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This policy sets out the terms under which you, the author (or joint author), agree to permit the Melbourne University Law Review Association Inc (‘the Association’) to publish your submission.

No amendment shall be made to this policy without the express written consent of the Editors.

Warranties and Indemnities Relating to Your Submission

You warrant that:

  • Your submission is an original work authored by you and that you wholly own (or in cases of works of joint authorship, jointly own with your other joint authors) all copyright subsisting in it;
  • No part of your submission infringes copyright;
  • If you have included subject matter in your submission not created solely by you, such subject matter is properly attributed;
  • No part of your submission has already been published elsewhere;
  • No part of your submission is under consideration for publication elsewhere, or will be submitted for publication elsewhere, until the Editors confirm in writing that the Association does not intend to publish your submission;
  • Your submission is not defamatory;
  • Your submission does not infringe any other rights of any third party.
  • You have read and understood the Melbourne University Law Review’s latest Submissions Guidelines document.

You agree to indemnify the Association and its Editors for any loss or damage arising from the breach of any of these warranties or for any other liability which may arise in connection with the publication or reproduction of your submission.

Assignment of Copyright in Your Submission

You agree to assign to the Association the copyright that you own in your submission on one of the following bases:

  1. If at the date of your agreement to this Policy you are not an author member of the Copyright Agency Limited (‘CAL’) you assign the copyright you own in your submission to the Association; or
  2. If at the date of your agreement to this Policy you are an author member of CAL you assign the copyright you own in your submission to the Association except for rights administered by CAL under Australian statutory copyright licences for the benefit of educational institutions, institutions assisting persons with a disability or government,

and in either case the date of assignment is the date of notice from the Association to you of unconditional acceptance of your submission for publication by the Association.

Subsequent Reproduction and Communication of Your Submission by You

Upon publication of your submission by the Association under this policy, the Association grants to you an irrevocable, non-transferable, royalty-free non-exclusive licence throughout the world to reproduce and communicate to the public your submission in its final published form for the term of copyright subsisting in your submission, provided that:

  1. You do not charge a fee for such reproductions and communications;
  2. You are not paid for such reproductions and communications;
  3. Such reproductions and communications include an acknowledgement (with correct citation information) that the submission was first published by the Association; and
  4. Such reproductions and communications do not, nor are they likely to, detract from revenue-generating activities of the Association.

Beyond the terms of this licence the Association may grant specific permission for exercises of copyright by you in relation to your submission, if that permission is sought by you prior to those exercises.

Review of Your Submission and Conditional Acceptances

You agree that the Editors’ decision on whether the Association will publish your submission shall be final. You should not treat any communication from the Association as an undertaking to publish your submission. In addition to the Editors’ own review, your submission may be sent for review to external reviewers. You will be given an opportunity to further revise your article in light of the reviewers’ comments.

On occasion, the Editors will conditionally accept articles for publication. A conditional acceptance requires you to make specified revisions to your article prior to publication. The Editors have complete discretion to determine whether the conditions for acceptance have been satisfied.

The Editors will edit your submission to correct any spelling or syntax errors, to ensure that all footnote references comply with the latest edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation and the house style, and to enhance expression or to clarify meaning. You authorise the Editors to do so without seeking your prior approval. The Editors normally consult the author (or authors) before making any major changes.

Governing Law

The law of the State of Victoria applies to this policy.