Call for Papers – KSLR-Strife Joint Edition




Update – Deadline extended


As the two-leading student-led peer-reviewed academic journals at King’s College London, the King’s Student Law Review and Strife are pleased to announce the joint publication of a special edition under the overarching theme of ‘Law and War’. We will now be accepting submissions for this joint edition.

Submissions must be relevant to the subjects that relate to the intersection between ‘Law and War’. This overarching theme encompasses a vast range of topics such as challenging the effectiveness of “Jus in bello” in light of the war on terror, “rogue states”, the historical origins of the laws of conventional warfare, and the legality of Private Military Companies and the effectiveness of Nuclear Arms Control and Non-Proliferation agreements and treaties.

All articles must be between 4,000 and 6,000 words in length. Articles must comply with Oxford Referencing style (and by extension OSCOLA for legal references and case notes). A simplified version of this referencing style has been included in the Submission guidelines attached below.

If you are interested in submitting an article for this exciting joint publication, please send an abstract as well as the required information (outlined below) to the following email address:


Required Information 

– Title of the article, set in bold, ranged left and unjustified.

– Name of the author or authors directly below the title, followed by institution affiliation, if applicable.

– Five or six keywords.

– Abstract of around 350 words


Update: We will be accepting submissions until Monday, the 30th April 2018. If you have any further enquiries, please contact

We look forward to hearing from you!


The King’s Student Law Review and Strife




Submission Guidelines


1. Content

2. General Formatting

3. Spelling and Formatting Details

4. Referencing Style: Oxford Referencing & OSCOLA



1. Content

– All articles should be vaguely related to the intersection between ‘Law and War’. Both the terms ‘law’ and ‘war’ may be defined in a flexible manner.

– Accordingly, ‘law’ does not merely refer to the notion of Jus ad bellum (public international law referring to acceptable justifications to engage in war) and Jus in bello (the limits to acceptable wartime conduct, also known as international humanitarian law). ‘Law’ also covers international treaties, legal instruments, and conventions more generally, as well as notions of justice.

– Similarly, ‘war’ more generally refers to human conflict, broadly defined. Thus, submissions may include studies of conflict and law in history, for example, or the impact of law in the causes, conduct, consequences, resolution, and/or prevention of conflict.

– There is no restriction as to time period or geographical focus for both themes. We will accept all submissions that are relevant to the overarching theme of ‘Law and War’. 


2. General Formatting 

Final submissions should contain a finalised, fully formatted text, with all corrections, insertions, and/or deletions ‘accepted’, the comment bubbles removed, and all underlinings by font or colour, as well as all editorial markings of any kind, on the margins or elsewhere eliminated to leave the text as it should appear in the publication, in its final, clean form.

– The text should be double-spaced, with the margins on both sides set to 3cm. The preferred fonts are Book Antiqua or Sabon. The preferred font size is 12 for the main text and 10 for footnotes.

– Roman, bold, and italic type can be used, but use of typeface and size should be consistent throughout the paper.

– Capitals should be used only where they are to appear in the finished text.

– The text should be ranged left and unjustified, with no hyphenation.

– Indents, underlining, and tabs should be avoided unless absolutely necessary. Chapter/section headings should be ranged left and in italics.

– Paragraphs (and chapter headings, where applicable) should be separated by a full single carriage return (not just simple paragraph spacing as in the default MSWord2007 formatting).

– Footnotes should be ranged left, separated from the text by a footnote separator and have no indents.

– There should be only one space between words and only one space after any punctuation.

– Please do not include headers or footers, except normal numeration of pages.

– Please use prefers single speech marks for quotations, and double speech marks for quotations within quotations.


3. Spelling and Formatting Details

– We prefer UK spellings for all articles, wherever the author is based. US spelling should be edited accordingly, excluding names of US organisations where the spelling should be retained. Thus, for example ‘defence’ (UK spelling) is the preferred form, but ‘US Department of Defense’ (in its original, US spelling).

– We prefer ‘First World War’ to ‘World War I’, and ‘Second World War’ to ‘World War II’.

– We prefer dates (including ‘last visited/accessed’ references) to be written as ‘1 January 2000’, not ‘January 1, 2000’ or other formats.

– We prefer ‘nineteenth century’, to ’19thcentury’ or ‘XIX century’.

