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Guidelines for Submission to International Law Under Construction

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By GroJIL Blog Committee, International Law Under Construction |

Welcome to International Law Under Construction, the Blog set up by the Groningen Journal of International Law in conjunction with the International Law Department of the University of Groningen. The aim of the Blog is to provide a platform for scholars, experts and occasionally students of international law to present their views and engage in debate on current issues in the field.

This post sets out our rules for contribution to the Blog. Please read them carefully and take note before submitting. For the latest blog guideline updates, please check

Submitting Posts

We are happy to accept unsolicited posts. Blog posts must be relevant to a current issue in any field of International Law, whether that be human rights or climate law, arbitration or international criminal law.

In addition, to be published, a post will need to a) be written in good English, with a clear and concise structure, b) be of high academic quality, c) explore issues from a substantive and not purely descriptive point of view and d) comply with our style guidelines (see below). In general, we only accept contributions from authors who have completed a master’s or comparable degree, but we are willing to make exceptions to this rule on a case-by-case basis if the quality of the post justifies doing so.

To submit a post for potential publication, please email the Executive Blog Editor at We will shortly reply with a decision on the contribution. Time sensitive contributions may also be assessed more quickly. If the nature of your post requires doing so, please indicate this in your email.

Style Guidelines

    • Contributor bio and photograph. So our readers can put a face to the name of the author whose work they are reading, we request that you submit a short biography (3-4 sentences) and a professional picture of yourself.
    • Length. To be published, a post should be around 800 to 1500 words long. If you have a contribution that is significantly longer than 1500 words, we will consider publishing it as a series of two or three posts.
    • Headings. In the interests of making posts as easy to follow as possible, please include headings and subheadings in your post.
    • Footnotes. Please do not include footnotes in your contribution, but rather either incorporate the footnote in the main text or delete it. For citations, see below.
  • Citations and references. Given that our platform is inherently internet-based, we prefer to have our citations in hyperlink format. If you do not know how to do this, we are happy to do so for you; in this case, please put citations in parentheses immediately after the passages they support.

The editorial team of International Law Under Construction

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