ABOUT THE LAW REVIEW
The Cambridge Law Review (CLR) is an independent journal run by students of the University of Cambridge which aims to provide a forum for the discussion of contemporary and cutting-edge legal issues. We welcome contemporary submissions on issues relating to all common law jurisdictions, or those with a former connection to the English common law; European law; international law; comparative pieces; as well as interdisciplinary legal scholarship that has regard to economics and political studies. We do consider purely jurisprudential or historical pieces on a case-by-case basis. Despite being a journal run by students of English law, we do not evince a preference for submissions relating to English law; our most important criteria for publication is that your submission relates to a contemporary legal issue and provides critical insight into the area of law you have chosen.
The Managing Board takes great pride in ensuring the best submissions are published. To that end, a team of editors comprising undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral students at the University of Cambridge will blindly review each article at least three times before any decision is made.
For Volumes I through III, the CLR published one issue per year, however, from Volume IV onwards, the CLR will comprise two issues; one for Michaelmas and Lent (October to March), and one for the Summer (June to September). Each issue will feature between ten and fifteen articles written by legal scholars, practitioners or students from various countries. The topics of the articles span a wide range of contemporary legal issues, with exceptions made for outstanding historical and jurisprudential pieces. By combining contributions of the highest quality with a rigorous editing process, the CLR strives to be among the leading voices in debating the most significant legal issues of today's world. The journal's volumes can be accessed here or on HeinOnline.
OUR HISTORY. RE-ESTABLISHED.
The CLR in its current incarnation began in 2015 with its first volume, but the long history and tradition of student-run law reviews in Cambridge started almost a century earlier. In 1921, the Cambridge Law Journal (CLJ) was founded as a student publication. Within a number of years, due to the remarkable quality of submissions and editing, and the reputation it quickly built for itself, the Law Faculty of Cambridge saw fit to take the journal into its purview. Since then, the CLJ has been directed entirely by faculty members. And as such, for a period of time thereafter, a student-run academic law journal was missing from the University of Cambridge.
The Cambridge Student Law Review (CSLR) was then founded in 2003 and was quickly recognised as a high-calibre publication run independently by students. In 2011, it narrowed its focus, and the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law was established as a continuation of the CSLR. It was subsequently renamed the Cambridge International Law Journal (CILJ). The CILJ, like the CLJ before it, has been taken under the wing of the Law Faculty and is currently jointly managed by postgraduate students in Cambridge.
Now, the CLR takes the place of its predecessors, and as before, it seeks to provide a platform for legal scholarship amongst fresh law students and senior academics alike. It hopes to promote the development of criticality and sagacity amongst students with a strong interest in academia.
As Professor Harold Dexter Hazeltine said in his foreword of the first edition of the CLJ:
The work of legal editorship and authorship is a valuable training; and this work on the
Journal is already viewed at Cambridge as one of the highest goals of student-ambition.