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Focus and Scope

Amsterdam Law Forum is a Dutch foundation ('Stichting') run entirely by students of the Faculty of Law at the VU University Amsterdam upon supervision of an Advisory Board.

Amsterdam Law Forum aims at being a forum in the proper sense of the word, offering a meaningful platform where established scholars and young academics meet to discuss, analyse and interpret issues of an international and transnational legal nature. The articles in this quarterly, open-access online publication contribute to an interdisciplinary understanding of current international and transnational legal developments. Knowledge of such legal developments is embraced as a critical step towards and an integral part of furthering the cause of global justice. Aside from serving as an important forum for international and transnational legal scholarship, Amsterdam Law Forum also provides an opportunity for its editors to develop their academic and critical writing skills. To this end, editors are encouraged to contribute to the content of our journal above and beyond their primary task of reviewing and suggesting points for improvement of the manuscripts received. The different Section Policies of Amsterdam Law Forum are to be taken as the organisational reflection of its Focus and Scope.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publically available.

Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.

Please be advised that the editorial board of Amsterdam Law Forum changes in October each year. While we are happy to answer your queries and complete the editorial work on submissions in the process of publication, we are unfortunately unable to take on new editorial tasks during the transition period (August to October). Authors who submit their contributions during this period should thus anticipate longer waiting times. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. There is no embargo on the journal’s publications. Submission and acceptance dates, along with publication dates, are made available on the PDF format for each paper.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Authors are encouraged to publish their data in recommended repositories. For a list of generic and subject-specific repositories that meet our peer review criteria, visit the Open Access Directory or

Archiving Policy


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