CJIL seeks to publish articles that make a significant, original contribution to the field of international law. Articles on particularly timely, dynamic, or cutting-edge issues in international law are also viewed favorably. As of 2020, CJIL expanded its scope to include comparative law. Essays and book reviews will be considered on a limited basis.  

Print and online submissions are currently closed and will reopen in March 2023. Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis. We do not accept articles from current law students. CJIL prefers that manuscripts be thoroughly footnoted, which means all outside references are appropriately cited, preferably in Bluebook format. Where a source can be discerned easily from the text, it need not be cited. For our print edition, submissions should be between 15,000 and 22,000 words, excluding footnotes. For our online edition, submissions should be between 3,000 words and 5,000 words, excluding footnotes.

CJIL accepts electronic submissions through Scholastica at https://scholasticahq.com. Please include a résumé or curriculum vitae with your submission. There is no need to submit a cover letter. CJIL also considers submissions by email at cjil@law.uchicago.edu; however, submissions via Scholastica are prioritized and strongly preferred. 

Unfortunately, limited resources prevent us from accepting draft articles requiring substantial stylistic and/or substantive changes. Our goal is to review submissions as soon as possible. We will contact the author immediately upon acceptance.