Call for papers 2014

Polish Yearbook of International Law (PYIL) is currently seeking articles for its next volume (XXXIV), which will be published in June 2015. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers in areas connected with public and private international law, including European law. Although it is not a formal condition for acceptance, we are specifically interested in articles that address issues in international and European law relating to Central and Eastern Europe. In this context, we are particularly looking for articles that analyse different legal aspects of the current Ukrainian crisis and the new power relations that are emerging in this part of the world. Authors from the region are also strongly encouraged to submit their works.
Submissions should not exceed 15,000 words (including footnotes) but in exceptional cases we may also accept longer works. We assess manuscripts on a rolling basis and will consider requests for expedited review in case of a pending acceptance for publication from another journal.
All details about submission procedure and required formatting are available at the PYIL’s webpage (

Please send manuscripts to The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2015.

New Volume of PYIL (XXXII (2012))

We are glad to inform that the new volume of the Yearbook is available. We would like to draw your attention to the opening article by Prof. Sadurski on the problem of democratic legitimacy in the European Union. This is followed by Prof. Kwiecień’s article which enquires into the issue of sovereignty of States in the context of the legitimacy of international law. The article by Prof. Fitzmaurice explores the legal and philosophical concepts underlying the foundations of international environmental law (e.g. principles of the common heritage). In a very personal article (which sometimes sounds like real manifesto for environmental sustainability), Prof. Vieira discusses changes in system of global governance necessary to cope with the challenges connected with climate change. Prof. Wyrozumska analyses the practice of Polish courts with respect to attachment and debt enforcement from an embassy’s bank account. Other, equally interesting texts include a very timely article on the rules of international law applicable to the sovereign debt crisis (by Prof. de Jonge); analysis of the recent ICC Lubanga Reparations Decision (Prof. Swart); assessment of the legality of overseas use of drones under the framework of European Convention of Human Rights (Drs. Bodnar and Pacho), and a detailed legal analysis of the ICC’s practice with regard to arrest warrants (Dłubak).

The new volume also includes a series of articles presented at the conference “Limits of the Security Council Powers”, which was organized in Warsaw in January 2013 by ILA Poland in cooperation with the Institute of Law Studies. None of the participating authors need any special introduction, as all of them are well-known authorities in the field. Prof. Arcari looks at the question of limits of Security Council powers as a problem of UN Charter interpretation; Prof. Fernandez Sola analyses the role of the European Union in the UN system (as a form of enforcement agency), and Prof. Richter inquires into the problem of judicial review of Security Council decisions. Two other contributions discuss the applicability to the Security Council of rules on the responsibility and accountability of international organizations (Prof. Sturma) and the obligations of the Security Council with respect to war crimes and genocide (Prof. Zimmermann).

PYIL’s articles on SSRN!

We have decided to post all articles that were published in volumes 28-30 (2008-2010) on the Social Science Research Network webpage ( SSRN is a database which currently contains over 366,000 full text articles and 452,000 scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers.

Simply search on SSRN webpage for an author or a title of the PYIL article that you are interested in (you can find all abstracts in our Section “Current and Past Volumes”). In the future we plan to add new volumes.