Modern Law Review

The Modern Law Review is a peer-reviewed academic journal published by John Wiley & Sons on behalf of Modern Law Review Ltd. and which has traditionally maintained close academic ties with the Law Department of the London School of Economics. The Modern Law Review has been identified as the "pre-eminent United Kingdom law journal" in a ranking based on statistical data from the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise,[1] and has been placed in the highest tier (A*) by the 2019 Israeli Inter-University Committee Report.[2]

Modern Law Review
Edited byDavid Kershaw
Publication details
Standard abbreviations
BluebookMod. L. Rev.
ISO 4Mod. Law Rev.
ISSN0026-7961 (print)
1468-2230 (web)
OCLC no.417039001

The journal is a general law review that publishes original articles relating to common law jurisdictions and the law of the European Union. In addition, the journal contains sections devoted to recent legislation and reports, to case analysis, to review articles, and to book reviews. The current editor-in-chief (General Editor) is David Kershaw. Previous editors included Lord Chorley, Lord Wedderburn, Hugh Collins, and Julia Black.[3]

The contents of the first 59 volumes (published between 1937 and 1996) are freely available online; more recent volumes are available on a subscription basis.


The Modern Law Review Ltd. is a charity that was established in 1937 to promote the study of law and related fields. To this end, it publishes the law review and organises lectures and seminars and offers scholarships and awards.[4] In addition, the review provides the funding to host the annual Chorley Lecture.[5]

Chorley LectureEdit

The annual Chorley Lectures started in 1972 and are named in honour of Robert Chorley, 1st Baron Chorley, the founding editor of the Modern Law Review. The lecture is usually delivered in early June at the London School of Economics and subsequently published as the lead article in the January issue of the following year's volume.[4]

Wedderburn PrizeEdit

The annual Wedderburn Prize is awarded for "a contribution to that year's volume which in the opinion of the editorial committee is exemplary of the type of scholarship that The Modern Law Review aims to promote".[6] It is named in honour of Lord Wedderburn of Charlton, who served as general editor of the review from 1971 to 1988. Preference is given to the work of authors who are at a relatively early stage of their careers.[6] Previous winners of the Wedderburn Prize include Kimberlee Weatherall, David Kershaw, and Nico Krisch.[6]


  1. ^ Campbell K, Goodacre A, Little G (2006). "Ranking of United Kingdom Law Journals: An Analysis of the Research Assessment Exercise 2001 Submissions and Results". Journal of Law and Society. 33 (3): 335–63. doi:10.1111/j.1467-6478.2006.00362.x.(subscription required)
  2. ^ Birnhack, Michael D. and Perez, Oren and Perry, Ronen and Teichman, Doron, Ranking Legal Publications: The Israeli Inter-University Committee Report (July 18, 2019) at 15. Available at SSRN: or
  3. ^ Modern Law Review. "Editorial Committee". Modern Law Review. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  4. ^ a b "The Chorley Lectures". Modern Law Review. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Seminars". Modern Law Review. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  6. ^ a b c "The Wedderburn Prize". Modern Law Review. Retrieved 8 April 2017.

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