Each issue of ex ante covers a current focus topic that is analyzed from various legal perspectives. A second section covers thematically independent contributions, such as dissertation or judgment reviews as well as essays.

Focus topic

We will inform you about the focus topic in due course with the Call for Papers.

Further contributions

We will work with you to find the best solution for a thematically independent contribution.

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Double Blind Peer Review

ex ante is the first legal journal in Switzerland to offer a comprehensive double blind peer review.

Peer review is an anonymous discourse between experts. Its objective is to increase the quality of a contribution and to ensure a high academic standard. The experts assess the method and the results of the paper. The authors then process the results of the discourse in their contributions.


From draft to publication

A five-stage process secures the quality of the contributions published in ex ante.

By default, we publish contributions after they have passed through the double blind peer review process. In individual cases, however, we also provide for a simplifed publication procedure. This is possible, for example, if the text has already been the subject of a doctoral thesis.

If you wish to publish your text via the simplified procedure, please send us an e-mail so we can find a tailored solution.

  • Phase 1 – Exposé

    By submitting an exposé, you indicate your interest in a publication. We then examine whether there is a risk of thematic overlaps with other submissions and give advice on the further steps to be taken.

  • Phase 2 – Submission of a contribution

    The final version of the contribution is submitted. The editorial board then anonymises it and prepares the peer review.

  • Phase 3 – Peer Review

    The peer review is the centrepiece of every publication in ex ante. The article is read by two experts who give valuable advice on how the paper can be improved.

  • Phase 4 – Revision

    The authors are required to process the feedback from the peer review in their text and to produce a final version of their article.

  • Phase 5 – Publication

    The authors submit the revised version of their article. The editorial board decides whether the contribution will be accepted for publication based on the feedback from the peer review and the adjustments made thereupon.

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About us

ex ante offers young legal scholars a platform on which they can publish their ideas and research results.

We want to provide both academics and practitioners with innovative thoughts on current issues: Fresh ideas are to grasp and solve new or little-noticed legal aspects of current topics. We offer young legal scholars the opportunity to gather their first publication experiences according to high quality, scientific standards.

ex ante is not restricted to a specific area of law, but is concerned with current issues in the society across all fields of law. In addition to the topic-specific contributions as the focus of the respective issues, ex ante also contains thematically independent treatises. Furthermore, ex ante is multilingual: the publication languages are German, French, and English.


The board of editors plans the issues and manages the administrative processes. Numerous editors support the team.

Stephanie Bernet

Stephanie Bernet studied law at the University of Bern. She has been working as a research assistant in the area of public law at the University of St. Gallen since 2012. She also writes her dissertation on syllabi under Prof. Bernhard Ehrenzeller.

Nadia Kuzniar

Nadia Kuzniar studied law at the University of St. Gallen and graduated with her Master’s degree in 2016. She is currently doing her doctorate in the area of torts. Furthermore, she is a research assistant to Prof. Vito Roberto.

Kaspar Ehrenzeller

Kaspar Ehrenzeller studied Law and Economics at the University of St. Gallen. He is a research assistant to Prof. Bernhard Ehrenzeller. His doctoral thesis deals with the handling of constitutional norms with contradictory content.

Roman Schister

Roman Schister studied Law and Economics at the University of St. Gallen and is a research assistant to Prof. Dr. Vito Roberto. As a PhD candidate, he writes on property law.

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