– Spellings in quoted texts should not be altered. If they are obviously incorrect, insert [sic] after the controversial spelling.

– Imported foreign terms and expressions in Latin should be italicised where appropriate.

– Quotations inside a narrative sentence should close with a full stop after the speech marks. Sentences which finish inside a quotation should be punctuated in the normal way, followed by speech marks. For example: Jill said, ‘it was a nice day’. BUT Jill said, ‘it is now raining. It was a nice day.’

– Reference signs (numbers or, where appropriate, asterisks) should always follow, not precede punctuation marks in the text.

– We prefer pages to be denoted as follows: ‘p.’ for a specific page; ‘pp.’ for several pages divided by commas, or a page range. (For example: ‘p. 1’, ‘pp. 1, 5, 23’ and ‘pp. 1-23’).

– When citing a source, please add the relevant page(s) or page range. These can only be omitted in cases of references to unipage online materials or in cases where the author is referring to the work as a whole or suggesting further reading on a (sub)topic.

– In references to journal articles, Strifeprefers ‘Vol. 1, No. 1’ to ‘vol. 1, no. 1’ or to ‘1:1’.

– Titles of books, articles and other sources should be capitalised. For example: William H. McNeill, The Pursuit of Power: Technology, Armed Force, and Society since A.D. 1000notWilliam H. McNeill, The pursuit of power: technology, armed force, and society since A.D. 1000

– In footnotes, titles of books, articles and other sources should be written out in full upon first mention, with the exception of excessively long book titles (usually from the Late Medieval and Renaissance periods), where a shortened version of the title would be acceptable.

– The number of the cited edition (6th/4th/ 12th edition) should be included in the reference only if the mention carries special significance, for example to highlight differences between editions or underscore the multiplicity of editions itself.

– All footnotes referring to a particular place within a source, should include relevant page number(s) or page range. This is unnecessary if reference is made to a source as a whole, for example when suggesting further reading.

– All references to online material should be given with the url in full, and accompanied by the date they were last accessed in parentheses.

– Westrongly discourage the rising modern practice of spontaneous acronym-making. Established acronyms (CIA; KGB; NATO; BBC; CNN; RT) are the norm and need little explanation, but authors should refrain from using acronyms where these are not widely established or remain limited for inside use (RHUL for Royal Holloway University of London; SJ/SB for Strife Journal/Blog, GWoT for the Global War on Terror, etc).

– Strife prefers USA and U.S. (not U.S.A. and US); USSR (not U.S.S.R.); and UK (not U.K.).

– ‘Ibid.’ should always be followed by a full stop, as it is an abbreviation.

– All references should be presented as footnotes, not endnotes or in-text parenthetical notes. Care should be taken to retain consistency in the reference style throughout the submitted work in accordance with the present guidelines


4. Referencing Style

 a) General References


– This publication follows a customised version of Oxford notes format for footnotes and Bibliography/references.

– Legal references must be cited in line with OSCOLA (For examples of referencing, see the subsequent two pages.)



1. Referencing Examples


For books

– Hardt & A. Negri, Empire(Harvard University Press, 2001), p. 154.
Subsequent citations: Hardt & Negri, Empire, p. 167. If immediately subsequent: Ibid, p. 168.


For book chapters

– Kawar, ‘Palestinian Women’s Activism after Oslo’, in Suha Sabbagh, Palestinian Women of Gaza and the West Bank(Indiana University Press, 1998), p. 237.
Subsequent citations: Kawar, ‘Palestinian Women’s Activism’, p. 237. If immediately subsequent: Ibid, p. 237.


For journal articles

– Barkawi & M. Laffey, ‘Retrieving the Imperial: Empire and International Relations’, in Millennium-Journal of International Studies, Vol. 31 (2002), p. 110.
Subsequent citations of the same: Barkawi and Laffey, ‘Retrieving the Imperial’, p. 124. If immediately subsequent: Ibid, p. 168.


For newspaper articles

– Curtis, ‘Universities Must Reveal Data on Dropout Rates and Teaching Time’, in The Observer(1 November 2009), p. 8.
Subsequent citations: Curtis, ‘Universities’, p. 8. If immediately subsequent: Ibid., p. 8
Note. In subsequent citations, the page reference should only be given when an article extends across two or more pages.


For online newspaper articles

– As above, but instead of page numbers, the article’s url and the date last accessed.


