International Law Journals
Some of the editors of various international law journals meet regularly at ESIL events in order to exchange ideas and information, and to develop an ongoing dialogue about matters related to international law publishing.
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European journals which place an emphasis on various aspects of international law are listed below in alphabetical order:
- Armenian Yearbook of International and Comparative Law
Editor in Chief: Yeghishe Kirakosyan, Ph.D. Editorial Board: Levon Gevorgyan, Ph.D., Taron Simonyan, Ph.D., Siranush Sahakyan, Anna Gevorgyan, Stepan Khzrtyan, Edgar Martirosyan, Talin Hitik, Vladimir Vardanyan, Garen Nazarian.
The Armenian Yearbook of International and Comparative Law is an annual publication, which focuses on a wide range of international and comparative law topics. The Yearbook is being published in English. One of the aims of the Yearbook is to discuss the range of legal issues from the perspective of the Caucasus, as well as to develop the academic research and writing in the field of international and comparative law, by establishing very strict quality requirements for publication . The Yearbook publishes articles, editorial comments, and also includes a section fully devoted to the legal analysis of the international law practice in the region. The Yearbook does not have any topical restrictions to a certain country or region and submissions discussing current issues of international and comparative law are acceptable.
- Austrian Review of International and European Law
Editors: Stephan Wittich and Gerhard Loibl
The Austrian Review of International and European Law is an annual publication that provides a scholarly forum for the discussion of issues of international and European law, with emphasis on topics of special interest for Austria.
- Baltic Yearbook of International Law
Managing Editor: Carin Laurin.
Editorial Board: Egidijus Bieliunas; Tanel Kerikmäe; Kristīne Krūma; Egils Levits; Rein Müllerson; Lauri Mälksoo; Vilenas Vadapalas; Darius Žalimas; Ineta Ziemele; Pēteris Zilgalvis.
The Baltic Yearbook of International Law is an annual publication which focuses on a wide range of international law topics. It aims in particular at introducing readers to issues that are topical for the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and for other countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Each volume addresses a particular theme. So far the Baltic Yearbook has among other themes contained articles on the History of International Law in Central and Eastern Europe, the 90th Anniversary of the Creation of the Baltic States, and Arbitration in the Baltics. The Baltic Yearbook is a unique source of information on the practice of the three Baltic States in International Law.
- British Yearbook of International Law
Editors: Eyal Benvenisti and Catherine Redgwell
The British Yearbook of International Law has become an essential work of reference for academics and practising lawyers. Through a mixture of articles and extended book reviews it continues to provide up-to-date analysis on important developments in modern international law. It has established a reputation as showcase for the best in international legal scholarship and its articles continue to be cited for many years after publication. In addition, through its thorough coverage of decisions in UK courts and official government statements, The British Yearbookoffers unique insight into the development of state practice in the United Kingdom.
- European Journal of International Law
Editor-in-Chief: Joseph Weiler
The European Journal of International Lawis firmly established as one of the world’s leading journals in its field. With its distinctive combination of theoretical and practical approaches to the issues of international law, the journal offers readers a unique opportunity to stay in touch with the latest developments in this rapidly evolving area.
- European Journal of Legal Studies
Editor-in-Chief: Tiago Andreotti
Executive Editor: Rebecca Schmidt
Managing Editors: J. Alexis Galan Avila & Cristina Blasi
Founded in 2007, the European Journal of Legal Studies (EJLS) is a European University Institute (EUI) review dedicated to the promotion of legal scholarship. It publishes articles on any topic of legal scholarship relating to international, comparative and European law, or legal theory.
- Finnish Yearbook of International Law
Ius Gentium Association, Finland
Editor-in-Chief: Jan Klabbers
The Finnish Yearbook of International Law aspires to honour and strengthen the Finnish tradition in international legal scholarship. Open to contributions from all over the world and from all persuasions, the Finnish Yearbook stands out as a forum for theoretically informed, high-quality publications on all aspects of public international law, including the international relations law of the European Union.
The Finnish Yearbook publishes in-depth articles and shorter notes, commentaries on current developments, book reviews, and relevant overviews of Finland’s state practice. While firmly grounded in traditional legal scholarship, it is open for new approaches to international law and for work of an interdisciplinary nature.
- German Yearbook of International Law
Editors: Nele Matz-Lück and Kerstin Odendahl
The German Yearbook of International Law, founded as the Jahrbuch für Internationales Recht, provides an annual report on new developments in international law and is edited by the Walther Schücking Institute for International Law at the University of Kiel and published by Duncker & Humblot.
