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Oxford University Comparative Law Forum. We understand comparative law to
cover the full range of legal subjects, including issues of procedure, conflicts,
legal history, and legal theory, as long as this includes a comparison between
different legal systems or relates to comparative law methodology. That condition
also applies to articles in the area of public international law. Mere descriptions
of aspects of legal systems other than English law could qualify to the extent
that they make those accessible to an English law based audience. We publish
mainly in English, but also in French and German language. Articles in French
or German should provide a summary in English language.
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so that articles could reach the size of a small monograph. We will also
consider proposals for other types of publications, including book reviews.
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to provide a synopsis of their article.
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that all potential contributors should have a definite yes or definite no
within a short time span, the length of which will depend on the size of
the article and the topic. We will try to avoid conditional acceptances except
where they relate to questions of form and style (see below), language (this
relates in particular to contributions not written by native speakers), or
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