Multilateralism, International Organizations, and the Global Response to COVID-19

The American University International Law Review (AUILR) is now accepting article submissions on topics for online publication related to international law and international organizations’ responses to global pandemics, including and especially COVID-19. In light of the current global trend shifting toward more nationalistic and authoritarian approaches in responding to the current public health crisis, AUILR is specifically seeking articles that explore the importance of multilateralism during global pandemics. In this respect, we seek original contributions by academics and practitioners demonstrating why the work of International Organizations (WTO, WHO, UN, EU, AU, OAS), Supranational and International Courts, Transnational Non-Governmental Organization, or other expert networks is essential in global responses in worldwide health crises.

While AUILR considers submissions of varying lengths and styles on topics ranging from extensive treatment of specific international legal topics to broader discussions of international legal issues, we are currently seeking to publish articles of roughly 1,000-1,500 words that provide timely and original legal analysis. Additionally, AUILR encourages scholarship that is understandable to those unfamiliar with the topic and is supported by responsive and authoritative endnotes. The citation format should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015). Following the acceptance and editing process of submitted articles, which will be handled entirely by the AUILR staff, AUILR will publish the work on as part of its re-launch. 

The most recent U.S. News and World Report ranked American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) as a Top-5 International Law program in the nation, tied for fourth place with Yale and Columbia Law School. AUILR is one of the twenty-five most frequently cited international and comparative student law reviews in the United States. AUILR proudly shares a special relationship with the Washington College of Law’s prestigious faculty of the International and Comparative Legal Studies Program and the world-renowned Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.  The Journal also annually publishes a unique bilingual collection of English- and Spanish-language scholarship on timely issues related to the proceedings of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Furthermore, AUILR collaborates with the American Society of International Law (ASIL), which gives the Journal the privilege of annually publishing the Grotius Lecture and Response from ASIL’s Annual Meeting.

AUILR encourages legal practitioners and scholars to submit their work for potential publication and direct questions to the Digital Articles Editor at the contact information below.

We look forward to working with you and welcome you to let us be the platform for your ideas.


Emma Kenyon

Digital Articles Editor

American University International Law Review 


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