 10,000 words (including footnotes) and will not consider contributions in excess of 15,000 words (including footnotes).

This section is partly peer reviewed at this moment (upon request by authors).

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Opinion Articles

In order to give full effect to the forum it aims to be, Amsterdam Law Forum offers established scholars an opportunity to participate in the international and transnational legal dialogue through provocative, cutting-edge opinionated contributions. Therefore, this section contains articles of an editorial rather than scientific nature as written primarily, but not exclusively, by renowned and established scholars. No formal limitation of length applies to articles published under this section, so as to enable creativity to flourish. As a guiding principle, Amsterdam Law Forum suggests that Opinion Articles should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words in length (including footnotes).

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Amsterdam Law Forum recognises and embraces commentaries as a critical component of a forum where young and established scholars can meet to reflect upon developments of an international legal character. To this end, the commentaries section features a variety of reviews of both contemporary and historic texts as well as key events. This offers an opportunity for editors and contributing authors young and established alike to comment upon both cutting edge scholarship and the very underpinnings of the relevant fields of law.

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Peer Review Process

Amsterdam Law Forum provides an alternative to the current scholarly publishing paradigm, allowing for innovation and experimentation in scholarly communication. Peer reviewed articles are marked as such on the top right of the first page since the 2017 Fall Issue.


Publication Frequency

Amsterdam Law Forum appears in four issues per annum.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides open access to all of it content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Such access is associated with increased readership and increased citation of an author's work. For more information on this approach, see the Public Knowledge Project, which has designed this system to improve the scholarly and public quality of research, and which freely distributes the journal system as well as other software to support the open access publishing of scholarly resources.

The principles of Open Access are stated in the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities.



All opinions expressed in the articles published in the Journal are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the board or members of Amsterdam Law Forum or the VU University. Amsterdam Law Forum is a platform for scholarly debate and is politically neutral. Nevertheless, the editorial team aims at a selection balance between contributions taking opposing views.


Author Fees

Amsterdam Law Forum charges no submission fees.