The Denning Law Journal

DLJ provides a forum for the widest discussion of issues arising in the common law world and the Commonwealth and to embrace the wider global and international issues of contemporary concern.
(publ. by University of Buckingham Press)


The Denning Law Journal


Focus and Scope


The Denning Law Journal is a general, peer-refereed legal journal that publishes original articles that seek to promote the values cherished by Lord Denning;

  • Freedom of the individual
  • Independence from State intervention
  • Preservation of Human rights
  • Preserving the traditions of judicial independence, integrity and creativity
  • Global libertarianism

In addition to publishing articles, the journal and its website contain sections devoted to recent legislation and reports, to case analysis and book reviews.



Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

The ethic statements are based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.


Publication decisions

The editor is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published.

The editor may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.


Fair play

An editor may at any time evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.



The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.


Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.


Duties of Reviewers

Contribution to Editorial Decisions

Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.


Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.


Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

Standards of Objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.


Duties of Authors

Reporting standards

Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.

Originality and Plagiarism

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication

An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of the Paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.

The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.



Journal History


The aim of the journal is to provide a forum for the widest discussion of issues arising in the common law world and the Commonwealth, and to embrace the wider global and international issues of contemporary concern.


Lord Denning recognised the importance of:

  • developing the common law
  • focusing on the development of law in Commonwealth jurisdictions
  • the need for judicial and community recognition of the urgency of reform and modernization of law
  • the need to preserve traditions of judicial independence, integrity, accountability  and creativity
  • reflecting upon the interplay of law and morality
  • the role to be played by the state in the defence of the individual in the modern state
  • international and comparative law
  • protection and promotion of  human and constitutional  rights
  • development of constitutional and administrative law


The Denning Law Journal strives to reflect these in its publication.
In addition to publishing articles, the journal and its website contain sections devoted to recent legislation and reports, to case analysis and book reviews.
Founded in 1985 and now published by the University of Buckingham Press The Denning Law Journal has an international editorial board.



Submission Preparation Checklist


As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in  Microsoft Word.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 11-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.



For further information on below, please follow this link


  • Author Guidelines
  • Copyright Notice
  • Privacy Statement


Editorial Team


Joint Editors

Dr Sarah Sargent

James Slater, The University of Buckingham


Assistant Editors

Susan Edwards, The University of Buckingham

Judith Bray, The University of Buckingham

John Hatchard, The University of Buckingham


Editorial Advisory Board

Alistair Alcock, University of Buckingham

Susan Edwards, The University of Buckingham

Professor P H Pettit

Edward Fitzgerald QC

Professor C M Campbell

His Honour Judge Prince Bola Abijola

Robin Hollington QC, Robin Hollington QC is visiting professor of law at the University of Buckingham and a barrister at Lincoln’s Inn

The Hon Michael J Kirby CMG, High Court of Australia

Robert E Rains, Visiting Professor, Buckingham University Law School, and Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Family Law Clinic, The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA.

Jocelynne Scutt, Barrister & Human Rights Lawyer, Visiting Fellow, Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, Visiting Professor, University of Buckingham.

Mary Welstead, University of Buckingham

The Rt Hon Lord Justice Scott of Foscote


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