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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Thank you for your interest in contributing to the ILA Reporter!

We welcome original contributions on recent international law developments around the world, preferably from an Australian perspective. We are a leading generalist international law blog, and publish articles on both private and public international law, including topics such as international investment, treaties and human rights law.

To contribute, read our guidelines below and contact our editorial team: [email protected]

Article length

Articles should be contained in a Word document and aim to be between 500 and 1,500 words.

Authors should include a brief description of their article, and 2-3 sentences about the author.


1. On the rare occasion that facts are based on the author’s experience and are not independently verifiable by published documents, please include an italicised sentence at the very start of the post as follows:

          The information contained in this post is based on the author’s field experience.

2. If you wish to create short title for something, the format is ‘Full Title (Short Title)’. All subsequent references should then use the short title.


3. Footnotes cannot be used. Hyperlinks are preferred as outlined below, unless paragraph [6] applies.

4. If a source is accessible on the internet (news stories, reports, judgments, UN documents etc), please use a hyperlink. The hyperlink should be embedded in an appropriate word or words in the sentence. However, if the source is, for instance, a long report and it would be difficult for a reader to locate the origin of the information, it is appropriate to include a pinpoint in the relevant sentence. For example, “…as the UN 2002 Report on Stateless People states at [55]”. The pinpoint should refer to paragraphs (where possible) by using square brackets. If this is not possible, please refer to a page number as follows: p 5.

5. When referring to a book, where possible please include a hyperlink to the specific edition of that book.

6. If a source is not otherwise available (notably some journal articles), the referencing should comply with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation and be included in brackets after the relevant sentence.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]