Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Call for Submissions: Journal on the Use of Force and International Law

A call for submissions has been issued for a new journal: the Journal on the Use of Force and International Law. Here's the call:

Journal on the Use of Force and International Law

(including the Digest of State Practice on the Use of Force)

Hart Publishing is delighted to announce the first peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the use of force, to be launched in 2014


Dr James A. Green (University of Reading)

Dr Christian Henderson (University of Liverpool)

Dr Tom Ruys (Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies)

Book Review Editor

Dr Francis Grimal (University of Buckingham)

The Journal on the Use of Force and International Law (JUFIL) is a new peer-reviewed journal covering all aspects of the law governing the use of force (jus ad bellum), as distinct from other areas of international law relating to security issues, such as International Humanitarian Law or International Criminal Law. The Journal aims to provide a forum for top quality international research into all facets of the law governing the use of force, covering issues such as the nature and scope of the inherent right of self-defence, the use of force authorised by the UN Security Council and force employed for humanitarian purposes. As such, it has a focused mandate, whilst engaging with the ‘jus ad bellum’ broadly defined, ensuring a wide appeal.

In addition to publishing research of the highest quality and impact, of both a theoretical and more practical nature, the Journal will support the conducting of research, through a digest of state practice on the use of force – a relatively unique feature for an international law journal – which will act as a key means of assessing the development of customary international law in the area. The Journal will also feature book reviews that significantly engage with the key works in the field.

The first issues will be published in August and December 2014. It will thereafter be published twice annually in May and November.


  • JUFIL is expected to attract contributions both from scholars writing on the general nature of the law in the area of jus ad bellum and those examining particular uses of force or developments in this field of law.
  • The deadline for submissions for the first issue is 31 January 2014 for articles, and 28 February 2014 for Book Reviews.
  • The Journal is published in English, but is open to submissions from anywhere in the world, from writers of whatever background writing on any topic related to the jus ad bellum. All submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed.
  • The Journal invites submission of unsolicited manuscripts. For articles, the suggested word length is between 8,000 and 25,000 words including footnotes, and for book reviews, which should significantly engage with the book under review, the preferred length will be 3-4,000 words including footnotes.

Article submissions for publication should be made in the first instance to:

Dr James A. Green, Reader in Public International Law, School of Law, University of Reading, Foxhill House, Whiteknights Road, Earley, Reading, RG6 7BA, UK Tel: +44 (0)118 378 8592 Email:


Dr Christian Henderson, Senior Lecturer in Law, Director of the Human Rights and International Law Unit, Liverpool Law School, University of Liverpool, Eleanor Rathbone Building, Bedford Street South, Liverpool, L69 7ZA, UK Tel: 0151 794 6912 Email:

Book review submissions for publication should be made in the first instance to:

Dr Francis Grimal, Lecturer in Law, University of Buckingham, School of Law, Hunter Street, Buckingham, MK18 1EG, UK Tel: 01280 828300 Email: francis.grimal@buckingham

Items for inclusion in the Digest of State Practice should be directed to the attention of:

Dr Tom Ruys, Senior Research Fellow, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, University of Leuven, Huis de Dorlodot, Charles Deberiotstraat 34, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium Tel: + 32 (0)16 32 87 25 Email:

Advisory Board

Professor Michael Byers (University of British Columbia)

Professor Simon Chesterman (National University of Singapore)

Professor Luigi Condorelli (Università di Firenze)

Professor Olivier Corten (Université libre de Bruxelles)

Professor Yoram Dinstein (Tel Aviv University (Professor Emeritus))

Professor Christine Gray (University of Cambridge)

Professor Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg (Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder))

Professor Claus Kreß (Universität zu Köln)

Professor Dino Kritsiotis (University of Nottingham)

Professor V.S. Mani (Jaipur National University)

Professor Mary Ellen O’Connell (University of Notre Dame)

Professor Natalino Ronzitti (Libera Università degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli, Rome)

Professor Ruth Wedgwood (Johns Hopkins, SAIS)

Professor Sienho Yee (Wuhan University)

Editorial Board

Professor Ademola Abass (United Nations University (UNU-CRIS))

Professor Susan Breau (University of Reading)

Dr Russell Buchan (University of Sheffield)

Professor Tarcisio Gazzini (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam)

Professor Daniel Joyner (University of Alabama)

Dr Noam Lubell (University of Essex)

Dr Alexander Orakhelashvili (University of Birmingham)

Dr Theresa Reinold (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung)

Professor Christian Tams (University of Glasgow)

Dr Kimberley Trapp (University College London)

Professor Nicholas Tsagourias (University of Glasgow)

Dr Raphaël van Steenberghe (Université catholique de Louvain)

Dr Sten Verhoeven (University of Macau)

Professor Christopher Waters (University of Windsor)

Professor Joel Westra (Calvin College)

Dr Miša Zgonec-Rozeij (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)