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

The current volume of the German Yearbook of International Law, Vol. 55 (2012), examines the international legal aspects surrounding the Arab Uprisings in its Forum section, assessing the law of intervention and accountability of heads of State, amongst other things. The Focus section delves deeply into the law on Disaster Preparedness and Response, following the development of the law in light of various forms of disaster from throughout the world. As always our General Articles section contains a wide range of current topics, including discussion on the recent ICJ case of Germany v. Italy, cultural law, the recent jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights, the law on whaling, WTO law and the international legal issues surrounding possible Scottish independence. This is complemented by the German Practice section which explores many aspects of Germany’s role in the development of international law in the past year, and the Book Review section, in which we are delighted to present a number of new important works. [more]

Forthcoming Issue

The editors have issued a Call for Papers for Vol. 57 to all members of the academic community for consideration for the General Articles section, subject to peer review. Manuscripts dealing with any topic of interest in the field of Public International Law should be submitted to the editors by 22 September 2014 [more].