Legal theorists have long debated the extent to which the study of law requires dialogue with other disciplines. Is law closed and self-contained? Or must its history as well as contemporary practice be examined through the lenses of other fields and perspectives? Corpus Juris publishes scholarship that explores the intersections between law, politics, and the humanities—including history, literary criticism, anthropology, philosophy, religious studies, and political theory. Our goal is to multiply the interdisciplinary junctures and conversations that shape the study of law. We aim to publish cutting-edge scholarship that not only tackles new or under-analyzed issues in politics and law but also develops innovative methods to undertake those inquiries. Corpus Juris seeks to reflect the excitement and creativity that characterizes emerging interdisciplinary research in law, politics, and the humanities.

Highly selective publishing in print and electronic formats

Manuscript submissions to the Corpus Juris series undergo the same strict peer review process as Cornell University Press monographs. All books chosen for the series are published in print and electronic editions. Print editions are produced in small runs, backed up by trade-quality print-on-demand. Corpus Juris ebooks are available for e-readers (Kindle, Google Play) and in aggregations for the library market, including the Books at JSTOR program and Project MUSE.

Corpus Juris books are published by Cornell University Press. Authors are issued a Cornell University Press contract and their books are marketed in the same way as other books published by the Press. Corpus Juris books are featured in the Cornell University Press catalog, advertised in suitable venues, and displayed at annual meetings of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities; the MLA; the American Political Science Association, and other relevant scholarly associations.

Book proposal guidelines

The editors welcome book proposals, which should include the following:

  • A cover letter.
  • A prospectus that highlights the book’s argument and main contributions along with a comparison of the work to other books in the field and its suitability for Corpus Juris: The Humanities in Politics and Law.
  • A table of contents and chapter summaries.
  • Manuscript specifics, such as the length of the manuscript in words, the time frame for completion, and number and type of illustrations, if any.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • A substantive sample chapter.

All the materials in the prospectus, except the sample chapter, should be saved as one single document (MS Word or PDF) and sent to the managing editor:

Diane Brown

Book proposals are reviewed by the series editor. If the manuscript is a good fit for Corpus Juris, we will request a full manuscript for review by external readers. The reports from external readers are shared with the author. If substantial revisions are required, the revised manuscript may be reviewed again by external readers. The final decision to publish or not to publish is made by the series editor, informed by the external reader reports and the recommendations of the editorial board.

Manuscript guidelines

The final version of a manuscript that is accepted for publication should follow Corpus Juris manuscript guidelines (PDF).