The Publisher: Eötvös Loránd University

Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest, Hungary’s oldest, largest and most prestigious university, started its 376th academic year in 2011. In 2010 it also received the distinguished title of Research University. Tuition at the Faculty of Law began in 1667. No other Hungarian Faculty of Law has a longer uninterrupted record, and it ranks well among Central Europe’s law schools in terms of its distinction.

The Faculty of Law and Political Sciences maintains wide-ranging international relations, primarily with universities in Europe, and is proud to be involved in educational and research projects with peer institutions abroad. Integrating research and education at the Faculty into the European Higher Education Area and fostering international educational and scholarly ties are key components of its vision.

True to its traditions, ELTE will further expand its international contacts in research, education and student exchange. At a time when globalisation and European integration are on the agenda, an intercultural approach to law and its application – in other words, comparative legal studies – are indispensable for a sound analysis of legal issues and the settlement of legal disputes.


The Journal: ELTE Law Journal

While ELTE Law Journal is edited in Budapest, its aim is to be a regional attracting not only a Hungarian but also a regional and international readership, including scholars, law-makers and practitioners. This aim is also reflected by the international composition of the Advisory Board, which provides support and advice for the Editorial Board.

ELTE Law Journal invites you to submit original articles that explore contemporary, practical issues in the field of private law, criminal law, constitutional and administrative law, international law and European law. We have a strong preference for submissions with a comparative approach and for articles exploring legal issues from the perspective of European law and/or international law. The language of ELTE Law Journal is UK English. Manuscripts should follow the rules of British grammar and spelling. For example, in verbs and derivatives, -ise rather than -ize endings should be used. Care should be taken to avoid US spelling.  If English is not your native language, we strongly recommend that you have your manuscript proofread and edited by a native speaker before submitting it. (ELTE Law Journal can however not reimburse you for the possible expenses of such services, even if your manuscript is selected for publication.)


Content: Articles and Notes

1 Articles

Articles are longer contributions; however, they should not exceed 12,000 words, inclusive of  footnotes. We invite articles that are not merely descriptive but represent, both in terms of method and findings, important contributions to European legal scholarship and may also be of interest to practitioners.


2 Notes

Notes should not exceed 5,000 words, including footnotes. ELTE Law Journal accepts notes in the categories set out below. Similarly to articles, notes should take an analytical approach rather than being merely descriptive.


2.1 Recent legislation, treaties and model laws


Notes can present any legislation of any country, provided that it is of justified interest to an international, and particularly a Central European, readership. Legislation of the European Union and of international and supranational organisations may also be presented in this section, along with recommendations, model treaties or laws of such organisations as well as International Treaties. Preference will be given to contributions with a European, international and/or comparative perspective.

Authors should offer a brief presentation of the legal and institutional context of the legislation (e.g. by a short outline of the legal system and the legal and regulatory environment, along with the main institutions of the country or organisation concerned). Preceding legislation – or the lack thereof – should also be presented, together with the reasons and circumstances that led to the enactment of new legislation. Notes should present the main features of the legislation or describe a clearly delimited part thereof. If possible, the legislation should be also examined in the European/international context or from a comparative perspective. Authors should present their analysis and evaluation discussing the virtues and shortcomings of the legislation, elaborate their legal standpoint and provide a prognosis of any expected political, economic or social impacts and case law that the legislation is likely to generate.


2.2 Case notes


Any decision of any court (national or international) can be presented, provided that it may present an interest to an international, and particularly a Central European, readership. As far as national courts are concerned, the journal prefers decisions of the highest national courts or decisions against which there is no judicial remedy under national law. Case notes may present not only decisions of law courts and tribunals in a narrow sense but also of constitutional courts, international courts, courts with a special jurisdiction (e.g. human rights tribunals) or of national and international courts of arbitration and mediation bodies. Preference will be given to contributions with a European, international and/or comparative perspective.

The significance of the decision must be pointed out in the introduction of the note. Authors should present the legal background to the decision and, if appropriate, the political, economic and social context as well. Notes shall present the facts of the case, the procedural history and the content of the ruling. It should analyse the decision, highlighting the relevant doctrinal and practical problems. If possible, the decision should also be examined in a European/international context and/or from a comparative perspective. Authors should present their analysis and evaluation discussing the virtues and shortcomings of the decision and explaining their legal standpoint. Notes should also provide an evaluation and analysis of the expected impact of the decision on future case law and its possible political, economic and social impacts too.


2.3 Book reviews


Book reviews should concern books that may be of interest to a broader legal audience. Preference is given to reviews of books that are likely to be available to readers of ELTE Law Journal, i.e. written in one of the frequently used languages of international legal scholarship. Preference will be given to contributions with European, international and or comparative dimensions.

Reviews should present the author of the book, his or her work (fields of research and main publications) and introduce the topic of the book. It should point out the importance of the topic. Mention should be made of other renowned scholars researching and publishing in the same field with a special focus on the standard reference works. Reviewers should explain innovative features of the new work, as compared to previous scholarship in the field. Reviews should analyse and evaluate the book in an objective way. More than just presenting the table of contents, reviewers should also discuss some substantive questions dealt with in the book in detail and show the methodology used by the author and his or her legal standpoint. The author’s views and position should be confronted with other views, including those of the reviewer.


2.4 Conversations


This section provides a forum for short writings, in the first place discussion notes and responses to articles previously published in ELTE Law Journal.


2.5 Reports

This section provides information about events, programmes and conferences that may be of interest to readers of the journal.