Focus and Scope

Amicus Curiae (‘Friend of the Court’) is intended to serve as a lively and informative publication for raising and exploring important legal issues. Many practitioners, academics, members of the judiciary and others involved with the legal process have made time in their busy lives to contribute to the journal. Influential and informative articles on many legal issues have appeared in Amicus Curiae and retained significance 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 prestigious international reputation of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, includes: UK, European, Foreign, International and Comparative Law.

Peer Review Process

Amicus Curiae is managed within the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and has an Academic Editor and a Production Editor. All articles are externally peer-reviewed and a double blind external review may be requested by the author(s) (in which case publication may take a little longer than otherwise).

Open Access Policy

Amicus Curiae is published online three times a year by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. The journal is open access and free of charge. Providing immediate and full open access to all of its contents, including an archive of past issues from 1997 onwards, is a policy given additional emphasis in the New Series (commencing autumn 2019) and is based on the principle that making research freely available to the public encourages a greater exchange of knowledge and mutual understanding. It also demonstrates the firm commitment of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies 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 organizations 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. Member organizations based in many important jurisdiction and regions around the world are also listed on the members page. The Declaration stresses that public legal information from all countries and international institutions is part of the common heritage of humanity, that maximizing access to this information promotes justice and the rule of law, and that public legal information is digital common property and should be accessible to all on a non-profit basis and free of charge.


The Society for Advanced Legal Studies and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies do not accept responsibility for the accuracy of contributions or statements appearing in this publication. The views expressed by the authors of contributions should not be regarded as the official view of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies or the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, except where explicitly stated.

Journal History

Amicus Curiae 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, was relaunched as a New Series in 2019 and is published three times a year by the Society for Advanced Legal Studies at the IALS.
Online ISSN: 2048-481X