Guidelines for authors

Please read the language and style reminder.

Editorial Addresses
Scott Crosby, M.A., LL.B., LL.M.
Kemmler Rapp Böhlke & Crosby
Rond Point Schuman 9
1040 Brussels, Belgium 


Rechtsanwalt Prof. Dr. Holger Matt
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität
Mainluststrasse 12
D-60329 Frankfurt/Main, Germany


Professor Dr. Paul de Hert
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Elsene, Belgium

1. Please follow this guide when submitting material to the journal. It will avoid delays in acceptance of your material.

2. All contributions must be in English and use the UK written standard. Do not use abbreviated forms of verbs. Dates are to be expressed as day, month, year: 1 January 2010.

3. Manuscripts must be word processed and presented double-spaced throughout (text and footnotes) with generous margins. The text must be submitted as an email attachment using mainstream word processing software. 
4. Full papers should not exceed 12,000 words including footnotes, but excluding the abstract. Shorter articles, including comments and case notes should not exceed 6,000 words including footnotes, but excluding the abstract. For peer review procedures and conditions please consult the website of the NJECL (

5. Footnotes should be brief and informative, kept to a minimum and numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. Footnotes must not be attached to the title of the article, the summary or any headings. They should not, in principle, take up more than one third of a page.

6. Articles must be accompanied by an abstract not exceeding 150 words and including a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 keywords. Abstracts will appear on the website if the article is published. 

7. Style should be uncomplicated with every attempt made to engage and hold the reader. Every effort must be made to ensure that the reader will understand the message without having to re-read the contribution or parts of it more than once. Please do not state what the article will discuss. If an indication is to be given of how the article is structured the present tense must be used. Thus it is correct to say: this article discusses the relationship between x and y. It is incorrect to state that the article will discuss the relationship between x and y. The latter shows less mastery of the subject than the former. The former is thus stylistically far superior.

8. Manuscripts should include biographical information, including professional details and affi liations, in an asterisked footnote attached to the name of each author. Where a contribution advances an argument which might be perceived as serving the interests of someone for whom the author acts in a professional capacity or with whom the author has a commercial or professional connection, an appropriate declaration should be added to the biographical information supplied.

9. Unless otherwise agreed in writing with the publisher, submission of a contribution shall imply that  it contains original work and has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere, whether in print or electronic form. 

10. No liability is accepted for loss of or damage to material submitted to the journal.

11. It is incumbent on each contributor to ensure that all references are correct and that the contribution contains no material that infringes copyright or other intellectual property rights or is defamatory, obscene or in any way actionable. 

12. Contributors will receive a copy of the issue in which the contribution is published and a pdf of the contribution. Contributors qualify for a discount of 25% for an annual subscription to the NJECL.

13. It shall be a condition of publication that contributors grant exclusive licences to publish to the NJECL and to Intersentia during the legal term of copyright (including any renewals and extensions of the copyright period) for the purpose of administering rights and permissions in all contributions. These licences shall include the right for Intersentia and any assignee thereof to publish the contribution or any part thereof in hard copy, book form, electronically and in any other form or medium whatsoever including all known print media and all electronic media either known about or as yet not invented for profitable or non-profitable purpose. The licence so granted extends to all languages and all parts of the world. The submission for publication of any contribution shall imply acceptance of these conditions. The copyright in all contributions shall remain with the contributor, however. 

14. The NJECL must be cited as follows: NJECL, Volume no., Issue no., year, [page references], thus NJECL, Volume 1, Issue 1, 2010 [pages 15 to 26].