1 J. Acad. Legal Stud. 1 (2005)

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Professor Roger Brownsword, King's College London

I    t is a pleasure to write a few words by way of
introduction to this inaugural issue of the
Journal ofAcademic Legal Studies (JOALS).
Distinctively, JOALS offers an opportunity for
students, both undergraduate and post-graduate, to
present their work for publication in a refereed
open-access on-line outlet where it will appear
alongside the contributions of established academic
lawyers. In Europe, where the law reviews tend to
be dominated   by  the work   of experienced
academics, JOALS represents an important and
extremely welcome initiative.
The transition from student to established academic
can be a tough one. Apprenticeship can be painful.
Rejection slips from the leading law reviews can be
demoralising, reports from referees damning. It is
not always obvious what it is that the law reviews
are looking for. Even a chapter in a top class
doctoral dissertation will not always readily convert
into a publishable journal paper. For a journal to
encourage submissions from those who are still on
the nursery slopes of academic lawyering is,
indeed, a bold move and it is one that signals a
willingness to feed back to authors in a constructive

As Europeans enter the Twenty-First Century, it is
clear that the legal academy, while retaining an
orientation to legal doctrine and the practice of law
(in the narrow professional sense), is addressing the
larger issues raised by regulation and dispute-
settlement in  our multi-cultural, increasingly
connected,  and   ever  more   technologically
sophisticated societies. With this broader focus, law
becomes   both  an  inter-disciplinary  and  a
transnational study; and it is right that JOALS
offers a forum for debate to all those within the
The launch of JOALS is an auspicious occasion.
Congratulations are due to Nils Hoppe and his
colleagues at the University of Hannover whose
brainchild this project is. I am confident that this
excellent opening issue, with its particular focus on
bioethics and medical law, is the first of many such
Roger Brownsword
King's College London
November 2005

(2005) 1 JOALS


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