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Sydney Law Review

We publish one of Australia’s most eminent academic law journals

Since 1953, the Sydney Law Review has been devoted to publishing exceptional, timely articles that make an innovative contribution to legal scholarship and are of interest to a wide audience.

Sydney Law Review

ISSN 0082–0512 (PRINT)
ISSN 1444–9528 (ONLINE)

The Sydney Law Review features original peer-reviewed articles, as well as review essays and book reviews commissioned by the Editorial Board.

Students enrolled in the Sydney Law Review unit of study have the opportunity to publish case notes or law reform comments in the journal.

In addition, the ‘Before the High Court’ column provides a forum for leading academics to comment on cases awaiting hearing by the High Court of Australia.

The Sydney Law Review publishes four issues per year (March, June, September and December) and accepts submissions on a rolling basis (there are no submission deadlines).

Editors: Associate Professor Jacqueline Mowbray and Professor Kimberlee Weatherall.

Editorial Board: View a list of our Editorial Board members (pdf, 44KB).

View our Publication Information and Ethics Statement (pdf, 70KB).

Online access here

You can access the current issue of Sydney Law Review here (pdf, 915KB), as well as archives back to 1953, on the AustLII website.

You can also access forthcoming articles and commentary here


Make a submission

For article submission, you will need to provide two separate Word files:

  • an abstract of 100-200 words; and
  • a full original submission of 10,000–15,000 words (including Abstract, author details, footnotes and referencing). Articles over 15,000 words will not be considered.

Submissions are first assessed by the editors and, if considered suitable, will be sent for anonymous (double-blind) peer review. The submission and reviews are then considered by the Editorial Board. The review process usually takes 8-12 weeks, after which the authors are notified of the board's decision. Please be aware that there may be delays due to late reviews and/or holiday periods.

All authors are required to sign an Author Agreement before publication. Authors retain copyright in the work, but grant an exclusive licence to the Sydney Law Review. Refer to the Author Agreement (pdf, 70KB) for details regarding this licence and associated matters.

Before the High Court

The Sydney Law Review's Before the High Court column provides a forum for some of Australia's leading academics to comment on cases awaiting hearing by the High Court of Australia.

View our Before the High Court Author Guide for further information before submitting a proposal for the Editorial Board’s consideration by email to the Sydney Law Review.

Recent columns

Online access

You can access the archives of the Before the High Court column on the AustLII website.

Sydney Law Review

Before the High Court

The meaning of academic freedom
Adrienne Stone examines the significance of Ridd v James Cook University.
Read the commentary