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The Year Book is a peer-reviewed journal. Manuscripts being considered for publication undergo a double blind peer review that may take several weeks to complete.

The Year Book welcomes scholarly contributions by academics and practitioners on a broad range of topics in international law, including human rights, environmental law, and Australian state practice. This includes articles, book reviews, and analyses of Australian cases in which international law was an issue.

All submissions must comply with the following requirements:

  • Manuscripts must be submitted online.
  • If submissions are accepted, contributors must sign a Contributor Agreement with Year Book publisher Brill.
  • Articles should be a minimum of 8,000 words
  • Articles must be accompanied by an abstract.
  • Submissions must comply with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation ('AGLC').
  • Submissions must be formatted in accordance with our Formatting Template
  • Any information within a submission which might identify the author should be removed and submitted separately.
  • All research articles submitted to the Year Book must be original. The Year Book does not evaluate research articles that are scheduled for publication or are currently under review elsewhere. The Editors will use the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics in cases of allegations of research errors, authorship complaints, multiple or concurrent (simultaneous) submission, plagiarism complaints, research misappropriation, reviewer bias, and undisclosed conflicts of interest.

Please note that the authors are not liable for any fees or charges that are required for the manuscript processing and/or publishing materials in the journal. 

Volume 40 of the Year Book will be dedicated to the memory of the late H.E. Judge James Crawford AC SC FBA. In addition to a long and distinguished career as an academic, practitioner, arbitrator, and judge, Judge Crawford was a friend and mentor to many. We hope that papers in this volume will reflect on some of his numerous contributions to the field of public international law, and particularly international law in Australia, by engaging with one or more of his varied roles.

We welcome paper proposals reflecting on Judge Crawford’s contributions to the field in such roles as:

  • Scholar;
  • Educator;
  • Role in institutional law reform and codification efforts (eg. Australian Law Reform Commission and the International Law Commission);
  • Legal Advisor;
  • Counsel (especially reflections on his oral or written advocacy);
  • Arbitrator; and,
  • Judge.
  • Abstracts of up to 500 words on any of these topics accompanied by a one-page CV should be sent to the Editors at by 15 August 2021. Applicants will be notified of outcomes no later than 10 September 2021, and a virtual workshop to develop papers based on the accepted abstracts may be held in December 2021. We anticipate final papers would need to be submitted no later than 15 February 2022 to meet a publishing deadline of June 2022.

    You are also welcome to contact the Editors at any time on to discuss your proposal or seek clarification regarding the Call for Papers.

    Updated:  19 October 2016/Responsible Officer:  Australian Year Book of International Law Director/Page Contact:  AYBIL Web Publisher