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University of Tasmania Law Review

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The University of Tasmania Law Review (UTLR) is a double-blind peer reviewed academic journal, published by the University of Tasmania. The Journal covers a wide range of content with a focus on international and comparative law, but including articles with an Australian or Tasmanian focus.

Since its first issue in 1958, the University of Tasmania Law Review has published a diverse range of law-related articles from Australia and around the world dealing with topics such as legal history, current legal issues and future directions of the law.

Managed and edited by a student editorial board, the Review is a refereed journal and all articles are assessed through a formal peer-review process. The Review is proud of its streamlined editorial process, which ensures articles are as current as possible while maintaining the best standards of content and presentation.

The following articles have appeared in recent issues:

  • Righting Unrightable Wrongs: Exploring the Potential of Restorative Justice in Dealing with Historical Institutional Child Sexual Abuse by Hadeel Al-Alosi
  • Bushfire Recovery through Class Action Litigation by Georgina Barnes and Jan McDonald

The journal also regularly features case notes and book reviews from the student editorship.

Past issues are available online on AustLII twelve months after publication.

Current Edition

40(1) 2021

This issue contains two peer reviewed articles:

  1. ‘Righting Unrightable Wrongs: Exploring the Potential of Restorative Justice in Dealing with Historical Institutional Child Sexual Abuse’ by Hadeel Al-Alosi
  2. ‘Bushfire Recovery through Class Action Litigation ’ by Georgina Barnes and Jan McDonald
  3. Volume 40(1) features a case note, ‘Palmer v Western Australia: Revisiting Statutory Powers and Constitutional Limitations’ by Nicholas Bartlett, and book reviews of the following titles:

    1. ‘Committees of Influence: Parliamentary Rights Scrutiny and Counter-Terrorism Lawmaking in Australia.–
    2. ‘Royal Prerogative and Constitutional Law: A Search for the Quintessence of Executive Power.–
    3. ‘Environmental Courts and Tribunals: Power, Integrity and the Search for Legitimacy.–
    4. ‘Indigenous Aspirations and Structural Reform in Australia.–

Previous Edition

39(2) 2020

This issue contains four peer reviewed articles:

  1. ‘'Safe Access Zone Legislation in Australia: Determining an Appropriate Legislative Template for South Australia and Western Australia' by Mark Rankin’
  2. ‘'Creepshots – A Persistent Difficulty in the Australian Privacy Landscape' by Ryan Chan’
  3. ‘'The Impact of Public Health Emergencies on Atrocity Prevention and the Conflict Landscape' by Yvonne Breitwieser-Faria;
  4. ‘'Uneven Platforms: The Press, Social Media, Search Engines and Freedom of Expression' by Paul Taylor;’

This issue also contains a reflective vignette:

  • ‘'Sentencing the Multiple Murderer'’ by Martin G Hinton QC
  • Volume 39(2) features a case note,

  • ‘Schrems II Decision - An Extraterritorial Approach to Privacy’ by Elizabeth Reed, and book reviews of the following titles
    1. ‘Artificial Intelligence, Robots and the Law’
    2. ‘Expert Laws of War: Restating and Making Law in Expert Processes’
    3. ‘Climate Change and the Voiceless: Protecting Future Generations, Wildlife and Natural Resources’

    Contributions to the Journal

    We welcome the submission of articles, preferably between 4,000 and 10,000 words (inclusive of footnotes) and on topics of relevance to academics and the legal community. It is required that all articles be accompanied by an abstract of approximately 200 words in length. Contributors should note that the University of Tasmania Law Review has a particular focus on Australian, Asia-Pacific and international legal issues. Articles should contain useful headings. References must be footnoted in accordance with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (4th ed, 2018).

    All articles considered to be of the appropriate format and subject matter are refereed using a double-blind process. This process of refereeing takes approximately two months. Authors will be notified of the Editors' decision regarding publication and will be kept informed throughout the process. If an article contains subject matter that is of a time-sensitive nature, then the Editors may consider early publication of an article on the website. This involves fast-tracking the double-blind process.

    Manuscripts must be submitted online at Law Review Article Submission Form. All manuscripts must be in a format able to be edited (no PDF or read-only files). If there is more than one author for your manuscript, the lead author or author who will handle the correspondence with the Review should complete the online form. Please note in the ‘comments’ box if there are multiple authors. All co-authors must complete the Law Review Article - Co-author Submission Form before the manuscript will be considered.

    Authors are encouraged to submit articles now for volume 41. The first issue of volume 41 will be printed in Winter 2022.

    Download the Submission and Publication Agreement University of Tasmania Law Review (PDF 25KB).

    For any questions regarding submissions or any other matters please contact us by email at

    Information for Subscribers

    The journal is published twice a year. The cost of the Journal is:

    • $55.00 per issue for domestic subscribers, and
    • $60.00 (AUD) for overseas subscribers (delivered economy airmail).

    The prices are both inclusive of postage and handling and GST where applicable. Subscriptions can be organised by contacting the Law School Publications Officer below.

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    Intending subscribers should contact:

    Publications Officer
    Faculty of Law
    University of Tasmania
    Private Bag 89
    Hobart, Tasmania, 7001.

    One Off-Copies

    Readers can also purchase a one-off copy of a particular issue.
    You may either send a cheque with your subscription notice, or we will invoice you when you receive your first issue.

    Subscriptions within North or South America should be addressed to:

    William S. Hein & Co., Inc.
    2350 North Forest Road | Getzville, NY 14068

    Editorial Board

    Faculty Supervisor: 

    • Professor Michael Stuckey


    • Louisa Rowe
    • Scott Currie

    Editorial Board Members: 

    • Tennille Burdon
    • Jackson Cacciatori
    • George Grover
    • Hannah Luck
    • Zack Stephenson
    • Penny Stevenson
    • Kevin Toman