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The Cambridge International Law Journal (CILJ) is pleased to invite submissions for Volume 9(2) to be published in December 2020 on the theme 'International Law and Global Risks: Current Challenges in Theory and Practice’.

Theme: 'International Law and Global Risks: Current Challenges in Theory and Practice’

Humanity is facing multiple and serious risks on a regional or global scale: from the impacts of climate change—including sea level rise, loss of biodiversity, food insecurity and population displacement; to the threats of nuclear proliferation and cyber warfare; to growing wealth inequality, ‘trade wars’ and global economic instability. At the same time, new social, technological and political developments may impact on the ways in which such risks are addressed. For example, the growing influence of social media, increased use of artificial intelligence in decision making, and declining State involvement in multilateral institutions may each play a role. In this context, how can international law help to manage regional and global risks? And what theoretical and practical challenges must be overcome in order to maintain and strengthen international rule of law?

The Editors-in-Chief welcome diverse contributions on the concept of risk and its place in the theory or practice of international law. Papers may focus on one or more subject matter areas of international law, such as environmental law, trade and investment, human rights, the law of the sea, air and space law, or international humanitarian law and security. Alternatively, papers may address crosscutting issues or themes, for example:

  • The role of positive obligations of prevention, due diligence and impact assessment in international law;
  • Empirical and interdisciplinary methods in international risk regulation;
  • The evolution or adaptation of existing international law in an era of rapid change;
  • Litigation in response to regional and global risks;
  • Lawmaking as a response to risk: the efficacy of current multilateral treaty structures and institutions for addressing regional and global risks;
  • Law breaking as a response to risk: the rise of unilateralism, treaty-withdrawal and protection of essential/national interests at the expense of compliance with international law.

Papers addressing other topics within the theme of the Conference are also welcome.

Submission information

Submissions are to be made by 11.59 pm on Monday 11 May 2020

The Journal accepts the following types of manuscripts:

  1. Long Articles between 6,000 and 12,000 including footnotes;
  2. Short Articles not exceeding 6,000 words including footnotes;
  3. Case Notes, including substantive analysis, not exceeding 3,000 words including footnotes; and
  4. Book Reviews not exceeding 2,500 words including footnotes.

Please list the word count of the text and the footnotes on your manuscript. Please ensure that your manuscript does not contain any reference to your personal or professional identity.

All copies must be submitted in Word (.doc) or (.docx) format and must conform to our style guidelines, which are available at the following links:

For full submission instructions for authors, please visit www.elgaronline.com/cilj. Further information can be obtained from the Editors-in-Chief at editors@cilj.co.uk.

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