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

In the year of the 100th anniversary of the Walther Schücking Institute for International Law where the GYIL is edited, Vol. 57 looks at a text by its founder Theodor Niemeyer and deals with philosophical and political questions of (legal) science within the “Forum”.
The “Focus Section” considers the position of the law of the sea in the 21st century. Participants of the March 2014 conference in Kiel present articles on the development of fundamental issues pertaining to the law of the sea, i.a. the domination of land over sea or institutional developments, as well as current challenges, e.g. the exploitation of deep sea resources, maritime security, and dispute settlement in multi-layered constellations.
The subjects of “General Articles” range from fundamental questions regarding the sources of law to the relationship between public international and EU law, the application of the Monetary Gold principle, issues of competence of the European Court of Human Rights, consequences of the Kadi jurisprudence, and to matters of international criminal law such as immunity and the right to a lawful judge.
Articles in the final section discuss “German Practice” relating i.a. to the (il)legality of the Kosovo intervention, to a possible compensation in the Kunduz case, to the human right to privacy in the digital age, to UNESCO intangible cultural heritage, and to the reference decision of the Federal Constitutional Court regarding the OMT Decision of the ECB. [more]

Forthcoming Issue

The editors have issued a Call for Papers for Vol. 59 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 1 September 2016 [more].