The Center for United Nations Constitutional Research welcomes scholarly contributions on topical issues relating to international law, international relations, and international organizations, especially in relation to the United Nations and the subject of global governance. Articles dealing with the following vital areas are particularly welcome: peace and security, climate change, nuclear disarmament, human rights, refugees and victims of conflicts, international crimes, and the global economy and poverty – with the focus being on the empowerment of global citizens in a political and economic environment of constitutionalized global democracy and governance. 

As well as submissions of an analytical and critical nature, policy recommendations are also sought. A submission may have been previously published as long as it remains topical and relevant. Typically, a submission should fall into one of the following categories:

  1. Research Paper: A well-researched analytical and critical piece of 3,000 to 30,000 words;
  2. Policy Brief or Paper: This should be geared towards governments, policymakers and think-tanks, and have a length of 1,000 to 20,000 words;
  3. Special Report/Conference Report: A critical report on a specific UN or international conference, summit, or treaty negotiation, or on their related output documents, with a length of 2,000 to 20,000 words.
  4. Commentary: An editorial piece or essay intended to inform global citizens or to provoke global debate on a relevant topic, limited to 750 to 1,500 words.
  5. Book Review: These should be 1,000 to 2,000 words in length. We also encourage English-language reviews of relevant books in other languages that have not been published in English.
  6. Global Roundtable/Forum: Submissions in this category are intended to stimulate debate on a ‘hot’ topic in a forum or blog-type format. Such pieces should be around 1,000 to 5,000 words.
  7. Although it is assumed that submissions on the above topics will generally be in English, foreign language submissions on the UN and global governance issues, as well as related book reviews, are encouraged.

Submission Requirement and Procedures

Your intellectual contribution must be submitted via email to: . The following three separate documents should be attached to your email:

1. A cover letter containing:

  • the name, email, postal address and phone number of the author(s);
  • the title of the article (if previously published, the name of the publisher and the author’s acknowledgement that there are no restrictions in its further publication).
  • an abstract of no more than 150 words.

2. The main manuscript/article, submitted as a Word file, with no information to identify the author (to keep the anonymity of the author while the review board checks the quality of the submission).

3. A maximum 150-word CV for each author.

Style and Standards

The length requirement for contributions depends on which of the above-mentioned categories the piece in question falls into. The use of either footnotes or endnotes is acceptable, and, for longer manuscripts, any of the scholarly house-styles, such as that set out in The Chicago Manual of Style, may be adopted.
Please note that although the submission of non-English articles and manuscripts is encouraged, such articles must always be accompanied by an English abstract of 150 to 1,000 words.

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