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About the yearbook

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) is a peer-reviewed academic publication that has been produced by the Max Planck Foundation since 2014, and published by Brill. The current Editors-in-Chief of the UNYB are, Professor Erika de Wet and Dr Kathrin Maria Scherr.

The UNYB was the first scholarly periodical to focus on activities of the United Nations in the field of international law. 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. Traditionally, the UNYB has consisted of two parts:

The first part, “The Law and Practice of the United Nations”, concentrates 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 is on treaties, covenants, resolutions and other international legal instruments.

The second part, “Legal Issues Related to the Goals of the United Nations”, analyses 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. In general, the UNYB features contributions that fit within the above editorial line or deal with issues of general public international law or comparative constitutional law.

Information for Authors

The UNYB invites manuscript submissions of high-quality throughout the year which focus on United Nations Law, general public international law and comparative constitutional law. Authors may submit articles, essays, comments, and case notes for consideration of publication. In addition, please consult our ongoing thematic call for papers, published once a year.

Prior to the submission of a full manuscript, authors are requested to send at first instance a short abstract proposal of their manuscript. The proposal should include i) the working title; ii) the main arguments to be developed in the article; and, iii) a brief explanation on how the topic fits within the scope of the Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law. Please submit your proposal in a Word document, along with a short author bio (max 100 words) in the cover letter, accompanied by an assurance that the article has not been published, submitted, or accepted elsewhere delivered by email to Managing Editor, Sai Venkatesh, at . Following a positive assessment, the editorial team will request the author for the submission of their full article to be placed through the thorough peer-review process followed by the publication.

The usual length of an article featured in the Yearbook is between 8,000 – 14,000 words. For further information on formatting and house style, please refer to our Author Guidelines document before a submission is made.

The editorial team cannot guarantee publication of any submissions, be they solicited or unsolicited. Authors will be notified once a decision has been deliberated upon by the editorial team based on feedback from the peer review process.

Past Issues

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The three most recent volumes of the UNYB can be accessed on the Brill website via subscription.

UNYB Vol. 20 (2016)
UNYB Vol. 19 (2015)
UNYB Vol. 18 (2014)
UNYB Vol. 17 (2013)
UNYB Vol. 16 (2012)
UNYB Vol. 15 (2011)
UNYB Vol. 14 (2010)
UNYB Vol. 13 (2009)
UNYB Vol. 12 (2008)
UNYB Vol. 11 (2007)
UNYB Vol. 10 (2006)
UNYB Vol. 9 (2005)
UNYB Vol. 8 (2004)
UNYB Vol. 7 (2003)
UNYB Vol. 6 (2002)
UNYB Vol. 5 (2001)
UNYB Vol. 2 (1998f)

For other Volumes (1–17) follow this link

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Founding Editor(s)

Jochen A. Frowein

Rüdiger Wolfrum

Editors in Chief

Erika De Wet

Kathrin Maria Scherr

Managing Editor

Sai Sathyanarayanan Venkatesh



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