The St Andrews Law Journal is a student led publication, our work comprising a variety of investigations into historic and contemporary matters within law and legal culture. We operate an editorial double-blind peer-review, and our published by the Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research, University of St Andrews. The Law Journal asks contributors to write an investigation of something they are genuinely interested in exploring, whether it be of academic or more casual focus, and placing that topic within a legal context: what are the laws governing the issue?; how has the evolution - or degradation - of this interest impacted the wider world, or demographics, specifically? Our editors are here to help guide contributors on elaborating on the pressing and passive legal considerations, doing so - we hope - will make law a more interesting and accessible subject for both our writers and readers.

Vol 1 No 1 (2020): The St Andrews Law Journal Inaugural Issue (Winter 2020)

Originally published on 16th November 2020. Published under the Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research, with support from the School of History and Online Journal Hosting Services, University of St Andrews. 

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The St Andrews Law Journal is an Open Access Publication. 

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ISSN 2634-5102

Content Summary: The inaugural Issue of the St Andrews Law Journal presents a variety of papers on subject matter spanning electronic privacy, case law precedent, contractual workplace rights, Cold-War era defection and spycraft, the power of institutions independent of government in enforcing their own pandemic lockdown restrictions, and international trade law's respect of human rights - this is to only name a few. Our objective was to present law as an interesting subject where anyone from any background can become involved in law and legal research, we hope these papers exemplify the potential for multidisciplinary, extracurricular legal writing at St Andrews. 

Published: 2021-11-19

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Who we are

The St Andrews Law Journal is a student led publication designed to offer students and staff access to a variety of articles, reviews, and analyses in the field of law and legal humanities. Our publications engage with issues important to our readership but by placing discussions within a legal context, emphasising the law and its impact on wider society. Our intention is to provide a platform for students to critically engage with law as extracurricular research, and as a collaborative space between pre-existing and future groups focused on analysing and discussing legal matters.

The Journal is led by an Editorial Board comprised of individuals from accross St Andrews’ diverse academic community. We aim to cater to a broad range of academic and socio-cultural demogrpahics by creating a multidisciplinary assemblage of editors and contributors – constructing what we envision to be a ‘St Andrean’ corpus of works.

What we do

We analyse law and legal studies – historic and contemporary – encouraging contributions from as many academic backgrounds as possible to build our multidisciplinary audience. So far, this has been embodied by a full-edition inaugural Issue for November 2020, compiled with a dozen papers that highlight the intrigues and investigative skills of our contributors. Our publication also attracts academics and institutional acclaim – with the Journal receiving several guest-contributor submissions from academics beyond St Andrews in our first operating year of 2020-21.