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Birkbeck Law Press

Birkbeck Law Press was launched in 2003 as an imprint of Birkbeck School of Law and Cavendish Publishing. Birkbeck Law School has been recognised as an international centre of research excellence, specialising in legal theory and theoretically informed socio-legal research and pioneering critical approaches to scholarship. Cavendish Publishing, one of the UK’s leading independent law publishers, has been incorporated into Routledge.


  • Birkbeck Law Press aims to develop a distinct publishing profile by addressing the legal challenges of late modernity. Globalisation and the move towards universal legal values, which should respect, however, cultural specificities and local conditions, has created the urgent need for greater dialogue and understanding between the major schools of thought and legal systems in the world. Most legal publishing, driven by the needs of specialisation and the state-based nature of positive law, has not addressed systematically these concerns.
  • Birkbeck Law Press aims to publish scholarly monographs and edited collections of essays, which develop critical and reflexive perspectives on legal theory and research and to promote the dialogue between the various approaches to legal scholarship and education. The Press aims to publish books, which promote the principles of justice and equity and are responsive to the different legal traditions and cultures of the world.

Areas of interest

  • Birkbeck Law Press invites the submission of book proposals and manuscripts from scholars in all parts of the world. The Press will consider books in all areas of legal theory and theoretically informed socio-legal studies. More specifically, we invite book proposals in the areas of:
    - law and philosophy
    - law, literature and culture
    - law, postcolonialism and critical race theory
    - law and development
    - psychoanalytical jurisprudence
    - critical legal theories and histories
    - law, gender and sexualities
    - law and political economy
  • The Press also welcomes critical and comparative treatises on any substantive area of law. A small fund will be made available for the translation into English of works in foreign languages that meet the general publications criteria of the Birkbeck Law Press.

How to submit a book proposal

  • Book proposals should completed through the book proposal form, which can be downloaded in .pdf format, or requested from either Valerie Kelley ( or Colin Perrin (
  • Completed proposals should then be submitted to Professors Costas Douzinas ( or Fiona Macmillan ( via email, or sent by post to Professor Fiona Macmillan, Birkbeck Law Press, School of Law, Birkbeck, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX
  • Proposals will initially be considered by the Editorial Board. The Board may then ask specialists in the subject to give independent advice on the content, quality, and potential market for the proposed book before reaching a decision whether to issue a contract. The Board and independent reviewers observe strict rules of confidentiality; its views and those of the anonymous reviewers will be communicated to the author.

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