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Journal of Malaysian and Comparative Law



Print ISSN: 0126-6322
Publisher: Faculty of Law, University of Malaya

The Journal of Malaysian and Comparative Law (JMCL) is a refereed journal published by the Faculty of Law of the University of Malaya. It began publication in 1974 with two issues in a year, in June and December. Since then, it has been published annually in either one or two issues, depending on the number of contributions accepted in each year. The JMCL accepts and publishes contributions from scholars all over the world. Its articles in both English and Bahasa Malaysia reflect its dual character as a Malaysian and comparative law journal. Its subject matter and contents, wide-ranging in character, reflect a bias towards Malaysian law, but in the past decade or so, the journal has become more vibrant and open to the developments in law in other jurisdictions. This is in keeping with its flavour of being a comparative journal. Articles are therefore welcomed encompassing a variety of topics and a diversity of authors.


Chief Editor

Datin Grace Manoranjitham Singh-Xavier

Editorial Board

International Editorial Board

(Term : 2 years until 2015)


(1)   Professor Valerie M. Fogleman

  •  Law School, Museum Avenue, Cardiff University

(2)   Professor Michael Philip Furmston

  • School of Law, Singapore Management University

(3)   Professor Cao Fuguo

  • Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, China

(4)   Professor Phoebe Bolton

  • Department of Public Law, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

(5)   Professor Ago Shinichi

  • Faculty of Law, Kyushu University, Japan


1. Articles should not exceed the maximum of 10,000 words (including footnotes); articles shorter than this are favored.   Articles should be accompanied by an abstract of 150-250 words.

2. Manuscripts should be typed on A4 paper, double-spaced, with generous margins on all sides of the paper.

3. Footnotes should be numbered sequentially from 1 to 99 and should appear at the foot of each page.

4. Final responsibility for the accuracy of all citations and quotations rests with the contributors.

5. Quotations of more than 30 words should be indented without quotation marks. Shorter quotations within the text should be enclosed by double inverted commas.

6. The following should be in italics:
i. Case names;
ii. Latin and other foreign words;
iii. Abbreviations – eg, ie, ibid, cf; and
iv. Titles of books and law journals/ periodicals.

7. References:
i. The full title, date and place of publication should be given at first mention, thereafter, supra should be used;
ii. Law Reports –
a) MLJ
d) All ER;
iii. Names of Law Journals/ Periodicals are italicised. Omit full stops from abbreviations –
a) Harvard Law Journal
b) LQR
c) U Chi L Rev;
iv. Title of Articles – P Balan, ‘Damages for Personal Injuries and the Civil Law (Amendment) Act 1984’ [1989] JMCL 181; and
v. Title of Books – V Sinnadurai, Law of Contracts in Malaysia and Singapore: Cases and Commentary, Second Edition (Butterworths, 1987), at pages 111-120.

8. The title page should include:

i. the contributor’s name in full,
ii. the contributor’s designation,
iii. the contributor’s institutional affiliation,
iv. the contributor’s address (correspondence and/or e-mail),
v. the contributor’s contact numbers (telephone and/or fax), and
vi. list of contents of the article submitted for publication (to aid the reviewer of the article concerning its suitability for publication).

9. The above guidelines are not exhaustive. Contributors are kindly requested to refer to past issues of the JMCL for other style guides.

10. Contributions should be sent together with a covering letter to:

The General Editor
Journal of Malaysian and Comparative Law
Faculty of Law
University of Malaya
50603 Kuala Lumpur

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