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Instructions for Authors

AJIL invites submissions on international law subjects as well as closely related issues of global governance, transnational law, and foreign relations law. It generally does not publish manuscripts focused on purely private or commercial law or on comparative or foreign law. AJIL Unbound publishes symposia of short, original essays on select topics.

To submit your paper to AJIL:

1. Read these Tips for Publishing in AJIL from the Editors-in-Chief.

2. Decide on what type of paper you would like to submit. AJIL publishes the following types of papers:

Lead Article: research article of no more than 25,000 words (including footnotes), but will consider manuscripts up to 30,000 words in exceptional cases.

Essay: shorter article of up to 11,000 words, with less extensive footnotes

Editorial Comment: manuscripts of up to 11,000 words written by members of the AJIL Board of Editors

Current Development: comments on recent developments in the field of up to 11,000 words; many will be shorter, e.g., 5000 words

International Decision: up to 3500-word case notes on final decisions (not subject to further appeal) of international courts or national courts on international law issues. Proposals to write case notes can be sent to the section editor, Julian Arato ( More information on International Decision proposals and manuscript guidelines can be found here.

Contemporary Practice of the United States related to International Law: content generated by section editor, Jacob Katz Cogan, and not open to outside submissions.

Book Review: solicited by the section editor, Jeffrey Dunoff. Suggestions for books to be reviewed and topics for longer book review essays should be submitted to Jeffrey Dunoff via his email address:

2. Prepare your paper using the detailed AJIL Instructions for Authors guide

3. Submit your manuscript via AJIL’s online submission system on ScholarOne or via Scholastica, unless otherwise described above

For contributors to AJIL Unbound:

Read the detailed AJIL Unbound Instructions for Contributors.

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