Call for Papers: The Nigerian Yearbook of International Law (NYBIL) - Volume 3 (2020/2021)


April 8, 2021

The Nigerian Yearbook of International Law (NYBIL) is an annual, internationally refereed publication. Following the publication of its successful first volume, the Editors call for articles with in-depth analysis, short notes and Commentaries, and book reviews for publication in Volume 3 of the Yearbook (2020/21).

The NYBIL has as its main aim analysis of, commentaries on, and reporting of developments in international law that are mostly of relevance within the context of Nigeria in particular, Africa, the black diaspora of the world, and the developing world more generally. However, it is stressed that the publication is not exclusive in that regard: contributions from the perspective of the wider world are also strongly encouraged and welcomed.

Analysis of international law within the context of developing countries in general, the black diaspora, Africa and Nigeria in particular is an area of increasing scholarly and professional interest. We therefore welcome articles that engage in-depth with current and emerging global issues such as regional trade and investment, human rights, armed conflict, humanitarian intervention, transitional justice, international and transnational crimes, transnational migration, environment, international terrorism. The NYBIL provides an authoritative platform for focused analysis of these developments to be readily available to students, academics, practitioners, governments, and international bodies.

Submissions to the Yearbook is considered on a rolling basis. However, the closing date for submissions for Volume 3 is 31 July 2021.

Contributions must be original unpublished works and submission of contributions will be held to imply this.

Submissions should be provided in English and sent by email to the: 

Manuscript submission guidelines

The NYBIL welcomes original contributions from scholars, lawyers, judges and professionals active in fields on topics within the scope of the Yearbook. The length of manuscripts should normally range between 8,000 and 12,000 words (including footnotes) for full-length articles; 2,000-3,000 words for commentaries and case notes; and 1,000-1,500 words for book reviews. For all other inquiries and correspondence related to the NYBIL please contact the editors at with a copy to

The following rules should be followed:

Referencing and style (including some examples)

For more details on referencing and style consult the Springer Key Style Points available at Please chose reference style Basic.

The following specific rules should also be followed:


The Title Page should include the name(s) of the author(s), title of the work, affiliations of the author(s) and contact email. Additionally, a short abstract of 150-250 words should be included to summarise the content of the article. Up to three heading levels can be used within an article. The decimal system of numbering should be used (1, 1.1, 1.1.1,).

For the body of the text, a plain font (such as 11-point Times New Roman) should be used. Italics can be used within the text for emphasis, as well as for foreign words. Abbreviations should be written out in full at first mention with the abbreviation in parentheses.


Make use of footnotes to reference external works.

For secondary sources cite the authors last name or the name of the publishing entity followed by the year in brackets and the page number. A full citation should appear in the bibliography/reference lists (see below). Some examples:

Journal articles:

  • Smith et al. (1999), p. 325.

Books and chapters in books

  • Brown (2006), p. 215
  • South and Blass (2001), p. 245

UN Documents/reports

  • HRC (2012), para. 140


  • Trent (1975), p. 55 Online publications
  • Doe (1999) News articles 
  • 'Afghanistan Profile’ BBC News (2013)
  • Hirsch (2013)

Cases should be referenced in full in the footnotes.

  • ICJ, LaGrand case (Germany v. United States of America), Judgment, (2001) ICJ Rep 446.
  • ECtHR, Al-Jedda v. The United Kingdom, Judgment (App. No. 27021/08), 7 July 2011

Bibliographic references should appear at the end of the text in alphabetical order of the author’s last name. Some examples:

Journal articles

  • Smith J, Jones M Jr, Houghton L et al (1999) Future of health insurance. N Engl J Med 965:325–329 3

Books and chapters


  • South J, Blass B (2001) The future of modern genomics. Blackwell, London
  • Smith J, Brown B (eds) (2001) The demise of modern genomics. Blackwell, London

Chapter in a book

  • Brown B, Aaron M (2001) The politics of nature. In: Smith J (ed) The rise of modern genomics, 3rd edn. Wiley, New York, p 234–295

Online publications

  • Doe J (1999) Title of subordinate document. In: The dictionary of substances and their effects. Royal Society of Chemistry. Available via DIALOG. of subordinate document. Accessed 15 Jan 1999

News articles

Reports •

  • ICRC (2011) Report, international humanitarian law and the challenges of contemporary armed conflicts, (28 Nov–1 Dec 2011). international-conferenceihl-challenges-report-2011-10-31.htm

UN Documents

  • HRC (2012) Report of the working group on arbitrary detention (24 Dec 2012). UN Doc A/HRC/ 22/44
  • CAT (2004) Conclusions and recommendations of the committee against torture: Argentina (10 Dec 2004). UN Doc CAT/C/CR/33/1


  • Trent JW (1975) Experimental acute renal failure. Dissertation, University of California


Editor-in-Chief: Chile Eboe-Osuji

Managing Editors: Engobo Emeseh, Olabisi D. Akinkugbe

Assistant Editors: Odo Ogwuma, Tamarakemiebi Koroye, Stephanie Diri

The Nigerian Yearbook of International Law - Call for Papers - Volume 3.