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. 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.

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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.

CALL FOR PAPERS (Vol. 63, 2020)

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.
 

2020 has proven to be the most consequential year in modern history. Recent global events have highlighted the existence of serious challenges for international law and its institutions. The German Yearbook for International Law (GYIL) wishes to open submissions for articles on all topics of relevance to public international law. In particular, however, we are interested in articles addressing recent international developments such as the impact of Covid-19 on global health and the World Health Organisation, the international dimensions of the Black Lives Matter movement and the fight against racism, the ongoing struggle against climate change, and the implications of political and legal changes in Hong Kong for democracy . Submissions from the entire academic community are welcomed. Articles will be 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.

Submission Guidelines
Papers submitted should be in English, be between 10,000-12,500 words (inclusive of footnotes), and conform with the house style of the GYIL (GYIL Style Sheet). Submissions, including a brief abstract, statement of affiliation, and confirmation of exclusive submission, should be sent by 1 October 2020 to the Assistant Editor of the GYIL via e-mail: yearbook@wsi.uni-kiel.de.

The German Yearbook of International Law is Germany’s oldest yearbook in the field of public international law. It is published annually by the Walther Schücking Institute for International Law at the University of Kiel. The yearbook provides a platform for scholars of international law – both inside and outside Germany – to publish new research advancing public international legal discourse as well as analysis of current issues.