Submissions

Call for Submissions: Issue 22(1)

The Editors of the Melbourne Journal of International Law (‘MJIL’) are now inviting submissions on areas of interest in international law for volume 22(1), to be published in July 2021.

For consideration for inclusion in the print issue of volume 22(1), authors should submit on or before 31 January 2021.

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 law-mjil@unimelb.edu.au, along with a copy of the signed Publication Policy.

About MJIL

MJIL, Australia’s premier generalist international law journal, is a peer-reviewed academic journal based at Melbourne Law School, 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 law-mjil@unimelb.edu.au.

Timing of submissions

MJIL accepts submissions on a rolling basis and will publish advance electronic copies of articles prior to print publication. The submissions deadline for consideration in volume 22(1) is 31 January 2021.

Instructions for Authors

MJIL accepts submissions in the form of articles, book reviews, case notes, commentaries, review essays and think pieces. Articles should be in the vicinity of 10,000 words in length (excluding footnotes) and be an original and detailed contribution to international law scholarship.

All submissions should be sent to law-mjil@unimelb.edu.au. Articles should be submitted for consideration as a Word document, together with a signed copy of MJIL’s Publication Policy.

Articles should include an abstract (maximum 250 words) and authors are encouraged to adhere to the guidelines set out in the Australian Guide to Legal Citation.

An electronic version of the AGLC4 can be found here.

MJIL considers 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.
  • Commentary: 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 Essay: 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.

Submission Process

All articles, case notes, commentaries and think pieces published in MJIL undertake a double blind refereeing process, involving at least two experts in that area of law. The Editors endeavour to decide on whether submissions will proceed to refereeing within four weeks of receipt. MJIL requires exclusive submission — ie, that submissions submitted to MJIL are not simultaneously being considered for publication elsewhere.

Book reviews and review essays will be reviewed solely by the Editors prior to publication. Publishers’ suggestions for books to be reviewed should be sent to law-mjil@unimelb.edu.au, and hard copies of publications can be mailed to:

Melbourne Journal of International Law
Melbourne Law School
The University of Melbourne
VIC 3010 AUSTRALIA

Once accepted, authors will be contacted with more details on the editing and publication process. For further information, please contact the Editors at law-mjil@unimelb.edu.au.