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comparative law; discussion forum; EU law; International law; Law review; legal education; online publications; Transnational law; transnational legal discourse


This paper looks back at the first decade and a half of the German Law Journal, an online law review launched in 2000 and co-founded/co-edited by the author from 2000 until 2013. The refereed Journal, published monthly in English, began with case notes and essays on German, European and International high court decisions, and over time grew into a lively transnational forum for critical legal commentary. With a worldwide readership and authors ranging from law students to Supreme Court Justices, the Journal has long been both a launching pad for emerging scholars‘ writing careers and a vehicle for critical intervention from established scholars and seasoned practitioners. The GLJ provides a unique space for intellectual collaboration and thought exchange, for thematic symposia and timely engagement with newest legal-political developments. Tracing the evolution and publication record of the Journal since its start, the short essay highlights some of the GLJ’s main contributions to transnational legal discourse, scholarship, and legal education, and emphasizes, the significance of border-crossing scholarly collaboration, critical engagement and student mentoring.