Four issues per volume - ISSN 1357-0374

Contemporary Issues in Law provides a new and exciting way of exploring the changing dynamics of the law. The journal is designed to cover a broad spectrum of topical issues, which are set within the framework of a common theme.

Each issue focuses on one theme. The implications of this theme on different areas of current legal concern are then explored. By discussing different issues of contemporary legal interest in relation to a theme in this way, a number of apparently separate issues are drawn together under the same topical umbrella. The result is a coherent framework which offers the reader a clear overview of the broader thematic influences on the law generally whilst also focusing more specifically on current manifestations of this influence at work in specific areas of current concern.

Individual back issues can be bought separately 

Contemporary Issues in Law is a refereed journal 

The editors welcome ideas and suggestions for future issues please email - our outline guidance for submissions can be found here and details of our Open Access policy here

For details of the Editor and Editorial Board click here - For a sample copy please click here 

Market: Legal academics, law students, politics and public administration students, social science students, law libraries, NGO's, LPC, CPE, GDL students.

Call for Papers:

2 special issues: Access to maternity services and care during Covid-19 Children’s consent to treatment: Time for a new approach?


Access to maternity services and care during Covid-19:

 The Covid-19 crisis has impacted healthcare in a myriad of ways, forcing us to rethink how issues such as resources, access to routine services, and measures to protect public health interact with the law.  In this call for papers, we are seeking articles that consider legal issues related to access to maternity services/care during the pandemic. According to the World Health Organization, adequate maternity care includes antenatal care (e.g. access to abortion, access to check-ups during the pregnancy); delivery care (e.g. access to emergency obstetric services); and postpartum care (e.g. access to services detecting and treating infection or postpartum depression). Considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on maternity services more broadly (e.g. separation of mothers and newborns in hospital, access to surrogacy services, access to fertility services), we encourage authors to view this topic broadly, in all its complexity.


 Children’s consent to treatment: Time for a new approach? Puberty blockers, gender identity services, and children’s consent.

 In this call for papers, we are seeking articles that consider the recent High Court decision Bell & Anor v The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust [2020] EWHC 3274 (Admin). In this decision, the High Court decided that children under 16 were unlikely to be sufficiently competent to provide consent towards the use of puberty blocking medication, however, it impacts our understanding of children’s consent to treatment in a wider context. As such, we welcome papers that consider the implications of the High Court’s decision, as well as papers that look more broadly at children’s consent to treatment.

 The deadline for papers is 30th June 2021. 10,000 words maximum (excluding footnotes).

Please email submissions to For the attention of Dr Lougarre and Dr Hammond-Browning

The Contaminated Blood Scandal

In the 1970s and 1980s, thousands of people with haemophilia were infected with Hepatitis C and the HIV virus after receiving contaminated blood products through the NHS. Patients were given products that had been imported from the United States, where paid donors included individuals from high-risk groups. A public inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal commenced in April 2019, and is expected to hear evidence from affected patients, families, healthcare professionals and other experts.

The Editors of Contemporary Issues in Law invite submissions that explore the topic of the contaminated blood inquiry. These can draw on any related legal or ethical aspect (for example, criminal negligence, compensation, liability).

Papers should be 8,000-10,000 words (including footnotes)

Submission deadline: Ongoing

Submissions should be emailed to