Submission Guidelines

Student Note Contest

The Berkeley Journal of International Law has a Student Note Contest for student-written submissions on issues relating to comparative, transnational, public, or private international law that generally focus analysis on more than one country.

Student Note Requirements

Student Note Submissions should be sent to and must include:

1. the email subject line “Student Note Submission: [Title of Paper]”

2. a cover letter containing:

  • the title of your piece,

  • an abstract,

  • total Word count (with footnotes), and

  • an explanation of the contribution that your article or thesis makes to the field of international law.

  • Do not include your name or any other identifying information, such as your school or an acknowledgement of helpful professors, in your cover letter.


3. the article or thesis itself, which must be formatted as a double-spaced Word document and should be, at a maximum, 20,000 words (including footnotes). To preserve anonymity, the Student Notes themselves should contain no identifying information.

Student Note Guidelines

Submissions Timeline: The submissions deadline for the Fall 2020 issue is July 15, 2020. Authors will receive notification of a publication decision approximately three weeks after the submission deadline.

The Fall 2020 Issue will be on the 2020 Riesenfeld Symposium (details below). This issue's student note submissions should be on refugee and asylum law, and follow the student note requirements above. 





Registration and program information below:

Call for submissions also live (special symposium issue). Current call for student notes, due July 15, 2020.

View additional details here

Author Eligibility: Current J.D. and LL.M. students, as well as Ph.D. students three years or less into their programs are eligible to submit Student Notes for consideration. We welcome submissions from all law schools. Recent graduates may also submit Notes for consideration, but must have completed law school no earlier than December 2018.


Submissions Process: Please send all student note submissions to However, if you have any questions, please email the Submission Editors at Student Notes will be reviewed by the Submissions Editors and final decisions made in consultation with the Editors-in-Chief. ​We will do our best to preserve anonymity of student submissions. Please ensure you follow all the student note requirements above. 

Please check back here for deadlines for future submission cycles.

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