Call for papers 2013

PYIL is currently seeking articles for its next volume (XXXIII), which will be published in May 2014. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers in areas connected with public and private international law, including European law.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 particularly interested in articles that address current issues in international and European law that relate to Central and Eastern Europe. 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 below (see: style sheet).

Please send manuscripts to The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2014.

Paul Guggenheim Prize 2013

The Paul Guggenheim Prize, amounting to Swiss francs 15,000, will be awarded to a monograph of major importance in the field of public international law (except European law). The monograph must be of the highest quality and be the work of a young author at the beginning of his/her career. Works submitted may in the form of published books or of manuscripts intended for publication; they may be written in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish. Works which have already been awarded a prize of a similar nature will not be considered.

Applications accompanied by a curriculum vitae, a list of publications and five copies of the work submitted must be received no later than 31 December 2013 by: The Paul Guggenheim Foundation, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, P.O. Box 136, CH-1211 Geneva 21 (Switzerland). Applicants are invited to specify whether the work submitted has already been awarded a prize.

The Regulations pertaining to the Prize may be obtained at the same address or by email:

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).