Since its inception in 1948, the Yearbook has endeavoured to make a significant academic contribution to the ongoing development of international law. Over many decades the Yearbook has moved beyond its origins as a forum for German scholars to publish their research and has become a highly-regarded international forum for innovative scholarship in international law.
- Goettingen Journal of International Law
Editor-in-Chief: Jan-Henrik Hinselmann
The Goettingen Journal of International Law(GoJIL) is an e-journal that focuses on international law. Founded in December 2007 by an interdisciplinary group of students at the University of Goettingen, GoJIL is the first German student-run law journal published entirely in English language.
The journal seeks to foster debate among scholars of international law with its numerous and diverse fields, e.g. international criminal, humanitarian and economic law, while also offering contributions from related disciplines such as international relations, history or economics.
For this purpose, GoJIL runs a permanent open call for papers, ensuring high quality by means of a thorough selection process regarding the significance of the topic for the respective academic discourse and having every submission undergo a double blind peer review.
GoJIL is published in accordance with open access principles.
- Hague Journal on the Rule of Law
Editor in Chief: Ronald Janse, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Hague Journal on the Rule of Law (HJRL) is a multidisciplinary journal that aims to deepen and broaden our knowledge and understanding about the rule of law. Its main areas of interest are: (1) current developments in rule of law in domestic, transnational and international contexts (2) theoretical issues related to the conceptualization and implementation of the rule of law in domestic and international contexts; (3) the relation between the rule of law and economic development, democratization and human rights protection; (4) historical analysis of rule of law; (5) significant trends and initiatives in rule of law promotion (practitioner notes). The HJRL is supported by HiiL Innovating Justice, The Hague, the Netherlands and the Paul Scholten Center for Jurisprudence at the Law School of the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
- Hague Yearbook of International Law
Editor-in-Chief : Nikos Lavranos
The Hague Yearbook of International Law is an annual publication that aims to present the newest developments in international law as they are shaped by the numerous international institutions based in The Hague. The first volume of the Hague Yearbook of International Law, which is the successor of the Annual (Hague Academy of International Law Association of Attendees and Alumni) was released in 1969. The title reflects the close ties which have always existed between the Association of Attendees and Alumni of the Hague Academy of International Law and the City of The Hague with its international law institutions. In view of the various international institutions that are situated in The Hague, the scope of the Hague Yearbook of International Law is very broad, covering public international law, private international law, international criminal law as well as relevant European law. Accordingly, the Hague Yearbook of International Law provides a forum for practitioners that are working at the international institutions as well as scholars to present their views on the trends and practice of international law. In particular, the Hague Yearbook of International Law welcomes submissions from young practitioners and scholars from around the world.
- Heidelberg Journal of International Law
Editors: Rudolf Bernhardt, Armin von Bogdandy, Jochen A. Prowein, Rüdiger Wolfrum.
- Human Rights & International Legal Discourse
Editorial Board: Eva Brems, Koen De Feyter, Cedric Ryngaert, Stefaan Smis, Stefan Sottiaux, Wouter Vandenhole, Kim Van der Borght, Jan Wouters
Human Rights & International Legal Discourse is a peer-reviewed law journal that encourages the critical study of the increasing influence of human rights law on international legal discourse. In addition to traditional international public law, the journal aims to focus on the interaction of human rights law with specific domains of international law, including international development law, international environmental law, international criminal law, international labour law, and international trade law. The journal places special emphasis on promoting a north-south dialogue.
- Human Rights Law Review
Editor-in-Chief: David Harris
Human Rights Law Review promotes awareness, knowledge, and discussion on matters of human rights law and policy.
The Review publishes critical articles that consider human rights in their various contexts, from global to national levels, book reviews, and a section dedicated to analysis of recent jurisprudence and practice of the UN and regional human rights systems.
- Hungarian Yearbook of International Law and European Law
Editor-in-Chief: Marcel Szabó
The Hungarian Yearbook of International Law and European Law is a collection of articles written mostly by Hungarian authors covering developments in the field of international law and EU law, and progress in domestic implementation and application of these fields of law. The objective of the Yearbook is to provide a forum for legal discussion on actual developments of international and European law, and to examine cases, new legislation, events and jurisprudence related to Hungary and Central-Eastern Europe, and Hungarian (Central-Eastern European) legislation from an international law and European law perspective.
