Melbourne Journal of International Law
|Edited by||Betty Choi, Jake Fava and Sophie Ward|
Melbourne Journal of International Law Association (Australia)
|Bluebook||Melb. J. Int'l L.|
|ISO 4||Melb. J. Int. Law|
The Melbourne Journal of International Law ('MJIL') is a biannual peer-reviewed law review associated with Melbourne Law School which covers all areas of public and private international law. It was established in 2000 and is one of two student-run law journals at the University of Melbourne (the other being the Melbourne University Law Review). MJIL is edited and managed by an editorial board of around 70 law students of Melbourne Law School, overseen by three Editors, Faculty Advisors and an Advisory Board. Students are selected to be part of the editorial board via a rigorous process based on their abilities, aptitude, enthusiasm and editing skills.
The 2020 Editors are Betty Choi, Jake Fava and Sophie Ward.
Together with the Melbourne University Law Review, the Journal produces the Australian Guide to Legal Citation.
MJIL was established in 2000 by its founding Editors: Suzan Davies, Peter Henley, Kalika Jayasekera, Amanda Rologas and Tracy Whiriskey; and the Law Faculty of the University of Melbourne. The Journal was established in recognition of the shortage of academic and practice-oriented material dealing with the Asia-Pacific region's relationship with both private and public international law.
MJIL is a generalist international law academic journal. Its content encompasses both private and public international law. The Journal was established as a forum for academics to publish modern perspectives on international law. MJIL aims to facilitate informed and considered discussion of contemporary international issues. It is invested in publishing a wide range of styles, perspectives and opinions through articles, book reviews, case notes, commentaries, review essays and think pieces.
- Philip Alston
- Hilary Charlesworth AM
- James Crawford
- Megan Davis
- Malcolm Fraser AC CH
- Gavan Griffith QC
- Sir Kenneth Kieth
- The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG
- The Hon John Lockhart AO QC
- Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE CBE QC
- Stephen Mathias
- Diane Otto
- Philippe Sands QC
- Sang-Hyun Song
- Sir Adam Roberts KCMG FBA
- Tim Wright
- Gillian Triggs
- James Hathaway
- The Hon Justice Susan Kelly
- The Hon Sir Kenneth James Keith ONZ KBE QC
MJIL publishes two issues per year in July and December. However, volume one was published as a single issue. Each issue is available in hard copy format and online on various legal journal databases.
Advance Access Policy
In 2016, MJIL introduced an advance access policy. Articles that have passed the entire editing process well before final publication in its corresponding issue are uploaded on the MJIL website as an advance copy. This ensures that the author’s work is disseminated as early as possible. Advanced versions are subject to change prior to the final print and online publication of the article.
Past Symposiums, Special Focus and Special Feature Issues
The Journal produces symposium issues devoted to particular aspects of international law. Past symposium and special focus issues include:
- The Cultures of Human Rights (2006)
- International Humanitarian Law (2007)
- Feature: Reflections on a Decade of International Law (2009)
- Climate Justice and International Environmental Law: Rethinking the North-South Divide (2009)
- International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law: The Future, the Present, the Past (2012)
- Issue Focus: Statehood & Sovereignty (2013)
- The Trans-Pacific Partnership (2016)
- Intersection of Law and Technology (2019)
MJIL also publishes ‘special features’ if one or several articles provide an in-depth focus on a topical issue of international law, or otherwise to highlight pieces of unique contribution to international law academia.
Australian Guide to Legal Citation
In collaboration with the Melbourne University Law Review, the Journal publishes the Australian Guide to Legal Citation ('AGLC'). The Australian Guide to Legal Citation is the most widely used legal citation style-guide in the Australian legal community. The AGLC is in its 4th edition and was published in November 2018.
The ‘Melbourne Journal of International Law Prize for Outstanding Scholarship in International Law’ (‘MJIL Prize’) is awarded annually to an author whose article or commentary was published in MJIL in the previous calendar year. Its goal is to promote and reward significant scholarly contributions to international law. Adjudged winners of the MJIL Prize are considered to have demonstrated the most thought-provoking engagement with relevant areas, events and issues in international law for that volume. The prize was introduced by the 2019 Editors and was first awarded to joint winners for their articles published in volume 19.
The prize is judged by a panel of three eminent international law scholars appointed by the Editors of MJIL. At least one member of the Panel must be a member of MJIL’s Advisory Board. An AUD$1000 financial sum is attached to the MJIL Prize.
|2019||Gabrielle Holly||Transnational Tort and Access to Remedy under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Kamasee v Commonwealth||19||(1)||52||Article|
|Cait Storr||‘Imperium in Imperio’: Sub-Imperialism and the Formation of Australia as a Subject of International Law||19||(1)||335||Article|
Sir Kenneth Bailey Memorial Lecture
MJIL has co-hosted the Sir Kenneth Bailey Memorial Lecture with the Melbourne Law School since 2016. The Sir Kenneth Bailey Memorial Lecture was inaugurated in 1999, at the Commemoration of the Centenary of the 1899 Hague Peace Conference held at the University of Melbourne. The lecture, which focuses on the international legal order, honours the Fourth Dean of the Melbourne Law School, Kenneth Hamilton Bailey, who played a significant part in Australia's contribution to the formation of the United Nations.
Past lectures have been recorded and uploaded on the MJIL website. The lectures are occasionally published in the following MJIL issue if the speaker approves.
|2016||Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill||International Refugee Law: Yesterday, Today, but Tomorrow?|
|2017||Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs||The Rule of Law in a Post-Truth Era|
|2018||Professor Joseph H. H. Weiler||Reconsidering the Trial of Jesus: A Reading for Our Times|
|2019||Professor Lavanya Rajamani||Innovation and Experimentation in the International Climate Change Regime|
|2020||Professor Gerry Simpson||'The atomics': How Might International Law Respond to the Prospect of Nuclear Annihilation?|
MJIL is supported by the Law Faculty of the University of Melbourne. Those with an asterisk next to their name are also Faculty Advisors to the Editors.
The Advisory Board is composed of Melbourne Law School faculty members and provides guidance to the Editorial Board on matters of content and policy. The current members of the Advisory Board are:
- Professor Alison Duxbury (Professor and Deputy Dean, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne)
- Professor Michelle Foster (Programme Director, International Refugee Law, Institute for International Law and the Humanities; Professor and Associate Dean (Research), Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne)
- Professor Richard Garnett (Professor of Law, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne; Consultant (International Disputes), Herbert Smith Freehills)
- Professor Kirsty Gover (Research Programme Co-Director, Indigenous Peoples in International and Comparative Law; Professor, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne)
- Professor Andrew Kenyon (Associate, Centre for Media and Communications Law, University of Melbourne; Professor, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne)
- Professor Tim McCormack (Professor and Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania; Professorial Fellow, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne)
- Professor Anne Orford (Fellow, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia; Australian Laureate Fellow, Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Michael D Kirby Professor of International Law, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne)
- Professor Bruce Oswald CSC* (Director, Asia-Pacific Centre for Military Law, University of Melbourne; Professor, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne)
- Professor Sundhya Pahuja (Fellow, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia; Programme Director, Law and Development, Institute for International Law and the Humanities; Professor of Law, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne)
- Professor Jacqueline Peel* (Programme Director, International Environmental Law, Institute for International Law and the Humanities; Programme Director, Centre for Resources, Environmental and Energy Law, University of Melbourne; Professor, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne)
- Professor John Tobin* (Co-Director of Studies, International Human Rights Law, Institute for International Law and the Humanities; Professor, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne)
- Professor Tania Voon (Professor, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne)
- Professor Margaret Young (Professor, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne)
Honorary Advisory Board
The Honorary Advisory Board is composed of scholars and legal practitioners who have made an outstanding contribution to international law and who have contributed to MJIL and its running. The current members of the Honorary Advisory Board are:
- Professor Philip Alston (John Norton Pomeroy Professor, New York University School of Law; Former UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights)
- Professor Hilary Charlesworth (Fellow, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia; Melbourne Laureate Professor, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne; Distinguished Professor, Australian National University)
- Professor Christine Chinkin (Emerita Professor of International Law, London School of Economics and Political Science; William W Cook Global Law Professor, University of Michigan Law School; Barrister, Matrix Chambers)
- Professor James Crawford AC SC (Judge, International Court of Justice; Former Whewell Professor of International Law, University of Cambridge)
- Mr Francis Gurry (Former Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization)
- Professor James C Hathaway (James E and Sarah A Degan Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School; Distinguished Visiting Professor of International Refugee Law, University of Amsterdam; Former Dean of Law, University of Melbourne)
- Professor Kevin Jon Heller (Professor of International Law and Security, University of Copenhagen; Professor of Law, Australian National University)
- Professor Mary Hiscock (Emeritus Professor of Law, Bond University)
- Mr William Holder (Former Deputy General Counsel, Legal Department, International Monetary Fund)
- The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG (Co-Chair, Human Rights Institute, International Bar Association; Member, United Nations Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Access to Essential Healthcare (2015–16); Chair, Human Rights Council, Commission of Inquiry on the People's Democratic Republic of Korea (2013–14); Former Justice of the High Court of Australia (1996–2009))
- Professor Andrew D Mitchell* (Professor and Deputy Dean, Faculty of Law, Monash University)
- The Hon Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE GBM (Non-Permanent Judge of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal; Former Justice (1972–87) and Chief Justice (1987–95) of the High Court of Australia; Distinguished Visiting Fellow, College of Law, Australian National University)
- Professor Gerry Simpson (Chair in Public International Law, London School of Economics)
- Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs (Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; Former President, Australian Human Rights Commission; Former Dean of Law, University of Sydney; Former Director, British Institute for International and Comparative Law)
- 2019 – Jake Herd, Sarah Waring and Elizabeth Wright
- 2018 – Anna Boháčová, Eliah Castiello and Michael McArdle
- 2017 – Mimi Oorlof, Lachlan Sievert and Adaena Sinclair-Blakemore
- 2016 – Justin Browne, Kara Connolly and Anna Saunders
- 2015 – Holly Cao, Monique MacRitchie and James Nunez
- 2014 – Houston Ash, Ashley Kendall and Sarah Sapuppo
- 2013 – Chelsea Driessen, Timothy Gordon and Candice Parr
- 2012 – Martin Clark, Nuwan Dias and Eamonn Kelly
- 2011 – Sam Naparstek, Tiong Tjin Saw and Suzanne Zhou
- 2010 – Tim Farhall, Christopher Hibbard and Mary Quinn
- 2009 – Laura Bellamy, Sara Dehm and Jeremy Leung
- 2008 – Rebecca Hughes, May-Ling Low and Zach Meyers
- 2007 – Brownwyn Reddan, Natasha Sung and Robert Walker
- 2006 – Frances Dunn, Fergus Green and Chian Kee
- 2005 – Laura Deschamps, Megan Donaldson and Chris Thomas
- 2004 – Anthony Goh, Michael Jukes and Mehnaz Yoosuf
- 2003 – Beth Midgley, Daniel Perkins and Heidi Stabb
- 2002 – Fahim Ahad, Elliot Friedman and Alexia Mayer
- 2001 – Claudio Bozzi, Andrew Hudson, Christopher Haan and Jeldee Robertson
- 2000 – Suzan Davies, Kalika Jayasekera, Amanda Rologas, Peter Henley and Tracy Whiriskey