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The Year in Review, previously included as an issue of The International Lawyer, is now its own annual publication of the American Bar Association's International Law Section. It has had a place as a prestigious ABA publication since 1966 and has called SMU Dedman School of Law its home since 1986.

The Year in Review, as its name suggests, is an annual survey of the law from around the world. On average, thirty to forty committees of the ABA International Law Section contribute to the publication and capture the germane legal developments, key pieces of legislation, and landmark decisions that help to shape the legal tapestry of their respective countries and areas of interest. Catering to the ABA ILS membership and others, The YIR shares in the same readership as TIL, and is the most widely distributed U.S. international law survey in the world, enjoying subscriptions of approximately 11,000 readers in more than 90 countries. Submissions are made annually by Committee Editors on behalf of their respective ABA International Law Section committees.

To help produce The Year in Review, SMU’s student editorial board works in conjunction with the professional editorial board chaired by the Editor-in-Chief, Marc I. Steinberg, Rupert and Lillian Radford Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law. Beverly C. Duréus and Patricia S. Heard, also of the SMU Law School, serve as Co-Executive Editors and interface with the ABA International Law Section membership, and Joan Schaffner, the Section's Publications Officer. Co-General Editors-in-Chief, Professors Rosa Kim of Suffolk University Law School, Kimberly Y.W. Holst of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, and Jason Palmer of the Stetson University College of Law, lead a team of deputy editors who are also an integral part of the editing process.

Preferred Citation

Vol. No. ABA/ILS YIR (n.s.) page no. (year).

Publication policy

The objective of The Year In Review is to publish high quality articles on international subjects that are relevant to each Committee of the ABA/ILS, that inform its readers of significant legal developments that happened during the previous calendar year.

Article Submissions

Articles are submitted by the ABA/ILS Committees, and should not exceed 7,000 words (including footnotes). Text and footnotes should be double-spaced. Internal citations and footnotes must conform to the most recent edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Harvard Law Review Association). The Journal does not accept unsolicited submissions nor does it consider articles that have been or are to be published elsewhere.

By October 1 of the current year, the Committee Chair shall appoint a Committee Editor. The Committee Editor will be the person principally responsible for the committee’s submission for The YIR. The name of the committee, the committee editor’s name, and contact information should be forwarded to The YIR via [email protected].

All articles must be in an electronic Word format, and may only be submitted by ABA/ILS Committee Editors. They should be forwarded to the ABA/ILS YIR Co-General Editors Rose Kim at [email protected], Kim Holst at [email protected], and Jason Palmer at [email protected] on or before December 1st. Manuscripts undergo peer review, source verification, editing, and citation checks. The editors of The Year In Review reserve the right to move an accepted manuscript from the committed issue to another publication of the ABA/ILS. Committee Editors and authors must also comply with additional requirements as posted on the ABA/ILS website.

Manuscripts are submitted at the sender’s risk. The editors do not return unsolicited material. Material accepted for publication becomes the property of the ABA/ILS, which pays no fee for any manuscript.