Article Submissions

The Virginia Journal of International Law publishes three times per year. We invite submissions of unpublished manuscripts on public and private international law. We occasionally also publish works that are more comparative in nature, provided that they relate to international law. Our editors look favorably on research and scholarship that explores an innovative and thought-provoking area or question in international law.

Eligible Authors

We accept Article submissions from legal scholars, practitioners, Ph.D., S.J.D., and other doctoral degree candidates. We welcome authors from both the United States and abroad. We currently do not consider pieces that were prepared as part of a J.D. curriculum for publication as Articles.

Article Format

All manuscripts must be submitted in English and may be either single or double-spaced. All citations must conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed., 2015). Authors should be prepared to supply any cited sources upon request from our editors. In addition to the manuscript, authors must include a resume or CV, which includes a list of current publications.

Submissions must not exceed 35,000 words, including footnotes. We particularly welcome the submission of articles and essays under 30,000 words, including footnotes.

We regret that we are unable to return any manuscripts submitted for consideration. Due to high submissions volume, we are unable to offer feedback on articles not accepted for publication.

Submitting Manuscripts

We accept submissions on a rolling basis. We strongly recommend that all authors submit their pieces through the Scholastica online submission system. Online submission ensures the most thorough and efficient review possible. However, we also accept e-mail submissions at

Please note that we no longer accept hard-copy submissions.

The Selection Process

The Submissions Review Board is comprised of both J.D. and L.L.M. students who are chosen from our Editorial Board. After all pieces are received (electronic copies of the manuscript, CV, and optional cover letter), the Board reviews each manuscript. Final decisions regarding publication are made by the Submissions Review Editor and the Editor-in-Chief. Once a manuscript has been selected for publication, the Submissions Review Editor will contact the author. Once an author has accepted our offer, the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor for Production will provide further information on production and contractual matters.

Expedited Review

We understand that authors may face deadlines on offers of publication from other journals. To request an expedited review, please email the Submissions Review Editor. Please provide:

  1. Author name and contact information,
  2. Manuscript title,
  3. Journals that have accepted the article,
  4. Deadlines given by those journals and
  5. The latest date by which the author can receive a decision.

Alternatively, authors may submit a request for expedited review through the Scholastica system.

Upon receiving an expedite request, we will endeavor to conduct a timely and thorough review. We cannot guarantee that we can complete every expedited review by the specified deadline. In some circumstances, we may request authors seek extensions on competing offers of publication.

We also kindly ask that authors notify the Submissions Review Editor of withdrawal if they accept an offer of publication elsewhere.


For other questions or more information, please contact our Submissions Review Editor.

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