Who is the maid of law? Does she bear a name or a title? Is she a person or a member of staff? Or are these differences that do not make a difference? The electronic journal Ancilla Iuris (anci.ch) deals with the state of the law, projecting answers into time and providing the reflexive mechanisms necessary for doing so.

Ancilla Iuris encourages researchers to publish critical commentaries and analyses of law that assess the wayward legal order in their own, unique way.

Ancilla Iuris publishes continuously. The contributions are free of any article-processing charge (APC).

Ancilla Iuris sees itself as a platform for researchers by researches and therefore aspires to meet the needs of authors and readers alike. Suggestions on Ancilla Iuris may be sent to ancilla[at]anci.ch.

For Prospective Authors

Submissions to Ancilla Iuris are welcome at ancilla[at]anci.ch. Please provide your affiliation, a short abstract (one paragraph), 3-5 keywords and your ORCID ID (if available).

The article supplied must be written according to the rules of German post-reform spelling and American English spelling, respectively.

Citations and References are to be given in footnotes. Prospective authors are provided with an EndNote Output Style (available for download here) as well as a Citavi Output Style in German (available here) and English (available here). Alternatively, you can download a style guide in German and English here.

Peer Review

Text selection is based on a double-blind peer review process involving at least two expert reviewers. They can recommend the publication of the article, decline it or request a revision.

Ancilla Iuris is included in the list of the peer-reviewed open access journals on DOAJ – Directory of Open Access Journals.

Open Access and Ethics

Ancilla Iuris follows the open access standard. Thus, publications are freely available online, and Ancilla Iuris merely claims the non-exclusive usage rights necessary for publication and archiving. The authors retain their rights for further usage of their texts.

Until 2020, the texts on Ancilla Iuris were published under the CC BY-NC license. Since 2020, all texts are subject to a non-commercial Creative Commons license (CC BY 4.0).

Ancilla Iuris adheres to the core practices of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


Ancilla Iuris (anci.ch) Year, Pages. Example: Thomas-Michael Seibert, Staging a supplement - Judge Adam, Advocate «Liebling» and William, the Detective, in: Ancilla Iuris (anci.ch) 2006, 1-19.

E-ISSN 1661–8610

ISSN 1866-1149