Call for Papers: The New Zealand Yearbook of International Law: Submit by May 1


The New Zealand Yearbook of International Law, launched in June 2004, is an annual, internationally refereed publication intended to stand as a reference point for legal materials and commentary on public international law generally and with particular emphasis on issues concerning New Zealand, Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, including critical writing in those areas.

It is currently edited by Natalie Baird.

The Advisory Board

The Yearbook has come about through the contribution of academics and practitioners from New Zealand and abroad.

The Yearbook boasts an exceptional Advisory Board consisting of leading national and international academics and practitioners who are called upon to provide input through the double blind refereeing process used to assure the quality of the submissions published in the Yearbook.

Contents of the Yearbook

While it is a New Zealand publication, the Editors of the Yearbook have been conscious to include submissions within the general ‘Articles and Commentaries’ that encompass broader issues.

New Zealand, as a relatively isolated nation, is mindful of wider international law and policy developments that may either directly or indirectly impact upon the area.

The Yearbook also serves as a valuable tool in the determination of trends, state practice and policies in the development of international law in New Zealand, the Southern Ocean and Antarctica and to generate scholarship in those fields.

In this regard the Yearbook contains an annual ‘Year-in-Review’ of developments in international law of particular interest to New Zealand.

Equally so, New Zealand offers a unique environment, owing to its size, population and strategic proximity to the Southern Ocean, Antarctica, and the South Pacific, that makes the New Zealand Yearbook of general interest to the international community.

It is for the latter reason that the Yearbook contains a section dedicated to the ‘The South Pacific’.

Submissions Process

The call for papers for Volume 13 of the Yearbook (2015) will close on the 1 May 2016. Notes and commentaries should be between 3000-7000 words, articles from 8000-15000 words (including footnotes).

All submissions are subject to a two stage review process.

An internal review will be made to decide whether the submission is worthy of sending to external review.

If so, then a ‘double-blind’ (author and reviewer remain anonymous to each other) review process is used to make the final decision as to publication.

The Editors undertake to make a decision on publication within a reasonable time.

Submissions should be provided in English, using MSWord -compatible word processing software, and delivered by email to the General Editor at [email protected]


Contributions must be original unpublished works and submission of contributions will be held to imply this.

Manuscripts must be word-processed and in compliance with the New Zealand Law Style Guide (2nd edition).

The Guide is available HERE.

For further details, click HERE.

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