YJIL Online Features Submissions

In 2009, the Yale Journal of International Law (YJIL) launched an online companion journal, YJIL Online. YJIL Online is committed to publishing high-quality Features Essays in international, comparative, and transnational law. YJIL Online is particularly interested in submissions that examine recent developments, discuss practitioner experiences, or respond to articles published in YJIL and YJIL Online.

YJIL Online publishes works that include international, comparative, or transnational elements as an intrinsic part of the central legal argument. YJIL Online does not publish pieces that confront solely the domestic law of nation-states, as well as articles on the topic of foreign actors in a domestic legal context, such as United States immigration law. The goal of YJIL Online, furthermore, is to publish new ideas and viewpoints rather than to summarize areas of international law. YJIL Online aims to provide a forum for a broad diversity of opinion.

All YJIL Online pieces are fully searchable and available on Westlaw and LexisNexis, and are available for download in PDF format.

Submissions Categories 

YJIL Online seeks four types of submissions for publication in our corresponding series:

1. Recent Developments: YJIL Online provides the opportunity for practicing attorneys, legal scholars, and YLS students to publish timely commentary on recent events. In aspiring to create a forum for the discussion of the most pressing issues in international law, we invite essays on recent developments and publish them in an expedited manner, as the online medium permits.

2. Response Essays: YJIL Online encourages discussions of the content of our printed pieces by publishing essays by practicing attorneys and legal scholars responding to YJIL articles.  

3. Student-Practitioner Observations: Issues with which practicing attorneys are familiar often receive insufficient or incomplete treatment in legal scholarship. YJIL Online thus invites pieces from student-practitioner teams offering their perspectives on matters within the practitioner’s area of expertise.

4. Expert Conversations: These responsive pieces comprise comments from more than one expert from legal practice or the academy on a recent development of wide appeal.

Format and Length Requirements

YJIL Online prefers submissions of 5,000-10,000 words, lightly footnoted. All manuscripts should be submitted in English with both text and footnotes typed and text double-spaced. Footnotes must conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed.), and authors should be prepared to supply any cited sources upon request. While YJIL Online is a general interest publication, we presume that most readers will have at least a basic understanding of key ideas in the field of international law and encourage authors to cite to these basic tenets with footnotes rather than extensive exposition.

Submissions Requirements

YJIL Online accepts submissions on a rolling basis. Authors should email their manuscript along with a copy of their résumé or CV to YJIL Online. A brief statement discussing the contribution of the submission to existing scholarship is welcome but not required. Please name your submission “[series].[lastname].[date].doc.” YJIL Online endeavors to evaluate submissions within one month of receipt and to publish within two months of acceptance. Due to the high volume of submissions that YJIL receives, we regret that we are unable to offer feedback on submitted drafts not accepted for publication.

If you wish to withdraw your piece from consideration, please send an email to YJIL Online. Please put “Withdraw” as the subject of your email, and include in the text the author name and title of your manuscript.

Author Eligibility

YJIL Online accepts submissions in all categories from Ph.D. and S.J.D./J.S.D. students as well as practitioners and legal scholars. Current Yale Law School J.D. and LL.M. students are eligible to submit recent developments and response essays and to co-author pieces with practicing attorneys and legal scholars.

Editorial Process

YJIL is distinguished among international law journals for its thoughtful, professional editorial review process. In addition to rigorous cite-checking and Bluebooking, all Features Essays selected for publication in YJIL Online receive one round of substantive feedback in the form of an “edit letter” (usually around two to three pages each in length) containing the Editorial Board’s suggestions for further honing the author’s argument and improving the structure and development of the piece. Nevertheless, our authors retain full control over the final content of their work, and all comments and suggestions offered by YJIL Online’s Editors are optional. For more information about the YJIL Online editorial review process, we encourage you to contact yjil.online@yale.edu.