Oxford University Comparative Law Forum
Over the last years, comparative law has firmly established itself on
the agenda of those who teach, practice and make law. At a time of rapid
developments in technology and economy, and of increased reliance on international
law making mechanisms, the study of other legal systems has gained so much
in relevance because it helps us to understand our own law and to provide
solutions for legal issues which have become more and more global.
The Oxford University Comparative Law Forum seeks to promote the study
and discussion of legal issues from a comparative perspective by making full
advantage of the benefits of on-line publication as a fast, cheap and widely
accessible means for publishing serious academic writing.
On-line publication can be so much faster than the printed media because
there is no need for typesetting and galley proofs, no need to delay publication
by squeezing articles into a schedule of quarterly instalments, and no need
to ferry paper versions between authors, editors, and reviewers. It is so
much cheaper because the process of publication is much less laborious, and
because there is no issue of printing, storing and carriage. It is so widely
accessible because it is available free of charge to anybody connected to
the Internet, thus reaching audiences which a new printed journal could not
possibly reach at times where many libraries struggle to continue with existing
A true novelty of the Oxford University Comparative Law Forum is its interactive
nature. It facilitates academic discussion by providing a public
for each published article. Readers can thus comment and engage into an
academic discussion with the author and other readers, regardless of whether
they happen to be in the UK or Italy, Oman or Malaysia, Mozambique, Canada
or New Zealand. There is, to our knowledge, to date no other journal on comparative
law which offers this facility, but we hope that ours will not remain the
only one for a long time.
The Oxford University Comparative Law Forum involves six members of the
of the University of Oxford as Editors
, and one student as Assistant Editor
. This firm link with the University of Oxford is also reflected in the perspective
of the publication and a strong involvement of authors connected to our Faculty.
However, this does not imply that we are primarily addressing an Oxford,
English or UK audience as readers and contributors. On the contrary: we welcome
from around the globe and hope that the Forum will prove to be as international
as its topic.
We welcome feedback. Please mail us
with your comments and suggestions.
Your must accept our disclaimer before you continue.
The Oxford University Comparative Law Forum is sponsored by CMS Hasche Sigle.