Guidelines for authors


Human Rights & International Legal Discourse aims to provide a forum which facilitates the development of human rights law, development law and international law. The journal publishes work of interest to academics, governments, ngo’s and practitioners both in the north and the south.

The peer-review process of the journal is divided in two stages. Manuscripts first go through an initial assessment. If the subject, quality, and content of the manuscript are apparently appropriate for publication in the Journal, the manuscript is sent out to other members of the editorial board for a detailed review. At that stage, authors are contacted and required to provide written assurance that their manuscripts have not been published and will not be committed elsewhere until the reviewers have completed their assessment.

Authors wishing to submit manuscripts are kindly requested to consult the Human Rights & International Legal Discourse style sheet before doing so.

Main articles should count between 10,000 and 15,000 words. The journal publishes also shorter articles of 5,000 to 8,000 words.

It shall be a condition of publication that contributors grant exclusive licences to publish to the HRILD and to Intersentia during the legal term of copyright (including any renewals and extensions of the copyright period) for the purpose of administering rights and permissions in all contributions. These licences shall include the right for Intersentia and any assignee thereof to publish the contribution or any part thereof in hard copy, book form, electronically and in any other form or medium whatsoever including all known print media and all electronic media either known about or as yet not invented for profitable or non-profitable purpose. The licence so granted extends to all languages and all parts of the world. The submission for publication of any contribution shall imply acceptance of these conditions. The copyright in all contributions shall remain with the contributor, however.

Please send your manuscript by e-mail to Prof. Eva Brems (

Authors’ instructions can be found in the journal’s style sheet.