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International Journal of Legal Discourse

Editor In Chief: Le Cheng
Managing Editor: Yuxiu Sun
Your benefits:
  • Wide range of topics within the study of legal discourse
  • In-depth discussions led by law professionals, administrators, policy makers and other social actors
  • Both verbal and non-verbal aspects of legal discourse
  • Interdisciplinary approach combining state-of-the-art research results in law, discourse analysis, linguistics, politics, semiotics, sociology and psychology
  • Rigorous peer-review

The International Journal of Legal Discourse (IJLD) is associated with Multicultural Association of Law and Language and International Academy of Linguistic Law. This journal covers both verbal and non-verbal aspects of legal discourse. This journal aims to provide a world-class platform for academic exchanges in legal discourse as well as its neighboring areas, tapping into research on law, discourse analysis, linguistics, politics, semiotics, sociology and psychology. This journal invites contributions examining the interface of law and other disciplines, and exploring the interaction among law professionals, administrators, policy makers and other social actors.

  • law
  • discourse studies
  • applied linguistics
  • sociology

Article formats
Research articles, Reviews

> Information on submission process


Since 2009 when the Multicultural Association of Law and Language was found with the secretariat located in Hong Kong, studies and collaboration in legal discourse have been frequent and productive between universities and institutions, including Aston University, China University of Political Science and Law,City University of Hong Kong, Columbia Law School, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Örebro University, Peking University, University of California, Seattle University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, The University of Hong Kong, The University of Tokyo, Tulane University, University of Aarhus, University of Exeter, University of Geneva, University of Haifa, University of Toronto, University of Washington, and Zhejiang University. With the successful running of the conference series under the Multicultural Association of Law and Language as well as the International Academy of Linguistic Law, and during the collaboration with other associations such as the International Association of Forensic Linguistics, the International Roundtables for the Semiotics of Law, the International Association for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, and China Behavior Law Association, we come to realize that we need a pertinent label to address the whole spectrum studing legal phenomena, not only written, such as legislation, but also spoken, such as courtroom oral interaction, as well as non-verbal, such as physical evidence and courtroom settings, and we also come to understand that the interdisciplinary studies of legal phenomena will provide fresh insights. After several rounds of discussions, exchanges and even debates among the editorial board and between the editorial board and the Publisher, De Gruyter Mouton, we have finally agreed to choose a very representative and innovative title for our journal: International Journal of Legal Discourse.

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Please submit your manuscript directly to the Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Le Cheng: chengle163@hotmail.com

Your benefits of publishing with us Submission process
  • Submissions should be formatted according to the De Gruyter Mouton journal style sheet, especially regarding the proper format for citations and reference entries
  • Submission of your paper
  • Peer review process
  • The editorial office will forward your manuscript for peer-review
  • If accepted: you have the option to publish your article open access
Additional information for manuscript formatting
  • Manuscripts should be no longer than 30–35 pages.
  • Review articles should be headed 'Review article' and given an appropriate title that is different from the title of the work(s) under review. The title should be followed by an asterisked footnote, placed at the bottom of the first page of text, containing the bibliographical details of the work(s) under review: *Ray Jackendoff, Languages of the mind: Essays on mental representation. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1992.
  • References to the work under review should be cited by page number alone (e.g., 'p. 16'). Otherwise, the references should conform to the style for articles.
  • Corrections. Authors are asked to check their manuscripts very carefully before submitting them in order to prevent delays at the proof stage. Especially check in-text citations against listings in the References section, to be sure dates and spelling match, and that all works cited are listed.
  • Proofs. Authors will receive PDF page proofs for correction which must be returned by dates determined by the publication schedule.
  • Author copy. Upon publication, authors will receive electronic access to their contribution. Guest editors of special issues will receive complimentary print copies of the issue.
Please note
  • Before submitting your article please have a look at our Publication Ethics Statement and our copyright agreement
  • Manuscripts must be written in clear and concise English
  • Once your article is accepted you have the option to publish it open access
  • Our repository policy allows you to distribute 30 PDF copies of your published article to colleagues (the PDF has to include the information that it is an author's copy) Please also feel free to distribute the link to the online abstract
  • If you have any general questions please visit our FAQ page for authors

We look forward to receiving your manuscript!

Hybrid Open Access

For complete details on hybrid open access publishing at De Gruyter please see: https://www.degruyter.com/page/560

Effective 1st January 2016, authors from an institution affiliated with either the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU), the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries or some UK libraries participating in the Jisc Collections SMP may publish primary research and review articles open access in any of De Gruyter's OnlineOpen journals at a discount of 90% of the APC price. For more information and to confirm whether your institution is eligible please see the following:

The Netherlands: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1461
The UK: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1462
Switzerland: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1463

Le Cheng (Zhejiang University, China)

Review Editor
Wei Shen (Shanghai Jiaotong University)

Managing Editor
Yuxiu Sun (Zhejiang University, China)

Editorial Board
Janet Ainsworth (Seattle University, USA)
Vijay Bhatia (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Malcolm Coulthard (Aston University, UK)
Marcel Danesi (University of Toronto, Canada)
Diana Eades (University of New England, Australia)
Jan Engberg (Aarhus University, Denmark)
Laura Ervo (Örebro University, Sweden)
Maurizio Gotti (University of Bergamo, Italy)
Craig Hoffman (Georgetown University, USA)
Christopher Hutton (The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Kyo Kageura (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
Jacob Mey (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
Susan Petrilli (Università di Bari, Italy)
Gianluca Pontrandolfo (Università degli Studi di Trieste, Italy)
Richard Powell (Nihon University, Japan)
Gary Prideaux (University of Alberta, Canada)
Fernando Prieto Ramos (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
Susan Šarčević (University of Rijeka, Croatia)
Wei Shen (Shandong University, China)
King Kui Sin (Hang Seng Management School, Hong Kong)
Jesús Romero Trillo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)
Joseph-G Turi (International Academy of Linguistic Law, Canada)
Anne Wagner (Lille University, France)
Guiguo Wang (Tulane University, USA)
Catherine Way (University of Granada, Spain)
Yun Zhao (The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

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Audience: researchers in the field of legal discourse, law professionals, administrators, policy makers and other social actors
Schlagworte englisch Law; Discourse Studies; Applied Linguistics; Sociology