Instructions for Authors

General information
Lapland Law Review is an electronic peer-reviewed law journal edited and published by the Faculty of Law at the University of Lapland. The publication was founded in 2009.

Editorial Board 2009-2011

Maarit Hovila, LL.D.

Professor Terttu Utriainen (Criminal Law)
Professor Ahti Saarenpää (Civil Law)
Professor Rauno Korhonen (Legal Informatics)
Professor Kai Kokko (Environmental Law)
Professor Lotta Viikari (Public International Law)
Ms Minna Kimpimäki, LL.D, Senior Researcher (Criminal Law)
Ms Iris Tukiainen, LL.M, Lecturer (Legal Linguistics)

Submission of Manuscripts
  • Authors are requested to submit their manuscripts and a cover letter or resume to the Editor at: Maarit.Hovila@ulapland.fi.
  • Manuscripts in English are preferred. Manuscripts written in another language might, in certain circumstances, be accepted for publication. It is up to the Editor to decide upon this
  • Authors should send by e-mail, as an attached file, the electronic version of the article. The acceptable file formats for submissions are DOC (Microsoft Word) and RTF.
  • Articles ranging from 4,000 to 10,000 words, approximately 10-20 double-spaced pages - including text, footnotes and references - are preferred. Manuscripts should include an abstract of 200-500 words, which outlines the central thesis of the Article.
  • Manuscripts should be written in 12-point Times New Roman font using 1.5 line spacing. The body text should be plain text with no page numbers, hyphenation, bold, italics or indentation. Italics should be used for emphasis.
  • The manuscript will be subject to peer-review. At the conclusion of the peer-review process the author will be notified of acceptance, need for revision or rejection. The final decision on the approval of a manuscript is made by the editor-in-chief after considering the recommendations of the reviewers. Authors of accepted manuscripts will have the opportunity to revise the article prior to publication.
  • The manuscript should be accompanied by an assurance that the article has not been published elsewhere. In the case of multiple authors each author will be required to sign the publication contract. A request for expedited review should include information regarding the publication, and the date the offer expires.
  • The Law Review has the right to use the articles it accepts for publication in open electronic publications (Internet) and in a print yearbook. The author has the right to use the material elsewhere only after the issue of Law Review containing his or her article has been published. Each author owns the copyright in his or her article.

Contact Information

Maarit Hovila
University of Lapland
Faculty of Law
POB 122
96101 Rovaniemi
Email: Maarit.Hovila@ulapland.fi
Tel. + 358-40-484 4030
Fax. + 358-16-362 935

Style Instructions

1. Type size (font: Times New Roman)
  • Title of contribution: 15 pt, centred with one blank line in main text size above and four beneath.
  • CONTRIBUTOR’S NAME: 12 pt (small capitals) centred.
  • Abstract: 11 pt leave two blank lines above and one blank line underneath.
  • Main text: 12 pt (the same applies to blank lines).
  • Footnotes, indented quotations, tables and captions: 11 pt.
  • Subheadings: 13 pt, ranged left with two blank lines above and one beneath.
  • Lower-order headings: 12 pt italics with two blank lines above and one beneath.
  • Even lower-order headings: 12 pt italics with one blank line above and one line.
  • Do not end a title or heading with a full stop.
  • Capitalize only the first letter of the first word and of those words which the orthography of the language in use requires to begin with a capital letter.

2. Quotations in the text
Incorporate short quotations (2-3 lines) into the text between double quotation marks “...”. For example: According to Austin, the felicity conditions of an illocutionary act constitute a certain conventional system: “... an accepted conventional procedure having a certain conventional effect”.
Present longer quotations in an indented single-spaced paragraph, with no further indentation of the first line. Do not use quotation marks. Begin with an ellipsis (...) when a quotation starts mid-sentence. Searle proposes that:

... the complex structure of social reality, is so to speak, weightless and invisible. The child is brought up in a culture where he or she simply takes social reality for granted. We learn to perceive and use cars, bathtubs, houses, money, restaurants, and schools without reflecting on the special features of their ontology ...

3. Footnotes
Use footnotes, not endnotes. Footnotes should be numbered consecutively in the text. Close footnotes with a full stop (or question mark, or exclamation mark).

The footnote marker should appear after the relevant punctuation in the text (if any) and normally at the end of the sentence.

4. Citations
When referring to a text, do not integrate the source in the text. Use footnotes. Give the full bibliographical reference when a work is cited or quoted for the first time. In a cross-citation or cross-reference you need not give the full citation each time. You may use the Latin terms supra or infra for cross-citation or cross-reference.

5. Tables and figures
Tables and figures should be numbered consecutively and given titles (captions). These should appear below the table/figure.

Text within tables should be ranged left. Numbers should be centred on the decimal point. Graphics may be submitted in all major graphic file formats (jpg, tiff). Make sure that any graphics are clear and legible in black and white and in printed format.
6. Examples and lists
Examples should be indented, numbered progressively and the numbers encased in brackets, e.g.:
(1) A person who knowingly or recklessly makes a statement such as is referred to in subsection (5)(a) which in a material respect is false or misleading commits an offence, and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £400. (SDA) (emphasis added)

Longer texts or text extracts should be appended.
Items in lists should be preceded by a bullet point or alternatively be numbered.

7. References

List bibliographical references alphabetically at the end of the paper.

i) books:
    Alexy, Robert (1989) A Theory of Legal Argumentation. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

ii) articles in books:
    Bankowski, Zenon (1997) The Institution of Law. In Tuori, K., Z. Bankowski and J. Uusitalo (eds.): Law and Power. Critical and Socio-Legal Essays. Liverpool: Deborah Charles Publications, 159-173.

iii) articles in journals:
     Anscombe, G. Elizabeth M. (1958) On Brute Facts. Analysis 18, (1958), 69-72.

iv) internet sites :

v) legislation and international agreements:
    Provide a list after the other references.

v) cases
    Provide a separate table of cases in chronological order.

    Place appendices after the bibliographical references.