The Harvard International Law Journal publishes two forms of student writing:
Students interested in submitting a piece of writing for consideration should sign up for the ILJ list-serv and watch ILJ emails for information regarding future submission deadlines. Students may also email hlsiljnotes at gmail.com for additional information throughout the year or to discuss potential paper topics.
All HLS students are welcome to submit a Note for consideration. Submissions should be approximately 10,000-20,000 words, addressing any aspect of international or comparative law. All footnotes should adhere to Bluebook style guidelines. Articles will be evaluated based on the clarity of the writing, the strength of the argument, and the originality of the thesis. Authors may want to include in the abstract, or in the email accompanying the submission, a description of the Note’s contribution to a particular area of international law.
Notes will go through the standard editing process, and authors should expect to make additional edits before publication.
All HLS students are welcome to submit a Commentary for consideration. Student Commentaries should be about 5,000-7,000 words long and they should discuss a recent development or topical issue in international law. Potential topics well suited for publication are recent court decisions or tribunal awards, recent treaty developments, changes in legal policy that may have international implications and book reviews. All footnotes should adhere to Bluebook style guidelines.
Commentaries will go through the standard editing process, and authors should expect to make additional edits before publication.
Only submissions from current Harvard Law School students will be accepted for publication. Submissions may be considered for print or online publication.