Call for Papers

The Tribal Law Journal is seeking submissions for its 20th Anniversary Issue, Volume 20, that will focus on the various Traditional Dispute Resolution Systems in tribal courts.

In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Tribal Law Journal, the Law and Indigenous Peoples Program and the Tribal Law Journal are also seeking to publish a scholarly essay regarding a legal issue faced by the Navajo Nation in both English and an additional local language. The submission deadline for both is October 15, 2018. 

See Submissions for specific details about the submission procedure.

Papers to be submitted for on-line publication can be in one of the following categories:

Academic Papers

This category includes papers written by legal scholars and academic scholars in other disciplines and should focus on theoretical analyses of internal tribal law of indigenous peoples as this body of law:

  • is applied within internal tribal jurisdiction
  • is developed and expanded by tribal law practitioners and elders
  • is impacted by federal Indian law in the United States or institutional law in other countries

Case Notes and Case Comments by Law Students

This category includes case analysis and commentary written by law students and should focus on such areas of legal interest as:

  • the development and application of internal tribal case law in specific areas (e.g., family law)
  • theoretical analyses of ways in which federal Indian case law impacts internal tribal law
  • comparative analyses of internal tribal case law of United State tribal nations with internal case law of indigenous peoples in other countries

Tribal Profiles by Law Students or Tribal Law Practitioners

This category includes descriptions or “profiles” of tribal legal systems and laws written by law students or tribal law practitioners. Tribal law practitioners include tribal judges, attorneys, or advocates whose practice involves representing the legal interests of American Indian or indigenous clients. The content of the tribal profiles should include:

  • descriptions of the internal law (including constitutions, codes, regulations, ordinances and traditional law) of Indian nations in the U.S. or other indigenous peoples
  • discussion of ways in which the law, whether oral or written, were applied historically or are applied currently

Papers by Tribal Judges and other Tribal Law Practitioners

This category will be written by tribal judges and other tribal law practitioners (see description in part C). These papers should focus on legal areas of concern and interest to the authors as identified in consultation with the Editorial Board and Editor-in-Chief of the Tribal Law Journal.