Student Notes

General Information

The Harvard International Law Journal publishes one Student Note per issue.

Only submissions from current Harvard Law School students and former students who graduated within the past year are eligible for consideration. LLM or SJD students from other law schools interested in publishing shorter pieces are encouraged to submit to ILJ Online.

Student Note Format and Content

Notes should be approximately 8,000-16,000 words, including footnote citations. All footnotes should adhere to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation style guidelines from the most recent edition. Notes should also contain an abstract of about 200 words, but a table of contents is not necessary. Authors may want to include a description of the Note’s contribution to a particular area of international law in the abstract or in the email accompanying the submission. HILJ publishes works that focus on areas of public or private international law. Articles that cover issues in foreign or comparative law may also be considered so long as they have an international law angle.

Notes will be evaluated based on the clarity of the writing, the strength of the argument, and the originality of the thesis, among other criteria. Notes will undergo a comprehensive editing process, and authors should expect to make additional revisions before publication.

Submission Logistics

Successful Notes are engaging, make novel arguments, and are grounded in international or comparative law. Submissions should be between 8,000 and 16,000 words, including footnote citations. Only current HLS students or graduates one year out (J.D.s, LL.M.s, S.J.D.s, and visiting students) are eligible for the Competition. To submit, send a Word version of your Note and a resume to with the subject line “Student Note Submission 66(1)” by July 1st, 2024. Contact Features Editor Jackson Faulkner at with any questions.