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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 acknowledgment 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

The submissions deadline for the Fall 2024 Issue is January 14, 2024.

Submissions will be reviewed by BJIL Submissions Editors on a rolling basis, and final decisions will be made in consultation with the Editors-in-Chief. Authors will receive notification of a publication decision approximately three weeks after the submission deadline.


We welcome submissions from J.D., LL.M., and Ph.D. students from all law schools. Recent graduates may also submit notes for consideration, but authors must have completed law school no earlier than December 2022.

Application Process

We will do our best to preserve anonymity of student submissions. Please ensure cover sheets contain no identifying information. Please send all submissions to However, if you have any questions about the submissions process, please email the Submissions Editors at

Please check back here for deadlines for future submission cycles.

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