The Centre is involved in the publication of the Australian Journal of Asian Law (AJAL).
The ALC is involved in the publication of the Australian Journal of Asian Law (AJAL). This refereed journal is produced as a joint initiative of scholars from the ALC at the University of Melbourne, with support and advice from Australian and international colleagues.
The Australian Journal of Asian Law is a forum for debate for scholars and professionals concerned with the laws and legal cultures of Asia. It aims for recognition as a leading medium for scholarly and professional discourse in a region characterised by rapid growth and social change. It is an initiative of the members of the Law School at the University of Melbourne, with support and advice from Australian and international colleagues. The Australian Journal of Asian Law publishes two issues per year. Journal articles are peer reviewed.
From edition 13(1), the journal is no longer available in hardcopy. Instead, the Australian Journal of Asian Law is freely available in electronic form via our SSRN website. This important change enhances the quality, availability and accessibility of the journal. The Australian Journal of Asian Law's ISSN is 1839-4191.
The Australian Journal of Asian Law is a forum for debate for scholars and professionals concerned with the laws and legal cultures of Asia. It aims for recognition as a leading medium for scholarly and professional discourse in a region characterised by rapid growth and social change. It is an initiative of the members of the Law School at the University of Melbourne, with support and advice from Australian and international colleagues.
Statement of Ethics
The Australian Journal of Asian Law requires high standards of ethics by authors, reviewers and editors. These standards are also supported and practised by the publisher of the Australian Journal of Asian Law. Our ethics requirements and procedures are based on international standards, including those advocated by the Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE).
Subscription and Access
Access to the Australian Journal of Asian Law from volume 13 onwards is free.
To subscribe to Australian Journal of Asian Law:
- Access the SSRN webpage.
- Click on "subscribe to this e-journal".
- Follow the instructions provided by SSRN.
- You will need to register as a member of SSRN in order to be able to subscribe to the e-journal.
From 2012, back issue print and electronic copies of the journal will be available for sale from Federation Press. With regard to pre-2012 back issues please contact Federation Press directly: email@example.com
List of Articles
How to Contribute
The editors welcome contributions from scholars and professionals worldwide. We publish multi-disciplinary, historical and contemporary research and fieldwork in English, including first English translations. All contributions are double-blind peer-reviewed. Contributions are accepted on an ongoing basis. The journal does occasionally commission longer essays (20,000 words) but does not accept unsolicited submissions of this length.
Contributions should involve analysis of issues, engage with existing academic literature and not be simply descriptive.
Requirements for submission
- Standard articles or translations should be 8,000 to 12,000 words (inclusive of notes and refrence), depending on the subject matter.
- Book reviews or review essays should be 1,000, or, 3,000 words for a longer review essay.
- Intending authors should adopt the style used in this journal, that is, in-text citations. A style guide is available from the editors on request.
- An abstract of 150-200 words should accompany every submission.
- We recommend that authors who are not native speakers of English seek the assistance of a native speaker to proofread their articles before submitting them to the journal.
- All submissions must include the authors contact details, institutional affiliation and position.
- A reference list of all material mentioned in the article, including books, book chapters, journal articles, court decisions and laws, should be provided at the end of the article.
- Author name and titles, academic qualifications and other relevant personal and indentifying information should be recorded on a separate sheet.
- Contributions should be submitted to the editors (firstname.lastname@example.org) as an email attachment using Microsoft Word.
Correspondence and contributions should be sent to
Back Issues (hard copy) can be obtained from Federation Press
- Tim Lindsey, University of Melbourne
- Helen Pausacker , University of Melbourne
- Richard Cullen, University of Hong Kong
- M.B. Hooker. Australian National University
- Veronica Taylor, Australian National University
- Amanda Whiting, University of Melbourne
- Etty Agoes, Padjadjaran University, Indonesia
- Kent Anderson, University of Adelaide
- Christoph Antons, Deakin University
- Azyumardi Azra, State Islamic University, Syarif Hidayatullah
- Keebet von Benda-Beckmann, Max Plank Institute for Social Anthropology
- Gary Bell, National University of Singapore
- Sarah Biddulph, University of Melbourne
- Ramy Bulan, University of Malaya
- Mark Cammack, Southwestern University School of Law
- Jianfu Chen, La Trobe University
- Sean Cooney, University of Melbourne
- Charles Coppel, University of Melbourne
- John Gillespie, Monash University
- Andrew Harding, National University of Singapore
- Mary Hiscock, Bond University
- Nadirsyah Hosen, Monash University
- Mohammad Sohidul Islam, Bangladesh Judiciary
- H.P. Lee, Monash University
- William AW Neilson, University of Victoria, British Columbia
- Penelope (Pip) Nicholson, University of Melbourne
- Raul C Pangalangan, University of the Phillipines
- Sebastiaan Pompe, Independent Consultant
- Erman Rajagukguk, University of Indonesia
- Cheryl Saunders, University of Melbourne
- Mark Sidel, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Tai Van Ta, Harvard University
- Li-ann Thio, National University of Singapore
- Roman Tomasic, Victoria University