Journal of Philosophy of International Law
ISSN 1746-1863

The Journal of Philosophy of International Law (JPIL) is a peer-reviewed (and currently an open source Journal) published by ElectronicPublications.Org Ltd—a publisher with no institutional affiliation. The JPIL’s sister publications are the Manchester Journal of International Economic Law and  the Journal of Islamic State Practices in International Law. The JPIL is being re-launched and will be published twice a year (May and November). The Journal has a distinguished Advisory Board and its aim is to provide an established scholarly platform for the philosophy of international law.

Honorary and Founding Editor-in-Chief:

  • Professor Anthony Carty (University of Aberdeen, UK)


  • Dr Jackson Maogoto (University of Manchester-UK)

Editorial Board:

  • Dr Andrew Coleman (Monash University-Australia)
  • Professor Donald Feaver (RMIT University-Australia)
  • Dr Jadranka Petrovic (Monash University-Australia)
  • Associate Professor Benedict Sheehy (RMIT University-Australia)
  • Mr Solon Solomon (Former Member of the Knesset [Israeli Parliament] Legal Department in charge of international and constitutional issues)

Advisory Board:

  • Professor Roland Adjovi, Arcadia University (Tanzania)
  • Professor Sam Blay, University of Technology Sydney (Australia)
  • Professor Hilary Charlesworth, Australian National University (Australia)
  • Professor Richard Cullen, University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong SAR)
  • Mr Donald Ferencz, Director-Planethood Foundation and Convenor-Global Institute for the Prevention of Aggression/ (USA/UK)
  • Professor Steven Freeland, School of Law, University of Western Sydney (Australia)
  • Professor Duncan French, Lincoln University (UK)
  • Dr Yenkong Hodu, Senior Lecturer, School of Law, University of Manchester (UK)
  • Professor (Emeritus) Frits Kalshoven, Professor Emeritus of Public International Law and the International Humanitarian Law of Armed Conflict (The Netherlands)
  • Professor Rick Krever, Monash University (Australia)
  • Professor Julian Ku, Hofstra University (USA)
  • Professor Timothy McCormack, University of Melbourne (Australia)
  • Dr Roger O’Keefe, University of Cambridge (UK)
  • Professor Thomas Schultz, Swiss National Science Foundation Fellow, Switzerland; Adjunct Professor of International Law, University of Arizona (USA)
  • Professor Gerry Simpson, University of Melbourne (Australia)
  • Professor David Sloss, Santa Clara University (USA)
  • Professor Ruti Teitel, New York University (USA)
  • Professor Guglielmo Verdirame, King’s College London (UK)
  • Professor Yan Xu, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong SAR)
  • Professor Nienke Grossman, Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore Law School (USA)
  • Professor Martin Flaherty, School of Law, Fordham University (USA)

The aims of the JPIL are to promote:

  • Critical examination of and legal reflection on the foundations of International Law.
  • Philosophical analysis and critique of the nature of the international legal order or any aspect thereof.

The areas that might be covered by these aims include, but are not confined to the following:

  • Historical enquiry into International Law for philosophical purposes, or intellectual history as related to the foundations and development of International Law.
  • Ethical issues in International Law or the uses of International Law for ethical debate.
  • Ontological questions of the existence of International Law and the nature of the reality it attempts to regulate, such as states, humanity and world society.
  • Epistemological questions of an interdisciplinary nature and enquiry into the limits of disciplinary approaches such as positivism in International Law.

Guidelines for Authors:

The Journal welcomes submissions of articles and reviews for consideration with a view to publication. The normal word length for article contributions is between 4000-8000 words. The normal word length for reviews/commentaries should be 1000 to 1500 words. Submissions (except reviews/commentaries) should include a short abstract of not more than 60 words. The style guide for references is Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA).

Editorial correspondence, including submissions to the Journal, should be made electronically to the Editor-in-Chief: at

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