Journal History

The St Andrews Law Journal was established in February, 2020, acquiring the University of St Andrews' Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research (ILCR) as its publisher.

Focus and Scope

We encourage submissions from a variety of academic and casual interests, the editors help guide contributors within refining these interests into analytical papers on law and legal culture. Our corpus of works aims to be a fundamentally multidisciplinary, with a focus on both the historic and contemporary legal issues at the centre of each paper's investigation. The St Andrews Law Journal accepts work from students of all years at the University of St Andrews, as well as contributions in the form of guest submissions from staff and academics of the University and beyond  (extending to other academic and professional institutions). 


Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research (with approval of the School of History, University of St Andrews).

Review Policy

The St Andrews Law Journal operates an Editorial Double-Blind Peer Review process. The initial review will be done by the Managing Editors (i.e. the Editor in Chief) or their designee, who will then, if the submission is tentatively acceptable, refer the submission to one or more reviewers, at least one of whom will be a member of the editorial board. The Managing Editors, or their designee, will ensure that any identifying information (from the submission's author) will not be passed-on to the main reviewer of the work, and likewise that the contributor (author) does not receive the identifying details of the reviewer.

See Review Policy for more details.


Copyright is retained by authors.

Open Access Policy

Unless otherwise noted all content published by the St Andrews Law Journal is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC BY 4.0), which allows liberal reuse of the final published work as long as appropriate attribution is made. For more information please follow this link:

Privacy and Consent Policy

The data collected from registered and non-registered users of this journal falls within the scope of the standard functioning of peer-reviewed journals. It includes information that makes communication possible for the editorial process; it is used to inform readers about the authorship and editing of content; it enables collecting aggregated data on readership behaviours, as well as tracking geopolitical and social elements of scholarly communication.

For Further information on your rights when interacting with the Journal, on our various communication platforms, please consult our Privacy Policy on our website.

This journal’s editorial team uses this data to guide its work in publishing and improving this journal. Data that will assist in developing this journal platform (Open Journal Systems – OJS) may be shared with its developer Public Knowledge Project (PKP) in an anonymized and aggregated form, with appropriate exceptions such as article metrics. The data will not be sold by this journal or PKP nor will it be used for purposes other than those stated here.

Registered Users

Users who register with this journal, including authors and peer reviewers where applicable, consent to having their personal information stored in the University’s journal hosting platform (OJS) and processed by the platform and journal editorial teams. Authors published in this journal are also responsible for the human subject data that figures in the research reported in the journal.

Those involved in editing this journal seek to be compliant with industry standards for data privacy, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provision for “data subject rights” that include (a) breach notification; (b) right of access; (c) the right to be forgotten; (d) data portability; and (e) privacy by design. The GDPR also allows for the recognition of “the public interest in the availability of the data,” which has a particular saliency for those involved in maintaining, with the greatest integrity possible, the public record of scholarly publishing.

All users whose details are stored in the University’s OJS installation can exercise their rights of the individual, as they are detailed in the GDPR. If you have a user account and wish to have it deleted, please email