About the Journal

Comparative Law and Language (CLL) is an academic journal which aims to provide a platform for scholars to enhance interest and scientific debate on the relationship between law and language, in and within different national and supranational legal systems from a comparative perspective. Because of the journal's interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary nature, contributions of jurists, linguists and scholars of any other relevant field of social sciences are welcome.

In a wider perspective, the object of analysis is also the legal phenomenon as such, when preceptive “linguistic” formulations imply legal translation, inter-linguistic circulation of models and government of multilingual legal systems. We invite contributions applying micro and macro comparison analyses, filtered through the specific perspective of language and reflecting on the linguistic nature of legal phenomena and on how language influences and determines the societal legal framework.

The journal covers a broad and stimulating field, observing how the different aspects of the legal phenomenon are denominated in various languages and uncovering the reasons and consequences of linguistic diversity. Thus, it offers an original and novel contribution to contacts between the field of law and that of linguistics.

The journal is edited by Trento University and publishes two Issues per year.


Focus and Scope

“Comparative Law and Language” (CLL) is a peer reviewed, interdisciplinary and multilingual journal, published on a  six-monthly basis in open access mode.

CLL presents articles, commentaries, reviews and essays with the main purpose of being a qualified research tool for scholars, practitioners and students as well as for experts interested in comparative law and language studies.

It provides an open and pluralist space for discussion to promote the scientific debate on a wide range of issues, from traditional to more strictly contemporary ones.


Peer Review Process

Contributions are subject to double blind peer review. The Editorial Board (EB), after a preliminary evaluation of the scientific adequacy of the contribution and its relevance to the subject area of the Review, shall send the contribution for evaluation, to two independent referees who are established experts in the field and chosen by the EB for evaluation. The submission is rendered anonymous during the review process. Referees shall assess the originality and merit of the submissions. Referees shall communicate their assessment within 30 days of the assignment unless otherwise agreed. The EB has full discretion regarding whether to publish the submission. It can also suggest that the author of the submission make changes according to the comments made by the referees.

Submissions which are not in harmony with the aim of the review or which are qualified as unsuitable after a first reading by the EB will be rejected without peer review.



Publication Frequency

Journal items will be published collectively, with a frequency of two issues per year, publishing also contributions of the members of the Editorial Board (EB), Assistant Editorial Board (AEB) and possibly of the Advisory Board (AB).

Submissions should be sent as Word files to Caterina.Bergomi@unitn.it and should follow the CCL template. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.


Open Access Policy

CLL provides open access to its content, on the principle that making research freely available to the public enhances the exchange of knowledge on a global level. In light of the journal’s open access policy, no publication fees are assessed and all articles are freely available, with due acknowledgment of copyright, to download, copy and print as PDFs.


Creative Commons Licence

In particular, CLL is distributed under a Creative Commons license Attribution – Non commercial - Share-alike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).


Code of Ethics

CLL is a non-profit periodical and it is committed to the respect of ethical values of scientific research, to promote the circulation of science in line with the principles of transparency in contributions’ selection and of Open Access standards.

Authors, editors and referees are required to be aware of and agree upon the following principles, based on the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors del COPE – Committee On Publication Ethics.