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.

Latest Issue Table of Contents

Volume 4 (2020): Issue 1 (Jun 2020)

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, UK

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

Assistant Editor
Méadhbh McIvor, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Book Reviews Editor
Martyn Wemyss, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

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

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

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*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

Ethics Statement

Authors published in the Journal of Legal Anthropology (JLA) certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, book reviews, and some types of commentary, have been subjected to double-blind peer review by qualified scholars in the field. While the publishers and the editorial board make every effort to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions, or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete JLA Ethics Statement.

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Volume 4/2020, 2 issues p.a. 
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