Founded in 2007, the European Journal of Legal Studies (EJLS) is an open-access, multilingual journal published on behalf of the Department of Law at the European University Institute, Florence. It aims to promote scholarship of the highest quality in all areas of law and political science which have a European, international, theoretical or comparative flavour. It also has as its guiding aim the development of the next generation of legal and political scholars. These ideals are translated into practice in five ways: 


The EJLS is firmly established as an open-access journal, which offers authors the widest possible audience in publishing their work, every article being freely available on the internet. It is also published in CADMUS, the repository of EUI publications. 

Promoting Linguistic Diversity

The EJLS is committed to publishing articles in any language currently within the linguistic competence of Board members in order to help ensure a wide dissemination. 


Submissions go through a rigorous procedure of anonymous peer-review, involving the EUI’s entire scientific community (professors, fellows, researchers, as well as alumni). Following this process a motivated decision is given to authors either: accepting the article without reserve, accepting it provisionally subject to modifications, or rejecting it. 


Managerial and editorial decisions and work are carried out independently by graduate researchers, something still uncommon in Europe, with the invaluable assistance of its Departmental Advisors and of former Board members sitting as the Editorial Advisory Board. In this way it equips graduate students with valuable editing and organizational experience as well as writing skills, since Book Reviews are exclusively done by editorial members. 

Supporting Emerging Scholars

In harmony with the European nature of the EUI and its cultural and linguistic diversity, the EJLS particularly encourages submissions by young academics and less known Western and Eastern European authors fostering a true European legal sphere. It is the EJLS' firm conviction that the latter can only be achieved when the quality of ideas, and not geographical or seniority differences, prevails.

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