Submissions to the Cambridge International Law Journal

The Cambridge International Law Journal (CILJ) publishes two issues per year: one open-call issue published in June and one Annual Conference issue published in December. Volume 9(1) will be published in June 2020 and the window for submissions for this Issue is now closed. Volume 9(2) will be published in December 2020 on the theme of our Annual Conference: ‘International Law and Global Risks: Current Challenges in Theory and Practice’ (on which, see further below).

All participants who have accepted to present at the Annual Conference are invited to submit their papers to be considered for publication in Volume 9(2), subject to the usual double-blind peer-review process. The Editors-in-Chief also welcome, on an open-call basis, submissions falling within the Conference theme. As it is the hope of the Editors-in-Chief to produce a conference issue so far as possible, papers submitted by those who accepted to present at the Annual Conference will be given priority.

Submissions are to be made by 11:59 pm (BST) on Monday, 18 May 2020 via our online platform accessible here. For full submission instructions for authors, please visit Further information can be obtained from the Editors-in-Chief at

Volume 9(2) Theme: ‘International Law and Global Risks: Current Challenges in Theory and Practice’

Humanity is facing multiple and serious risks on a regional or global scale: from the impacts of climate change—including sea level rise, loss of biodiversity, food insecurity and population displacement; to the threats of nuclear proliferation and cyber warfare; to growing wealth inequality, ‘trade wars’ and global economic instability. At the same time, new social, technological and political developments may impact on the ways in which such risks are addressed. For example, the growing influence of social media, increased use of artificial intelligence in decision making, and declining State involvement in multilateral institutions may each play a role. In this context, how can international law help to manage regional and global risks? And what theoretical and practical challenges must be overcome in order to maintain and strengthen international rule of law?

The Editors-in-Chief welcome diverse contributions on the concept of risk and its place in the theory or practice of international law. Papers may focus on one or more subject matter areas of international law, such as environmental law, trade and investment, human rights, the law of the sea, air and space law, or international humanitarian law and security. Alternatively, papers may address crosscutting issues or themes, for example:

  • The role of positive obligations of prevention, due diligence and impact assessment in international law;
  • Empirical and interdisciplinary methods in international risk regulation;
  • The evolution or adaptation of existing international law in an era of rapid change;
  • Litigation in response to regional and global risks;
  • Lawmaking as a response to risk: the efficacy of current multilateral treaty structures and institutions for addressing regional and global risks;
  • Law breaking as a response to risk: the rise of unilateralism, treaty-withdrawal and protection of essential/national interests at the expense of compliance with international law.

Papers addressing other topics within the theme of the Conference are also welcome.



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