General information

Flinders Law Journal is produced by the College of Business, Governmen and Law and features articles from a diverse and broad field. The Journal invites quality articles, lectures and book reviews from all fields of law (including law reform) as well as criminal justice. The Journal covers national and international issues, and has subscribers from many different countries and disciplines.

Authors are welcome to submit articles, lectures and book reviews for publication in the Flinders Law Journal. 

Articles should be 8,000 - 12,000 words, Contemporary Comments 2,000 - 3,000 words, and Book Reviews 500 - 1,000 words including all footnotes and other graphics (e.g. tables, diagrams). Please note that shorter or longer submissions may be accepted by the Editors based on their merit. An abstract of not more than 150 words should be included with every article, but is not required for Comments or Reviews.  Submissions should not be under consideration elsewhere at the time of submission.

Articles are assessed by the Journal editors, who undertake to give authors a decision on their submission within 2-3 weeks of the date of receipt, regarding whether their article has been accepted for review.

All articles are reviewed through a double-blind peer-review process by at least two referees with relevant expertise in the field. Authors should please note that this process can take from 6-8 weeks to complete. Authors will be informed of the progress of their submission via email.

Submissions may be sent as email attachments to:
Or by post to
The Administrator
Flinders Law Journal
College of Business Government and Law
Flinders University
GPO Box 2100

Author Instructions and Style Guide

Issues of style and editorial practice in the Journal are governed by the Australian Guide to Legal Citation published by the Melbourne University Law Review Association Inc. It is the author's responsibility to ensure the style of the submission accords with the current version of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation, and manuscripts will be returned to authors for editing if they do not meet the style guidelines.
The Guide may be viewed and downloaded at

Title and Abstract

The title of the article, lecture or book review submitted should be brief and concise, so as to give a clear idea of the nature of the work.
Under the title of the article only the names of the authors should appear. Any further information, such as qualifications, present appointments, postal and email addresses should be given as a footnote on the first page.  As identified above, all article submissions should also include an Abstract of no more than 150 words. An Abstract is not required for Comments and Book Reviews.


Uncommon abbreviations should be explained, with the name in full in the first instance, followed by the abbreviation in brackets. The abbreviation may then be adopted. Full stops should not be used in abbreviations or contractions (SA not S.A.).
When citing a reference for the purposes of comparison, the Journal does not accept the abbreviation of 'cf'. For comparison use ‘see also’.



References should follow the Australian Guide to Legal Citation system. All references to books, articles and other sources are to be identified at an appropriate point in the text by a footnote, which will correspond to the relevant footnote at the bottom of the page. The information to be included within the footnote is as detailed in the AGLC guidelines.



Cases in the text can appear in shortened form with parties names italicised. For example, R v Jones, or International Finance case.

The full citation of the case must be detailed in the relevant footnote and must follow the guidelines detailed in the AGLC. In addition, when citing a specific section in a case page numbers must also be included. For example:

International Finance (2009) 240 CLR 319, 366-367.


Direct quotations

As a general rule, direct quotations of three lines or less are embedded within the text in quotation marks. The reference to the author, date and page number appears in the footnote, which appears after the full stop or any other punctuation. A quotation of more than three lines appears as an indented paragraph, and is reduced to font size 10 (see example below). Similarly, the reference to the author, date and page number appears in the relevant footnote at the bottom of the page.


Quotation marks

In using quotation marks, single quotation marks should be used as first preference. Where a second quote is referred to within the first quote, double quotation marks should indicate this. For example:

‘What, then, is the suspended sentence? Is it a let-off, or is it the most serious penalty available to the courts, technically held in abeyance? Is it a custodial or non-custodial sentence? Is it only appropriate for “extremely carefully selected” cases or is it of much more general application? There are no very clear answers to these questions in the everyday practice of the criminal courts’.3


3  Anthony Bottoms, 'The Suspended Sentence in England: 1967-1978' (1981) 21 British Journal of Criminology 1, 16.

Further information

For further information on general style conventions please consult the Australian Guide to Legal Citation, available for viewing from the Melbourne University Law Review website: