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Focus and Scope

The Utrecht Law Review is an open access, peer-reviewed journal which aims to offer an international academic platform for cross-border legal research. In the first place, this concerns research in which the boundaries of the classic branches of the law (private law, criminal law, constitutional and administrative law, European and public international law) are crossed and connections are made between these areas of the law, amongst others from a comparative law perspective. In addition, the journal welcomes research in which classic law is brought face to face with not strictly legal disciplines such as philosophy, economics, political sciences and public administration science. Please contact the managing editor if you are not sure whether your research falls into these categories.

The Utrecht Law Review was established in 2005 and is affiliated to the Utrecht University School of Law. The editorial board consists of renowned and young researchers, representing the various disciplines at the School of Law, and two student members. Academic quality and the international character of the journal are guaranteed by the scientific council, which consists of national and foreign experts in all branches of legal science. All academic articles that are submitted are subjected to anonymous peer review.

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Publication Frequency

At the start of each year, a general issue appears including contributions on a variety of (legal) topics. In June, a special issue appears on a specific theme which is based on one of the research programmes at the Utrecht School of Law. In addition to these two annual issues, we may publish incidental special issues.

Academic articles for the general issue must be submitted before 30 June.
Student Papers for the general issue must be submitted before 30 June.
Articles for special issues can only be submitted on invitation by the editors.

Open Access Policy

Utrecht Law Review 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.

Authors of articles published in the Utrecht Law Review remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported  license agreement.

Archiving Policy

To ensure permanency of all publications, Utrecht Law Review utilises LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

Abstracting and indexing

In February 2016 Utrecht Law Review was accepted for coverage in the Thomson Reuters Emerging Journals Citation Index

Utrecht Law Review is indexed/abstracted in:
Open Access:

BASE search, Bielefeld Academic Search Engine
Creative Commons Science Common Open Access Law Program
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Electronic Journals Database (University of Regensburg)
ERA 2012 Journal List
Genamics JournalSeek
Google Scholar
Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
Legal networks:
European Law Network
Swiss Institute of Comparative Law
World Legal Information Institute

Subscription databases:
Ebsco Host Electronic Journals service
Ebsco Academic Search Elite
Ebsco Academic Search Premier
Ebsco Academic Complete
HeinOnline Law Journal Library
Ulrich’s periodicals Directory
Library catalogues:
COPAC, Catalogue of resources at all the university libraries in the UK and Ireland
Picarta, Dutch Central Catalogue
SUDOC, Catalogue of resources at all the university libraries in France
ZDB, Catalogue of resources at all the university libraries in Germany
All Utrecht Law Review content is indexed with CrossRef and assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI).

In addition, the journal is available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

If Utrecht Law Review is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by sending an e-mail to, or by making an indexing request directly with the service. Please inform us if you do so.


Utrecht Law Review fully supports and encourages author self-archiving of all content.

Utrecht Law Review is registered as a SHERPA/RoMEO green journal.

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