Focus and Scope

Amicus Curiae has established itself as a lively and informative vehicle for raising and exploring legal issues. This has been achieved because a large number of practitioners, academics, members of the judiciary and others involved with the legal process have made time in their busy lives to contribute. Influential and informative articles on many legal issues have appeared in Amicus Curiae. A number of authors have debated issues which remain topical and in many cases have assumed even greater signifiacnce with the passage of time. Two of the greatest strengths of Amicus Curiae are the quality of its contributors and the breadth of coverage. The scope, reflecting the international reputation of IALS, includes: UK, European, Foreign, International and Comparative Law.

Peer Review Process

Amicus Curiae is managed within the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) by the General Editor and Deputy General Editor. Current members of the Advisory Council of IALS and the Advisory Council of the Institute's Society for Advanced Legal Studies (SALS) have a general advisory role as the need arises. Although articles are not normally subject to double-blind peer review, the journal reserves the right to refer articles to external referees for consideration, and has an active policy of sending selected pieces to a maintained panel of Consultant Editors in over 40 legal disciplines who carry out assessments as required.

Open Access Policy

Amicus Curiae is published quarterly by IALS. Members of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies (SALS) have exclusive access to the 4 most recent issues, and hard copy issues are available on an annual subscription basis.

The freely available online version includes an archive of past issues from 1997 onwards - providing immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Amicus Curiae online demonstrates the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies' commitment to furthering open access as a member of the worldwide Free Access to Law Movement (FALM). FALM is an international voluntary association of over 50 member institutes and organisations around the world which subscribe to the Declaration on Free Access to Law and collaborate in the free provision of legal information and on global policy issues. The Declaration appears at which also lists the member organisations based in countries and regions such as Australia, Canada, Cyprus, Hong Kong, India, Italy, the Pacific Islands, Philippines, Southern Africa, Uganda, and the USA.


The Society for Advanced Legal Studies does not accept responsibility for the accuracy of contributed articles or statements appearing in this publication. The views expressed by the authors of contributed articles should not be regarded as the official view of SALS, except where stated.

Journal History

Amicus Curiae (a friend of the Court) is the official journal of both the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London and its Society for Advanced Legal Studies. Amicus Curiae aims to promote scholarship and research that involves academics, the legal profession and those involved in the administration of law. The print journal began publication in 1997 and is published 4 times a year by the Society for Advanced Legal Studies at the IALS.