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Editorial Policy

As an International Law Blog based in India, our top priority is to ensure that our content is informative, accurate, and meets the highest standards of legal analysis. We also strive to provide a platform for voices in the Global South to contribute to the field of International Law. We welcome rolling submissions from a diverse group of scholars, students, and legal practitioners, including those of different races, genders, and geographical areas. Our aim is to foster a community of diverse ideas and opinions to promote a more inclusive and comprehensive understanding of international law. To that end, we have established the following submission policy:

  1. Original Content: All content submitted to the International Law Blog must be original and not previously published in any form, including personal blogs, other websites, or in print. Any submission containing more than 25% plagiarism (based on Turnitin assessment) will be liable to automatic rejection.

  2. Authorship: Co-authorship by two authors is permitted, and the Editorial team may accept manuscripts with more than two authors in exceptional circumstances based on the merits of the submission.

  3. Scope: Content submitted to the International Law Blog must focus on international law topics, including but not limited to public international law, international law in times of crisis, international human rights law, international trade and investment law, and international environmental law.

  4. Tone and Style: Content must be written in a professional, clear, and concise style and free of any derogatory or discriminatory language. The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject or expunge any article found to contain defamatory or discriminatory comments or factually incorrect information. The reason(s) for such an action shall be notified to the author(s) in a reasonable time-frame.

  5. Length: Content should be between 800-1,500 words, although longer pieces may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Flexibility will be based on the originality and merit of the content. The author(s) are encouraged to divide their manuscript into 2 parts in case they exceed the word limit by more than 250 words.

  6. Formatting: Please use British English. The font should be Garamond size 12 for the main body and Garamond size 10 in case footnotes are being used. To add emphasis, please italicize the text.

  7. Citations: All factual statements and legal arguments must be supported by appropriate citations to primary and secondary sources. The use of hyperlinks is encouraged; however, if sources cannot be linked, authors should use the footnotes which must be consistent. The use of speaking footnotes/endnotes is strictly prohibited.

  8. Submission Process: The manuscript should be submitted in a Word document via email at At the time of submitting a piece, author(s) are requested to provide 4-5 keywords suitable to the theme and content of their submitted piece. Author(s) submitting a manuscript should identify themselves by their full name and provide a brief bio, including their credentials, relevant experience, and affiliations in the email. Please refrain from mentioning personal details inside the manuscript. The Editorial Board reserves the right to ask for follow-up information at its discretion to assist us in making publication decisions.

  9. Disclosure: Authors must disclose any potential conflicts of interest, including financial or personal relationships that may influence their analysis or conclusions.

  10. Review Process: The Blog will follow a two-tiered peer-review process. Submissions will be evaluated based on topic relevancy, originality of content, accuracy, and authenticity of information, and structure of argumentation. The Editorial Team reserves the right to edit all content submitted for publication, including making changes to the structure, grammar, and formatting.

  11. Editorial Policy: The Blog follows a comprehensive double-blind review process which starts right after the receipt of the manuscript, therefore, the manuscript must not be submitted on any other platform for publication during the review process. The submissions will be evaluated on primarily 4 basis- topic relevancy, originality of content, accuracy and authenticity of the information, and structure of argumentation. The Editorial Team reserves the right to edit all content submitted for publication, including making changes to the structure, grammar, and formatting.

  12. Timeline: The Editorial Board will strive to complete the preliminary stage of review within 10 days from the submission of the manuscript. After initial acceptance, manuscripts may be returned to the author(s) with suggestions related to substance and/or style. Final acceptance of a manuscript for publication will be contingent on the incorporation of such suggestions to the satisfaction of the Board of Editors. The second stage of review process will take approximately 7 days after the submission of the edited manuscript. Post which the final call on publication shall be taken by the Editorial Board.

  13. Copyright: Author(s) retains the moral right of authorship to their original work, although the Blog reserves the right to reproduce, distribute, and promote the content in any form and medium. The author(s) may re-publish/cross-post the same article on another platform only after taking prior approval from the Editorial Board.

By submitting content to the Blog, authors agree to these policies. Non-compliance with the above guidelines may either result in a longer review period or the author’s submission being sent back to them for required compliance changes. Furthermore, the Editorial Board reserves the right to reject any submission in case they deem it unfit for publication on any of the above mentioned grounds.

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