Call for papers – Revista de Direito Internacional (Brazilian Journal of International Law) – UniCeUB (qualis A1) – Special issue 2018.1




The Brazilian Journal of International Law (RDI) invites submissions for a special issue on Southern Narratives of International Law to be published in 2018. The issue will be edited by Professors Arthur Giannattasio (Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, São Paulo), Fabio Morosini (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre), and Michelle Ratton Sanchez Badin (Fundação Getulio Vargas, São Paulo)

In the last decades, alternative narratives about international law have attempted to reframe the field beyond the modern Western European narratives. In such an attempt to present a contribution to international legal thinking outside and beyond a northern perspective, a new agenda for international law (teaching and research agenda, methods and analytical frameworks) is being pursued by academics in the global south or by academics who are concerned with the challenges that the global south is pressing on international legal theory. Indeed, global south approaches are associated with unveiling and reconceptualizing exclusion and of the role of the excluded in the international legal order. This call for papers aims at raising consciousness around the role of the global south in the theory of international law, to understand and to propose concepts and institutional experiences derived from those multilevel pure and applied criticisms to positivist theories and value-free doctrines. Thus, this call and its Special Editors encourage submissions on a variety of themes that address international law from that alternative standpoint. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

1) What does it mean to think critically in international law?
2) Traditional international law versus critical international law: epistemology and ontological differences.
3) Critical analysis of International Law and Normative Spaces: Differences between Global North and Global South Approaches.
4) International law and its critics: contributions from NAIL, TWAIL, Postcolonial theory, Decoloniality, Feminism, Queer theory, Race theory, Transcivilizational approaches, Imperialism, Postmodernism, and others.
5) International law and national identities.
6) Do all critical approaches to international law fit into Southern narratives?
7) Using history and empirical studies to criticize international law.
8) International law and exclusion: actors, processes, norms, narratives.
9) Critical analysis of international law and teaching methods: challenges for the traditional curriculum.
10) Practicing critical international legal thinking: experiences and testimonials.
11) Beyond criticism: how can the current international law system benefit from new Southern critical studies?


The Brazilian Journal of International Law is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal which publishes academic papers related to issues addressed by public and private international law. Ranked by the Brazilian National Counsel of Technological and Scientific Development as Qualis A1 in Law, RDI is becoming an important academic asset in the quest for development and construction of critical views about international law.

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 in International Law and History of International Law 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 31st October 2017.

All content published by the Journal, except where identified, is licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-type BY-NC. This will ensure the widest dissemination and protection against copyright infringement of articles. The “article” is defined as comprising the final, definitive, and citable Version of Scholarly Record, and includes: (a) the accepted manuscript in its final and revised form, including the text, abstract, and all accompanying tables, illustrations, data; and (b) any supplemental material.
As an author, you are required to secure permission to reproduce any proprietary text, illustration, table, or other material, including data, audio, video, film stills, and screenshots, and any supplemental material you propose to submit. This applies to direct reproduction as well as “derivative reproduction” (where you have created a new figure or table that derives substantially from a copyrighted source). The reproduction of short extracts of text, excluding poetry and song lyrics, for the purposes of criticism may be possible without formal permission on the basis that the quotation is reproduced accurately and full attribution is given.
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.
· All submissions should be made online via
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 Dr. Nitish Monebhurrun — Editor of the Brazilian Journal of International law
[email protected]

Professor Dr. Michelle Ratton Sanchez Badin – Guest Editor
[email protected]

Professor Dr. Fabio Morosini – Guest Editor
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Professor Dr. Arthur Giannattasio – Guest Editor
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