Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Opinio Juris in Comparatione is an electronic full open access journal devoted to “Studies in Comparative and National Law”. It aims at enhancing the dialogue among all legal traditions in a broad sense e.g.:

  1. in a cultural sense in order to increase legal knowledge and to promote circulation of (and competition between) models and legal transplants;
  2. in a more policy perspective, in order to harmonize, when possible/feasible, substantive (or procedural) civil law or private international law rules having regard to the different 'legal formants'.

Its international character, the fully anonymous peer review process and its openness to publication in several languages are among its challenging features. Finally, it offers an on-line discussion arena where comparative law experts may debate, similar to that experienced by the classic comparative law journals.

Yet, Opinio Juris will not desert exploring national and european law. The aim of diffusing contributions on national law as well, is to expand access to foreign legal materials and ideas to those who do not already have access to the traditional avenues (such as journals in the language of the explored legal system).


Section Policies


Opinio Juris in Comparatione will give preference to articles under 25,000 words in length including text and footnotes.

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A piece will be considered an essay if it is 8.000 words or less in length, and its primary purpose is to advance an idea, to summarize a development, or to initiate or engage in discussion.

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Case notes

A case note will not exceed 7.000 words and will focus on an important decision

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Selected Conference Proceedings

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News and book reviews

overview of conferences, new books, etc.

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Peer Review Process

The quality control system, aimed at ensuring a serious and anonymous evaluation of the works submitted to the peer-reviewed sections (Articles, Essays, Case notes), is structured in two stages.

The Editorial staff, coordinated by the Editor in Chief, provides a first review to examine the consistency of the submission with the Series, the quality of the arguments and of the writing, the internal consistency  concerning citation, quotation and paragraph numbering and the proficiency level of the language in which the contribution is submitted.  Then, contributions accepted for review will be sent to up to three selected international reviewers suggested by the Board of National Correspondents (according to the subject matter of the submitted work).

The Editorial Board of National Correspondents functions in a flexible way enlisting scholars from individual countries (larger countries would require more than one) who will contribute in various ways to the life of the Journal. Besides suggesting peer reviewers, National Correspondents will be asked, among other things, to solicit scientific contributions, contribute to the direction of the Journal and its expansion and promote special issues on dedicated topics.

The selected international reviewers will be asked to carry out the anonymous (double-blind) peer-review process by completing a review form that will include the following open questions:

1) Is the article/essay/ embedded in the scholarly

debate, including sufficient awareness of this debate and

due consideration of previous works in the subject?

If the answer is YES, please try to explain what is its proper

originality with regard to content, scope and approach.

If the answer is NOT, please try to outline the gaps that

could be worked on.

2) What is the relevance of the contribution in terms of

capability to bring “added value” to the current body of


3) Do you recommend the publication of the article?

If the answer is YES, would you like to add any comment?

If the answer is NOT, what could be changed in order that the

contribution can be accepted for publication in our Journal?

4) Please list the most important strengths of this paper

that the author should not lose in the process of


5) Please confirm the absence of any conflict of interest

The evaluation form is then immediately sent to the author. 


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available without charge to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

As a matter of fact, the Open Access movement has triggered a profound and lasting change in the way knowledge is circulated and diffused.

In taking advantage of digital technology evolution and the Internet, the aim is to create a new framework where research results can be more easily accessible to a wider audience at a lower cost.

In the last ten years the Open Access movement has gained worldwide support in the scholarly debate leading to a number of important initiatives that have outlined the main features allowing us to improve access to and the impact of scholarly publications. The vigor of the movement can be highlighted by simply mentioning just some of the most important initiatives: the Budapest Open Access Initiative, 2002; the Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing, 2003; the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to knowledge in the Science and Humanities, 2003, endorsed in Italy by the Messina Declaration in 2004.

Furthermore the European Commission has made open access to scientific publications a general principle of Horizon 2020 “The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation” for 2014-2020.

Willing to follow what has been called the “Golden Road” to Open Access, Opinio Juris in Comparatione is committed to developing a clear open access policy.

All the contributions published in this Journal will be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License, which means that readers are allowed to freely read, download, print and share all the works with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under the above-mentioned Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.