The Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law is preparing to celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary. To mark this milestone, we are producing a special retrospective edition to look back on the key developments in the United Nations’ activities in the field of international law since 1997, and to contemplate the challenges ahead.
This special volume will not only celebrate our publication, but we also want to pay tribute to its founders, em Profs Jochen Frowein and Rüdiger Wolfrum. They created the UN Yearbook as the first academic journal to focus on the law and practices of the United Nations. We welcome submissions from academics and practitioners in various areas of international law.
The UN Yearbook typically comprises two sections. The first contains articles on the UN institutions as well as its agencies, programmes and bodies. Issues such as UN membership, the UN Charter, its statutes and practices are covered here. The second section examines legal issues related to the objectives of the United Nations, such as humanitarian assistance, sustainable development, counter-terrorism, disarmament, democracy, human rights, the rule of law, and gender equality, to name but a few. You can consult previous volumes of the Yearbook here:
Contributions may be between 8,000 and 15,000 words in length and are peer-reviewed. We would kindly ask you to submit your article by 31st October 2021. Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis and the volume will be published in the second half of 2022.
If you are interested in contributing, please send an abstract of no more than 500 words (outlining your methodology and the legal question that you hope to address) to the Yearbook’s Managing Editor, Katherine Dagg, at