The aim of Critical Legal Thinking (CLT) is to provide a platform for critical legal scholars and allied thinkers to publish theoretically informed comment and analysis on current events.

Instead of a managing editor and board, we comprise several facilitators who stay in the background. We share the conviction that (legal) critique is the companion and guide of radical change.

Since CLT’s launch in its current form in September 2010, we have received over 2.3 million views. Many of our articles have been cited in academic journals, books, other blogs, as well as mainstream media; and are included in university course reading lists around the world.

We invite authors to submit contributions/articles in accordance with the following guidelines:

1. Articles should be a concise 800–2000 words, but can be more if the material absolutely warrants it.

2. Articles should be written in a manner that is as accessible as possible to non-specialists, which means, amongst other things, explaining terms of art when appropriate.

3. Articles should clearly relate to current events, whether political, legal, social, cultural or theoretical.

4. Articles should be theoretically informed and critical. We minimally understand critique as the challenging of orthodoxy, ideology and systemic injustice, while also recognising that it can be more than this.

5. Articles should aim high in terms of quality of language, style and content.

6. Book review articles should be unorthodox, i.e. not what you would typically find in an academic journal. Mere summaries or explanations will not suffice. We expect broader, imaginative, even sideways and personal engagements that reveal critical positions beyond the original text.

7. Submissions to Key Concepts should explain a concept’s background, meaning, and significance as well as its critical application to juridical concerns broadly understood. See the call for contributions.

8. Articles should include hyperlinks to relevant material where appropriate.

9. Footnotes should be restricted to the minimum necessary, unlike an academic journal.

10. We don’t mind UK, US and other standard spelling variants, consistently used.

Additional Information

All articles are published subject to a creative commons licence (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0). This means that submissions to this site may be freely republished by others for non-commercial purposes and with due attribution. More details are available here.

Articles that ignore the guidelines above are not automatically rejected, but are more likely to be rejected.

If you have not heard from us within 14 days, please assume that we have decided not to pursue publication.

Due to time constraints, we cannot commit to offering feedback.

Please use the submission form below to send us your:

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2. short biography.

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