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Author Guidelines

Manuscripts should be digitally sent by email to The material shall be in word-format and submitting material to the journal indicates that the material has not been published previously or is not under publication. Articles should not exceed 30 pages (approximately 10,000 words) and should be language reviewed. Shorter texts to be published under varia should not exceed 10 pages and book reviews or shorter commentaries should be of 1-2 pages. It is advisable to use only a minimum of different styles in the manuscript. Subdivisions with headings are preferred, and paragraphs should not be numbered. Footnotes are to be numbered chronologically and to be situated outside the punctuation marks. The use of abbreviations especially in footnotes and parentheses are preferred (Art., para.).


General layout

Text in 12 pt Times New Roman, footnotes in 10 pt Times New Roman. Single line space is to be used in both.
The title of the article should not be numbered. Headings are to be numbered starting from 1 and formatted in the following way:

The Title of The Article         initial capitals, not bold
Heading 1                           text in 14 pt, not bold
Heading 2                              text in bold                
Heading 3                              text in italics


All articles are to be accompanied with an abstract of ca. 150 words in English.
Autobiographical details are to be inserted as a first footnote, using an asterisk. Footnotes following should be numerical, starting from 1.

Spelling and punctuation

Use UK English spelling, such as colour etc.
Use the ending -ise, -isation etc.
For quotations, use single quotation marks ('). If a text quoted includes a quotation, please use double quotation marks for this ("). If something is omitted from a quotation, use three full points spaced from the words on both side to indicate this. Quotations of more than 40 words or of particular importance should be broken off from the main text, and shall not contain quotation marks. Leave an extra line above and after the quotation. Lengthy quotations should generally be avoided and especially those of a foreign language.

Italics and abbreviations

Italics are to be used for emphasis (not bold). Foreign words and terms (including ibid) are to be italicised, however names of individuals are not to be italicised.
For abbreviations, spell out all (except the most common ones) at the first mention, thereafter an abbreviation may be used (such as TFEU).
Number up to nine are to be spelled out, figures to be used from 10 above. Numbers are also to be spelled out at the beginning of sentences and for approximate numbers (two hundred... or at least a thousand...).
Dates are to be formulated in the order of day, month, year, without commas: 9 September 2001. 

General rules of citation


Jacobsen, Fragment til forståing av den rettsstatlege strafferetten (Fagbokforlaget 2009) pp. 45-48.
Klip, European criminal law, 2nd ed. (Intersentia 2012) pp. 256 ff.


In journals: Weyembergh, Approximation of criminal laws, the constitutional Treaty and the Hague programme, 42 CML Rev. (2005) pp. 1567-1597, at 1572.
In collective books: Keijzer, Extradition and human rights: a Dutch prespective in Handbook on the European Arrest warrant, eds. Blekxtoon and van Ballegooij (T.M.C Asser Press 2005) pp. 183-194. 

 EU documents

O.J. 2002, L 190/1. COM(2012)566, Draft Resolution of the Council on a roadmap for strengthening procedural rights of suspected or accused persons in criminal proceedings, 12531/09, Brussels, 31 July 2009.

 Treaty articles

Article 82 TFEU, if necessary Article 82 TFEU (former 31 TEU, as amended), Article 5 TEU. If needed, consult the table of equivalences at O.J. 208, C 115/361.


Act 1999-05-21-30 on emphasising the effect of human rights in Norwegian law, (Lov om styrking av menneskerettighetenes stilling i norsk rett). If necessary, please include the name of the act in the national wording.


Public documents (Preparatory works and similar)

Use national standard for reference to public documents, such as for instance
Prop. 131L (2012-2013)

When needed add explanation in English on the character of the document, for instance (preparatory work), (law committee report) etc.

Case law

Court of Human Rights: Stephens v. Malta, appl. no. 11956/07, 21.4.2009, para. 15.

CJEU: Case C-303/05 Advocaaten voor de Wereld para. 15 ; Joined Cases C-187 & 385/01, Gözütok and Brügge.

National courts Court judgments should be quoted in accordance with common national practice, with the exception of page references which should be generally be marked as p., for examples from the Nordic countries; Rt. 2008 p. 1807 (Norway), NJA 1961 p. 602 (Sweden), HD 2010:41 (Finland), U 1996.754 (Denmark).


Please double-check that the correct web address is submitted. If several web addresses are used, either indicated in the first (asterisked) footnote the date when all addresses were double checked. Otherwise, indicate this in brackets after the website.

Some general notes

Ibid should be used when the reference corresponds to the preceding note.
References should in general be as precise as possible.
If needed use ff. to indicate the core passage of the work referred to. Referring to works already cited should be referred to in the following manner:

see Suominen 2012 p. x.

or case Stephens v. Malta para. xx.

In case it is referred several times to more than one work of the same author from the same year, indicate this by Suominen 2012a, Suominen 2012b etc.

In case of more than three authors, please use the first name and et al. (Grøning et al.).

If images or graphs are necessary, these are to be supplied electronically in a format which allows.


Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

    1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
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    3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).