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The American Review of International Arbitration invites the submission of unsolicited manuscripts. ARIA accepts unsolicited submissions in four categories of work: Articles, Notes, Book Reviews, Expert Comments, and Blog Posts.  If you are unsure of which submission category you would like to submit in, please list the two categories you would like us to consider.  Broadly speaking, please keep in mind that ARIA is a subject matter journal whose readers make up the field of international arbitration and are thus familiar with the principles of arbitration.  While introductions should include some background, authors should write with this specific audience in mind and need not spend a significant portion of any manuscript introducing the foundational concepts of arbitration. ARIA strives to bring novel and unique writings to its readers.  We welcome, celebrate, and encourage diversity of authors and topics within the field of international arbitration.

Submission Instructions: Manuscripts should be submitted as an e-mail attachment in Microsoft Word format to aria@law.columbia.edu, with “Submission for Review_[Last Name]” as the subject line.

Before submitting, please read our Style Guide for Authors. We will not be accepting any submissions that do not follow this formatting guide. 

A member of our staff will confirm receipt. All questions, comments, and concerns regarding submission may be directed to aria@law.columbia.edu or our Student Editor-in-Chief, Olivia Lu, at osl2102@columbia.edu.

 

Articles: 

Content: An Article typically analyzes a problem and suggests a solution, providing background information to the reader before turning to the argument.  Articles typically follow a “roadmap” beginning with introduction and background, turning next to analysis and argument, and reaching a conclusion, providing thorough treatment of the specific area of law at issue.  Articles are formal in tone and should be supported by extensive research.

Format: Articles may be 10,000 – 20,000 words in length and should be submitted in the English language with double-spaced text and single-spaced footnotes. All footnotes must conform to ‘The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation’ (21st Ed.).  Article submissions should include an abstract and a table of contents (not included in word count).  We accept submissions in Microsoft Word format.  Footnotes are included in the word count.

Author Eligibility: We accept article submissions from legal scholars and practicing attorneys.  Current J.D. and L.L.M. students are not eligible to publish articles in ARIA, except in limited circumstances.  We welcome co-authored articles.

 

Notes: 

Content: A Note is similar to an essay.  It presents a novel idea in an area of interest to a peer audience.  Unlike essays, Notes are less formal in research and presentation, and less broad in topic. Notes must address a new topic that has not been previously discussed in a published piece of legal scholarship. Notes should include an author’s position on the topic and some advocacy or criticism of the topic at issue.

Format: Notes may be 8,000 – 15,000 words in length and should be submitted in the English language with double-spaced text and single-spaced footnotes conforming to ‘The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation’ (21st Ed.).  Notes submissions should include an abstract and a table of contents. We accept submissions in Microsoft Word format.  Footnotes are included in the word count.

Author Eligibility: we accept Notes from all authors, including but not limited to J.D. and L.L.M. students at Columbia Law School. We welcome co-authored notes.

 

Book Reviews: 

Book reviews on recently published books (published within 12 months of submission to ARIA) should be 4,000 – 7,500 words in length and should be submitted in English with double-spaced text and single-spaced footnotes conforming to ‘The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation’ (21st Ed.).  We accept submissions in Microsoft Word format.  Footnotes are included in the word count. We welcome co-authored book reviews.

A book review should evaluate how the book affects current literature and community discussions and analyze where and why the book fails or succeeds. A book review should not just describe the book being reviewed.

 

Expert Comments:

Expert Comments is a new feature introduced by ARIA to provide distinguished arbitrators and practitioners an opportunity to express their opinions and views on current developments, trends and practices in the field of International Arbitration. Expert Comments features short articles, op-ed pieces and initial impressions of new developments for a broader audience.  This new feature aims to provide distinguished arbitrators and practitioners a platform to enlighten readers of their experience and perspective on pressing issues in international arbitration. 

We hope that Expert Comments encourages our readers to introspect on the future and development of International Arbitration. We also hope that this new section serves as a medium to expose readers to ideas that could potentially transform the practice of arbitration.  

ARIA accepts submissions for the “Expert Comments” section, in rare circumstances, from distinguished arbitrators and distinguished practitioners.

 

Blog Posts: 

Blog posts should be no more than 4,000 words in length and should be submitted in English with double-spaced text. We encourage hyperlinking to sources whenever possible. We accept submissions in Microsoft Word format.