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  • ISSN: 2752-6135 (Online)
  • Editors: Diamond Ashiagbor (Innovative Content Editor) University of Kent, UK, Marija Bartl (Managing Editor) University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Vladimir Bogoeski (Assistant Editor) University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Daniela Caruso (Symposia Editor) Boston University, USA, Edoardo Chiti (Classics Editor and Books Editor) University of Viterbo, Italy, Francesco Costamagna (EU Law in Debate Editor) University of Torino, Italy, Marco Dani (EU Law in Debate Editor) University of Trento, Italy, Michelle Everson (Classics Editor and Books Editor) Birkbeck College London, UK, Martijn Hesselink (Symposia Editor) European University Institute, Italy, Jan Komarek (EU Law in Debate and Podcast Editor) University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Joana Mendes (Managing Editor) University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Agustín José Menéndez (Managing Editor) Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, Vlad Perju (Symposia Editor) Boston College Law School, USA, Harm Schepel (Managing Editor) University of Kent, UK, Alexander Somek (Symposia Editor) University of Vienna, Austria, Renata Uitz (Innovative Content Editor) Central European University, Hungary, and Floris de Witte (Innovative Content Editor) London School of Economics, UK
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New for 2022

European Law Open (ELO) delivers a dynamic, critical and contextual approach to European law in an Open Access format. The journal is open to different voices, different concerns, and different methodologies, offering a platform for rigorous analysis of both EU law itself and wider European law and governance in their political, cultural, social and economic contexts. Intellectually ambitious 'Core analysis' research papers will be published alongside shorter ‘Dialogue and debate’ pieces as well as reflections on books and classic articles. European Law Open is the bold new platform for the diverse voices of the EU law community.

As a barrier-free Gold Open Access journal, a fee waiver system is in place for unfunded authors.

Our online submission system is live here.

Queries can be sent to the Managing Editors (Marija Bartl, Joana Mendes, Agustín José Menéndez and Harm Schepel) at

Read the very first issue of European Law Open here including:

Core analysis research papers from Signe Larsen, Sarah Nouwen, Päivi Neuvonen and Martijn van den Brink:

  • European Public Law after Empires, by Signe Larsen explores the heritage of imperialism in EU public law.
  • Exporting Peace: The EU Mediator’s Normative Backpack, by Sarah Nouwen problematizes the baggage of eurocentrism in the EU’s peace mediation across the world.
  • A Way of Critique: What Can EU Law Scholars Learn from Critical Theory? by Päivi Neuvonen explores the role of critical theory in providing a more robust theoretical and methodological framework for the critique of EU law.
  • Martijn van den Brink’s When Can Religious Employers Discriminate? The Scope of the Religious Ethos Exemption in EU Law throws new light on the scope of the ‘religious ethos exemption’ under EU equality law by showing that it depends on the structural relationships between EU law, national law and international law.

Dialogue and debate symposium on Legal Geography and EU Law featuring papers from Floris de Witte, Maria Persdotter, Andrea Iossas, Katja Franko, Sarah Trotter, Loic Azoulai, Nikolas Rajkovic and Antoine Vauchez:

  • An insightful set of interventions around Floris de Witte’s center piece discuss how geographies shape, or should shape, the way we think about the EU.

Dialogue and debate symposium on Michael A. Wilkinson’s Authoritarian Liberalism and the Transformation of Modern Europe with papers from Ruth Dukes, Marco Goldoni, Graziella Romeo, Christian Joerges and Michael A. Wilkinson:

  • Authoritarian liberalism challenges existing established views on EU constitutional law. These contributions, followed by a rejoinder by Michael A. Wilkinson discuss whether authoritarian liberalism may or not make us look differently at EU law.

Books and classics pieces from Carol Harlow and Neil Walker:

  • Carol Harlow revisits Francis Snyder’s New Directions in European Community Law, and, with it, the beginnings of the law-in-context turn in EU law.
  • Neil Walker takes The Challenge of Inter-Legality, edited by Jan Klabbers and Gianluigi Palombella as a starting point to engage with the theoretical value of proposing yet another way of thinking about the global legal landscape.




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