Law School launches new international journal

Published 16 January 2012

law_wigThe School of Law at the University of New England has announced the launch of a new online Journal: the International Journal of Rural Law and Policy.

The Journal publishes special themed editions as well as unsolicited, relevant and peer reviewed articles as they are completed. It covers the many interdisciplinary and complex issues which make up rural law and policy. The journal is online and is free to registered users.

The journal’s editor, Prof Paul Martin, said: “There are many excellent journals that deal with legal doctrine and practice, policy and institutions, and with themes relevant to rural people and the rural context. However there is a relative lack of concentrated attention upon the unique issues and features of rural law and policy. We believe that rural issues are sufficiently distinctive and important to justify a specialist focus and have international relevance. We offer the medium of this journal as a platform to explore and share the learning.”

The journal has adopted an “open access” policy, with the intention of replicating some of the features of the modern community to benefit both readers and authors. They are taking advantage of the flexibility that modern technology provides, by publishing:

  • Editions, which comprise papers on a theme. The theme in the first Special Edition is on the topic of ‘Water Law: Through the Lens of Conflict’. Papers in the edition are based on a colloquium held in January 2011 at the University of New England, Australia.
  • Regular publications of unsolicited, relevant papers on an ad hoc basis. Scholars and practitioners are invited to submit papers for peer review and inclusion.
  • Commentary.  Comment is invited (see the comment link to each paper) upon all papers published in the journal. On a periodic basis, the comments will be reviewed and a ‘commentary ‘published.

Prof Martin said: “We hope that by these means the International Journal of Rural Law and Policy will generate a lively community of scholars of rural law and policy, as well as contributing innovative and useful ideas to the field.