Travaux Blog

Berkeley's International Law Blog

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Substantive Guidelines

All submissions from contributors must be timely

For example, while an application of legal theory to a current international event or policy is great, a general overview of a legal or political theory is not appropriate for the blog. That does not mean historically situated pieces don’t qualify! We just want to make sure they are engaging and relevant. If you are not sure if your piece is right, just ask!

As a general rule, blog posts must be more than simply explanatory or descriptive pieces.

They should contain a central thesis and propose creative answers or solutions.​ Exceptions may be made for pieces that aim to clarify an event, policy, or other internationally significant matter that has produced confusion or misunderstanding. These pieces should aim to avoid one-sided accounts.

All submissions should concern international law.

'International Law' is not to be confused with the domestic legal affairs within one country. Rather, an article may discuss domestic affairs only to illustrate implications of or on international law. For example, an article that discusses the domestic affairs of one country might fall within our definition of international law if it is comparative or examines such affairs through the scope of international law.

Formatting and Grammar Requirements:

  • Submissions should be roughly 1,500 words.

  • Submissions should be formatted as doc or docx, with a file name formatted as [Full Article Title_Author"s Last Name] so that editors can provide easy feedback and edits.

  • Include a title and sub-headings as necessary.

  • All claims must be supported by hyperlinks, not footnotes.

  • The blog follows the Chicago Manual of Style. While editors are happy to correct grammar errors and formatting issues, pieces submitted that have many careless errors will be returned to authors for proofreading before consideration.

Author Information

Please submit a short bio (a few sentences) to be included with the piece.


Please include a photo with your blog submission, as well as a link to the free-use website where it was found.

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