The Student Journal on Rule of Law (PROLAW Student Journal) is published annually and aims to educate and sensitize the members of the legal, academic, socio-economic and development communities on cross-cutting rule of law for development issues. It places emphasis on making feasible recommendations for improvement in understanding, adhering to and promoting the rule of law worldwide. PROLAW students edit, manage and publish the journal. To contact the current editorial team with suggestions or questions or to propose external contributions to the journal, please use the following e-mail address:  prolawjournal@luc.edu.

Contributor Guidelines

Manuscript Format

All submissions should adhere to the following guidelines:

1. Heading: Title centered, in Times New Roman font, size 14, in bold. Author's name centered in Times New Roman font, size 12, in bold. Institution, city, country and e-mail centered in Times New Roman font, size 10, in bold.

2. Abstract: The manuscript title should be followed by an abstract with a maximum length of 150 words. The writing must be impersonal, avoiding abbreviations and symbols. At the end of the abstract, include five key words that reflect the content of the article.

3. Length and Characters: The manuscript should range from 6000 to12000 words, double-spaced, in Times New Roman font, size 12. This length will include, tables, drawings, graphs, quotations, notes and bibliographical references. Characters, should be in normal presentation or, to highlight, in italics. Bold is reserved for titles, subtitles and between titles. All words written in a language other than English should also be in italics.

4. Citations and References: All citations and references should be presented according to the Blue Book. We are unlikely to accept submissions that substantially deviate from Bluebook form.

  • 4.1 For quotations of 49 words or less ⇒ Enclose all quotations with quotation marks. ⇒ Place commas or periods inside the quotation marks, but place all other punctuation outside the quotation marks unless such punctuation is part of the quoted text.
  • 4.2 For quotations of 50 words or more ⇒ Should be single-spaced, indented on both sides, justified, and without quotation marks. ⇒ Quotation marks within a block quotation should appear as they do in the quoted material. ⇒ The citation following the block quote should not be indented but should begin at the left margin on the line following the quotation.

5. Information sheet: Please Provide a cover letter including your (1) full name (2) nationality (3) school or affiliation (4) main degrees (5) any other relevant information in max 5 lines.


All manuscripts must be submitted via e-mail to prolawjournal@luc.edu and should be attached as a Word or plain text document.

Copyright Policy

By submitting a manuscript to the PROLAW Student Journal, the contributor is ensuring that he/she is the rightful owner of the content provided, without plagiarism. The PROLAW Student Journal adheres to all national and international copyright laws. By submitting a manuscript, the contributor is also granting permission for its use in the Journal. However, contributing authors retain all copyrights to their individual works.

Editorial process

The Journal’s Editorial Board thoughtfully considers all manuscripts that it receives. Submissions are assessed by the Editorial Board and are subject to peer review using the single  blind method whereby the authors are blinded to the identity of the reviewers.

All authors who submit manuscripts to the PROLAW Student Journal agree to the following:

  1. All editing will be made at the discretion of the Journal’s Editorial Board
  2. Manuscript publication and placement are at the sole discretion of the Journal’s Editorial Board;
  3. Every submission to the PROLAW Student Journal is a grant of full, yet non-exclusive rights to publish the submission in our Journal, both now and in the future; and
  4. Acceptance of these terms is a precondition of publication by the PROLAW Student Journal.


The PROLAW Student Journal is not able to compensate writers. However, the inclusion of your name, credentials, school or affiliation, which will be displayed with your article to our wide readership, provides a degree of promotion in exchange for your article.


The PROLAW Student Journal accepts submissions on a continual basis and will use them as soon as possible, which might not be the next issue. However, articles to be considered for publication must generally be submitted no later than 15 August, each year of publicationIn any given year, the Executive Director and Editorial team reserve the right to modify the deadline as needed to accommodate internal contributors or journal design.


The PROLAW Student Journal does not warrant or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the quality, completeness, reliability or usefulness of any information, represented within our Journal. The information provided is for educational purposes only.

Persons using the information provided by the Journal do so at their own risk, and by using such information, agree to indemnify the PROLAW Student Journal from any and all liability, loss, injury, damages, costs and expenses (including legal fees and expenses) arising from such use.


The views and opinions of the authors who have submitted articles to the PROLAW Student Journal do not necessarily reflect the views of the PROLAW Student Journal, Executive Director or Editorial Team.


All potential contributors/writers will be notified of the Editorial Board’s decision in regard to their manuscript.