Guide for Authors

Submission of manuscripts

The Journal of International Criminal Law invites submission of manuscripts on International Criminal Law, International Law and Criminology. Manuscripts should be submitted to the Editor in Chief, accompanied by an assurance that the article has not been published, submitted, or accepted elsewhere.

 The authors may submit Articles, Essays, and Current Developments on international Criminal law and National Case-Law relevant to International Criminal Law . To ensure timely processing of your manuscript, please ensure that your submission is properly formatted according to the following guidelines. If you have any questions regarding your submission, please email [email protected].

Length of manuscript

Manuscripts submitted to the JICL may be as:

Lead Article: research article of no more than 25,000 words (including footnotes).

Essay: shorter article of up to 11,000 words, with less extensive footnotes.

Current Development: comments on recent developments in the field of international criminal law up to 11,000 words.

Book reviews: A book review should have no more than 1600 words and should be lightly footnoted, if at all. The JICL recommends that a book review tries to present the contents of the book first, understand its “design”, engage the arguments in it in the light of its genre and on its own terms in the first instance and then present the reviewer’s own critique. Reviewers need to be fair and of possible liability issues. They also are required to be reminded of rules against conflicts of interest, prohibiting any blood or intimate relationships or immediate supervisor/supervisee relationships (professor/supervisee; boss/immediate subordinate) between the person reviewing a book and the author of that book.


Submission Format:

Please submit all material in .doc or .docx format. Please do not submit manuscripts in .PDF or gpg or other formats.


Abstract: Articles and Essays require an Abstract of no more than 100 words. The Abstract must be a brief summary of the manuscript and should not introduce new ideas that are not mentioned in the main body of the manuscript.

Title page: Please include a separate title page that lists the manuscript’s title, author’s contact, and affiliation information.


Manuscripts should be double-spaced in 12-point, Times New Roman font, including all text, footnotes, and block quotations, and formatted flush left. No extra spaces should be inserted between paragraphs or footnotes. Each new paragraph should begin with a single tab indentation.

Please ensure that the manuscript does not contain any author-identifying information to keep the review process properly anonymized. This information should be included on the title page.

Manuscripts should be submitted with footnotes, not endnotes, adhering to The Bluebook (20th Edition) citation style. All footnotes should be automatically numbered by use of Arabic numbers.


Referencing Style:

Your referencing shall be based on The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, 20th Edition 20th Edition by Columbia Law Review (Compiler), Harvard Law Review (Compiler), University of Pennsylvania Law Review (Compiler), Yale Law Journal (Compiler). The book is available HERE.


Review Process

All submissions are considered by the Co-Editors-in-Chief as soon as feasible upon receipt, with expedited attention paid to exclusive submissions and to manuscripts, including candidates for Essays and Current Developments, that are less than 11,000 words.

Note: these guidelines are mostly regulated based on AJIL guidelines.