GYIL

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. 56 (2013) of the German Yearbook of International Law deals with the current state of International Energy Law. It explores problems regarding the installation of both pipelines and power cables, examines the international investment protection regimes as well as the current treaty system for energy. Finally, the Focus Section includes studies on nuclear and renewable energy respectively and the situation of indigenous peoples vis-à-vis energy exploitation.

Our Forum Section sheds light from two sides on the conflicts in the South China Sea, exploring different approaches and searching for possible solutions.

General Articles tackle diverse issues from the legal language regarding jus cogens, the difficult relation between absolute rights and proportionality, to the rights of seaborne migrants  and the application of the non-refoulement principle at sea as well as difficulties arising when returning ‘politically exposed persons’ illicit assets from Switzerland. [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].

The Focus section will deal with the law of the sea in the 21st century featuring articles from the March 2014 conference in Kiel.