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General Information

The Harvard International Law Journal seeks to publish innovative, original scholarship that makes a significant contribution to the field of international 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 August 1st of the preceding year; to be considered for the Winter issue, it is best to submit articles by February 1st of the preceding year.


The Harvard International Law Journal accepts submissions between 20,000 and 40,000 words, including footnotes. All manuscripts must be submitted in English with both text and footnotes typed. Articles 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.

Submitting Manuscripts

The Harvard International Law Journal only accepts electronic submissions through the ExpressO online submission system at (please click on either the “via ExpressO” button or the “via Submission Form” button below).

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The ILJ greatly appreciates all submissions. We will attempt to notify authors of acceptance or rejection as quickly as possible.

Expedited Reviews

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. Faculty advisers are typically consulted on the evaluation of articles. During the review, the ILJ may also elect to share your article with our peer-review network of scholars. 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.