The Melbourne Journal of International Law (MJIL) is Australia’s premier peer-reviewed international law journal.
Past contributors have included two former Justices of the High Court of Australia, former Prime Minister of Australia Sir Malcolm Fraser AC CH, Professor Hilary Charlesworth AM, Philippe Sands QC and Professor James Crawford.
MJIL is edited and managed by an Editorial Board of more than 60 law students overseen by three editors. All members of MJIL are students at Melbourne Law School.
The Advisory Board is composed of Melbourne Law School faculty members and provides guidance to the Editorial Board on matters of content and policy
Honorary Advisory Board
The Honorary Advisory Board is composed of scholars and legal practitioners who have made an outstanding contribution to international law and who have contributed to MJIL and its running.
The Melbourne Journal of International Law supports open access to legal scholarship. All articles published in MJIL are available on this site.
The next issue of MJIL will be published in December 2016.
Subscriptions to the Melbourne Journal of International Law are available in Australia and internationally.
Call for Submissions 18(1)
Information about submissions for inclusion in vol 18(1) of MJIL, to be published in June 2017, will be forthcoming shortly.
Any author wishing to have their article, commentary, case note or review considered for publication in MJIL must send their manuscript as a Microsoft Word document to email@example.com, along with a copy of the signed Publication Policy.
MJIL, Australia’s premier generalist international law journal, is a peer-reviewed academic journal based at Melbourne Law School in the University of Melbourne. MJIL publishes innovative scholarly research and critical examination of issues in international law.
MJIL’s coverage extends beyond public international law to articles addressing private international law, the intersection of international law with domestic law, global governance, and associated areas of transnational law.
MJIL will also consider interdisciplinary work which substantially contributes to international legal scholarship. If authors are uncertain whether their proposed topic is eligible for inclusion in MJIL they should contact the editors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Types of Submissions
MJIL welcomes the following types of submissions:
- Articles: An original and detailed contribution to international law scholarship with a suitable methodology. The word length should be in the vicinity of 10 000 words (including an abstract of up to 250 words). We also accept articles both shorter and longer in length (up to 18 000 words).
- Case Notes: A detailed examination of developments in recent case law and the practical implications for that area of international law. The word length should be in the vicinity of 5000–7000 words.
- Commentaries: A discussion of significant, topical and recent international law developments and the practical implications for that area of law. The word length should be in the vicinity of 5000–7000 words.
- Review Essays: A discussion that provides a summary of the contents of a recently published book and, most importantly, places it in the context of current trends or debates regarding the area of international law specific to the book. The word length should be in the vicinity of 5000–7000 words.
- Book Reviews: A short discussion that provides a summary of the contents of a recently published book. The word length should be in the vicinity of 2500 words.
All submissions must be fully referenced (footnotes are not included in word counts) and be relevant for an international audience of legal academics, students, policymakers and practitioners.
Submissions should also comply with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation, which can be viewed here.
The Editors review every manuscript which is received and make a decision, on the basis of a number of considerations, as to whether the submission will be sent to referees. The Editors endeavour to notify authors of their decision on whether to proceed with the refereeing process within two weeks of receiving a submission. Although MJIL does not require exclusive submission, the Editors will not consider pieces that have been accepted or published elsewhere.
All articles, case notes and commentaries published in MJIL undergo a double blind refereeing process, involving at least two experts in that area of law. The Editors make a decision as to whether to proceed with publication on the basis of the reports received from referees. Although MJIL endeavours to provide authors with a timely decision on whether their submission will proceed to publication, the referee process can take time, particularly if the referees suggest publication of a manuscript with minor or major changes.
If a manuscript is sent to referees, MJIL suggests that authors allow 8–10 weeks for a decision from the date the Editors receive the manuscript and completed Publication Policy.
Review essays will be reviewed solely by the Editors prior to publication. Publishers’ suggestions for books to be reviewed should be sent to email@example.com, and hard copies of publications can be mailed to:
Melbourne Journal of International Law
Melbourne Law School
The University of Melbourne
VIC 3010 AUSTRALIA
For further information, please contact the Editors at firstname.lastname@example.org.