The Abyssinia Law Journal (ALJ) is a platform for the scholarly analysis of Ethiopian Law and interdisciplinary research on the law. It provides a forum for scholars and practitioners, from Ethiopia and elsewhere, to reflect on issues that are internationally significant and locally relevant. The Law Journal aims to be essential reading for those inside and outside Ethiopia who wish to keep abreast of the development of the Ethiopian legal order and its relationship to legal issues internationally.  We remain committed to providing an authoritative platform for scholarly inquiry into legal systems and analyses of contemporary cross-jurisdictional legal issues with particular emphasis on every paper making a substantive contribution to understanding some aspects of the Ethiopian legal system. 
We are always accepting submissions, so please consider writing for us! (See attached Submission Guidelines.)


Abyssinia Law Journal Submission Guidelines


1. The Abyssinia Law Journal (“ALRJ”) is seeking original submissions in English or Amharic for upcoming issues with an approximate word count of 1500-6000 words (excluding footnotes). Amharic texts should be written in Power Geez Unicode. ALRJ will acknowledge the receipt of all submissions and make publication decisions within one month of receiving a submission. The ALRJ will publish two issues per year.


2. Submissions may be on any topic relevant to the Ethiopian legal community, including analysis of domestic or international laws and cases, the African Union and other international organizations, challenges and lessons from domestic practice, and original field research. They are complemented, of course, by distinguished authors from our ever-expanding stable of Ethiopian authors.


3. All articles and citations will be carefully edited and formatted by the ALRJ editors prior to publication. An offer of publication is conditional on the author working with the editors to reach consensus on the final edited version. If agreement is not reached, the author will have the option to withdraw the article. Authors are expected to respond to editing requests promptly.


4. All factual assertions, direct quotations, statutes, and case references must be cited using footnotes. In general, three consecutive words or more copied from a source should be treated as a direct quotation (given quotation marks and a citation). All citations should be in the style of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. A recommended guide to legal citation is Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (online ed. 2010) by Peter W. Martin, which can be found online at: http://www.law.cornell.edu/citation


5. If in doubt as to how to cite a particular source, always include enough information to allow an editor to easily locate the document.


6. The ALRJ is aimed at a general legal audience who may or may not possess extensive legal education. It is; therefore, helpful to introduce or explain complex legal ideas, organizations, acronyms, authors, or publications discussed in the article, so as not to confuse readers. In addition, writing should be clear, concise, well-organized, and non-technical.


7. All submissions should be e-mailed to the ALRJ editors at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Please attach the manuscript as a Microsoft Word or Open Office file, and include a short biographical statement in the body of the e-mail.