Submission Guidelines for Online Publication

The following applies to any article or other written work submitted for publication in JICLOnline. Those seeking to submit a piece for potential publication in the Notre Dame Journal of International & Comparative Law’s traditional, biannual print publication should review those submission guidelines.

JICLOnline is an online companion to the traditional, print publication of the Notre Dame Journal of International & Comparative Law. It facilitates scholarly commentary of current, ongoing, or otherwise timely developments within the realms of international and comparative law, to include reviews of recently published works within the field and responses to the commentaries of others. The Journal actively seeks and publishes in JICLOnline works by legal scholars and students throughout the world. All works accepted for publication in JICLOnline are made available on an open-access basis.

It is the mission of the Journal to contribute to the development of international and comparative law and promote greater understanding of those subjects at Notre Dame Law School, as well as within the legal community at large. JICLOnline was created to further that mission in the digital age, serving as a platform for discussions of how current events in international diplomacy and politics, military affairs, global economics, and related fields influence and interact with the international legal community.

In an effort to provide more timely content, the Journal has abbreviated the traditional editing process used for its print content. The views expressed in JICLOnline belong to the individual authors alone. JICLOnline seeks to publish content from varied points of view. In providing this platform, the views authors should not be construed to be those of the Notre Dame Journal of International & Comparative Law, individual editors, other authors, or the institutions with which authors are affiliated.

As provided in its Terms of Use, this website does not offer legal advice. The views presented in JICLOnline are meant to educate readers on and explore contemporary legal issues. The content in JICLOnline does not replace competent legal advice from a licensed attorney, nor do the authors provide theirs views in order to advertise, solicit, or establish attorney-client relationships.

We gladly welcome submissions from authors who have had work published by our Journal in the past, as well as professors, practitioners, students, and other qualified parties who conform to the submission guidelines provided below.

JICLOnline accepts various types of content for publication. Generally, each submission should be approximately 500–1,000 words (including footnotes, which should be used more sparingly, compared to traditional articles). However, this is not a stringent expectation. An inexhaustive list of accepted materials include:

  1. Articles: Authors’ arguments or analyses regarding current events or existing research within the domains of international and comparative law. This type of content should be distinguished from traditional legal scholarship articles that are published in the Journal.

  2. Book Reviews: Shorter reviews of recent books that discuss international and comparative law.

  3. Commentaries: Reactions to current events that relate to the international legal community. This type of content is a somewhat more informal presentation as compared to traditional legal scholarship articles. This type of content can introduce an original idea about a distinct legal issue. The quantity of citations is at the author’s discretion since commentaries might not require the robust utilization of footnotes that traditional legal scholarship articles might require.

  4. Essays: Longer assessments of current legal events but not quite as long as traditional legal scholarship articles.

  5. Responses: Commentaries responding to articles, essays, book reviews, and other content published in our Journal or JICLOnline. The quantity of citations is at the author’s discretion since responses might not require the robust utilization of footnotes that traditional legal scholarship articles might require. There can be multiple responses to the same topic or material. In order to be considered for publication, responses must be civil and maintain the appropriate decorum needed to foster constructive legal discussion and discourse.

The Notre Dame Journal of International & Comparative Law carefully considers all submissions that it receives. Although the Journal makes every effort to honor requests for expedited review, it cannot guarantee that it will meet any author-proposed deadlines. When requesting an expedited review, please understand that our selection process takes time.

There is no best time to make a submission. However, please note that submissions made between mid-May and the beginning of August may incur a longer review period than those received during the academic year.

The Journal will notify authors of its decisions via email. As a matter of policy, the Journal generally will not provide a reason for its publication decisions.

Contributors may submit works for consideration by emailing their submission to with “JICLOnline Submission” in the subject line. All submissions should be in a Microsoft Word document format. With each submission, please:

  • Provide a brief overview of your relevant credentials (e.g., a CV);

  • Designate the type of content that most appropriately describes your piece; and

  • State that you would like your submission to be published in JICLOnline, rather than in our traditional Journal.

All content and material published in JICLOnline is subject to the same editorial and scholastic standards as the traditional legal scholarship that appears in our Journal.

For assistance with JICLOnline or the submission process, please email Nick Loyacona, executive online editor, at Thank you for your interest.