The Newcastle Law Review

The Newcastle Law Review (NLR), the journal of Newcastle Law School, was first launched in 1995. Since that time an impressive series of articles and notes has been published, representing traditional categories of legal scholarship as well as interdisciplinary contributions. Special issues of the journal have addressed a wide range of topics, including 'Treaties and Constitutions', 'Children and the Law', 'Moral Panics, the Media and the Law' and ‘Evidence-based Law and Practice’. The reinvigoration of The Newcastle Law Review with a broader circulation is part of our commitment to contribute to dialogue and discussion by supporting from 2018 an open access approach.Our publication supports double blind peer reviewing and also has an editorial Board to oversee the operations and content of each issue. It is intended that The Newcastle Law Review will reflect some of the significant outreach activities undertaken by Newcastle Law School.

The NLR welcomes scholarly contributions from academics, legal practitioners and law students, from Australia and the world. The NLR is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal.

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts must be submitted in Microsoft Office Word format via email to

  • Manuscripts must be submitted exclusively to the NLR.
  • Articles are preferred to be between 9,000 and 13,000 words (including footnotes) and should be in final form.
  • Articles should comply with the latest Australian Guide to Legal Citation.
  • Any information which might identify the author should be removed from the manuscript and placed in a separate document.

All manuscripts submitted to NLR must be original. NLR does not evaluate papers that are scheduled for publication or are currently under review elsewhere.

All manuscripts must contain three parts, including ‘Abstract’ (200- 250 words),’ Key Words’ and ‘Text’.

Please note that the guidelines above are for the general issues of NLR. For special issues, please refer to ‘Call for Papers’ below for details.

Newcastle Law Review Special Edition

You can access the latest Special Edition of the Newcastle Law Review (Evidence based Law and Practice) here

Call for Papers

Newcastle Law School is organising a special issue of the NLR on restorative practices and approaches culminating from our ‘Newcastle as a Restorative City’ symposium held on 14 and 15 June 2018. This special issue will be published later in 2018. We welcome the submission of original and high quality research work on restorative practices and approaches for consideration as to publication in this special issue. Please note that the NLR is a refereed journal. The acceptance of a submission for publication is subject to the outcome of a double blind peer-review process with a final publication determination made by the editors after full consideration of the peer reviews.

In making a submission, the authors’ compliance with the following submission guidelines would be much appreciated:

  • Word limit: 6,000 – 9,000 words
  • Referencing style: Australian Guide to Legal Citation
  • The deadline for submission is Friday 17 August at 5.00pm. Late submissions will not be considered.

If you have any questions or enquiries in relation to this special issue, please contact:

Further Information

Correspondence should be forwarded to:

Dr Bin Li

General Editor, The Newcastle Law Review