For government or judicial documents, opinions and consultations

– Generally the referencing conventions for books should be followed when such a publication appears in a book form, and referencing conventions for articles for shorter sources. In the case of an online publication without pagination, url and date last accessed should be entered instead of a page range.


 2. Legal References & OSCOLA Quick Reference Guide


Primary Sources 

– Do not use full stops in abbreviations. Separate citations with a semi-colon.



– Give the party names, followed by the neutral citation, followed by the Law Reports citation (eg AC, Ch, QB). If there is no neutral citation, give the Law Reports citation followed by the court in brackets. If the case is not reported in the Law Reports, cite the All ER or the WLR, or failing that a specialist report.

Corr v IBC Vehicles Ltd [2008] UKHL 13, [2008] 1 AC 884
R (Roberts) v Parole Board [2004] EWCA Civ 1031, [2005] QB 410

Page v Smith [1996] AC 155 (HL)

– When pinpointing, give paragraph numbers in square brackets at the end of the citation. If the judgment has no paragraph numbers, provide the page number pinpoint after the court.

Callery v Gray [2001] EWCA Civ 1117, [2001] 1 WLR 2112 [42], [45]
Bunt v Tilley [2006] EWHC 407 (QB), [2006] 3 All ER 336 [1]–[37]

R v Leeds County Court, ex p Morris [1990] QB 523 (QB) 530–31

– If citing a particular judge:

Arscott v The Coal Authority [2004] EWCA Civ 892, [2005] Env LR 6 [27] (Laws LJ)


Statutes and statutory instruments

 – Act of Supremacy 1558
Human Rights Act 1998, s 15(1)(b)

Penalties for Disorderly Behaviour (Amendment of Minimum Age) Order 2004, SI 2004/3166


EU legislation and cases

 – Consolidated Version of the Treaty on European Union [2008] OJ C115/13

– Council Regulation (EC) 139/2004 on the control of concentrations between undertakings (EC Merger Regulation) [2004] OJ L24/1, art 5
Case C–176/03 Commission v Council [2005] ECR I–7879, paras 47–48


European Court of Human Rights 

– Omojudi v UK (2009) 51 EHRR 10
Osman v UK ECHR 1998–VIII 3124
Balogh v Hungary App no 47940/99 (ECHR, 20 July 2004)
Simpson v UK (1989) 64 DR 188


Secondary Sources Books 

– Give the author’s name in the same form as in the publication, except in bibliographies, where you should give only the surname followed by the initial(s). Give relevant information about editions, translators and so forth before the publisher, and give page numbers at the end of the citation, after the brackets.

– Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan ( rst published 1651, Penguin 1985) 268
Gareth Jones, Goff and Jones: The Law of Restitution (1st supp, 7th edn, Sweet & Maxwell 2009)

– K Zweigert and H Kötz, An Introduction to Comparative Law (Tony Weir tr, 3rd edn, OUP 1998)


Contributions to edited books 

– Francis Rose, ‘The Evolution of the Species’
in Andrew Burrows and Alan Rodger (eds), Mapping the Law: Essays in Memory of Peter Birks (OUP 2006)



– Halsbury’s Laws (5th Edn., 2010) Vol. 57, para 53


 Journal articles 

– Paul Craig, ‘Theory, “Pure Theory” and Values in Public Law’ [2005] PL 440

– When pinpointing, put a comma between the rst page of the article and the page pinpoint.

– JAG Grif th, ‘The Common Law and the Political Constitution’ (2001) 117 LQR 42, 64


Online journals 

– Graham Greenleaf, ‘The Global Development of Free Access to Legal Information’ (2010) 1(1) EJLT < > accessed 27 July 2010


Command papers and Law Commission reports 

– Department for International Development, Eliminating World Poverty: Building our Common Future (White Paper, Cm 7656, 2009) ch 5
Law Commission, Reforming Bribery (Law Com No 313, 2008) paras 3.12–3.17


Websites and blogs 

– Sarah Cole, ‘Virtual Friend Fires Employee’ (Naked Law, 1 May 2009) <www.nakedlaw. com/2009/05/index.html> accessed 19 November 2009


Newspaper articles 

– Jane Croft, ‘Supreme Court Warns on Quality’ Financial Times (London, 1 July 2010) 3









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