Digital Democracy – 2019 VLR Online Symposium

Online Submissions: As a part of the second annual Online Symposium, Virginia Law Review Online will be publishing pieces and hosting an author panel discussion on the subject of “Digital Democracy – The Threat and Promise of Technology For Our Democratic Institutions.” Both the aftermath of the 2016 elections and the upcoming midterm elections, the increasing dominance of a few tech giants in the economy, the right to free speech on the Internet, the introduction of technology into law enforcement, and the use of artificial intelligence in military decisions all bring up critical legal questions scholars continue to wrestle with.

Length: Pieces published in VLR Online are lightly-footnoted and generally between 2,000 and 4,000 words in length. VLR Online will not accept submissions longer than 5,000 words unless the author has requested and been granted an exception prior to submission. 

Deadline: Professors must submit their articles by October 15, 2018. Students must submit their notes by November 5, 2018. Extensions may be granted at the discretion of the Online Development Editor upon request. 

Format: We only accept electronic submissions to VLR Online. Submissions should be sent by e-mail to in Microsoft Word format. The subject line of the email should read “VLR Online Symposium Submission.” Submissions should be in Times 11 or a larger sized font, should utilize footnotes instead of endnotes, and should have numbered pages. All submissions must include:

  1. A cover letter, which should prominently feature the following:

    • the title of the manuscript,
    • an e-mail address (Note: We will not acknowledge receipt of submissions without an e-mail address),
    • a mailing address,
    • a daytime telephone number,
    • a word count for the manuscript (including footnotes).

      Though not required, it may also be advantageous for the cover letter to explain why the submission addresses an issue that is topical, intuitive, and important, under the criteria set forth above.

  2. A copy of the manuscript, and
  3. The author’s most recent resume or C.V. University of Virginia School of Law students need not provide a resume as their submissions will be pooled anonymously. 

Symposium Date: The author panel will be part of a full-day symposium co-hosted by VLR and LIST on January 25, 2019. Non-author panels on the subject of “Digital Democracy” will be co-hosted by various other student organizations at the law school. Register here.