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Journal of Business Law

Journal of Business Law
Practice Area: Commercial Law
ISSN: 0021-9460
Published by: Sweet & Maxwell
General Editor: Professor Rob Merkin KC
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Format: Journal
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Backed by a cumulative list of cases, statutes and general index in each issue, the Journal of Business Law has become a primary source of information on business law globally.

  • Provides detailed assessment of key areas of business law where developments in commercial life require new interpretation of the law
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  • Offers advice in situations where disputes or uncertainties can arise, such as contractual obligations, agency and distribution agreements, conduct of directors and officers, protection of rights, joint ventures, international trade and more
  • Brings you a mix of articles and features, ranging from thorough analysis of specific topics to coverage of latest developments
  • Covers all the key legal areas that occur in business life

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  • Practical problems relating to business law.
  • Articles analysing specific and recent developments.
  • Specialised sections written by experts in the business world.
  • Book reviews.


Guidelines for Authors
1. We welcome the submission of articles for consideration by the Editor with a view to publication. In general, the most acceptable length of articles for the Journal is 5,000-10,000 words, though shorter or longer contributions may be considered for publication. Please also include an abstract of no more than 50 words describing the contents of the article. This abstract will appear on the cover of the Journal. Reviews intended for the British Business Law section should not be longer than 5000 words. All contributions must be in English and contributors should supply his or her contact details, including an email address, for further correspondence.
2. Method of submission.
One copy of the manuscript should be provided on A4 paper, clearly typed on one side of the page only, paginated, double-spaced (including footnotes), and accompanied by a copy on disk, preferably in Microsoft Word or WordPerfect format;
The article should be sent as an email attachment in Microsoft Word or WordPerfect format, together with the contributor's full mailing address.
3. Footnotes should be kept to a minimum and numbered consecutively throughout the text.
4. Cases and statutes, etc., should be cited accurately and in the correct format, preferably in the footnotes.
5. Submission of a paper will be held to imply that it contains original unpublished work. Please note that it is the responsibility of the author(s) of each paper to collect any permissions and acknowledgements necessary for the paper to be published prior to submission to the Journal.
6. Articles will be referred anonymously and be accepted entirely at the discretion of the Editor.
7. Copyright in contributions is vested jointly with the authors and the publishers.
8. Contributions to be considered for publication should be sent by email to rob.merkin@btopenworld.com

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


Professor Rob Merkin KC, LL.D., University of Reading

Professor James Devenney, LL.B., Ph.D., University of Reading

Sir Roy M. Goode KC, St. John’s College, Oxford

Janet Ulph, Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Leicester


John R. Birds, LL.B., LL.M., Professor Emeritus of Commercial Law, University of Manchester

Michael G. Bridge, LL.M., Professor Emeritus of Law, London School of Economics

Blanaid Clarke, Ph.D., Professor of Law, University College Dublin, Barrister

Say Goo Ph.D., Professor of Law, University of Birmingham

Robert G. Lee, LL.D., Professor of Law, University of Birmingham

Eva Lomnicka, LL.B., M.A., Professor of Law, Kings College, London Barrister

John P. Lowry, LL.B., LL.M., Professor of Law, University College London, Competition

Gerard McCormack, Professor of International Business, University of Leeds, Barrister

Chris Nicoll, Associate Professor, University of Auckland

Hakeem Seriki, LL.M, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in Law, University of East Anglia, Solicitor

Susan Watson, Ph.D., Professor of Law, University of Auckland

Peter Watts, LL.M., LL.B. (Hons), Professor of Law, University of Auckland, Barrister

Yeo Hwee Ying, LL.M., Associate Professor of Law, National University of Singapore


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Editorial Correspondence:

Papers to be considered for publication and queries regarding contributions:

Professor Robert M. Merkin

Email: rob.merkin@btopenworld.com


Publishing Editor:

Katy Sadat

Sweet & Maxwell

5 Canada Square

Canary Wharf


E14 5AQ

Tel: 0207 542 6867

Email: katy.sadat@thomsonreuters.com

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