Australian Journal of Asian Law

The Centre is involved in the publication of the Australian Journal of Asian Law (AJAL).

The Asian Law Centre (ALC) and Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society (CILIS) are 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 and CILIS at Melbourne Law School, 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 double-blind 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.

Aims and Scope

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.

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).

View AJAL Policy on Ethics and Malpractice

Subscription and Access

Access to the Australian Journal of Asian Law from volume 13 onwards is free.

To subscribe to the Australian Journal of Asian Law:

  1. Access the SSRN webpage.
  2. Click on "subscribe to this e-journal".
  3. Follow the instructions provided by SSRN.
  4. 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:

The Australian Journal of Asian Law is indexed by HeinOnline, EBSCO, SCOPUS and Informit. Articles can also be obtained through these databases.

List of Articles

View AJAL 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. 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.

There are no author fees for publishing articles in the Australian Journal of Asian Law.

Requirements for submission

  1. Standard articles or translations should be 8,000 to 12,000 words (inclusive of notes and reference), depending on the subject matter.
  2. Book reviews or review essays should be 1,000, or, 3,000 words for a longer review essay.
  3. 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.
  4. An abstract of 150-200 words should accompany every submission.
  5. 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.
  6. All submissions must include the authors contact details, institutional affiliation and position.
  7. 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.
  8. Author name and titles, academic qualifications and other relevant personal and identifying information should be recorded on a separate sheet.
  9. Contributions should be submitted to the editors ( as an email attachment using Microsoft Word.

Australian Journal of Asian Law retains:

  1. copyright in articles published, and rights to reproduction and distribution of the article in any form, including hard copy, electronic media, computerised or digital retrieval systems; and
  2. a license to publish a reproduction of your article in English in Australian Journal of Asian Law and to make subsequent reprints or republications of the article.

Australian Journal of Asian Law requires from authors:

  1. an undertaking that no substantially similar article or derivative of it will be electronically published or electronically distributed within two years of the date of first publication in Australian Journal of Asian Law;
  2. an undertaking that you have not knowingly engaged in plagiarism, that the article contains no libel, and that it has not been submitted anywhere else for potential publication; and
  3. acknowledgement that acceptance of this publication agreement means that the article cannot be published by another journal, book or research/working paper series, unless prior permission is sought from the Australian Journal of Asian Law editor (  Generally, this permission will only be granted for book chapters, unless exceptional circumstances can be demonstrated.  If permission is granted, prior publication in the Australian Journal of Asian Law must be acknowledged.  (You can, however, put a hyperlink on your webpage to your article in SSRN and also reprint the abstract.)

Contact Us

Correspondence and contributions should be sent to

The Editors
The Australian Journal of Asian Law
c/- Asian Law Centre & Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society
Level 7 
Melbourne Law School
The University of Melbourne VIC 3010


Back Issues (hard copy) can be obtained from Federation Press

Federation Press
P.O. Box 45
Annandale NSW 2038

Phone +61 2 9552 2200
Fax +61 2 9552 1681

Editorial Board

Executive Editors

  • 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

Advisory Board

  • 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