- International and Comparative Law Quarterly
General Editor: Malcolm Evans
Joint General Editor: Robert McCorquodale B. Econ
International & Comparative Law Quarterly (ICLQ) is the journal of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. It publishes papers on public and private international law and also comparative law. It has maintained its pre-eminence as one of the earliest and most important journals of its kind, encompassing human rights and European law. The journal encourages innovative and original articles that explore the interconnectedness between the legal subject areas, moving across the boundaries that divide the law in a way that provides vital analysis at a time when formal distinctions, in scholarship and between jurisdictions, are becoming less relevant. The ICLQattracts scholarship of the highest standard from around the world, which contributes to the maintenance of its truly international frame of reference. The ‘Shorter Articles, Comments, and Notes’ and ‘Current Developments’ sections particularly enable the discussion of highly topical legal issues.
- International Community Law Review
Editor-in-Chief: Malgosia Fitzmaurice
Merging the journals Non-State Actors and International Law and International Law FORUM du droit international, the International Community Law Review (ICLR) addresses all aspects of international law and the international community.
The Journal aims to explore the implications of various traditions of international law, as well as more current perceived hegemonic trends for the idea of an international community. The Journal will also look at the ways and means in which the international community uses and adapts international law to deal with new and emerging challenges. Non-state actors , intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations, individuals, peoples, transnational corporations and civil society as a whole – have changed our outlook on contemporary international law. In addition to States and intergovernmental organizations, they now play an important role. Rather than regional, the focus of ICLR will be multicultural, including alternative and/or critical approaches, with contributions written by scholars from all parts of the globe. The International Community Law Review, published four times a year, consists of articles, shorter articles/comments, case notes and book reviews.
- International Journal of Refugee Law
Editor-in-Chief: Jane McAdam
The International Journal of Refugee Law has fulfilled its promise, as predicted by the Times Higher Education Supplement, in becoming one of the key source materials in the field of refugee protection.
The journal serves as an essential tool for all engaged in the protection of refugees and finding solutions to their problems. It regularly provides key information and commentary on today’s critical issues, including: the causes of refugee and related movements, internal displacement, the particular situation of women and refugee children, the human rights dimension, restrictive policies, asylum and determination procedures, populations at risk, and the conditions in different countries.
- International Journal on Minority and Group Rights
Editor-in-Chief: Gudmundur Alfredsson
The International Journal on Minority and Group Rights is devoted to interdisciplinary studies of the legal, political, economic and social problems which minorities and indigenous peoples face in all countries of the world. For the purposes of the Journal, groups are seen as clearly recognizable segments of society, defined by such relatively constant factors, as national or ethnic origin, religion, culture or language.
Current developments, not least the spread of violent ethnic and religious conflicts, underline the need for a periodical publication dealing with the rights of persons belonging to minorities and indigenous peoples and of the groups themselves. The Journal pays special attention to the contribution which human rights standards and good governance guidelines can make to a better world for all. The Journal aims to become the primary forum for the discussion of the vitally important field of studies which it covers.
- International Organisations Law Review
Editors-in-Chief: Niels M. Blokker and Ramses A. Wessel
The International Organizations Law Review purports to function as a discussion forum for academics and practitioners active in the field of the law of international organizations. It is based on two pillars; one is based in the world of scholarship, the other in the world of practice. In the first dimension, the Journal focuses on general developments in international institutional law. Its main interest lies in general, theoretical, issues rather than in the law of specific organizations.
Equally important, however, are the views from practice. The Review therefore also is a forum to identify and discuss legal developments within international organizations as observed by practitioners. These theory and practice pillars are to support and stimulate each other.
- International Review of the Red Cross
Editor-in-Chief: Vincent Bernard
Established in 1869, the International Review of the Red Cross is a quarterly journal published by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Cambridge University Press. It is a forum for debate on international humanitarian law and humanitarian action and policy, during armed conflict and other situations of violence. It is dedicated to governments, international governmental and non-governmental organisations, universities, the media and all those interested in humanitarian issues at large.
- Irish Yearbook of International Law
Editors: Siobhán Mullally and Fiona de Londras
Launched in 2006, the Irish Yearbook of International Law presents, on an annual basis, peer-reviewed academic articles and book reviews on general issues of international law. Beyond items of a general nature, designated Correspondents provide reports on: international law developments in Ireland; Irish practice in international fora and the European Union; and relations between the North and the South of Ireland. In addition, the Yearbook reproduces documents that reflect Irish practice on contemporary issues of international law.
Publication of The Irish Yearbook of International Law makes Irish practice and opinio juris more readily available to Governments, academics and international bodies when determining the content of international law. In providing a forum for the documentation and analysis of North-South relations the Yearbook makes an important contribution to post-conflict and transitional justice studies internationally.
- Italian Yearbook of International Law
Board of Editors: Benedetto Conforti, Luigi Ferrari Bravo, Francesco Francioni, Natalino Ronzitti, Giorgio Sacerdoti, Riccardo Pavoni
Founded in 1975, The Italian Yearbook of International Law aims to disseminate Italian scholarship and practice in the field of international law among non-Italian speaking scholars and practitioners. It features: (i) original, peer-reviewed contributions on a wide range of topical issues; (ii) detailed reports on Italian case law, diplomatic and parliamentary practice, legislation and treaty practice; and (iii) a systematic bibliographical index of Italian literature in the field of international law. The Yearbook also includes a number of reports on the practice of the main international courts and tribunals and extended book reviews.
- Journal of Conflict and Security Law
Editors-in-Chief: Nigel White, Eric Myjer and Robert Cryer
The Journal of Conflict & Security Law is a refereed journal aimed at academics, government officials, military lawyers and lawyers working in the area, as well as individuals interested in the areas of arms control law, the law of armed conflict and collective security law. The journal aims to further understanding of each of the specific areas covered, but also aims to promote the study of the interfaces and relations between them.
- Journal of the History of International Law
Editors-in-Chief: Peter Haggenmacher, Michael Stolleis, Rüdiger Wolfrum
The object of the Journal of the History of International Law/Revue d’histoire du droit international is to contribute to the effort to make intelligible the international legal past, however varied and eccentric it may be, to stimulate interest in the whys, the whats and wheres of international legal development, without projecting present relationships upon the past, and to promote the application of a sense of proportion to the study of current international legal problems. The aim of the Journalis to open fields of inquiry, to enable new questions to be asked, to be awake to and always aware of the plurality of human civilizations and cultures, past and present, and to maintain an appreciation of patterns of cultural flow and interaction that centrally affect international law and its development.
Without abandoning chronology and contextualization, which provide the essential framework within which laws and legal events make sense, the Journal of the History of International Law/Revue d’histoire du droit internationalaims to publish articles, essays and comments on thematic lines as well. By encouraging different methods of approaching the subject it is thought that new light will be cast upon familiar and not so familiar aspects of international law, including private international law.
- Journal of International Criminal Justice
Editor-in-Chief: Salvatore Zappalà
The Journal of International Criminal Justiceaims to promote a profound collective reflection on the new problems facing international law.
Established by a group of distinguished criminal lawyers and international lawyers, the journal addresses the major problems of justice from the angle of law, jurisprudence, criminology, penal philosophy, and the history of international judicial institutions.
- Journal of International Dispute Settlement
Editor-in-Chief: Thomas Schultz
International dispute settlement is a relatively new field of academic study that increasingly combines private and public international law and raises enduring issues of global importance. The growth of the field of international dispute settlement in practice, the novelty and significance of the issues posed, and the originality of the academic angle from which such issues need to be addressed are the factors that triggered the launch of the Journal of International Dispute Settlement. JIDS primarily addresses fundamental and lasting issues of international dispute settlement, and gives preference to articles of enduring importance concerning significant trends in the field. JIDS is open to strictly legal approaches as well as to studies inspired by other disciplines, such as legal sociology, legal theory, the history of law, law and political science, and law and economics.
- Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals
Editors-in-Chief: Pierre Bodeau-Livinec and Freya Baetens
Firmly established as the leading journal in its field, each issue offers the latest developments with respect to the preparation, adoption, suspension, amendment and revision of Rules of Procedure as well as statutory and internal rules and other related matters. The Journal also provides articles on the latest practice with respect to the interpretation and application of rules of procedure and constitutional documents, which can be found in judgments, advisory opinions, written and oral pleadings as well as legal literature.
- Leiden Journal of International Law
Editors: Carsten Stahn, Eric De Brabandere
Firmly established as one of Europe’s leading journals in the field, the Leiden Journal of International Law (LJIL) provides a forum for two vital areas, namely international legal theory and international dispute settlement. It is unique in providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world’s most important international tribunals in The Hague (such as the ICJ, ICTY, ICC and others) and elsewhere, as well as examining new trends in international legal thinking. LJIL is essential reading for academics and practitioners who need to stay abreast of recent developments in these areas.
- London Review of International Law
Editors: Matt Craven, Catriona Drew, Stephen Humphreys, Andrew Lang, Susan Marks, Gerry Simpson
The London Review of International Lawpublishes highest-quality scholarship on international law from around the world. Reflecting the pace and reach of developments in the field, the London Review seeks to capture the ways in which received ideas are being challenged and reshaped by new subject-matters, new participants, new conceptual apparatuses and new cross-disciplinary connections. Central aims of the London Review are to encourage imaginative thinking, inspire innovative analysis, and promote excellence in writing. While no area of international legal interest is excluded, the London Review prioritises non-doctrinal scholarship, including theory, history and socio-legal studies.
- Max Planck UN Yearbook
Editors: Armin von Bogdandy, Rüdiger Wolfrum
This publication, edited by the directors of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany, constitutes the first scholarly periodical to focus on activities of the United Nations in the field of international law. It recognizes the recent increased impact of the development of the World Organization, its Specialized Agencies and other aspects of the United Nations System, as well as their effect on the shaping of international relations.
By concentrating on issues connected with the United Nations and its initiatives, the Yearbook aims to facilitate a better appreciation of the changes the United Nations has undergone during the constantly fluctuating conditions of its first half-century, and to create a forum in which the potential of international organizations to affect the future course of international relations can be examined and assessed.
- Netherlands International Law Review
Editor in Chief: P. Vlas
The Netherlands International Law Review (NILR) is one of the world’s leading journals in the fields of public and private international law. It is published three times a year, and features peer-reviewed, innovative, and challenging articles, case notes, commentaries, book reviews and overviews of the latest legal developments in The Hague. The NILR was established in 1953 and has since become a valuable source of information for scholars, practitioners and anyone who wants to stay up-to-date of the most important developments in these fields. In the subscription to the Netherlands International Law Review the Netherlands Yearbook of International Law (NYIL) is included.
- Netherlands Yearbook of International Law
Series Editors: W.J.M. van Genugten and R.A. Wessel
The Netherlands Yearbook of International Law (NYIL) was first published in 1970. It offers a forum for the publication of scholarly articles of a more general nature in the area of public international law including the law of the European Union.
- Nordic Journal of International Law
Editor-in-Chief: Ulf Linderfalk
Established in 1930, the Nordic Journal of International Law has remained the principal forum in the Nordic countries for the scholarly exchange on legal development in the international and European domains. Combining broad thematic coverage with rigorous quality demands, it aims to present current practice and its theoretical reflection within the different branches of international law.
- Polish Yearbook of International Law
Editor in Chief: Wladyslaw Czaplinski
Editorial Board: Jan Barcz, Anna Wyrozumska, Karolina Wierczynska, Lukasz Gruszczynski, Andrzej Jakubowski
The Polish Yearbook of International Law (PYIL) is a scientific journal established in 1966 and published by the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Committee on Legal Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The focus of the Yearbook is on public and private international law as well as European law, with a preference for Central Eastern European scholarship and manuscripts which focus on the region. Each volume of the PYIL also includes a selection of texts on Polish practice in public international law and book reviews.
- Revista Espanola de Derecho
- Revue belge de droit international
Directeurs: Olivier Corten and Anne Lagerwall
- Revue hellénique de droit
- Revue Generale de Droit International
Directeur du comité de rédaction: Carlo Santulli
- Spanish Yearbook of International Law
Edited by Asociación Española de Profesores de Derecho
The Spanish Yearbook of International Law brings together information concerning Spanish legal practice and a bibliography over the period of one year and makes it available to an international readership. It serves as a vehicle for furthering knowledge of Spanish practice in the field of international law among an audience with no knowledge of Spanish. It deals with both private and public international law, taken in a broad sense to include summary treatment of international organizations of which Spain is a member.
- Utrecht Journal of International and European Law
Editor-in-Chief: Shan Patel
The Utrecht Journal of International and European Law (previously Merkourios) is an Open Access, peer-reviewed, student-led law journal, publishing biannually on issues within international and European law. Since it was founded in 1981, it has been contributing to legal scholarship by promoting these fields’ progressive development and providing an international forum for interaction between academia, practitioners and students. Over time, the Journal has expanded its readership and is now distributed all over the world through databases such as HeinOnline and the Directory of Open Access Journals.
- Yearbook of International Environmental Law
Editors-in-Chief: Bharat H. Desai, Maria Gavouneli, Timo Koivurova, Xi Wang
- Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law
General Editor: T.D. Gill
The Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law is the world’s only annual publication devoted to the study of the laws governing armed conflict. It provides a truly international forum for high-quality, peer-reviewed academic articles focusing on this crucial branch of international law. Distinguished by contemporary relevance, the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law bridges the gap between theory and practice and serves as a useful reference tool for scholars, practitioners, military personnel, civil servants, diplomats, human rights workers and students.
- Yearbook of Polar Law http://www.brill.com/publications/yearbook-polar-law
Editors-in-Chief: Gudmundur Alfredsson, Timo Koivurova
The Yearbook of Polar Law, based at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at the University of Akureyri in Iceland, covers a wide variety of topics relating to the Arctic and the Antarctic.