EJJL | Espaço Juridico Journal of Law. New issue: V16, n2, 2015.

Dear readers, authors and reviewers,

Visit the site and enjoy the full version, open access, of all papers:

http://editora.unoesc.edu.br/index.php/espacojuridico/issue/view/176

Actually, this is our first number as a Qualis A2 ranked journal in Brazil (in a scale from C to A1). As was to be expected, we are very proud of this new position, yet we also are very aware of our new editorial responsibilities.

Therefore, we have prepared some innovations, some of them are already part of this issue while others are ready to be implemented in upcoming editions.

 

EDITORIAL AND MANAGEMENT

Firstly, some types of submissions will be prioritized for reviewing and publishing: papers written by foreign authors (or co-authored); contributions written in english or any another foreign language; papers resulting from researches funded by development agencies; papers written by authors with doctorate degree and, finally, submissions from postgraduate faculty members.

Secondly, from this edition onwards, we’ve implemented DOI, as previously announced. In addition to being requested for "A2" journals, we acknowledge DOI brings about important advantages for authors and journals, such as article identity assurance, traceability as well as international circulation via CrossRef system database.

As for all these innovations mentioned above, EJJL has simply and responsively conformed its guidelines to further requirements enacted by Qualis Committee (CAPES). Nonetheless, non of these new standards affect high quality submissions from authors who do not fit in them.

Moreover, we have enhanced some aspects of preliminary review carried out by our Editorial Team: from now forth, we do it in two stages. Initially it is carried out by 4 Editorial Committee members and then, by others 4 Section Editors. So as to enhance the blind peer review process, we have also extended the number of ad hoc reviewers, who enter in scene soon after the preliminary review.

Another innovation concerns with the anticipated acceptance: all scientific papers published in this second number have been accepted during the first semester of 2015, or earlier. With this policy, that was actually established at the beginning of 2014, the reviewing and accepting process occurs at least one semester in advance, so that we can ensure periodicity and regularity. In order to expedite procedures, now we count with a specialized secretary who advises the editorial committee and responds by the email: ejjl@unoesc.edu.br

Finally, this is our last issue with 2 numbers per year. By the end of this year, we will have a special issue so as to test this innovative effort that must be fully implemented in 2016, when EJJL will be a published three times per year (N1 in April, N2 in August, n3 in December). We expect this might open broader opportunities for researchers.

 

ARTICLES

Regarding the articles of this issue, in addition to the unpublished text (in english) by Prof. Robert Alexy - and the new Section we’ve specially created toward encouraging discussions upon his principled theory of fundamental rights – this is an issue that also includes contributions from five of our Editorial Board members: as our editorial paper,  Prof. Roberto Nania, from Università di Roma, La Sapienza, explores the Italian model of constitutional protection to individual freedom, secondly, Prof. Christian Courtis, Officer of the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights, United Nations, upon the Optional Protocol to the ICESCR; furthermore, we are publishing two papers upon interpretation of social rights in the context of economic crisis: one by Ingo W. Sarlet (PUC-RS) and another one by Eduardo Biacchi Gomes (Unibrasil); ultimately, a new contribution by Leticia Martel regarding the beginning and end of life.

We very much appreciate the intensive collaboration by the Editorial Board members for this number. All the remaining papers are spontaneous submissions that address momentous issues as well as innovative interpretations to the development of the theory of fundamental rights in Brazil.

As we go forward, EJJL will continue to comply its mission of spreading the Brazilian research upon human and fundamental rights, maintaining its scope not only of providing relevant scientific contributions that face theoretical problems but also those approaches that can help solving real problems  regarding the duties of respecting, protecting and promoting these rights.

As my final word, on behalf of our Editorial Comission, I have to register a strong and unambiguous thanks to UNOESC, to the Direction of the Postgraduation Program on Fundamental Rights, to our Editorial Board, authors, reviewers and also to our more than 110,000 website visitors.

The table of contents of this issue is available below.

 

Enjoy the reading

Carlos Luiz Strapazzon
Editor-Chefe

Chapecó, SC, 06.Set.2015