The NIALS Journal of Comparative and International Law (NJCIL) is an open access and peer-reviewed journal published by the Department of International Law, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS). The NJCIL aims to contribute to legal scholarship by providing a platform for academics, practitioners and jurists to engage in discourses that will contribute to contemporary legal development in the areas of comparative and international law. The journal publishes original research articles, case law review, short notes, book review, commentaries on various issues of comparative and international law, especially the compliance behaviour of states, organisations and individuals with international law.

The Editorial Board is issuing a Call for Papers to be published in the maiden edition of NJCIL. The manuscripts should conform to the Guidelines approved by the Editorial Board.

Guideline for Authors in the NIALS Journal of Comparative and International Law (NJCIL)

The Editorial Board has approved the following Guidelines for authors wishing to publish in the NJCIL.

I.    The manuscript should be in Microsoft Format and in United Kingdom English, double line spaced and font size 12 Times New Roman with all references in footnotes on A4 format.

II.    Authors should also submit an abstract of not more than 250 words, enclosing a resume.

III.    Papers for the journal should be submitted not later than April 15 2020.

IV.    Articles should range from 7,500 to 10,000 words. Short notes should not exceed 5,500 words. Case law reviews and commentaries should not exceed 3000 words. Book reviews should not exceed 1500 words. These are inclusive of relevant footnotes; which must be numbered consecutively throughout the text with Arabic numerals.

V.    The title, name, postal address and e-mail address of the author of the paper should be clearly indicated on the first page of the paper.

VI.    Authors of papers are required to use the Nigerian Association of Law Teachers (NALT) referencing style. This can be accessed at

VII.    Paper submitted for publication in NJCIL must not have been submitted or published elsewhere.

The Editorial Board has approved the following Guidelines for the assessment of submissions:

I.    Papers are refereed to ensure relevance and accuracy of content. Peer review is conducted on a double-blind basis. Authors may be requested to revise their papers before final acceptance;

II.    Literary quality: writing style and organisation including paragraphing, language, syntax and flow;

III.    Use of footnotes: over/under-referencing, source, and relationships of the footnotes to the main text; and

IV.    Presence of new and creative thought as well as plausibility of the argument.


Submission should be in electronic form and should be sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.