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When founded in 1952, the ICLQ was the only journal which offered the reader coverage of comparative law as well as public and private international law. Since then it has maintained its pre-eminence as one of the most important journals of its kind and it continues to offer practitioners and academics wide topical coverage without compromising rigorous editorial standards.

Under the general editorship of Sir Malcolm Evans KCMG, OBE MA DPhil (Bristol) and Professor Spyros Maniatis, the journal continues to attract scholarship of the highest standard from around the world. Articles are submitted by both members and non-members of the Institute and the Editors continue to welcome contributions which are selected on the basis of excellence, reflecting the independence of the Quarterly and the Institute as a whole.

The ICLQ has been selected for coverage in Thomson Reuters' products and services. The journal will be indexed and abstracted in the Social Sciences Citation Index, the Journals Citation Reports/Social Sciences Edition and Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The ICLQ Editorial Board

General Editor: Sir Malcolm Evans KCMG, OBE, Professor of Public International Law, University of Bristol

Joint General Editor: Professor Spyros Maniatis, Director, British Institute of International and Comparative Law

  • Ian Cram, Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law, University of Leeds
  • Paula Giliker, Professor of Comparative Law, University of Bristol
  • Christine Gray, Professor of International Law, University of Cambridge
  • Andrew Lang, Chair in International Law and Global Governance, University of Edinburgh
  • Robert McCorquodale, Professor of International Law and Human Rights, University of Nottingham
  • Dominic McGoldrick, Professor of International Human Rights Law, University of Nottingham
  • Louise Merrett, Senior Lecturer, University of Cambridge
  • Alex Mills, Professor of Public and Private International Law, University College London
  • Katja Ziegler, Professor of International Law, University of Leicester


Contributions to the International and Comparative Law Quarterly express the views of their authors and not necessarily the views of the Board of Editors or of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.

ICLQ - Rights and Permissions

Cambridge University Press handle all rights and permissions queries relating to the ICLQ.

Permissions for reproducing articles must be sought from them through 'Request Permission' link next to the relevant article online.

Submissions to the ICLQ


The ICLQ welcomes the submission of contributions for consideration by the editors with a view to publication.

All manuscripts must be submitted online via the website:

Criteria for Submissions

The Board of Editors will only consider material which complies with the following:

  1. The submission should be an original, unpublished, work not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. Please note that our exclusive submission policy means you cannot submit your work to another journal until you have received a decision from us. If you would like to submit to another journal, you must withdraw your article from consideration by the ICLQ.
  2. The ICLQ publishes articles that deal with public international law, private international law, human rights law, comparative law and European Union Law. It particularly encourages the submission of innovative and original articles whose theme or content illuminate several of these subject areas. Articles which do no more than rehearse familiar and well-known material, or which are concerned only with national law (other than private international law) in a non-comparative way, should not be submitted.
  3. Long articles should not exceed 12,000 words, excluding footnotes (but these should not be excessive). Pieces of up to 6,000 words (including footnotes) will usually be considered for the 'Shorter Articles, Comments and Notes' section, which may secure earlier publication. The editors will decide on the section to which all contributions, irrespective of length, are best suited should they be accepted for publication. ScholarOne will require you to enter the word count (including footnotes) when submitting your article, and to indicate if you intend it for the 'Shorter Articles, Comments and Notes' section.
  4. Footnotes should be numbered consecutively through the article and be in the form normally used by the ICLQ. Please see the ICLQ Style Guide for further information. Footnoting should not be excessive.
  5. A short (50-100 words) abstract of the article should be supplied. We reserve the right to edit abstracts for length and style. Please also supply a minimum of five keywords (and a maximum of ten) for your article to enable digital searching.
  6. Authors should state their present academic or professional affiliation and indicate any professional or personal involvement in the subject matter of the article. Please ensure the word document of your article is anonymous for peer review purposes before you submit it. There is no need to upload a separate title page or CV.
  7. The ICLQ only accepts submissions online via the ScholarOne platform. To upload your manuscript please go to: Detailed instructions for submitting your manuscript online can be found at the submission website by clicking on the 'Instructions and Forms' link in the top right of the screen; and then clicking on the 'Author Submission Instructions' icon on the following page. The Editor will acknowledge receipt of the manuscript, with a reference number, which should be quoted in all correspondence.

