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Call for Papers: ex ante 2/2019 «Digitalization and law»


The new ex ante issue will be published in December 2019. It is centered around digitalization and the law. The editorial board cordially invites you to submit your ideas for papers on this topic or for thematically independent contributions. 

It cannot be denied that our world is becoming more and more digital. The mobile providers upgrade their networks in order to provide faster Internet access with “5G”. The Canton Zug declares itself the “Crypto Valley”. Where does the law stand in this development? Interesting questions arise not only from a legal-ethical and sociological perspective, but also with regard to positive law. Staying up to, keeping pace with the current developments and providing guidance where necessary is one of the key challenges of the law in the digital age.

In addition, we would like to draw your attention to the thesis review section. It is a platform we offer to young law doctorate holders, where they can present a short summary of their thesis to a wider audience (check author guidelines for further information). 

Furthermore, we would like to inform you that our first 2020 issue will be a special edition in cooperation with CUSO (conférence universitaire de Suisse occidentale). We would like to invite the participants of the annual CUSO seminar 2019 to publish their seminar contribution in that ex ante issue. Further information will follow in the next call for papers. The deadline for all contributions in said issue will be January 31, 2020 

An interdisciplinary issue, digitalization and law raises questions in several areas of law.

The following topics are meant to serve as an inspiration for a contribution on “digitalization and law”:

  • E-voting – chances and risks
  • Smart contract
  • Blockchain technology
  • Criminal offences on the Internet
  • Virtual general assemblies
  • Digitalization of the land registry
  • Predictive justice
  • Electronic identity

Topical articles should extend from five to ten A4 pages (20,000–40,000 characters, including spaces).

Apart from topical articles, thematically independent articles can be submitted. Treatises, short contributions, court case and thesis reviews are among the possible contributions. They can be sent it at any time. The ex ante editorial board will work with you to find the best solution for your publication.

Submission of Contributions

You can submit your article via the ex ante online platform.

Articles on the focus topic are to be submitted by July 8, 2019 the latest. For thesis reviews, the deadline is August 30, 2019. However, we recommend that interested authors let us know beforehand if they wish to submit a contribution (title and brief outline suffice). We can then prevent thematical overlap with other articles. That way, we can prevent thematical overlap with other articles. Nevertheless, we are also happy to receive non-announced short-term submissions.

All submissions are to comply with the ex ante author guidelines. These guidelines can be found on our website ( together with further information on the publication process 

We are looking forward to your contributions and are happy to answer any questions that may arise.

The editorial board