Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law


Founded in 1997 by the Directors of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, the Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law (UNYB) was the first scholarly periodical to focus on activities of the United Nations in the field of international law. Starting in 2014 it will appear under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation.

While the Yearbook will continue to cover a wide array of UN matters, it has been given a new structure. From Volume 18 (2014) on, it will consist of three parts:

The first part, “The Law and Practice of the United Nations”, will concentrate on UN law in a narrow sense, meaning the legal fundaments of the UN and its Specialised Agencies and Programmes and their legal and political practice. The focus will be on treaties, covenants, resolutions and other international legal instruments.

The second part, “Legal Issues Related to the Goals of the United Nations”, will analyse achievements concerning the main objectives of the UN such as sustainable development, refugee protection, disarmament and non-proliferation, rule of law, and gender equality. It is also open for articles on important legal developments in countries and geographic areas of special importance to the UN, particularly those assisted by a Peacekeeping Mission or Special Envoys or Representatives of the UN Secretary General.

The third part consists of an overview of the legal and political developments at the United Nations in the reporting year.

By concentrating on issues connected with the UN and its initiatives, the Yearbook aims to facilitate an understanding of the changes the UN has been undergoing since its foundation. It also provides a forum in which the potential of international organisations to affect the future course of international law and relations can be examined and assessed.