About the Journal

Focus and Scope


The Groningen Journal of International Law aims to promote knowledge, innovation and development. It seeks to serve as a catalyst for author-generated ideas that address the role of international law in facing the challenges of the 21st century. The Journal aims to become a recognised platform for legal innovation with the purpose of developing and promoting the rule of international law through engaging analysis, innovative ideas, academic creativity, and exploratory scholarship.


Innovation + Creativity + Exploration + Open Mindedness

The Groningen Journal of International Law is based on four values, all of which are intertwined with one another. Innovation is the bedrock upon which the Journal is based. Innovation requires creativity, for without the creative mind new solutions will not present themselves. Creativity is dependent on exploration to systematise the unknown. Open mindedness, the ability to look for solutions beyond current structures and paradigms, underlies the exploration of new ideas.

Peer Review Process

The Groningen Journal of International Law is a peer-reviewed journal. All submissions are read by the Publishing Director. Only those submissions that most likely the fulfil the journal’s submission requirements will be sent to the peer reviewers. Submissions that do not fulfil the submission requirements will be rejected without any peer review. For example, if a submission only includes 2,000 words, whereas the minimum requirement of words is 7,000 words, the submission will not enter the peer review process and shall be rejected. Each submission that is sent for formal review will undergo a double-blinded peer review. Reviewers will anonymously fill in a peer review form, make suggestions and comments in the submitted manuscript, and suggest ‘acceptance with minor revisions’, ‘acceptance with major revisions’ or ‘rejection’. The Editor-in-Chief and Publishing Director will make decisions accordingly within 4 months.

Editorial Board

Reet Varma (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) / President

Kyrill Ryabtsev (Universiteit Utrecht) / Editor-in-Chief

Medes Malaihollo (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) / Publishing Director

Rosalind Turkie (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) / Executive Blog Editor

Rolanda Yung-Hoi (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)   / Promotional Director

Yuvraj Rattan Mehra (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)  / External Liaison

John Amir Daniel Johnson (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) / Secretary and Treasurer


Advisory Board

Prof. dr. Marcel Brus / Public International Law / University of Groningen

Prof. dr. Caroline Fournet / Criminal Law / University of Groningen

Prof. dr. Laurence Gormley / European Law / University of Groningen

Prof. dr. André de Hoogh / Public International Law / University of Groningen

Prof. dr. Brigit Toebes / Public International Law / University of Groningen                     

Prof. dr. Viola Bex-Reimert / Migration Law / University of Groningen


Editorial Review

Vanessa Hernandez / Editorial Reviewer (Blog)
Joel Joseph / Editorial Reviewer (Blog)


Editorial Staff

Şilan Çelebi  / Managing Editor (Issues)

Abhishekh Rodricks / Editor (Issues)

Ahmed Khan / Editor (Issues)

Giulia Marini Cossetti / Editor (Issues)

Himmy Lui / Editor (Issues)

Jaanika Vainula / Editor (Issues)

Melina Elverdal / Editor (Issues)

Purnima Sharma / Editor (Issues)

Rachel Lau / Editor (Issues)

Rajat Pareek / Editor (Issues)

Saide Esra Akdogan / Editor (Issues)

Sara Ikaheimonen  / Editor (Issues)

Shrey Shrestha / Senior Editor (Blog)

Emily Joynes / Senior Editor (Blog)

Pranav Agarwal / Senior Editor (Blog)

Sarah El Taweel  / Senior Editor (Blog)

Manasa S Venkatachalam / Senior Editor (Blog)

Triantafyllos Kouloufakos / Editorial Reviewer (Blog)

Himmy Lui / Editorial Reviewer (Blog)

Pedro de Sousa / Graphic Designer