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, Phillippe 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. The Advisory Board 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 July 2016.
Subscriptions to the Melbourne Journal of International Law are available in Australia and internationally.
Submissions are now being accepted for vol 17(2).
MJIL publishes issues in July and December each year. MJIL now accepts submissions for consideration on a rolling basis and publishes articles as advance copies on the MJIL website as soon as they are ready for publication. The deadlines for inclusion in each hard-copy of MJIL remain 31 January and 1 July respectively.
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.
All articles, commentaries and case notes published in MJIL are refereed. No submissions will be sent to a referee, nor considered for publication, unless a signed copy of the Publication Policy is returned to the Editors. As stated in the Publication Policy, authors must declare if they have submitted their manuscripts to other journals for publication.
All submissions should comply with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation, which can be viewed here.
Types of Submissions
MJIL welcomes the following types of submissions:
- Articles: A detailed exploration of topical and engaging international law issues 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.
MJIL's submission process has several steps. 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. Not every submission received by MJIL is sent to referees.
Submissions which proceed past the initial stage go through a double-blind peer review process in which they are reviewed by at least two experts in the subject area of the submission. 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.