The Melbourne Journal of International Law (‘MJIL’) was established in 2000 by its founding Editors — Suzan Davies, Peter Henley, Kalika Jayasekera, Amanda Rologas and Tracy Whiriskey — and the Law Faculty of the University of Melbourne. The Journal was established in recognition of the shortage of academic and practice-oriented material dealing with the Asia-Pacific region's relationship with both private and public international law.

As the pre-eminent generalist international law academic journal in the South East Asia region, MJIL aims to serve as a reputable forum for academics and practitioners to publish modern perspectives on both private and public international law. MJIL has established a global reputation of publishing informed and considered pieces on contemporary international law issues that accompany relevant social issues, and which significantly contribute to academic and judicial thinking.

In pursuit of this objective, the Journal strives to shape discussion of the most important and relevant legal issues through a rigorous scholarship selection and editing process and publication of a broad range of styles and topics.

Organisation and Membership

MJIL is a student-run organisation, with all MJIL members being current students of the Melbourne Law School at the University of Melbourne. The Journal has a large Editorial Board, made up of Assistant Editors and General Members, who work collectively in the initial editing stages, and is led by three student Editors. The Journal is also supported by a team of non-editorial members who assist with its administration and operation.

MJIL is proud to embrace a diverse member base whose skills, language abilities and experiences contribute to a higher editorial standard and create a rich community. Member applications open just before the start of each semester and require applicants to complete a short editing exercise. For more information on applying to become a member of the MJIL Editorial Board, please visit the Recruitment web page.

The Editors are counselled by the Faculty Advisors and Advisory Board, both of which are made up of current Melbourne Law School academics.


MJIL publishes two issues per annual volume, typically released in July and December. Each issue contains a variety of works, including articles, book reviews, case notes, commentaries, lectures, review essays and think pieces. Occasionally, the Journal publishes articles as part of a symposium or special issue within an issue.

MJIL welcomes submissions from all authors, including academics, judges, practitioners and students. The Journal also solicits pieces from authors. For more information on submissions, see the Submissions web page.

Print publications are distributed in the United States by Gaunt and to all other countries by Thomson Reuters. Orders of back issues and subscriptions can be obtained by contacting the appropriate distributor. For details, see the Subscriptions web page.

Digital copies of the print versions of MJIL articles can be found on Austlii, EBSCOhost, Gale, HeinOnline, Informit, Nexus and ProQuest. Non-consecutively paginated digital copies of all MJIL publications (past, current and forthcoming) are archived on our Issues web page.

Notable Contributors

The Journal’s global reputation regularly attracts pieces from esteemed academics and international lawyers. Notable past contributors include:

  • Philip Alston
  • Hilary Charlesworth AM
  • James Crawford
  • Megan Davis
  • Malcolm Fraser AC CH
  • Gavan Griffith QC
  • James Hathaway
  • Sir Kenneth Keith
  • The Hon Justice Susan Kelly
  • The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG
  • The Hon John Lockhart AO QC
  • Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE CBE QC
  • Stephen Mathias
  • Dianne Otto
  • Sir Adam Roberts KCMG FBA
  • Philippe Sands QC
  • Sang-Hyun Song
  • Gillian Triggs
  • Tim Wright

Australian Guide to Legal Citation

The Australian Guide to Legal Citation (‘AGLC’) is the most widely used style guide for legal citation within the Australian legal community. MJIL produces the guide in collaboration with the Melbourne University Law Review. The fourth edition (‘AGLC4’) was published in November 2018. A digital copy of the AGLC, order forms and the AGLC4 erratum can be found on the AGLC web page.

All issues of MJIL are compliant to the most recent edition of the AGLC at the time of publication.


MJIL would like to thank its sponsors for their generous support.

If you are interested in becoming an MJIL sponsor, please contact the Sponsorship Manager at law-mjil@unimelb.edu.au

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