A new beginning for law review

Author:Ovidiu Predescu
We have recently celebrated two years since the first issue of Law Review
came out. Quarterly legal publication in English, in electronic format only, Law
Review has published studies, articles, comments, etc. developed by Romanian
and foreign authors (academics, researchers and practitioners in the public and
private law sphere), being indexed in prestigious international databases.
Likewise, there were promoted and debated cases pending before the
European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union.
The main columns of the review along these two years have been: Studies,
debates, comments. Comparative Law; The European Union Law; International
Law; Human rights; Doctrine – Foreign Authors; Law Book Reviews, as well as
coverage of major domestic and international legal events.
Concurrently, the materials published had a rigorous scientific structure,
including an abstract, keywords, introduction, sections and subsections,
conclusions and de lege ferenda proposals, as well as the column „References”
comprising a list of authors (in alphabetical order) whose works were employed in
the process of drafting the relevant studies or articles.
Starting with 2013, Law Review will appear semiannually, and the review’s
editorial team aims to increase the scientific weight of the publication by
complying with the relevant ICI criteria, by attracting well-known authors both
domestically and internationally, specialists – theorists and practitioners – well-
established in the field of law. Likewise, the review’s Scientific Editorial Board
will be made up of university professors and researchers from Romania and
abroad, with contributions valued in terms of law science development.
As well, arrangements will be made for the creation of a group of independent
experts, Romanian and foreign, who shall assess from the scientific point of view
and the ICI criteria both the worth and the appropriateness of publishing the
materials submitted to the editorial staff.
In order to achieve the issues mentioned hereabove, the columns of the
journal shall undergo major changes, the headings reading as follows: Editorial,
Articles (Studies, discussions, and comments) and Reviews.
In addition, Law Review will have the following subheading: General Law
and Case-law Review, which emphasizes our wish to chronicle to the entire
academic and legal practitioners world the main issues envisaged by the doctrinal
debates in Romania, as well as to put forth and debate upon certain controversial
and uneven solutions passed by Romanian law courts. Obviously, these subjects,
to the extent possible, will be reviewed from the perspective of comparative law
as well, and the studies and articles covering the European Union Law or the case-
law of the Court of Justice of the European Union or of the European Court of
Human Rights will not be left out, either.
In the pages of the journal will be prevalently published materials related to
the Romanian Constitution review process. A special place will be reserved to
comments and debates on the new codes: civil, civil procedure, criminal, criminal
procedure and to studies elaborated by valuable foreign authors – well known law
theorists and practitioners.
Finally, we hereby express our hope that Law Review, at this brand new start,
will capture the attention of readers in Romania and abroad, through the scientific
weight, timeliness, diversity and relevance of materials to be published in the
following issues, thus becoming a reference journal in the world concert of legal
publications, able to meet the highest requirements in the matter.
University Professor Ovidiu Predescu, PhD