The Columbia Journal of Transnational Law welcomes unsolicited manuscripts offering novel scholarship on international, comparative or transnational legal issues. Submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis, but must comply with the following standards:

  • Author Eligibility. We accept article submissions from legal scholars and practicing attorneys. Current J.D. and LL.M. students are not eligible to publish articles in the print edition of the Journal. (Current students are eligible to submit pieces for publication in the Bulletin. See below for more information.)
  • Content Requirements. Submissions must address an issue that is “transnational” in nature. As coined and popularized by Columbia Law School Professor Philip C. Jessup some fifty years ago, this means that manuscripts must involve legal issues transcending or crossing borders, but not necessarily laws created–or even affecting–states, including private international law, comparative law, as well as public international law.
  • Article Format and Length. All manuscripts must be submitted in the English language with both text and footnotes double-spaced. The Journal accepts pieces of any length, but will print articles in excess of 25,000 words — roughly fifty law review pages — only in exceptional circumstances. Footnotes must conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed.).
  • Submission Process. The Journal requires all Articles be submitted through the ExpressO online submission system. Articles not submitted through ExpressO will not be considered. All submissions should be accompanied with a résumé or CV and abstract.
  • Expedited Review. On a case-by-case basis and upon request, the Journal will provide expedited review for authors who have received an offer of publication from another journal. Authors interested in requesting expedited review should contact the Head Articles Editor at and include the title of the article, the journal from which you have an offer of publication, and the date by which you must receive a decision from the Journal.
  • Withdrawals. If you wish to withdraw your piece from consideration, please do so by using the withdrawal option in ExpressO.

For more information, please feel free to contact the Head Articles Editor at


The Columbia Journal of Transnational Law also accepts unsolicited manuscripts by LL.M students. Submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis, but must comply with the following standards:

  • Author Eligibility. We accept notes from LL.M students at Columbia Law School and other law schools.
  • Content Requirements. Students may submit notes on the subject of public international law, private international law, comparative law, and transnational law. The Journal does not accept notes that address a purely domestic topic. Notes must address a new topic. That is, they must address an issue that has not been previously discussed in a published piece of legal scholarship. More information on the Journal’s preemption policy will be made available upon request.
  • Article Format and Length. All notes must be submitted in the English language with both text and footnotes double-spaced. Footnotes must conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed.). A typical note will range from 10,000 to 15,000 words (roughly twenty to thirty law review pages).  Notes falling outside this range will be considered for publication only under exceptional circumstances.
  • Submission Process. The vast majority of student notes are selected for publication in April. Depending on the year, Notes also may be selected on re-submission in September. Notes are selected by the Editorial Board based on their creativity, innovativeness, depth of research, and importance of the content.

For more information about notes program at the Journal of the Transnational Law, please feel free to contact us at

The Bulletin

The Bulletin is the Journal’s new online presence, intended to provide timely analysis on current affairs in and affecting transnational law. It is open to a wide range of contributions and authors. The Bulletin is currently not accepting any long-form pieces, but we encourage submissions of blog posts.

  • Author Eligibility. We accept Bulletin submissions from legal scholars, practicing attorneys, and current law students.
  • Content Requirements. Submissions must address an issue that is “transnational” in nature, as further explained in the Articles section above. The Bulletin, however, is committed to publishing a diverse selection of content, and emphasizes that its topic is transnational law broadly defined.
  • Submission Content and Length. Ideally, the piece should be 800-1,200 words.All claims must be supported by sources. There should be no footnotes, only hyperlinks. Footnotes are permitted if a source is not available online or if there is a brief essential aside form the author, but their use should be minimal and avoided if possible.
  • Submission Process. Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis by editorial staff.
  • Production Process. The production cycle for blog posts typically lasts about one week. During that week, the author is expected to respond promptly to requests for revision and clarification. The author will have a choice of which week they would like their piece to be edited before being published.

For more information about the Bulletin or to submit a piece, please email