The Faculty of Law of Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez invites contributors to submit their manuscripts to Latin American Legal Studies (LALS).

Article selection

LALS is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal.

Contributions must be sent in Word format (.doc or .docx) by email to lals@uai.cl, or through the online submission service available at the journal's website. The manuscripts will not exceed a total of 9.000 words, including footnotes, excluding bibliography. Longer articles will be exceptionally accepted. The manuscripts must comply with the editorial norms. 

The articles are reviewed by the Editorial Team, which will assess whether the article is pertinent to the journal, and its potential impact. This decision will be informed to the author within 1 or 2 weeks of the submission of the article.

If accepted, the article will be sent to two reviewers, who will assess the article's scientific quality. The final decision to accept or reject the article will belong to the Editorial Team, in coordination with the journal's Editorial Board. Typically, decisions are informed within 6 weeks after submission of the article. 

Once accepted, the article will be translated into English (if the manuscript is written in Spanish), or into Spanish (if the manuscript is written in English). The translation will be made by professional translators, fully funded by the journal.

Special Issues

Next Special Issues

Special Issue: "Law and...? Interdisciplinary Studies in the Law".

Guest Editors: Irina Domurath, Sergio Gamonal and Javier Wilenmann. 

Is it possible to do interdisciplinary work in the law? If this is indeed the case, with which disciplines can the law be connected? What difficulties should these studies face to be successful? What lessons (if any) can be learnt from these studies? Is it possible to evaluate current law from these disciplines? Which epistemological approaches and methods can be useful in legal research?

Guest Editors Irina Domurath, Sergio Gamonal and Javier Wilenmann, and the Latin American Legal Studies (LALS) journal, invite authors to be part of a special issue devoted to interdisciplinary studies from a general or theoretical perspective, and using an applied approach as well. Articles can deal from different points of views questions such as: is it possible to do interdisciplinary work within all areas of the law, or in a specific area? How the law is connected with other disciplines such as economics, sociology, psychology, literature, history or philosophy, among others?

The papers should have a maximum of 8,000 words and must be sent to LALS’s General Editor (Alberto Pino Emhart, alberto.pino@uai.cl). Papers shall comply with the Guidelines for Authors from LALS (http://lals.uai.cl/index.php/rld/normas). Contributions can be written in Spanish or English. Articles will be subject to a doble-blind peer review. If approved, they will be published on LALS journal. The journal will translate the articles without any charge to the authors. The deadline for submitting the papers is May 31st, 2022.

Special Issue: "Comparative Law".

Guest Editors: María Jesús Ithurria Benavente and María Elisa Morales Ortiz. 

The Latin American Legal Studies (LALS) journal and the Chilean Network of Comparative Law (RChDerC) are proud to organize jointly a special issue devoted to comparative law.

Contributions on any area of the law will be welcome, as long as they have a comparative approach, at either a micro or macro level. Contributions on the following topics will be specially welcomed, in which the comparative method is discussed or applied: methodological debates of comparative studies; legal traditions and families; legal transplants and legal borrowings; historical comparativism; legal culture; comparative and its connection with social sciences; comparative studies and language; harmonization or unification of the law processes; and critical comparative law.

The papers must be original and should have a maximum of 8,000 words (including footnotes). Articles can be written either in Spanish or English, and they should comply with the Guidelines for Authors from LALS (http://lals.uai.cl/index.php/rld/normas). All the articles will be published both in English and Spanish. LALS will provide the translation services without any charge to authors.

Articles must be sent to LALS’s General Editor Alberto Pino Emhart (alberto.pino@uai.cl) and the Guest Editors María Jesús Ithurria Benavente (maria.ithurria@ed.ac.uk), María Elisa Morales Ortiz (maria.morales@uach.cl). Papers should comply with Guidelines for Authors from LALS (http://lals.uai.cl/index.php/rld/normas). Articles will be subject to a doble-blind peer review. If approved, they will be published on the special issue of LALS journal. They will be available to download free of charge.  

The deadline for submitting the first draft of the papers is July 7, 2022. The definitive version with the corrections and observations (if any) incorporated is October 24, 2022. Both dates will not be postponed.

In case of any questions, please do not hesitate to directly contact any of the Guest Editors.