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Family & Law

Family & Law is a multidisciplinary open-access multilingual double-blind peer-reviewed online journal in the field of legal and related social and behavioural science research regarding family, children, law of persons and the protection of vulnerable adults.

Family & Law is a multidisciplinary journal. The target group consists of academics, practitioners and policy-makers dealing with legal and relevant social, behavioural sciences issues, related to family, children and the protection of vulnerable adults.

Family & Law is an open-access journal, aimed at providing a platform for an unrestricted exchange of knowledge and broad academic debate between experts from various disciplines and jurisdictions. It embraces the idea that academic research, financed from public funds, should be freely accessible to the academic community and general public, rather than hidden behind a paywall. All contributions are full open access (free to view, download and print). It is facilitated with the generous support of Boom Legal Publishers. Authors do not have to pay fees for publishing their contributions and do not receive any royalties.

Family & Law is a multilingual journal. Contributions can be published in English, German, French or Dutch. Contributions published in languages other than English should include an English summary.

Family & Law is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal. Contributions undergo a double blind peer review procedure. Reviewers remain anonymous for the author – and the author for the reviewers.

The editors, the Advisory Board and the permanent reviewers include leading academics from legal and social science disciplines from various European jurisdictions.

Family & Law is closely linked to the Family Law in Europe Academic Network FL-EUR (, as most of the members of the Editorial Board are members of the FL-EUR network.

Family & Law is an online journal only which is accessible free of charge for everyone. It has no fixed maximum length of contributions which allows publication of contributions of substantial length.

Authors can submit the following original high-quality academic contributions related to the aforementioned subjects:

  • Multidisciplinary studies combining legal and behavioural or social science perspectives and/or empirical research;
  • Comparative analysis of laws of several countries or jurisdictions;
  • Multidisciplinary, empirical legal studies and/or comparative research reports;
  • Comprehensive theoretical analysis of domestic laws of one jurisdiction;
  • Systematic reviews;
  • Book reviews.

Editorial board

Prof. dr. Masha Antokolskaia (Editor-in-chief), Dr. N. Ismaili (Managing Editor), Prof. Christine Bidaud-Garon, Prof. Ingrid Boone, Prof. Margareta Brattström, Prof. Michelle Cottier (Managing Editor), Prof. Charlotte Declerck, Prof. Piotr Fiedorczyk, Prof. Eric Fongaro, Prof. Wilbert Kolkman, Prof. Gordana Kovacek-Stanic, Prof. Zdenka Králícková, Prof. Inga Kudinavičiūtė-Michailovienė, Prof. Ingrid Lund-Andersen, Prof. Jane Mair (Managing Editor), Prof. Barbara Novak, Prof. Maria Donata Panforti (Managing Editor), Dr. Branka Rešetar, Prof. Jordi Ribot, Prof. Marianne Roth, Prof. Wendy Schrama (Managing Editor), Prof. Geoffrey Shannon, Prof. Tone Sverdrup (Managing Editor), Prof. Frederik Swennen (Managing Editor), Dr. Orsolya Szeibert, Dr. Apostolos Tassikas, Prof. Paula Távora Vítor (Managing Editor), Dr. Velina Todorova (Managing Editor), Prof. Gerd Verschelden, Dr. Leon Verstappen, and Prof. Tim Wuyts