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 Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers in areas connected with public and private international law, including European law.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 (XXXIII (2013))

The new volume of the Polish Yearbook of International Law is finally out. Due to the high number of submissions this year we were faced with a particularly difficult task in choosing the most interesting and important texts. We hope that we have managed to stand up to this challenge.

The article section starts with Maurizio Arcari’s text on the constitutionalization and fragmentation of international law. This is followed by the articles of Cezary Mik on the concept of jus cogens in contemporary international law, and Gino Naldi & Konstantinos Magliveras on the denunciation of treaties and withdrawal from international organizations in the field of international human rights. This section also includes this year’s Marek Nowicki Memorial Lecture by Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC on the right of free speech. In addition there are three articles on EU law. Dimitry Kochenov, in his very timely piece, critically analyzes two new proposals aimed at ensuring the observance of certain democratic standards by EU Member States, Krystyna Kowalik- Bańczyk writes about the emerging practices of domestic Constitutional Courts in resolving conflicts between EU law and national constitutional law. The section ends with the contribution by Jakub Kociubiński on EU competition law in the air transport sector.

The next section is dedicated to the recent judgement of the European Court of Human Rights (Grand Chamber) in Janowiec and Others v. Russia. The case, which relates to one of the greatest tragedies in the contemporary history of Poland, was closely followed not only by scholars in the region but also by the general public. We present different voices from the international academic community, who discuss the case from various perspectives and critically assess the reasoning of the court. This group includes Ireneusz Kamiński, Yaroslav Kozheurov, William Schabas, Susana Sanz Caballero and Gabrielle Citroni. We have also added the complete set of legal observations submitted to the ECtHR on behalf of the applicants.

As usual, the volume also includes our traditional sections: Polish practice in international law, book reviews and the Polish bibliography in international and European law for 2013.

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.