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Public Law

Public Law
Practice Area: Administrative Law
ISSN: 0033-3565
Published by: Sweet & Maxwell
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Public Law currently have a vacancy for a Book Review Editor. For more information on how to submit an expression of interest, see here.

Since its creation in 1956 Public Law has been, and continues to be, the leading forum for information and debate in the constantly evolving area of law and government.

Digests and commentary on cases and legislation ensure the reader is fully up-to-date with recent developments, while scholarly articles explore leading issues in depth. It is indispensable for both practitioners and those involved with the study of constitutional and administrative law in the UK and abroad.
  • Topical commentary on recent developments;
  • Authoritative articles by leading scholars and practitioners;
  • Digests of decisions and legislation;
  • Reviews and listings of articles and publications of interest.

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Public Law is peer-reviewed and seeks to publish research-based work of the highest quality. The journal publishes work across the whole range of scholarship in constitutional and administrative law, including doctrinal analysis, empirical and other socio-legal work, history, comparative studies and legal theory. The Editorial Committee is committed to Public Law reflecting the diversity and range of the discipline, and welcomes contributions from colleagues at all stages of their careers. 

Public Law is published four times a year: in January, April, July and October. Its readership includes academics, practitioners and policy-makers in the UK, Europe and in common law jurisdictions around the world. Submissions are invited for two sections of the journal: the Analysis section contains shorter items, while the Articles section contains more in-depth contributions.

It is recommended to all contributors that they contact the Editor before making a formal submission in order to receive guidance about timing and to be warned of any overlap with work of other authors that may already be in the pipeline.

Public Law accepts articles of up to 12,000 words. Pieces in the Analysis section are normally up to 4,000 words in length. Both of these wordcounts are inclusive of footnotes. Careful attention should be paid to the preferred word lengths for the Analysis and Articles sections.

Footnotes should be kept to a minimum and numbered consecutively throughout the text with superscript Arabic numerals. Wherever relevant and appropriate, reference should be made in footnotes to previous articles that have appeared in Public Law. 

In preparing typescripts, authors should conform to the journal's House Style. Please follow the format used in a recent issue of Public Law; a style sheet is available here.

Articles should be accompanied by an abstract of up to 300 words. Both articles and analysis pieces should be accompanied by up to five keywords.

Authors should provide their biographical information in the form in which they wish it to appear in Public Law. Submission of Articles or other contributions will be held to imply that they contain original, unpublished work and are not being submitted for publication elsewhere. No liability is accepted for loss or damage to material submitted.

The Editors request that formal submissions be made via email to public.law@durham.ac.uk. Please include the words "Submission to Public Law" in the subject line. Contributions should be in Word format.
Review process:
An initial assessment is carried out by the Editors, usually within two weeks of receipt of a submission. At this stage some submissions are rejected because of overlap with other submissions in the pipeline, or because the subject matter falls outside the scope of the journal, or the Editors feel that the submission clearly falls below the quality threshold for publication.

Potentially publishable submissions are subject to anonymous review by members of the Editorial Committee or other experts in the field. The review process is designed to be a positive experience for authors. Whether or not a submission is accepted for publication, it is the aim of the reviewers to give helpful guidance on how the presentation or content of a submission could be developed. The reviewers do their best to reach a conclusion within six weeks of submissions although, in some cases, the process may take longer. 

Reviewers will look in particular at three aspects – they will consider: i) the quality and originality of the piece; ii) whether the piece will be of interest to readers of Public Law; and iii) the overall importance of the piece.

Proofs will be sent to authors as a PDF file by email and corrections must be returned without delay.

Complimentary copies and off-prints:
Information on complimentary copies and offprints will be made available to authors on acceptance of their contributions.

Contributors must supply their full contact details for further correspondence and are responsible for complying with the house style guide before making a submission.


With effect from the January 2021 issue of the journal, Professor Roger Masterman and Professor Aileen McHarg, both of Durham University, are joint general editors.  Authors wishing to submit articles and analysis pieces for inclusion in Public Law should email public.law@durham.ac.uk

Roger Masterman
Professor of Constitutional Law, Durham University
Aileen McHarg
Professor of Public Law and Human Rights, Durham University

Deputy Editors
Kirsty Hughes
University of Cambridge

Chris Knight

Book Review Editor
Naomi Creutzfeldt
Professor of Law and Society, Kent Law School

Current Survey Editors
Lee Marsons
University of Essex

Sarah Nason
Lecturer in Administrative Law and Jurisprudence, Bangor Law School

Editorial Assistant
Chris McCartney

Committee Members
Gordon Anthony
Professor of Public Law, Queen's University, Belfast; Barrister-at-Law

Cora Chan
Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong

Richard Clayton KC
Ely Place Chambers

Erin F. Delayney
Professor of Law, Northwestern University

Kirsty Hughes
University of Cambridge

Aileen Kavanagh
Professor of Constitutional Governance, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin

Jeff King
Professor of Law, UCL

Christopher Knight
Barrister, 11KBW

David Mead
Professor of UK Human Rights Law, University of East Anglia

Caroline Morris
Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London; Barrister and Solicitor

Helen Mountfield KC
Barrister, Matrix Chambers; Principal, Mansfield College, Oxford

Jo Eric Khushal Murkens
Professor of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science

Gavin Phillipson
Professor of Public Law and Human Rights, University of Bristol

Sir Rabinder Singh
Lord Justice of Appeal

Maurice Sunkin KC (Hon)
Of the Middle Temple, Professor of Public Law and Socio Legal Studies, University of Essex

Shona Wilson Stark
Lecturer in Public Law, University of Cambridge; Official Fellow, Girton College, University of Cambridge

Karen Yeung
Interdisciplinary Professorial Fellow in Law, Ethics and Informatics, Birmingham Law School

Alison L. Young
Sir David Williams Professor of Public Law, Robinson College, University of Cambridge

Advisory Board
Paul Craig KC
Emeritus Professor of English Law in the University of Oxford and Fellow of St John's College

Terence Daintith
Of Lincoln's Inn, Emeritus Professor of Law, University of London

Gavin Drewry
Emeritus Professor of Public Administration, University of London

Andrew Le Sueur
Of the Middle Temple, Professor of Constitutional Justice at the University of Essex

The Right Honourable Lord Justice Lewis
A Lord Justice of Appeal

Aileen McColgan
Of Lincoln's Inn, Professor of Human Rights Law, King's College London

Colin Munro
Emeritus Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Edinburgh

Danny Nicol
Professor of Public Law, University of Westminster

Dawn Oliver KC (Hon)
Emeritus Professor of Constitutional Law, UCL

Kate O'Regan
Professor of Human Rights Law and Director of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, University of Oxford

Adam Tomkins
John Millar Professor of Public Law, University of Glasgow


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Book Review Editor:
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