Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The University of Bologna Law Review is a newborn student-run law journal published by the Department of Legal Studies of the University of Bologna, which boasts an almost millennial history as the oldest university of the Western World. Financial support is officially provided by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

Its main purpose concerns being a qualified research tool for practitioners, scholars, students, legislators, and others interested in legal studies.

The journal is published twice a year, and each issue is focused on specific subjects, analyzed with an interdisciplinary approach. All the submissions are subjected to a rigorous editorial process, which involves a double-blind peer review, carried out by junior and senior reviewers.


Section Policies


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Articles & Essays

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Case Notes

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Book Reviews

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Peer Review Process

All submissions will undergo a first review for compatibility with the purposes of the University of Bologna Law Review. This will be carried out by an Associate Editor together with a Managing Editor. In case of articles, only the attached abstract will be considered. If the submission overcomes the first review, it will be submitted to a double-blind peer review process.
The number of reviewers may vary and will be determined by the Managing Board, together with the Editor-in-Chief. The reviewers are junior and senior scholars and practitioners from all over the world. The feedback resulting from the evaluation of the reviewers will be communicated to the authors.
Once the double-blind peer review process is overcome, the author is responsible for the provision of a final contribution according to the requirements of the University of Bologna Law Review. All contributions will be subjected to copy editing before being published.


Publication Frequency

The University of Bologna Law Review publishes twice a year. The issues remain open according to a continuous update mode throughout the semester.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

It releases its articles under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

This license allows anyone to download, reuse, re-print, modify, distribute and/or copy the contributions. The works must be properly attributed to its author(s). It is not necessary to ask further permissions both to author(s) or journal board, although you are kindly requested to inform the journal for every reuse of the papers.

Authors who publish on this journal maintain the copyrights.

Authors are welcome to post pre-submission versions, the original submitted version of the manuscript (preprint) and the final draft post-refereeing (postprint) on a personal website, a collaborative wiki, departmental website, social media websites, institutional repository or non-commercial subject-based repositories. Self-archiving can happen only upon the acceptance of the submission.

The journal has neither article processing charges nor submission processing fees.


Archiving Policy

The University of Bologna has an archival arrangement with the National Central Libraries of Florence and Rome within the national project Magazzini Digitali.


Publication Fees

The journal has neither article processing charges nor submission processing fees.