Journal of Legal Anthropology

Narmala Halstead, University of Sussex

Journal of Legal Anthropology is a part of the Berghahn Open Anthro subscribe-to-open initiative, a pilot aiming to convert 13 Anthropology journals to full Open Access on an on-going and sustainable basis.

Volume  4  / 2020, 2 issues per volume

Aims & Scope

The Journal of Legal Anthropology (JLA) is a peer-reviewed journal committed to anthropological understandings of socio-legal and cultural encounters. The journal develops ethnographic and theoretical approaches to a wide range of issues that reveal the significance and presence of legal phenomena in everyday life.

Articles, review essays, and book reviews published in the JLA emphasize innovative work and data-led analysis across a range of socio-political and socio-cultural legal contexts. The journal also considers, in broad terms, how the legal may enter into social constructions of persons and how the 'legal' might change meaning in terms of particular 'everyday' interpretations. Together with the journal's forum section, the JLA draws on cross-disciplinary exchanges to demonstrate how anthropology can effectively contribute to the current debates on contemporary socio-legal and related issues.


The Journal of Legal Anthropology is indexed/abstracted in:

  • Bibliometric Research Indicator List (BFI)
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers

Narmala Halstead, University of Sussex

Associate Editor
Insa Koch, London School of Economics 
Geoffrey Hughes, University of Exeter 

Assistant Editor
Méadhbh McIvor, University of Groningen

Book Reviews Editor
Martyn Wemyss, Goldsmiths, University of London

Editorial Board
Susan Coutin, University of California, Irvine
Eve Darian-Smith, University of California, Santa Barbara
Peter Fitzpatrick, Birkbeck College, University of London
Marie-Bénédicte Dembour, Ghent University 
Eric Hirsch, Brunel University
Heather Horst, University of Sydney
Tobias Kelly, Edinburgh University
Mindie Lazarus-Black, Temple University
Bill Maurer, University of California, Irvine
Sally Engle Merry, New York University
Nayanika Mookherjee, Durham University
Martha Mundy, London School of Economics
Yael Navaro-Yashin, University of Cambridge
Arzoo Osanloo, University of Washington
Maja Petrovic-Steger, University of Cambridge
Darshan Ramdhani, Caribbean Law Online
Nigel Rapport, University of St Andrews
Adam Reed, University of St Andrews
Jaro Stacul, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Richard A. Wilson, University of Connecticut

Manuscript Submission

Please review the submission and style guide carefully before submitting.

The editors welcome contributions for publication, both articles of general interest and ones related to theme issues. Articles should be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word.

The Journal of Legal Anthropology is a refereed journal. We will consider original articles which are not under simultaneous consideration elsewhere and which have not been previously published. Submitted articles are read by internal and external referees.

Editor Narmala Halstead, University of East London
Associate Editor Insa Koch, London School of Economics
Assistant Editor Méadhbh McIvor, University of Groningen

Please contact the editors at

*Please note that authors should retain one copy for themselves, as submissions cannot be returned.

Books for reviews, review articles and book reviews should be sent to:

Martyn Wemyss
Department of Anthropology
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross, London, UK SE14 6NW

Articles should be typed double-spaced throughout (including notes and bibliography). Notes should be endnotes. We will consider articles between 7,000 to 8,000 words, excluding notes and bibliography. We will also consider shorter essays between 3,000 to 4000 words, excluding notes and bibliography. We also invite lead submissions for our Forum section, which may incorporate research and debate/reflect on a key issue or issues. Articles should be submitted electronically and must include an abstract (100 to 150 words), six to eight key words and three to five lines of biographical information. Book reviews may be between 800 and 1000 words. Book review essays of two or more books may be between 1,500 to 2,000 words.

License Agreement

As part of the Berghahn Open Anthro initiative, articles in Journal of Legal Anthropology are published open access under a Creative Commons license.

Authors must visit our License Options page to select and download their preferred license agreement. Completed and signed forms should be sent to

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