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Aims and Scope

The Asian Journal of Law and Society welcomes scholarly and practitioner submissions that critically examine socio-legal questions in the Asian context from jurisprudential and/or social scientific perspectives. The Journal is committed to exploring the complex interrelationships between law and society in Asia through interdisciplinary approaches that draw on the insights of anthropology, sociology, political science, and economics, among other fields. Our geographical focus extends from East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia to Central Asia. We invite original research articles that employ qualitative, quantitative, ethnographic, or mixed methods research designs, and that contribute to advancing the scholarly understanding of socio-legal issues in the region and beyond.

Manuscript Submission Guidelines

  • AsianJLS welcomes article submissions varying in length from 5,000 to 7,500 words (short articles, including footnotes) up to 10,000 to 25,000 words (long articles, including footnotes). We encourage authors to submit articles that are concise yet comprehensive, and that present original and significant contributions to the broader field of law and society in Asia.
  • We only accept manuscript submissions via ScholarOne Manuscripts. Authors must submit their manuscript at The submission should include a separate title page that contains the author’s complete contact information, a bibliographical note with affiliation details and acknowledgements, an abstract of 100-150 words, and five to six keywords.
  • All submissions must be formatted in a single Word document using Times New Roman font in 12 pt, with 1.5 spacing for text, footnotes in sequential number (10 pt), and references (12 pt). Authors are required to include a comprehensive references list at the end of the article as follows.
  • AsianJLS employs a single submission policy for all manuscript submissions. We will not consider simultaneous submissions, or submissions that have already been published or are under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • All articles submitted to AsianJLS are subject to a double-blind peer-review process. The identities of both the author(s) and the reviewer(s) are kept anonymous throughout the review process. Authors are required to submit an anonymized manuscript that does not reveal their identity.


We expect that articles submitted to AsianJLS are written clearly in English and meet the standards required for publication in an academic journal. Authors for whom English is not their first language are encouraged to have their articles proofread by a professional proofreader or a native English speaker with publishing experience.


Headings use sentence case. Authors should limit the use of headings to no more than four levels, excluding the introduction and concluding remarks, which follow the same heading level as the first-level heading, except for the numbering.


1. First-Level Heading (Flush Left, Bold)

1.1 Second-Level Heading (Flush Left, Bold, Italicized)

1.1.1 Third-Level Heading (Flush Left, Italicized)

a) Fourth-Level Heading. XX (Flush Left, Italicized, followed by full point and line runs on)


Authors should leave a line space following first and second level headings before the start of the text. The first paragraph of each new section should be flush left, without any indentation. Subsequent paragraphs should be left-indented by 0.25 inches or 0.5 cm, to create a clear visual distinction between paragraphs.


Authors are expected to use British English spelling and vocabulary throughout their manuscript. Please note that for words with the suffix “-ise,” authors should use the “-ize.” Direct quotes or references that use American English spelling or vocabulary should be preserved as originally written.

Numbers and Dates

Authors should spell out numbers up to and including ten, and use figures for numbers 11 and above. Figures should be used for percentages, as well as other forms of measurement. Dates should be written using figures, such as 22 March 2013 or the 1990s.

Quotation Marks

Where applicable, concepts, terms, and short phrases (40 words or less) should be enclosed in double quotation marks. Single quotation marks should be used within a quotation. Punctuation should be placed inside the quotation marks, except in cases where a single quotation mark is followed by a double quotation mark, in which case the punctuation should go in between. For quotations exceeding 40 words, authors should indent them in a separate paragraph without quotation marks. The indentation should be 10-point font and the left and right margins should be increased by 0.25 inches or 0.5 cm to distinguish them from the main text.

Foreign Words

Uncommon foreign words or phrases should be italicized to distinguish them from the surrounding text.


For enumerations, please precede the final item with a comma and the serial comma.


They should be followed by a period, for example, e.g., except for commonly used abbreviations such as ASEAN, EU, IMF, UN, US, WTO, and others that are generally recognized without periods.

Tables and Figures

Tables, figures, and charts should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals and placed after the references list. The author is responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any copyrighted materials.

Reference Style

When referencing sources, please use the Harvard-style system. This involves citing the author’s surname and date within the text, along with a page reference when applicable. A comprehensive, alphabetically-ordered list of references should also be included at the end of the article. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that all citations are correct. Use the format, for example, 345-6 for two consecutive pages, and 456-78 for more than two consecutive pages, avoiding the repetition of the last number unless it differs by a thousand or more (e.g., 1390-94). 



Pirie, F. (2013). The Anthropology of Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Sweet, A. S. & F. Grisel. (2017). The Evolution of International Arbitration: Judicialization, Governance, Legitimacy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Book chapters:

Fu, H. & R. Cullen. (2010). “From Mediatory to Adjudicatory Justice: The Limits of Civil Justice Reform in China.” In M. Y. K. Woo & M. E, Gallagher, eds., Chinese Justice: Civil Dispute Resolution in Contemporary China, 25–57. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Journal Articles:

Moore, S. F. (1973). “Law and Social Change: The Semi-Autonomous Social Field as an Appropriate Subject of Study.” Law & Society Review, 7(4): 719–746.


Newspaper Articles:

Li, J. (2005). “World Bio Safety Standard Adopted.” China Daily, 20 May.


Thesis or dissertation:

Rashid, A. (1987). “The Islamization of Laws in Pakistan with Special Reference to the Status of Women.” PhD diss., School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.


Web pages:

 Azoulay, A. (2018). “Towards an Ethics of Artificial Intelligence,” (accessed 2 April 2023).


Once you have prepared your manuscript please follow the instructions for submission found here.