Style Guide

Please find here the Style Guide for the ICLQ. In all matters not included in this Guide, the ICLQ follows the OSCOLA citation system for house style; please visit for details.

Online Access to the ICLQ

Members of the Institute can access current issues and the entire archive of ICLQ content dating back to 1952.

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Please check the Books Received List at the back of each issue of the ICLQ for available titles. If the title you wish to review is not listed, please email with your suggestion including a brief biography indicating your suitability to review the book and your postal address. If the book is one we wish to have reviewed, a copy will be requested from the publisher for you.

Completed reviews should always be submitted via the ScholarOne platform:

• Book reviews should be between 500 and 1,000 words.

• Longer book review articles which discuss more than one book covering a similar theme will be considered for publication, at the discretion of the book review editors. These should not exceed 1,500 words.

• Book reviews should not contain footnotes or endnotes.

• All book reviews, whether solicited or otherwise, will be subject to a review process, and a request to write a review or receiving a review copy from us are no guarantee of publication. Any connection to the author/editors of the book should be declared by the reviewer at the time of submission (or earlier if requesting a copy).

• It is expected that reviewers will upload their review, in MS Word format, to ScholarOne within two months of receipt of the book. If this is not possible the Publications Editor should be notified as soon as possible at

• Reviewers are asked to read the Book Review Guidance detailed below before submitting reviews or review proposals, and to adhere to the Style Guide below when writing reviews.

Book Review Guidance

Reviews should normally address the following issues:

1. The structure and contents of the book.

2. The intended target audience of the book.

3. What is the overall perspective adopted/argument advanced by the book?

4. How does this perspective/argument add to the body of existing literature in the field?

5. How convincing is the argument(s) set out by the author? A reviewer might want to subject a specific chapter(s) to more detailed analysis in the light of the book's overall argument. Are there any major/minor omissions that impede/weaken the overall argument made in the book?

6. Issues of style - how clearly written/accessible is the book? (bearing in mind target audience) - how accurate is the factual material relied upon in support of the main arguments?

7. Does the author succeed in doing what he/she set out to do? How is the book likely to be viewed by members of the target audience?


1. Layout

• All book reviews should be submitted in 12-point font, single-spaced, with margins of at least 2.5 cm in Microsoft Word only (please do not submit a pdf).

• The review should be headed with the book details as follows:

Title by AUTHOR [Publisher, Year, ISBN: xxx-x-xx-xxxxxx-x, #pp, £price, h/bk (or p/bk)]

• Please do not include your name in the document, but instead upload it along with your present affiliation to the ScholarOne system. Please use the email address you would like published in the journal .

• Footnotes should not be used in book reviews unless it is absolutely necessary to refer directly to another work. References to the book being reviewed should simply indicate a page or chapter number within the text. Where footnotes are used, they should follow the Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA). Footnote cues should appear after the punctuation mark.

• New paragraphs should be indented, except for the first paragraph in a section. All sentences should be separated by a single space and double spaces should not be used.

• The ICLQ uses the following heading levels (no more than two heading levels should be used in book reviews):


A. Second-level Subheading

• Quotations of fewer than three lines should be set in single quotation marks within the main text, with double quotation marks reserved for quotations within quotations. Longer quotations should begin on a new line, without quotation marks, and all the lines should be equally indented. However, the first line after the quotation extract is not indented.

2. Points of Style

• All abbreviations should be spelled out in first use with the abbreviation following in brackets, eg 'European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)', and should not be followed or separated by a full stop.

• Words that have become part of the English language should not be italicized (ad hoc, ibid, de facto, ex officio, per se, etc), but phrases in other languages should be italicized.

• Numerals should be written out up to and including ten; 11 and above should be given in figures.

• The serial comma (ie the one before 'and' in 'peace, war, and defence') should not be used.

• Words omitted from quotations should be indicated by three full stops.

• Spelling should follow the Oxford English Dictionary or the Concise Oxford Dictionary. For the '-ise' / '-ize' sound expressed as 'z', use z instead of s.

• For all other points of style not covered in this guide, please refer to the Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA).