About Laws


Laws (ISSN 2075-471X) is an international, peer-reviewed, quick-refereeing scholarly open access journal (free for readers), which publishes works from extensive fields including legal systems, legal theory, legal institutions, and a broad range of legal subjects. To guarantee a rapid refereeing and editorial process, Laws follows standard publication practices in the natural sciences.

Laws is a journal featuring rigorous scholarship on critical developments in governance, courts, agencies, and social order. Analysis and synthesis, theory and practice, and empirical and doctrinal work have appeared in the journal; contributions that bridge these traditional boundaries are particularly welcome. The social sciences and humanities generate insights both from and for the legal system. While theory grounds Laws in a timeless dialogue shaped by traditions of inquiry, legal practice ensures that scholars are addressing pressing problems. Both normative and positive scholarship can aid policymakers, judges, and agency officials. Laws brings together the work of theorists and practitioners, and a diverse range of empirical researchers, to promote the progress of foundational legal norms.


Laws publishes across all relevant fields of research, including but not restricted to:

  • Legal subjects
    • Human rights and law
    • Gender and law
    • Religion and law
    • International law
    • Public law
    • Economic law
    • Health law
    • Education law
    • Intellectual property law
    • National and global governance
    • Environmental law
    • Culture and law
    • Privacy law
    • Criminal law
  • Legal systems
  • Legal theory
    • Media of law
    • Legal capacity
    • Justice
  • Legal institutions
    • Judiciary
    • Legislature
    • Administrative agencies
    • Other regarding legal institutions

MDPI Publication Ethics Statement

Laws is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). MDPI takes the responsibility to enforce a rigorous peer-review together with strict ethical policies and standards to ensure to add high quality scientific works to the field of scholarly publication. Unfortunately, cases of plagiarism, data falsification, inappropriate authorship credit, and the like, do arise. MDPI takes such publishing ethics issues very seriously and our editors are trained to proceed in such cases with a zero tolerance policy. To verify the originality of content submitted to our journals, we use iThenticate to check submissions against previous publications. MDPI works with Publons to provide reviewers with credit for their work.

Book Reviews

Authors and publishers are encouraged to send review copies of their recent related books to the following address. Received books will be listed as Books Received within the journal's News & Announcements section.

St. Alban-Anlage 66
CH-4052 Basel

Copyright / Open Access

Articles published in Laws will be Open-Access articles distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The copyright is retained by the author(s). MDPI will insert the following note at the end of the published text:

© 2021 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).


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Announcement and Advertisement

Announcements regarding academic activities such as conferences are published for free in the News & Announcements section of the journal. Advertisement can be either published or placed on the pertinent website. Contact e-mail address is .


Editorial Office

Ms. Farrah Sun
Managing Editor

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