Call For Papers – Volume 13(2) of the Cambridge International Law Journal

Update from Editors-in-Chief: Our most recent call for papers closed on 7 May 2024. The next call for papers will open in September 2024. Please follow this webpage for further details in due course.

The Editorial Board of the Cambridge International Law Journal (CILJ) is pleased to invite submissions for Volume 13(2), to be published in December 2024. This issue builds upon the 13th CILJ Annual Conference, held on 8-9 April 2024, but is open to submissions from all authors including those who are not presenting or participating in the Conference..

Theme of Submission:  The intersection of peace and sustainability in international law

The separate concepts of peace and  sustainability feature in many international legal instruments, and are of notable  interest to all stakeholders in international law. The former is foundational to  international law, whilst the latter is emerging – but both concepts are in constant  evolution and development. Despite the growing importance of the relationship and interdependence between the  concepts of peace and sustainability, little attention has been paid to this nexus in  international legal scholarship. In Volume 13(2), the CILJ aims to catalyse research on the joint  consideration of the distinct concepts of ‘peace’ and ‘sustainability’ in international law and the contemplation of their intersection.

Submissions are welcome on any relevant topics, including but not limited to:

  1. Historical and theoretical reflections on the nexus of ‘peace’ and ‘sustainability’ in international law;
  2. The various facets of ‘sustainability’ in international law – from environmental action to the promotion of lasting peace;
  3. The treatment of the concept of peace in international environmental law instruments;
  4. The aftermath of armed conflicts – navigating the transition from fighting to peaceful and sustainable solutions;
  5. The pursuit of peace and environmental justice, including as part of climate change action; and
  6. The contributions of the concept of sustainability in investment treaties to the maintenance of peace in bilateral and multilateral relations.

Submission information

The Journal accepts the following types of submissions that engage with current themes in international law:

  1. Articles between 6,000 and 12,000 words including footnotes;
  2. Case Notes, including substantive analysis, not exceeding 3,000 words including footnotes; and
  3. Book Reviews on recently published works not exceeding 2,500 words including footnotes. Those interested in submitting a book review are kindly requested to send first a short (250–500 words) book review proposal to [email protected].

Submissions are subject to double-blind peer review. The Journal’s Editorial Board reviews all pieces, and select articles are sent to the Academic Review Board, which consists of distinguished international law scholars and practitioners. 

Submissions for Volume 13(2) must be received through the online Submittable platform by 11:59 pm (BST) on Tuesday, 7 May 2024.

Please list the word count of the text and the footnotes on your manuscript.

All copies must be submitted in Word (.doc) or (.docx) format and must conform to our style guidelines, which are available at the following links:

For full submission instructions, please visit

We also accept submissions for the CILJ Blog on a rolling basis. Blog articles may be submitted at any time here.

Further information can be obtained from the Editors-in-Chief at [email protected].

Helin Laufer and Liyu Feng
Editors-in-Chief for Cambridge International Law Journal (Volume 13)

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