International Journal of Legal Information Design

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Editor in Chief: Dr. M.A. Dorgham
ISSN online: 1750-8150
ISSN print: 1750-8142
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IJLID is a multidisciplinary journal concerned with the audio, visual and audio-visual design of legal information. It seeks to promote and enhance discussion on (re)designing legal information by addressing both theoretical and practical issues. It is highly relevant to reforming and revitalising the discourses and practices involved.


 Topics covered include

  • Legal information (re)design and
    • communication studies, media studies
    • history
    • drama studies, (digital) storytelling
    • e-government
    • e-learning, education science
    • iconography/iconology, semiotics
    • visual communication, graphic design
    • information/knowledge management
    • typography, linguistics
    • literary studies, narratology
    • psychology, sociology
    • philosophy
    • counselling studies
  • Any subjects that arise with any of the discipline combinations above


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  • Legal information (re)design and
    • communication studies
    • counselling studies
    • (digital) storytelling
    • drama studies
    • education science
    • e-government
    • e-learning
    • graphic design
    • history
    • iconography and iconology
    • information management
    • knowledge management
    • linguistics
    • literary studies
    • media studies
    • narratology
    • philosophy
    • psychology
    • semiotics
    • sociology
    • typography
    • visual communication

As legal information design can be combined thematically with the disciplines mentioned above, other subjects arise, such as:

  • Analysing and evaluating audio, visual and audio-visual legal information
  • Cognition and legal information (re)design
  • Cultural, economic, social and technological foundations of (re)designing legal information
  • Emotion and legal information (re)design
  • Law and image
  • Law and film
  • Legal information (re)design in the public sector: administration, jurisdiction, legislation
  • Legal visualisations, such as charts, diagrams, images, layout, tables and pictograms
  • Legislation and legal information (re)design
  • Legislating (re)design of legal information
  • Memory and legal information (re)design
  • Motivation and legal information (re)design
  • (Online) role-playing and legal information (re)design
  • Producing audio, visual and audio-visual legal information
  • Reconceiving spoken, visualised or written legal information
  • (Re)designing legal information as (digital) legal information-stories
  • (Re)designing legal information as plays



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IJLID aims at establishing a multidisciplinary forum where scholars, practitioners, policy makers and legislators discuss the audio, visual and audio-visual (re)design of legal information.

Here, legal information refers either to the process of providing or gathering information in relation to legal or legally relevant knowledge, or to the contents themselves, that is, the legal or legally relevant knowledge conveyed. Legal or legally relevant knowledge relates to contents that have been legislated (what the law is/de lege lata) or require legislation (what the law ought to be/de lege ferenda), or to explanations of these two contents or to contents of the legal or legally relevant discourse. Design refers to producing legal information so that it can be listened to, read and viewed, or to the product of this creative process. Redesign refers to reproducing (remaking) legal information so that it can be listened to, read and viewed, or to the reproduction (remaking) of this creative process.

It is a core concern of IJLID that legal information will be easier to understand and to use, especially in business, the public sector (legislation, administration, jurisdiction), society and technology. IJLID aims at promoting the successful communication of legal information in all of these areas. Specifically, this involves conceiving new prerequisites for (re)designing legal information and for analysing, evaluating and, if necessary, reconceiving already designed legal information. This applies to spoken, written and visualised legal information as well as to legal information designed to be spoken, written or visualised.

IJLID also aims at exploring the cultural, economic, legal, social and technological foundations of (re)designing legal information as well as the historical basis of (re)designing legal information. Moreover, the purpose of IJLID is to debate new legislation regarding the (re)design of legal information, particularly with regard to the multicoding potential of new information and communication technologies (ICT). Here, multicoding potential refers to the capacity of ICT to encode information verbally, iconically and acoustically.

IJLID welcomes contributions from those representing disciplines and practices concerned with (legal) information design. Contributions striving to integrate basic and applied research into legal discourse and practice are particularly welcome. Such disciplines and practices include communication studies, counselling studies, digital storytelling, drama studies, education science, e-government, e-learning, graphic design, history, iconography, iconology, information management, knowledge management, linguistics, literary studies, media studies, narratology, psychology, semiotics, sociology, typography, visual communication, etc. Contributions from scholars and practitioners researching the interface of the law with the fields just mentioned or others are also welcome, as well as contributions from scholars researching the fundamentals of the law, such as legal history, legal philosophy, legal sociology, legal theory, legal visualisation, etc.

IJLID is thus committed to enriching and perhaps reforming the – mainly logocentric – practices currently adopted in legal information design.


IJLID assumes the role of a vehicle to enable scholars and practitioners working in the field of legal information design, as well as policy makers and legislators, to disseminate information and to learn from each other's work.


IJLID publishes original papers, review papers, general reports, case studies, conference reports, management reports, book reviews, notes, commentaries, news, etc. Special Issues devoted to important topics in legal information design will occasionally be published.



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    Editor in Chief

  • Dorgham, M.A., International Centre for Technology and Management, UK

Associate Editor

  • Schafer, Burkhard, Edinburgh University, UK

Editorial Board Members

  • Abou Zeid, El Sayed, Concordia University, Canada
  • Barshack, Lior, The Interdisciplinary Center, Israel
  • Douzinas, Costas, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
  • Goodrich, Peter, Yeshiva University, USA
  • Hibbitts, Bernard J., University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • Martin, Bill, RMIT University, Australia
  • McLellan, Hilary, McLellan Wyatt Digital, USA
  • Riedl, Reinhard, University of Applied Sciences Bern, Switzerland
  • Schmid Keeling, Regula, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Vismann, Cornelia, Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte, Germany
  • Walker, Sue, University of Reading, UK
  • Wexler, David B., The University of Arizona, USA
  • Wong, Kuan Yew, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia


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