Thursday, October 15, 2015

Jus Gentium: A Journal of International Legal History

[Via H-Law, we have the following announcement.]

Talbot Publishing [an imprint of The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.] is pleased to announce the publication of a new legal history journal. Jus Gentium Journal of International Legal History is the first dedicated journal in the United States to address the history of international law. Much of modern scholarship on the history of international law is preoccupied not with international law, but with international legal doctrine; the doctrinal writings of remarkably few individuals dominate the discourse while the rest remain unseen or overlooked. This journal will encourage further exploration in the archives, for new materials and confirmation of the accuracy of past uses, but welcoming the continued reassessment of international legal history in all of its dimensions.

Jus Gentium is a biannual interdisciplinary journal commencing January 2016. The journal welcomes, in addition to the classical learned article, biographical or historiographical materials on international lawyers, newly-discovered, newly-identified, or newly-translated primary and secondary sources of State practice or doctrinal gloss, analytical reviews of old or new literature, fragments of diplomatic or military history that inform the presence or absence of opinio juris, memoirs or recollections of international legal practitioners in the broadest sense of the word, inquiries into the lexicon of international law, materials that illuminate non-European contributions to the law of nations or that document the migration of international legal concepts from one part of the globe to another. The contributions of the auxiliary historical sciences (numismatics, bookplates, philately, archaeology, etc.) are as welcome as are those of our sister social sciences. Bibliographical essays and review articles are welcome, as are appropriate guides to other international legal materials that will benefit historians of international law. To the extent we are able to do so, we will notice publications in some of the lesser known languages and invite authors or publishers to bring these to our attention.

We are currently accepting submissions for papers, essays and book reviews. Submissions may be made by hard copy submitted through a courier or postal service or by e-mail attachment ( in Microsoft Word. These are subject to peer review; responses of acceptance or otherwise will be made as promptly as possible. Interested authors may see our website for instructions on submissions.


William E. Butler, John Edward Fowler Distinguished Professor of Law and International Affairs, Pennsylvania State University

Jean Allain, Queen's University, Belfast
Olga V. Butkevych, Kyiv Shevchenko National University
Volodymyr Butkevych, Sometime Judge, European Court of Human Rights
Chen Yifeng, Peking University Law School
Vincent Chetail, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
Mark Janis, University of Connecticut School of Law; Visiting Fellow, University of Oxford
Arnulf Becker Lorca, Brown University
Peter Macalister-Smith, Ph.D., Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and  International Law, Heidelberg, Germany
Oleksandr Merezhko, Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University
Stephen Neff, University of Edinburgh
Alexander Orakhelashvili, University of Birmingham, England
Michael Palmer, University of London SOAS & IALS
Gennadii S. Starodubtsev, Russian University of Friendship of Peoples, Moscow
Alexander Vylegzhanin, Moscow State Institute of International Relations