Harvard International Law Journal Student Commentaries and Note Competitions are now open for submission.
There are several student writing opportunities in the print and online editions of the Harvard International Law Journal.
1. Commentaries Competition (8-12 pages, 2-3k words) 2. Student Note Competition (20-40 pages, 5-10k words)
Completed submissions for both competitions are due on July 15. You may also submit a shorter proposal for a commentary by July 15.
If you have any questions about either opportunity listed below, please feel free to contact us at anytime.
Maria Van Wagenberg and Justin Kliger
Executive Editors for Online
iljonline at law.harvard.edu
STUDENT NOTE COMPETITION
The ILJ is now accepting submissions for the Volume 52, No. 1 Notes Competition. The competition is open to all HLS students, although ILJ members will be given priority. Submissions should be approximately 5000-10000 words, addressing any aspect of international or comparative law, and are due on July 15, 2010. Submissions over 20,000 words (including footnotes) will not be considered. Articles will be evaluated based on the clarity of the writing, the strength of the argument, and the originality of the thesis. Authors may want to include in the abstract, or in the email accompanying the submission, a description of the Note’s contribution to a particular area of international law. A winner will be announced by early September at the latest. Notes will go through the editing process, and authors should expect to make additional edits before publication. Please send submissions to ILJ.Note at gmail.com. If you have any questions, please contact Paul Dumaine ( pdumaine at gmail.com) or Dana Berkowitz ( dberkowitz at jd11.law.harvard.edu).
ILJ ONLINE COMMENTARIES
Throughout the coming school year, ILJ Online plans to publish shorter student commentaries about recent developments and topical issues in international law. We hope this provides students with a chance to do some real academic writing and make their ideas accessible to the broader legal community.
We want to invite all of you to submit your work for consideration. We will be accepting submissions until July 15th in the form of either (1) completed works, or (2) shorter article proposals for development into full articles. A list of potential topic ideas is attached to this email, however students should feel free to write on any topic that interests them. Below, you will find more details about the selection process and the writing formats we are looking for. If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of us. Thanks and we hope you all consider submitting your work!
Format of Student Writing:
Student Commentaries will be shorter 8-12 page double-spaced articles (about 2,000-3,000 words long) on a recent development or topical issue in international law. Responses should be submitted in Word format, double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman font. Margins should be 1â€ on all sides. All footnotes should adhere to Bluebook style guidelines.
Students have two options for submitting their work for consideration as an ILJ Online Commentary:
(1) Complete Article: Students can submit a 8-12 page (2000-3000 words) completed article on a topic of international or comparative law. The article can be adapted from a course assignment or based on independent work. Although the article does not have to develop a sophisticated legal argument in such a short space, it should present an interesting and coherent conclusion and be more than a mere summary or recap of recent developments. Articles will be evaluated on the quality of writing, the accuracy of footnotes, the strength of the argument, and the timeliness of the topic.
(2) Article Proposal: Students can submit a 2-3 page article proposal for development into a full-length commentary. The proposal should demonstrate that you have done significant research on the topic and have developed a coherent and interesting thesis. Students whose proposals are selected will be given approximately one month to complete their commentaries. Commentaries that are not completed on time may not be published.
All work should be submitted in the format described above to iljonline at law.harvard.edu by July 15th. As the review process will be blind, do not include your name on the actual entry (but do include it in your email!). Commentaries will go through a full, though compacted, editing process and will be published on ILJ’s website during the fall 2010 semester. Students should expect to make additional edits before publication.