Author Guidelines

International Review of Law

Guide for Authors


The International Review of Law (IRL) is a biannual journal published by Qatar University Press and under Qatar University College of Law. The journal publishes research and studies as well as comparative works in all fields of law.



To enrich the Qatari legal environment while promoting Qatar’s position on the international arena and its openness to comparative legal systems.


Editorial guidelines


IRL is an internationally double-blind peer-reviewed journal that publishes Arabic and English research related to Qatar’s national priorities, comparative works, comments on national, regional or international provisions of courts and legislations, and reviews of recently published legal books of scientific value.


Submissions range between 6,000 and 15,000 words, including the footnotes, the bibliography and appendices.


IRL follows the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Code of Conduct.


Upon submission, author should provide a copy of his/her résumé and should warrant (as per the sample uploaded online) that his/her article is original, is not under consideration by another journal, and has not been previously published elsewhere ( click here ...).


Each submission should include:


  • The title of the study in Arabic and English
  • Name and affiliations of the author in Arabic and English
  • Author’s email
  • Abstract in Arabic and English (not exceeding 150 words).
  • Five to eight keywords in Arabic and English.


Font: Times New Roman 12 for the text and Times New Roman 11 for the footnotes.


Spacing: Text: 1.15 spacing. Footnotes: Single spacing.


Italics: Words must be italicized rather than underlined when needed in English texts. In Arabic texts, bold is used instead of italics.



Referencing style

IRL requires the use of footnote citations instead of author-date in-text citations or endnotes.


  1. Footnotes:


  • Footnotes are placed in the footers, while the bibliography is placed at the end of the article and should be indicated in the text, for example: each click on the referencing number automatically move to its relevant reference in the bibliography.


  • Books, journals, and dissertations and theses should be classified in the bibliography by alphabetical order.


  • The numbering of references and footnotes must be consistent, as follows:

            1, 2, 3 .... (without parentheses) and consecutively throughout the article.


  1. Arabic referencing style:


  • Books:

-Author’s name, book title (in bold), volume (if applicable), edition, publisher, place of publication, year, page number.


-For more than one author or researcher, mention their names in the same order in the book.


  • Journals:

Author’s name, research title (between quotation marks), journal title (in bold), issue and volume number, publisher, year, and page number.


  • Electronic source:

Any information available on the site such as the author’s name, research title (in bold), or year followed by the website link and the access date.


  • Report issued by an institute/organization:

The name of institute/organization, title of the report (in bold), the place of publication, year of publication, and the page number.


  • Theses and dissertations:

Author’s name, thesis title (in bold), type (Master or PhD between parentheses), university name, country, year, and page number.


  • Judicial ruling:

Name of court, type of the court (appeal, cassation, primary…), type of judgment (civil, criminal...), number of judgment, and year.


  • Legislations:

The law, country of publication, the law number, and the year of publication.


  1. English referencing style:


The journal adopts the latest edition of the “OSCALA Reference Guide” for English referencing, available through the link: