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Young International Law

Prof. Pierre Thielbörger
Institute on the International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict

Young International Law

The project “Young International Law” (YIL) aims at promoting young academics by providing the opportunity to publish their research findings in an internationally renowned journal at an early stage of their career. YIL encourages young researchers to do so in English (rather than in German), thereby entering into the international academic dialogue and strengthening the researchers’ visibility.

Publishing articles in peer-reviewed journals is most essential to a successful career in academia, even more so in law. However, it is challenging. Reaching a broader scientific community, English publications can significantly enhance a researcher’s career development. Nonetheless, up to now, most authors publishing in peer-reviewed journals are professors, post-docs and post-graduate professionals whereas PhD students are often rejected or are rather reluctant to submit their work at the beginning of their career in the first place. The dilemma is obvious: what is most needed to succeed in academia, is all too rarely pursued by many young aspiring scholars. The IFHV, together with the German Red Cross, publishes the quarterly bilingual (English-German) journal “Humanitäres Völkerrecht – Informationsschriften” (HuV-I / Journal of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (JILPAC)), one of the few peer-reviewed journals at the RUB, and in Germany the only one in the field of international humanitarian law.

In order to support academics in the early stage of their independent research, a new section of the HuV-I will be launched. It will be devoted to publishing one to two articles by RUB PhD researchers per issue. In drafting and submitting their articles, the young authors will be advised and supported by a post-doc or a more experienced PhD student in his/her final stages of dissertation. In order to improve the chance of being accepted for publication with the HuV-I, the articles will further be subjected to a prereview procedure before entering the regular (very competitive) external peer-review. This will significantly increase the chances of approval for publication by the editorial board.