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The Jour­nal of Inter­na­tion­al Law and Pol­i­tics takes stu­dent schol­ar­ship very seri­ous­ly and encour­ages all of its edi­tors to pub­lish their writ­ten work.   In addi­tion to reserv­ing a cer­tain num­ber of spots in each issue for stu­dent notes, JILP has a Notes Pro­gram that sup­ports inter­est­ed staff edi­tors in their efforts to write and pub­lish inno­v­a­tive argu­ments on inter­na­tion­al law.  The pro­gram begins in the fall semes­ter of an editor’s 2L year, when the Senior Notes Edi­tors work with 2Ls to:

  • Iden­ti­fy and refine their top­ic of interest
  • Make con­tact with a pro­fes­sor to guide the research process
  • Form a peer group of oth­er 2Ls, 3Ls and LLMs who have rel­e­vant expertise
  • Get sub­stan­tive feed­back on their top­ic, research progress, and outline

In the spring semes­ter, the Senior Note Edi­tors arrange a Note Com­mit­tee for each edi­tor par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Notes Pro­gram, to review and give sub­stan­tive feed­back on the editor’s rough draft.  The Senior Notes Edi­tors will con­tin­ue work­ing with the edi­tor until his or her work is of a qual­i­ty where it is eli­gi­ble for con­sid­er­a­tion at JILP and oth­er jour­nals.  Once a note is pub­lished in JILP, the author will be invit­ed to present their argu­ment at the journal’s issue release par­ty.  Notes that are pub­lished in JILP are also eli­gi­ble to win the JILP Stu­dent Note Com­pe­ti­tion, which is a cash prize for the journal’s best stu­dent note.

Although the Notes Pro­gram is the most direct route to pub­lish­ing, the jour­nal is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing all of its edi­tors in get­ting their work pub­lished, even if they have not par­tic­i­pat­ed in the pro­gram.   The Senior Notes Edi­tors hold Pub­lish­ing Meet­ings once each semes­ter to assist edi­tors to:

  • Iden­ti­fy sub­stan­tive next steps to turn­ing their writ­ten work into pub­lish­able articles
  • Find a peer group that can pro­vide sub­stan­tive feedback
  • Iden­ti­fy inter­na­tion­al law jour­nals who are will­ing to pub­lish stu­dent work
  • Under­stand the process and cal­en­dar for sub­mit­ting arti­cles for publication

The JILP Board strives to fos­ter an aca­d­e­m­i­cal­ly engaged atmos­phere and strong­ly sup­ports any of its edi­tors who with to con­tribute to the field of inter­na­tion­al law through publication.

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