Submissions Guidelines

General Information: 

The Stanford Journal of International Law seeks to publish creative and thought-provoking scholarship that makes a significant contribution to the fields of public and private international law, comparative law, law and development, and human rights law. It particularly seeks to promote young, diverse international law scholars and scholarship from around the world. 

Submission Form and Required Documents: 

SJIL accepts full-length submissions between 20,000 and 40,000 words and student notes between 10,000 and 20,000 words.  All manuscripts should be submitted in English with both text and footnotes typed and with text 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 either hard or digital copy. 

SJIL welcomes articles from professors, practitioners, and students of international law, as well as other related disciplines. It only accepts notes from students currently enrolled in a U.S. or foreign law program. Only articles with a strong link to transnational or international law will be considered. SJIL does not publish articles that only focus on a country's domestic law.

In addition to the article itself, authors must include an abstract of 250 words or less. They must also provide an updated CV listing all previous publications and a direct email address and phone number at which they can be reached throughout the review process.

SJIL only accepts digital submissions. Authors may submit articles via either the ExpressO online publishing platform or via email at We greatly appreciate all submissions. 

Selection Process: 

SJIL Submissions Chairs and Executive Editors will shortlist 10-20 articles per submissions cycle and contact shortlisted authors.  All shortlisted articles will be reviewed by a committee comprised of J.D., L.L.M., and J.S.D./SPILS candidates. In most cases, articles will also be reviewed by a Stanford faculty member with substantive expertise related to the article. Please note that given the high volume of submissions, we will only contact authors whose articles are shortlisted for publication.

If selected, the Submission Chairs will contact the author with a contract and further information on the SJIL publishing process. The SJIL editing process is intensive, and authors should expect to work closely with Journal editors throughout the publishing process. Authors will receive a 5-6 page substantive edit memo from SJIL editors which will contain suggestions for further development of the form and substance of the article. SJIL editorial staff will also throughly cite-check and conduct multiple rounds of grammatical and bluebooking edits for all articles before publication.

Expedited Review: 

In limited cases, such as if a shortlisted author faces a deadline from another journal, we can expedite the review process. To request an expedited review, please email the Submissions Chairs at with the name of the journal(s) that have accepted the article, those journals' response deadlines, and the absolute latest date the author can receive a response from SJIL. We will do our best to accommodate these requests but may also request authors to seek extensions from other journals.

Editions and Deadlines: 

SJIL has a rolling submissions process and welcomes submissions at any point. To be included in SJIL's fall edition, articles should be submitted by August 20. To be included in SJIL's spring edition, articles should be submitted by January 15th.