Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA


General Information

The Southwestern Journal of International Law invites authors to submit lead articles which focus on novel legal developments, emerging global issues and ongoing legal conflicts in the area of international law. The Journal strives to produce lead articles that are especially pertinent to the dynamic intricacies of international law where technology, nationhood and divergent forms of legal theories and histories collide. Submissions that critique, compare and analyze the law of a single country or region outside the United States are welcome, as well as comparisons of law between the U.S. and other nations.


The Journal accepts submissions from jurists, professors, practitioners and students. Manuscripts should be typed or prepared on a computer and submitted in English with text double-spaced and footnotes single-spaced. Footnotes should comply with The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed. 2010), and authors should be prepared to provide any cited source upon request. Submissions will be accepted on the understanding that their content has not been published elsewhere.

With their submissions authors should include an abstract of approximately 250 words and a resume or C.V. These documents should include a direct email address and phone number at which authors can be reached during the entire review process.

The Journal prefers that articles be submitted electronically through ExpressO. Submissions should be in Word or WordPerfect format. The Journal greatly appreciates all submissions and attempts to notify authors of acceptance or rejection as soon as possible.


The Journal accepts submissions on a rolling basis. Nonetheless, to be considered for the Winter issue, articles should be submitted by August; to be considered for the Spring issue, it is best to submit articles by December.

Please send submissions/questions to:

Southwestern Journal of International Law
3050 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90010-1106
Phone: (213) 738-6857

The Editing Process

The editorial board comprised of J.D. candidates reviews articles once they are received and makes the final decision regarding publication. The faculty advisers of the Journal may be consulted during the evaluation of articles.

If the article is accepted, the Editor-in-Chief sends a packet of information to the author, including a contract. Once the publication contract has been signed, an article team is assembled and the technical and substantive editing of the article commences. Once this editing is complete, the author is sent a final version of the article for review. After the author's review, the article is reviewed by the Journal's editorial board only for technical errors before being sent to the publisher.