In 2009, the Yale Journal of International Law (YJIL) launched an online companion journal, YJIL Online. YJIL Online is committed to publishing high-quality feature articles 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.
YJIL Online is committed to publishing cutting-edge, provocative, and thoughtful scholarship at the forefront of international, comparative, and transnational law. 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.
YJIL Online seeks four types of submissions for publication in our corresponding series:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
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 welcomes submissions of 1,000-5,000 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 (19th 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.
YJIL Online accepts submissions in all categories from Ph.D. and S.J.D./J.S.D. students as well as practicing attorneys and legal scholars. Current Yale Law School J.D. and LL.M. students are eligible to submit recent developments and to co-author pieces with practicing attorneys and legal scholars.