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.