About the journal

Statement of purpose

The Estey Journal of International Law and Trade Policy is a venue for the exchange of ideas pertaining to the international commercial and its legal environment. It publishes high quality scholarly research to stimulate dialogue and debate on both topics of current interest to the international community and longer-standing issues of international relations. To ensure the timely and widespread dissemination of research, the Journal is published solely in an electronic (web based) format. 

The Journal encourages scholars and practitioners to submit papers for consideration for publication on any aspect of international law or trade policy pertaining to the international commercial environment. From time to time the Journal will publish special issues on particular topics and individuals with proposals for special issues should contact the editor.

The Journal aims to be truly cross-disciplinary and publishes articles which are accessible to all those who have an interest in the international commerce and its legal environment.    

Role of the editorial advisory board

The Editorial Advisory Board of the The Estey Journal of International Law and Trade Policy is comprised of individuals selected for their expertise in matters relating to international law and trade policy. The primary role of the members of the editorial advisory board is to assist in the process of ensuring that The Estey Journal of International Law and Trade Policy consistently publishes material of a high scholarly standard and is editorially independent. The editor of the Journal may, from time to time, seek the advice of the members on issues of editorial policy. Members of the editorial advisory board may contact the editor at any time to discuss ideas or concerns pertaining to the Journal. The members are encouraged to take an active interest in the Journal through submissions of their scholarly work, the review of manuscripts and informing those with an interest in international law and trade policy of the Journal’s activities.   

Editorial Policy

The Estey Journal of International Law and Trade Policy encourages authors to submit original scholarly manuscripts on any aspect of international law, trade policy or other areas of international relations that pertain directly to the international commercial environment. Authors from the legal profession, international organizations, governments and the private sector as well as those from the academic community are encouraged to submit their research.

To ensure that The Estey Journal of International Law and Trade Policy publishes research of the highest quality, all manuscripts will be double blind reviewed (neither the reviewers not the authors will be informed of the others’ identity). To ensure that publication takes place in a timely manner, all aspects of the editorial process – manuscript submission, review, correspondence and manuscript preparation will be done electronically. In keeping with the policy of timely publication, reviewers are asked either to accept or reject manuscripts as submitted. While reviewers may choose to make comments for the authors, there will be no process for revising and re-submitting manuscripts. All editorial decisions are final. The editor, however, can ask for changes which will improve the manuscript’s accessibility and readability.

The objective of The Estey Journal of International Law and Trade Policy is to be interdisciplinary and accessible to a wide audience. It is also aware that excellent research may require complex theoretical development, extensive background material and evidence or the articulation of arguments of logic. To serve both these aspects of scholarly research, the Journal requires that all submitted manuscripts be in the form of a short and complete readable paper (approximately 3600-4500 words). In addition, authors are encouraged to also provide a Scholarly Annex to their submission that includes the more formal research which supports the paper. The Journal will review and publish both the paper and the Scholarly Annex.

To facilitate referencing and reporting, the Journal will be organized in volumes and issues, but in keeping with timely publication and the electronic format, manuscripts will be published immediately upon final acceptance. Volumes and issues will be closed by calendar dates and new volumes and issues opened concurrently.  

The Journal will also publish special issues on a particular topic from time to time. Individuals with topics for special issues who are willing to act as guest editors are asked to contact the editor to discuss their proposals. As the international commercial environment unfolds, new themes may be added for regular publication as needed.

Copyright

In order to disseminate the work of authors as widely as possible, Estey Journal of International Law and Trade Policy will retain the copyright to all documents so that they can be used according to the "fair use" guidelines below. Specifically, Estey Journal of International Law and Trade Policy retains full and exclusive rights including, but not limited to, the right to publish, republish, transmit, distribute, and otherwise use all published documents (articles, editorials, comments, and so on) appearing in Estey Journal of International Law and Trade Policy on the World Wide Web. Published documents can be used under the following "fair use" guidelines:

Fair Use Guidelines

Users may download or print any document appearing in Estey Journal of International Law and Trade Policy for their own use. Articles, or any other document appearing in Estey Journal of International Law and Trade Policy, can be used for non-commercial, educational, and teaching purposes by students and teachers. Use of material to promote free speech, learning, scholarly research, and open discussion is encouraged. The copying or redistribution of articles or any other document in any manner for personal or corporate gain is prohibited.

Any material from an article, editorial, comment, and so on can be excerpted for use by media, academia, business, students, or any other organization as long as full credit is given to the author of the article and to Estey Journal of International Law and Trade Policy.

Likewise, any table or figure can be reproduced (or excerpted) from Estey Journal of International Law and Trade Policy as long as full credit is given to the author and to Estey Journal of International Law and Trade Policy.