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Max Planck Law Forward

Max Planck Law Forward is a series of events aimed at supporting our researchers’ professional development and promoting their success.  Alongside the excellent skills and professional development programmes offered by the Planck Academy and by many of the Institutes in the MPL Network, Max Planck Law will offer occasional events tailored to the particular needs of researchers in legal studies.  The Max Planck Law Forward events will focus on publication strategies and job-seeking strategies.  Please contact us with questions or suggestions so that we can be sure that Max Planck Law Forward effectively and productively meets your needs.

Meet the Editors 

Cambridge University Press — Law Journals 

19 April 2022        15.00 (CEST) 

Join Max Planck Law for a discussion with Rebecca O’Rourke (Executive Publisher of CUP’s Journal’s Division), and with the editors of several of CUP’s flagship law journals.  Learn about CUP’s innovative strategy for the future of law journal publishing, hear about these journals’ aims and processes, and meet the editors. 

Previous Events

28 June 2021 — Law Journal Publishing in the UK

Background and Strategies

28 June 2021,  16:00 CEST

An introduction to publishing research in UK-based law journals — one of the oldest and most prestigious frameworks for the publication of legal scholarship.  Prof. Stefan Vogenauer (Director of the MPI-Frankfurt and the former Director of the Oxford Institute of European and Comparative Law) will be joined by Prof. Ambreena Manji (Cardiff) and Prof. Louise Gullifer(Cambridge) for this insightful discussion.

5 May 2021 — The American Law Review Market: Background and Publication Strategies
There are more than 650 student-edited law reviews published in the United States covering every conceivable subject of law and policy and engaging every possible theoretical and methodological commitment.  The spectrum runs from the most esteemed general-subject journals at the country’s best law schools (imagine theHarvard Law Review or Yale Law Journal) to journals published by less well known but respected regional law schools or journals covering the most exotic fields of law (imagine the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, & Natural Resources Law).  The role of students in editing and publishing law journals is a distinctly American tradition.   But it doesn’t seem to have undermined the resonance of the journals and the research they publish.  Most rankings, including Google Scholar’s global metrics, are dominated by American law reviews.  A student editorship during law school is a highly-prized credential and it features in the career trajectory of America’s most successful jurists and scholars.  The American law review market also is distinct for the typical style of the articles published and the centralized, national process used by the journal’s to select content for publication.

This session will introduce Max Planck Law researchers to the American law review market, including its background and strategies for publishing research.  The programme features a presentation from Allen Rostron, the William R. Jacques Constitutional Law Scholar and Professor of Law

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.  Prof. Rostron is the co-author of a periodic survey of American law reviews’ submission requirements.  That survey is perennially one of the most down-loaded articles at SSRN.  Prof. Rostron is one of the most insightful observers of the American law review market.  His presentation will be followed by a Q&A session and conversation.