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About Us

The Berkeley Journal of International Law is edited and produced by students at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

BJIL’s twice-yearly journal publishes a broad range of scholarship that spans public international, private international, and comparative law disciplines. In addition to publication, BJIL organizes the annual Stefan A. Riesenfeld Symposium, through which leading scholars and practitioners assemble to address pressing international legal issues. BJIL is a continuation of the International Tax & Business Lawyer, founded by the students and faculty of Berkeley Law in 1982.

Mission Statement

Prioritizing High-Impact Scholarship, Cultivating Community

The Berkeley Journal of International Law (BJIL) is recognized as a leading international law journal in the United States. BJIL infuses international legal scholarship and practice with new ideas to address today’s complex challenges. BJIL is committed to publishing high-impact pieces from established and newer scholars likely to be referenced and relied on for a cutting edge approach to topics of international and comparative law. As the center of Berkeley’s international law community, BJIL hosts professional and social events which engage likeminded students, academics, and practitioners in pressing international legal issues.

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Join Us

The Berkeley Journal of International Law offers opportunities for first year students to contribute to cutting edge scholarship, connect with the international law community at Berkeley Law, and access a network of opportunities.General membership meetings are held at the beginning of each semester. Elections for board positions are held in the Spring of each academic year.


In addition to preparing articles for publications, members also have the opportunity to write book reviews, plan the annual Riesenfield Symposium, contribute to our blog Travaux, participate in BJIL social events, and review article submissions.

For further information about joining BJIL,

Contact the Editors-in-Chief at

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