Buddhism, Law & Society is the first interdisciplinary academic journal to focus on Buddhist law and the relationship between Buddhism, law, and society.
Buddhism and its many social and legal manifestations are a central area of interest for the journal, as are the state’s legal relations to Buddhist actors, institutions and texts.
We invite articles on
Jurisprudence, philosophy, procedure, local community practices, ethics, and social sanctions, both historical and contemporary, as they relate to Buddhism and law in society in Asian and global contexts.
The scope of the journal is broad. We anticipate publishing papers on the Vinaya, other monastic legal texts, Mongolian legal cases under Qing rule, Buddhist legal reasoning, crimes as described in the Three Seals Law Codes, current legal cases in Burma, Buddhist notions of International Law on the Silk Route, current monastic and lay understandings of participatory democracy in Thailand, lawsuits by B. D. Ambedkar Buddhists in India, the settlement of disputes in a Cambodian village, translations of the Tibetan Law Codes, the operations of the Bhutanese High Court, etc.
The journal welcomes submissions from legal practitioners as well as academics in a wide variety of disciplines in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Law and will consider publishing panels of papers from conferences, geographically specific areas, festschrifts and symposia.
The publisher of this new journal is William S. Hein & Co., Inc., the world’s largest distributor of law and law-related periodicals and materials to more than 3,200 locations.
All submitted articles will first be assessed by the Editor and Managing Editor to ensure that they fit within the scope of the journal, are in grammatical English, are of a reasonable length, and adhere to the journal’s formatting and referencing requirements.
Articles that meet these requirements will be sent out for double-blind peer review to a minimum of two reviewers.
All of a journal’s content, apart from any editorial and book review material that is clearly marked as such, shall be subjected to peer review.
Reviews should take a maximum of 3 months.
Once the reviewers have made their recommendations, the Editor and Managing Editor will determine whether the article is accepted without revisions, accepted with some revisions, accepted on the condition of major revisions, or rejected.
The author will be notified and given a deadline for any revisions required.
At no point will the identity of the author or the reviewers be divulged to outside parties, or to the respective authors and reviewers.
Buddhism, Law & Society follows academic best practices for journal reviewing, editing and publishing.
Copy-editing will be undertaken in-house.
Manuscripts/papers and queries can be submitted to [email protected]
Submitted papers should conform to the following style guidelines, depending on the discipline
1. Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines: Chicago Manual of Style (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2010)
2. Law and related disciplines: The Blue Book; A Uniform System of Citation (Cambridge, MA: The Harvard Law Review Association, 2015)
The in-house editors at Buddhism, Law & Society expect articles to be submitted in the correct format.
If the references require significant copy-editing in the final article, authors will be asked to complete these themselves.
Regarding other edits, authors will only be consulted in cases where significant changes are required.
A final proof will be sent to all authors for checking.
For general inquiries, please contact [email protected]