Law in Context has six editors (General Editor, Chair of the Editorial Board, Executive Editor, Book Reviews Editor, Deputy General Editor, and Deputy Executive Director), and three Editorial Boards: (i) La Trobe Executive Board (EB(, (ii) International Editorial Board (IEB), (iii) International Advisory Board (IAB). In addition, several Commissioning Editors manage specific sections of the Journal. The Deputy General Editor and the Deputy Executive Editor share responsibilities and duties with the General and Executive Editors respectively. The LiC General Editor runs the Journal, coordinates the governing boards, cares about the Journal development, and watches over the scientific quality of LiC publications. The Chair of the Editorial Board coordinates and shares the scientific authority of Editorial Boards. She will convene LiC Editorial meetings, elaborate the agenda, and preside over the sessions. The Executive Editor takes care of LiC general management. She provides the Executive Board with updated information; elaborates the budget; manages rights and legal coverage; and provides guidelines to authors for preparing and submitting manuscripts. Further, a LiC Administrator will coordinate the correct functioning of LiC with the Open Journal Systems management
La Trobe Executive Editorial Board (EEB)
The Executive Board (ExB) is the regulatory body managing and running LiC on an everyday basis. Its membership comprises: (i) Executive Editor, (ii) Chair of the Editorial Board, (iii) Book Reviews Editor (iv) Director of International Relations (assumed by the Deputy General Editor), (v) LiC Technical Director/Administrator, (vi) Treasurer.
In addition, four Commissioning Editors (CE) will be assigned to each Section of the Journal: (i) Law &Technology, Law & Artificial Intelligence, Law & Regulations; (ii) Private law, Family, Mediation, Conflict Resolution, Health and Welfare (iii) Administrative and Public Law, Judicial Studies, Criminal law and Criminology, (iv) Rule of law, Human Rights, Ecology, International Relations, and International and Comparative Law.
The Executive Board and LiC Commissioning Editors may convene when required by the Chair—to deal with urgent matters, before the inception of a new issue, or to discuss conflicts of interest.
Commissioning Editors (CE)
The Commissioning Editors will take responsibility for the reviewing process as executive leads of the different sections of LiC. They will carry out an in-house quality control check to ensure adherence to ethical and LiC requirements: (i) ethics, (ii) financial disclosures, (iii) data deposition, (iv) conflicts of interest.
Once each manuscript has passed the quality control (Commissioning Editors), a member of the Editorial Board will also approve it. Both will take responsibility for the submission, although the Commissioning Editor will be responsible for conducting the peer-review process and for facilitating the decision to accept, invite revision of, or reject the article.
Several Editorial Assistants will assist the Commissioning Editors. Editorial Assistants will carry on the formatting and preliminary proof-reading of the papers accepted for publication.
LiC International Editorial Board (IEB)
Experts from across the different fields of Legal Studies, Law, and Technology compose the International Editorial Board. LiC Editorial Board is powered by (about) 15-20 academic experts and international researchers who are group leaders with extensive publication records. LiC IEB Chair coordinates them.
The Commissioning Editors will be in touch and conduct the meta-review process with at least one IEB expert. She/he will assess and eventually evaluate the quality of the submitted article. She also can make suggestions to improve the quality of the final paper.
IEB members can convene when necessary (via video conference) to discuss LiC published issues. LiC Executive Board and especially the IEB Chair will keep them posted about LiC activities and trends of research.
LiC International Advisory Board (IAB)
LiC International Advisory Board (IAB) plays an important role in the management of LiC. IAB is a body of prominent experts who are willing to support LiC activities. This Advisory Board is composed of respected researchers, professors and legal professionals who are committed to LiC’s objectives and provide non-binding, strategic, and flexible advice to LiC managers. It is expected that IAB members share their experience and facilitate the link with their field of expertise, industry and society in general. Hence, they may:
- Provide feedback, advice, and/or assistance to LiC Executive and Editorial Board members, as requested.
- Share the developments of the field and her/his experience with the Editorial and Executive Board.
- Highlight critical issues and emerging global trends in her/his field of expertise.
- Be informed about the programs, special issues and events organised by LiC.
- Provide support and advice to LiC and assist in the development of new lines of publication.
- Serve as ambassadors to LiC, fostering an ongoing exchange of information and ideas with other stakeholders (legal professionals, researchers, professors…) and with the academic, professional, and scientific communities.
- Assist in the identification and recruitment of new editorial and scientific board members.
- Identify and present opportunities for young researchers and students (projects, opportunities and/or learning experiences).