Aim and Scope
The Electronic Journal of Comparative Law publishes articles relating to comparative private and public law,
comparative legal aspects of information technology and the methodology of comparative law. As to the
methodological aspects of comparative law, articles relating to any area (e.g. private law, public law,
European law, international law) may be submitted. Articles discussing more substantive comparative
private and public law topics will have to discuss and compare at least two legal systems.
The editors welcome the submission of original articles, review articles, book reviews, correspondence,
comments and discussion within the aim and scope of the journal, neither published nor submitted for
publication elsewhere. Contributions may also be solicited by the editors. Please refer to the
guidelines for authors before submitting an article.
The author of an article published in the Electronic Journal of Comparative Law is free to offer
the article for publication elsewhere, provided proper reference is made to its publication in the
Electronic Journal of Comparative Law.
Both solicited and unsolicited contributions may be subjected to peer review, a decision which
lies with the Editor-in-Chief. If an article is subject to peer review, this will be a double-blind process
where authors and referees are unaware of each others' names. The final decision to publish an article is
made by the Editorial Board. Please click here to download the refereeing guidelines.
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necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the editors, the reviewers, the publisher, the
sponsoring law faculties or the Netherlands Comparative Law Association.
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and diagrams, etc. (where required), and to pay permission fees, if applicable.
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of external dynamic content to which an author makes a reference in an article.
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- Sjef van Erp, Maastricht University, the Netherlands
- Katharina Boele-Woelki, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
- Lei Chen, City University of Hong Kong
- Ulf Göranson, Uppsala University, Sweden
- Artem Karapetov, Russian School of Private Law, Russia
- Jacques du Plessis, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
- Corien Prins, Tilburg University, the Netherlands
- Elspeth Reid, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
- Oliver Remien, Bayerische Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany
- Jan Smits, Tilburg University, the Netherlands
- Symeon Symeonides, Willamette University College of Law, USA
- Fryderyk Zoll, Jagiellonian University, Poland
- Assistant Editor
- Dick Broeren, Tilburg University, the
- Advisor to the Editorial Board
- Hans Roes, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany
- Student Editors
- Efrain Castaneda Mogollon, Tilburg University
- Anne van Eijndhoven, Maastricht University
- Leo Jarvinen, Maastricht University
- Steffi Menz, Maastricht University
- Katja Swider, Utrecht University
- Anna Theuvenet, Maastricht University
- Jan Trommer, Maastricht University
- E-mail address: EJCL@uvt.nl
The Electronic Journal of Comparative Law was developed in 1997 with a grant from
IWI (now 'SURF Platform ICT en Onderzoek'), the Dutch platform for innovation of the supply of scientific information. The original project proposal was submitted by the
Tilburg University Schoordijk Institute and the Utrecht University Molengraaff Institute. The journal was developed by a team recruited from libraries and computer centres of Tilburg University and Utrecht University.
As of 1 January 2002, the EJCL is sponsored by the law faculties of Maastricht, Tilburg and Utrecht.