The Michigan Journal of International Law accepts a wide variety of scholarship on issues of international law. Because for each Volume we are only able to publish approximately a dozen out of the hundreds of submissions we receive, we recommend that authors consider these general guidelines when submitting:


The Journal does not currently accept articles from current students or recent graduates (1–2 years out of school). Authors we publish typically have 3+ years of experience in their field.

Article Topics

The Journal only publishes articles that address issues of international law. We do not accept articles whose primary focus is foreign, domestic, or comparative law.  Although articles may include discussion of those issues, the article should primarily address an international legal issue (e.g., ICL; IHL; IHRL; Int’l Investment Arbitration, etc.). We are particularly interested in submissions that take innovative approaches to timely issues.

Article Length

The Journal expects most articles to be between 20,000 and 35,000 words, including footnotes.  Although we are happy to consider articles that are slightly outside of that range, as a general rule, we do not consider submissions with less than 15,000 words.


As a scholarly publication, the Journal pays particular attention to the quantity and quality of the support given for an author’s argument. We expect submissions to conform to the rules of citation set out in The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015), and, although we have no specific requirements, we recommend an approximate ratio of 2:1 for above-the-line text to below-the-line citations. The Journal also looks at the quality of the citations and expects a mix of secondary and primary source material.


The Journal publishes three times a year. While we accept submissions year-round, our schedule reflects the fact that we are full-time J.D. students at Michigan Law. Accordingly, we typically select our articles during two periods: from February to April, and from August to October. We are typically closed to new submissions between November 1st and January 1st.

How to Submit

Please submit all manuscripts through the Scholastica online submission system, with a résumé or CV. Articles not submitted through this platform will not be considered.