Harvard International Law Journal (HILJ) is a student-edited journal. It is the oldest and the most-cited journal of international law.
HILJ covers a variety of international issues and topics in public and private international law. Their articles have been cited in decisions by the United States Supreme Court, European Court of Justice, International Court of Justice, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, and World Trade Organization Dispute Panels.
The Journal leads discussion and debate on international law at Harvard Law School by hosting speakers and an annual symposium.
About the Opportunity
Submissions from legal scholars, practitioners, and students pursuing post-graduate degrees on topics of private international law, public international law, comparative law with significant implications on international law, and interdisciplinary work, are welcome.
Perspectives features commentary and analysis of the most recent developments in international law. This includes analyses of recent decisions by international courts or domestic courts, when those decisions have a significant impact on international law. This also includes discussions of how recent developments in international relations, international politics, military affairs, economics, and similar fields impact and interact with the international legal community. We welcome responses to and criticism of others’ published works, as well.
Perspectives articles must be no more than 2,500 words and written in English. Submissions not meeting these requirements will not be reviewed. Citations are required and should be done through hyperlinks as much as possible. Authors may include rich media in their submissions, as well, including embedded media like Tweets and video.
Please submit a completed article in Word format, along with the author’s CV to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the words “Perspectives Submission” in the subject line. We make decisions on a rolling basis, although the timing of our decision may vary depending on the time of year.
Update in January 2021: ILJ Online is no longer accepting Essays submissions for Volume 62. Essays submissions for Volume 63 will resume at a later date.
Essays accept analyses on topics related to international law that are of longer length. We welcome Essays submissions on any topics of public international law, private international law, and comparative law with significant implications on international law, although submissions addressing contemporary, cutting-edge issues related to international law will be given priority.
Unsolicited Essays submissions should be around 5,000 words and must be no more than 7,000 words and written in English. Footnote citations must conform with The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (most recent edition), and authors should be prepared to supply any cited sources upon request. Submissions not meeting these requirements will not be reviewed.
Please submit a completed article in Word format, along with the author’s CV, to email@example.com, with the words “Essays Submission” in the subject line. We make decisions on a rolling basis, although the timing of our decision may vary depending on the time of year.
Comment is the online extension of the Journal’s print publication. Each article in this section builds directly on one of the articles in our print archives, adding criticism, additional context, or comparison to situations in other fields.
Comments are no more than 5,000 words and are accepted after approval of a proposal only. Proposals should include a short description of the Comment, its connection to a specific article in the print archives, and the author’s CV. Please send proposals in the body of an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Comment Proposal” in the subject line. We make decisions on a rolling basis, although the timing of our decision may vary depending on the time of year. We afford preference to Comments based on our most recently published issues, Issue 60.2 and Issue 61.1.
Submissions to ILJ Online will be reviewed on a rolling basis by HILJ’s Online Staff, which is comprised of J.D. candidates, and they may also be reviewed by our faculty advisors and/or scholars in our peer network. We endeavor to respond to authors within one month of receiving a submission, but we are unfortunately unable to provide feedback for articles that are not selected.
Once an article or proposal has been selected, the Lead Online Executive Editor will contact the author with further information on the editing and publication process.
Please contact email@example.com with questions or to request an expedited review.