The German Yearbook of International Law, founded as the Jahrbuch für Internationales Recht, provides an annual report on new developments in international law and is edited by the Walther Schücking Institute for International Law at the University of Kiel and published by Duncker & Humblot.

Since its inception in 1948, the Yearbook has endeavoured to make a significant academic contribution to the ongoing development of international law. Over many decades the Yearbook has moved beyond its origins as a forum for German scholars to publish their research and has become a highly-regarded international forum for innovative scholarship in international law. In 1976, the Yearbook adopted its current title and began to publish contributions written in English in order to reach the largest possible international audience. This editorial decision has enabled the Yearbook to successfully overcome traditional language barriers and inform an international readership about current research in German academic institutions and, at the same time, to present international viewpoints to its German audience. Fully aware of the paramount importance of international practice, the Yearbook publishes contributions from active practitioners of international law on a regular basis. The Yearbook also includes critical comments on German State practice relating to international and EU law, as well as international reactions to that practice.

Current Issue

Vol. 61 (2018) of the German Yearbook of International Law deals with a variety of topics in the General Articles section. Its Forum section analyses the Donald Trump administration and international law. Its Focus section assembles a selection of articles based upon presentations which were discussed at an international conference on International Law and Human Health convened by Sebastian von Kielmansegg and Nele Matz-Lück, and supported by the Thyssen Foundation, from 26-27 September 2018. The German Practice section analyses, among other topical matters, the activation of the International Criminal Court’s jurisdiction over the crime of aggression, German practice concerning the use of force in Syria, and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, adopted in Marrakech, Morocco, in December 2018.


Forthcoming Issue

Vol. 62 (2019) of the German Yearbook of International Law will consider a number of important historical and contemporary topics. Its Forum section explores the operation of the Human Rights Council, including both its successes and criticisms of its perceived shortcomings. The Focus section commemorates the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles with a series of articles exploring its impact on international law throughout the decades. General Articles in this volume put a spotlight on a number of issues relating to, amongst other things, the operation of the international courts. A number of recent developments are considered in the German Practice section in areas ranging from human rights, international criminal procedure, to the use of force.

Open Calls

The Editors invite submissions of papers for Vol. 63 (2020). The call is open to all members of the academic community for consideration in the General Articles section, subject to peer review. Manuscripts dealing with any topic of interest in the field of Public International Law are of interest, and early submissions are welcome. All submissions must be made in English.


The General Articles section of the GYIL is open to submissions from the entire academic community and is independently peer-reviewed by a board of renowned experts. All work submitted will be scrutinised based on its intellectual quality and its advancement of academic discourse. The Editors welcome submissions for volume 63 (2020) of the GYIL, inviting interested parties to submit contributions for consideration for inclusion in the forthcoming edition.

The paper should be 10,000-12,500 words inclusive of footnotes and conform with the house style of the GYIL (which is available on our website). Submissions, including a brief abstract, statement of affiliation, and confirmation of exclusive submission, should be sent by 1 September 2020 to the Assistant Editor of the GYIL via e-mail:


Für die „General Articles” können Beiträge aus sämtlichen Bereichen des Völkerrechts eingereicht werden. Alle Manuskripte werden im Rahmen eines Peer-Review-Verfahrens durch anerkannte Völkerrechtsexperten anonym evaluiert. Maßgeblich für die Publikation ist in erster Linie das Innovationspotenzial der Arbeit, insb. ihr Beitrag zur Förderung des akademischen Diskurses. Mit diesem „Call for Papers” möchten die Herausgeber interessierte Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler dazu einladen, Beiträge zur Veröffentlichung im Rahmen der „General Articles” für den 63. Band des GYIL (2020) einzureichen.

Das Manuskript sollte 10.000-12.500 Wörter umfassen und die Autorenrichtlinien des GYIL berücksichtigen (abrufbar auf unserer Website). Bitte reichen Sie Ihren Beitrag, inklusive einer kurzen Zusammenfassung und einer Kurzbiographie, bis zum 1. September 2020 ein. Für alle Fragen stehen Ihnen die Assistant Editors des GYIL gern per E-Mail zur Verfügung: