Journal of International Law & Foreign Affairs

Mission: ​The UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs is an interdisciplinary publication promoting scholarship in international law and foreign relations. It publishes articles by leading scholars, practitioners and other professionals from around the world as well as student comments. Some of JILFA's issues are topical, focusing on themes such as immigration or international gender and race discrimination, and others offer more variety, ranging from conflicting approaches to technological developments, to the international criminal court, to sovereign debt crises.

  • About JILFA

    Established in 1996, JILFA was among the first student-produced publications that bridged the historical divide between international law and foreign relations. Its subject matter, therefore, is intentionally broad, linking such disciplines as international law, politics, policy, and economics.

    JILFA publishes twice annually. Each volume of JILFA is published in print, and physical copies of recent issues are available for purchase online. JILFA is available digitally on HeinOnline, LexisNexis, and Westlaw as well as through UCLA’s open access repository eScholarship. The journal will also soon be available as part of the JSTOR Security Studies collection.

    The journal hosts a symposium each year on an emerging topic of importance in the realm of international and comparative law.

    UCLA School of Law students serve on the Executive and Editorial Boards and function with the support of faculty and administration. For more information about JILFA or to submit an article for consideration, please email jilfa@lawnet.ucla.edu.

  • Submissions

    JILFA welcomes submissions by scholars, practitioners, and students in the fields of international law and foreign affairs.

    Submission Guidelines

    To submit an article or comment, please submit it through ExpressO, Scholastica, or email the manuscript to jilfa@lawnet.ucla.edu​. Please include a copy of the curriculum vitae for each author.

    JILFA prefers submissions that conform to the following requirements:

    • Articles should be between 30-50 pages, including text and footnotes
    • Comments should be between 25-35 pages, including text and footnotes
    • Submissions should be double-spaced with 1 inch margins
    • Footnotes should follow the current edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation
    • Submissions should include a table of contents and an abstract of no more than 400 words
    • Submissions must not have been previously published

    Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we will be in touch only if your Article or Comment is selected for publication.

    Selection Process

    Our Articles Department reviews submissions from scholars and practitioners. Our Comments Department considers submissions by current students. The journal typically slates for publication during the months of June, July, and August.

    Any comment submissions from current UCLA School of Law students will be anonymized in the selection process. Please refrain from making any statements to current JILFA members that could jeopardize anonymity in the selection process.

    JILFA will email authors if their piece is selected for publication.

  • 2021 Symposium: International Human Rights and Corporate Accountability

    JILFA virtually hosted its 2021 Symposium on International Human Rights and Corporate Accountability: Current and Future Challenges on February 26-27, 2021. The Symposium was held in collaboration with Corporate Accountability Lab, UCLA’s Promise Institute for Human Rights, and UCLA’s International and Comparative Law Program.

    For more information on our 2021 Symposium, please visit: uclajilfa.com

    If you have any questions regarding the Symposium, please email us at jilfasymposium@lawnet.ucla.edu.


    The Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs 2020 Symposium issue (Volume 25, Issue 1) is available to read without a paywall. A physical copy may also be purchased and the issue is available through HeinOnline.

    More information about the 2020 symposium, Human Rights and the Climate Crisis, is here.

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