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Author Guidelines

Article submitted for publication have to check to the following guidelines:

  1. Papers should discourse the themes of law in general, including legal theory, legal philosophy, constitutional law, legal debate, socio-legal, human rights, international law, court and justice, sharia law, constitutionality of parliamentary products, law and politics;
  2. All articles must be written in British English or American English, but a qualified article written in Bahasa Indonesia or Arabic will be considered to publish;
  3. Article must type in one-half spaced on A4-paper size, using Cambria font 12;
  4. Papers length is about 5,000-10,000 words, insufficient word count will reject automatically;
  5. All submission must include a 150-200 words abstract written British English or American English;
  6. All submission must have file in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format;
  7. Full name(s) of the author(s) must be stated, along with his/her/their institution and complete address;
  8. In the matter of writing citation and bibliography, PETITA follows the Oxford University Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) manual style. A citation requires the name of the author(s), title, edition, publisher, year and page number. OSCOLA information can access on website: <>
  9. The examples of footnote reference and bibliography show below:


  • Alec Stone Sweet. The Birth of Judicial Politics in France: The Constitutional Council in Comparative Perspective, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992) 8-9.
  • Glendon Schubert, The Judicial Mind: Attitudes and Ideologies of Supreme Court Justices (Northwestern University Press, 1965) 155
  • Hans Kelsen, ‘Judicial Review of legislation: A Comparative study of the Austrian and the American Constitution’ (1942) 4 (2) Journal of Politics 183-200.
  • Alec Stone (n 1) 37-40.
  • Marta Cartabia, “Taking Dialogue Seriously” The Renewed Need for a Judicial Dialogue at the Time of Constitutional Activism in the European Union. No. 12. Jean Monnet Chair, 2007. Pp. 35-38. Accessed 26 February 2015. <>

Example of Bibliography:

Bannon I, and Paul Collier, eds., Natural Resources and Violent Conflict: Options and Actions (World Bank publications 2003)

Claes M and Bruno De Witte, ‘The Role of National Constitutional Courts in the European Legal Space,’ in Patricia Popelier, Armen Mazmanyan, and Werner Vandenbruwaene, The Role of Constitutional Courts in Multilevel Governance (Intersentia 2013)

Zhang D, ‘The Use and Misuse of Foreign Materials by the Indonesian Constitutional Court: A study of Constitutional Court Decisions 2003-2008,’ (Masters Coursework thesis, Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne 2010)

Sweet AS. The Birth of Judicial Politics in France: The Constitutional Council in Comparative Perspective, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992)


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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