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Notes for Contributors

  • Bangladesh Journal of Law (BJL) solicits unpublished original contributions. Unless specifically stated otherwise, we shall assume that submitted articles are not under consideration for any other publication at the time of submission.
  • Bangladesh Journal of Law (BJL) accepts submissions of articles written by authors who have post graduate degree(s) and/or are enrolled as legal practitioners in their respective countries. Graduate students can submit Case Comments and Book Reviews.
  • Manuscripts should be typewritten and double-spaced with at least 1-inch margin on all sides.
  • A short biographical note indicating author’s position, degrees, publications, current address and contact details (E-mail address and mobile no) should be supplied on a separate page.
  • Manuscripts of Articles should preferably be between 5,000 and 12,000 words (excluding footnotes) while manuscripts of Book reviews and Case comments shall not exceed 2,500 words (excluding footnotes). Submission in electronic version either in CD or as an e-mail attachment shall be preferable.
  • All manuscripts need to follow the BILIA citation style.
  • Book review and Case comment shall not be a mere summary of the concerned book or judgment; rather include an original critical analysis portrayed by the author.
  • A Book review shall include full bibliographical information of the concerned book and biographical information of the author of that reviewed book shall be avoided unless it contributes to enhance the understanding of the review itself.
  • A Case comment shall contain brief statement of facts in introduction. Sound analysis (based on precedents and theories) of the judgment shall be preferred for publication.


Journal Style:

  • British spelling should be used.
  • Footnotes, placed at the end of each page, should be numbered consecutively.
  • Reference to books in footnotes must include last name and initials of the author, full title of book (Italic), place, year of publication, and, if applicable exact page number(s) for quotations.
  • References to published articles should also include last name and initials of the author, title of the article within inverted coma, volume number and year of publication (within bracket) followed by the title of the journal (italic), and relevant page numbers.
  • For reported cases, names of the parties should be in italics and must include full citation.


Citation Style:

  • Books: Rahman, M., Consumer Protection Law and the Swedish Approach, Dhaka, 1994, at p. 102
  • Chapters in edited books: William, R., "A Marxist Understanding of International Law", in Knox, R. (ed.),Towards a Radical Approach to International Law, London, 2011, pp. 122-155, at p. 127.
  • Journals: Anderson, M., “Classifications and Coercions: Themes in South Asian Legal Studies in the 1980s”, 10 (1990) South Asia Research, pp. 158-177, at p.170.
  • Cases: Mahbubur Rahman vs. Bangladesh, 44 (1992) DLR (AD) 111.
  • UN Human Rights Bodies: [Committee name], [document title], [para.], U.N. Doc. CEDAW/C/34/D/8/2005 (date), at [web site]. In some instances, the Committee name and document title would be combined: [Report of Committee name] or [Committee name report], [para.], U.N. Doc. CEDAW/C/34/D/8/2005 (date), at [web site].
  • Electronic Sources: Limb, P., "Alliance Strengthened or Diminished? Relationships between Labour & African Nationalist/Liberation Movements in Southern Africa" (May 1992), at . Last visited on April 20, 2011).
  • Newspaper Article: Goldman, Ari L., "Politicians Risk Excommunication over Abortion", N.Y. Times, June 15, 1990, at p. 7.
  • Subsequent Citations:
  • a) ibid: when reference is to be made to the immediately preceding citation (for example: ibid at p.323)
    b) supra note: when reference is to be made of an earlier (but not immediately preceding) citation (for example: supra note 14 at p. 300).