German Yearbook of International Law

The German Yearbook of International Law, founded as the Jahrbuch für Internationales Recht, provides an annual report on new developments in international law and is edited by the Walther Schücking Institute for International Law and published by Duncker & Humblot.

It is Germany's oldest yearbook in the field of public international law, providing a platform for scholars both inside and outside Germany for publishing new research advancing public international legal discourse as well as analysis of current events.

Since its inception in 1948, the Yearbook has endeavoured to make a significant academic contribution to the ongoing development of international law. Over many decades the Yearbook has moved beyond its origins as a forum for German scholars to publish their research and has become a highly-regarded international forum for innovative scholarship in international law. In 1976, the Yearbook adopted its current title and began to publish contributions written in English in order to reach the largest possible international audience. This editorial decision has enabled the Yearbook to successfully overcome traditional language barriers and inform an international readership about current research in German academic institutions and, at the same time, to present international viewpoints to its German audience.

Fully aware of the paramount importance of international practice, the Yearbook publishes contributions from active practitioners of international law on a regular basis. The Yearbook also includes critical comments on German State practice relating to international and EU law, as well as international reactions to that practice.

Current Issue

Vol. 62 (2019) of the German Yearbook of International Law considers a number of important historical and contemporary topics. Its Forum section explores the operation of the Human Rights Council, including both its successes and criticisms of its perceived shortcomings. The Focus section commemorates the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles with a series of articles exploring its impact on international law throughout the decades. General Articles in this volume put a spotlight on a number of issues relating to, amongst other things, the operation of the international courts. A number of recent developments are considered in the German Practice section in areas ranging from human rights, international criminal procedure, to the use of force. Read more ...

Forthcoming Issue

Vol. 63 (2020) of the German Yearbook of International Law will examine a diverse range of issues arising from the many crises facing contemporary global society. The forum section of the yearbook will reflect on critical questions relating to rescue operations in the Mediterranean, whilst the forum section includes a number of insightful articles exploring the autonomies of minorities, and their relationship to statehood in international law and politics. In the general articles section, authors will address a diverse range of legal questions relating to institutions such as the Security Council and the International Criminal Court, and interrogate serious problems such as climate change and state responsibility through unique and unexpected lenses and case studies.

CALL FOR PAPERS (Vol. 64, 2021)

The Editors of the German Yearbook of international law invite submissions of papers for consideration in the General Articles section of Volume 64 (2021) of the GYIL.
The call is open to everyone. Manuscripts dealing with any topic of interest in the field of Public International Law will be considered, and early submissions are welcome. All papers submissions will be subject to a double-blind peer review process.

Submission Guidelines
Papers submitted should be in English, be between 10,000-12,500 words (inclusive of footnotes), and conform with the house style of the GYIL (see GYIL style sheet). Submissions, including a brief abstract, statement of affiliation, and confirmation of exclusive submission, should be sent by 1 October 2021 to Kenneth Chan, Managing Editor of the GYIL, via e-mail: