Harvard International Law Journal Student Writing Competitions


The ILJ is now accepting submissions for the Volume 52, Issue 2 Notes Competition. The competition is open to all HLS students. Submissions should be approximately 5,000-10,000 words, addressing any aspect of international or comparative law. 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. The deadline for the competition is December 15, 2010 and a winner will be announced by the end of January 2011. 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).


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.  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!

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.  Interested students should 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 Commentaries that are not completed on time may not be published.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 proposals should be submitted to   iljonline at law.harvard.edu by December 1, 2010. 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 Spring 2010 semester. Students should expect to make additional edits before publication.

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