Challenging the International Law of Immunities: New Trends on Established Principles?

The Brazilian Journal of International Law invites submissions for a special issue on “Challenging the International Law of Immunities: New Trends on Established Principles?” to be published in March 2021. The issue will be edited by Lucas Carlos Lima (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais), Loris Marotti (Università degli Studi di Milano) and Paolo Palchetti (Sorbonne Law School). The deadline for submission is the 20th of October 2020.

Immunities in international law are constantly subject to attempts of normative challenge, contestation and overhauling, in spite of recent reaffirmations of their core principles by national and international tribunals. This tension can be perceived as a cross-cutting trend in the permanent questioning of rules of immunities pertaining to different international actors such as States, International Organizations, Heads of States and diplomatic agents. Not by chance the narratives involving this field of law can be chronicled in sagas (Pinochet, Germany v. Italy, Mothers of Srebrenica, Jam v. IFC, Changri-la submarine, etc.) which do not rarely intermingle municipal, regional and international legal orders.
The purpose of the current special issue of the Brazilian Journal of International Law is to discuss new trends and emerging challenges to the international law of immunities. The idea is to map the attempts to reconcile a more state-centric approach with the novel challenging elements stemming from values which underpin different fields, and particularly human rights law and international criminal law. The issue is not purported to constitute an organic work but rather a bricolage of different practices, perspectives and analyses of the current trends on the different branches of immunities. Thus, the Editors, aware of the broadness of the topic, are particularly interested in receiving contributions dealing with recent challenge, contestation or reassertion of the principles involving the international law on immunities.
The following non-exhaustive topics can be considered by interested authors and researchers.

 Current developments in the law of immunities from jurisdiction and execution covering State immunity, immunities of international organizations, immunities of State officials.
 The role of international and municipal courts in developing and challenging the law of immunities.
 Theoretical approaches to the law of immunities.
 Regional and municipal approaches to the law of immunities.


The Brazilian Journal of International Law is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal which publishes three issues per year.


Manuscripts may be submitted in English, French, Portuguese, or Spanish. Articles in English are strongly recommended. Manuscript revisions will be in the language of submission. Non-native speakers are strongly encouraged to have their paper read by a native speaker. The Journal will reject articles if the level of chosen language is insufficient.
It adopts a double-blind peer-review policy. The response from the first review will normally be provided within 30 days from the submission. Authors are expected to correct and return proofs of accepted articles within 10 days.
Authors should preferably hold a PhD and/or have a strong professional/academic background at the time of submission. The editors will reject manuscripts before review if they are not suitable for the journal, e.g. because of inadequate or imprecise analytical development, inconsistent formatting or non-compliance with our submission guidelines, and poor writing style (this list is not exhaustive).
The deadline for submission is 30th September 2020.


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Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided below.
The Journal considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that they have not been submitted elsewhere, that they have not been published already, nor are they under consideration for publication or in press elsewhere. Contributions must report original research and will be subjected to review by referees at the discretion of the Editorial Committee.


• Manuscripts should be written in Times New Roman, size 12, space between lines 1.5 throughout the manuscript (including all quotations, endnotes and references).
• Pages should be numbered consecutively.
• Notes should be listed consecutively at the end of the article (endnotes), and clearly marked in the text at the point of punctuation by superior numbers. Endnotes should be used for clarification purposes only.
• Manuscripts must be submitted in Word format (.doc). PDF files will not be accepted.
• All the authors of a paper must attach their short curriculum vitae (CV), which must consist of a single one paragraph-text of 100-120 words in length, each. This is to be done online during the submission process.
• The affiliations of all named co-authors should be the affiliation where the research was conducted. If any of the named co-authors moves affiliation during the peer review process, the new affiliation can be given as a footnote. Please note that no changes to affiliation can be made after the article is accepted.
• All manuscripts submitted should be free from jargon and be written as clearly and concisely as possible. Non-discriminatory language is mandatory. Sexist or racist terms must not be used.
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Articles should be based on original research and develop an original argument falling within the scope of the journal. The articles are subjected to a blind-peer review and must include:
• Title
• Abstract of up to 200 words
• 5-7 keywords
• Main text
• References (at the end of the article)
• Footnotes
• Acknowledgements (if appropriate)
• Table(s) and Figure(s) with caption(s) (on individual files) (if appropriate)


For questions regarding the content of this special issue, please contact:

Professor Nitish Monebhurrun — Editor of the Brazilian Journal of International law:

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