The Harvard International Law Journal seeks to publish innovative, original scholarship that makes a significant contribution to the fields of international, comparative, or foreign affairs law. The Journal welcomes articles from legal scholars, practitioners, and doctoral degree candidates.
We accept submissions on a rolling basis. However, to be considered for the Summer issue, articles generally should be submitted by November 1st; to be considered for the Winter issue, it is best to submit articles by May 1st.
Submissions must not exceed 35,000 words and must be a minimum of 12,500 words, including footnotes. All manuscripts must be submitted in English with both text and footnotes typed and may be single or double-spaced. Footnotes 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.
In addition to the manuscript, authors must include an abstract of not more than 250 words, as well as a resume or CV, which includes a list of current publications. Authors also must ensure that their submissions include a direct e-mail address and phone number at which they can be reached throughout the review period.
Please note that, due to high submissions volume, we are unable to offer feedback on articles not accepted for publication.
The Harvard International Law Journal only accepts electronic submissions through the ExpressO online submission system at http://www.law.bepress.com/expresso (please click on either the “via ExpressO” button or the “via Submission Form” button below).
The ILJ greatly appreciates all submissions. We will attempt to notify authors of acceptance or rejection as quickly as possible.
In limited cases, we can expedite the review of a submitted article if the author is facing strict response deadlines by other journals that have already accepted the article. To request an expedited review, please e-mail the Managing Editors. (Please include “Request for Expedited Review: TITLE OF ARTICLE” in the subject heading.)
Please provide the following information in your correspondence:
1) Author name and contact information, including telephone number and e-mail;
2) Article title;
3) Journals that have accepted the article;
4) Deadlines those journals have given the author; and
5) The latest possible date that the author can be given a decision.
Authors may also submit a request for expedited review through the ExpressO system.
We will do our best to accommodate authors’ requests for expedition of their submissions, but may request that authors seek extensions to ensure that their manuscripts receive full and appropriate consideration.
The Selection Process
A Submissions Committee composed of both J.D. and LL.M./S.J.D. candidates reviews articles once they are received. The ILJ Executive Board makes final decisions regarding publication. The ILJ faculty advisers at Harvard Law School typically are consulted on the evaluation of articles. Once an article has been selected, the Editors-in-Chief will contact the author with a contract and further information on the publication process. The ILJ editorial process is a rigorous one, and authors should expect to work closely with Journal staff on substantial substantive and technical revisions prior to the article’s final publication.