Style Sheet For Authors

Please follow this guide when submitting Manuscripts for review.

Submitting a Manuscript

1.       All Manuscripts should be in English, using the UK written standard, or in French.

2.      Manuscripts should be word processed and 1.5 spaced throughout the text and footnotes. Text should be in Times New Roman 12 point and fully justified; footnotes should be in Times New Roman 10 point and fully justified and margins should be set at 1 inch or 2.54 cm all round.

3.      Full papers should not exceed 12,000 words including footnotes, but excluding the abstract.

4.      Articles should include an abstract not exceeding 200 words and keywords between 3 and 5.

5.      Manuscripts should include professional information details and affiliations, in an asterisked footnote attached to the name of each author.

6.      Manuscripts will be reviewed by the editors and may be returned to authors for revision. All manuscripts will be language edited and editors reserve the right to make alterations to style, punctuation, grammar etc.

7.      Unless otherwise agreed in writing with the publisher, submission of a contribution shall imply that it contains original work and has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. Acceptance for publication entails the transfer of copyright to the publisher.

8.     The submission for publication of any contribution shall imply acceptance of these conditions.


1.      Authors should use footnotes.

2.      Authors should number the footnotes consecutively and include references at the bottom of the page. They should also provide a full list of references at the end of the article. Entries should appear in alphabetical order, followed by date order.

3.      References should be cited thus:

Books: [A. Author], [title], [vol. if from a series] ([edition, place: publisher, date]), [at exact page if a direct quote or paraphrase].

D. Garland, Punishment and Modern Society: A Study in Social Theory (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990), at 20-21.

A. Cassese, International Law (2nd edn., Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), at 56.

J. Dressler (ed.), Encyclopaedia of Crime and Justice, Vol. 3 (2nd edn., Woodridge, CT: Macmillan, 2002).

Chapters in books: [A. Author], [‘Chapter title’], in [editor (ed.)], [Book Title] ([Place of publication: Publisher, Date]) [page range of chapter in book – N.B. no comma; may be full range, or first page], at [page number if direct quote or paraphrase].

B. Swart and G. Sluiter, ‘The International Criminal Court and International Criminal Co-operation’, in H.A.M. Von Hebel, J.G. Lammers and J. Schukking (eds), Reflections on the International Criminal Court: Essays in Honour of Adriaan Bos(The Hague: T.M.C. Asser Press, 1998) 91-120, at 102.

Periodical Articles: [A. Author], [‘Article Title’], [Volume number] [Periodical — full title (abbreviation)subsequently abbreviated] [(date)] [page range of article – N.B. no comma; may be full range, or first page], at [page number if a direct quote or paraphrase].

D. Van Zyl Smit, ‘Life Imprisonment as an Ultimate Penalty in International Law: A Human Rights Perspective’, 9 Criminal Law Forum (1999) 5-54, at 8.

Subsequent references to the same article would be:

Van Zyl Smit, supra note X, at 43.

NGO Reports: [Author (individual author/s if named, organization if authors unnamed)], [Title], [Organization (if not already mentioned as author)], [date of publication (in parenthesis if year only)], available online at [insert full URL], at [page number if a direct quote or paraphrase].

Th. Cruvellier and M. Wierda, The Special Court for Sierra Leone: The First Eighteen Months, International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) Case Study Series, March 2004, available at (visited 9 March 2009), at 2.

Human Rights Watch, Bringing Justice: The Special Court for Sierra Leone; Accomplishments, Shortcomings, and Needed Support (2004), available online at (visited 9 March 2009), at 3.

Blogposts: [A. Author], [‘Title’], [Blog: name and organization], [date of posting],

available online at [insert full URL], at [page number if direct quote or paraphrase].

C. Chung, ‘Justice for Bashir: What’s Different Today?’, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law, 5 March 2009, available at (last visited 1 April 2009).

Unpublished theses: J. Smith, ‘German Reunification’ (LLM thesis on file at the European University Institute, Florence.)

Cross-references to the same work should be made as follows:

Fawcett, supra note 31, at 12.

If that particular note contains two references by Fawcett or Fawcett’s works have been cited several times, a short title should be given: Fawcett, Supranationalitysupra note 31, at 12.

Op. cit.’ should be generally avoided. ‘Ibid.’ is used where there are two or more consecutive references to the same work. ‘Idem’ is used where there are two or more consecutive references to the same author.

It is possible to include a reference to a short title in brackets after first full citation, prefaced by ‘hereafter’, e.g.

Art. 1(1) Agreement Between the UN and the Government of Sierra Leone on the Establishment of a Special Court for Sierra Leone, 16 January 2002, available online at (last visited 19 February 2009) (hereafter the ‘Agreement on the Establishment of the SCSL’).

Multiple authors: When there are two authors, separate their names with ‘and’ rather than by an ampersand (‘&’). Where there are three authors, separate the first and second with a comma, and the second and third with an ‘and’.

G. Stéfani, G. Levasseur, and B. Bouloc, Procédure penal général (11th edn., Paris: Dalloz, 1996).

When there are more than three authors, you may list the first author and then ‘et al.’ (N.B. ‘et al.’ not in italics).

Internet sources: Where a hard copy of a text exists, the hard copy citation is the preferred citation. It is not necessary to include an internet address citation for text from official court decisions accessed via the internet, if all of the normal citation information is available (i.e. case name, deciding court, page citation, date of decision, etc.). Otherwise, cite an internet source, as follows:

See H.J. Albrecht, ‘Settlements out of Court: A Comparative Study of European Criminal Justice Systems’, Research Paper 19 (South African Law Commission) available online at (visited 21 November 2002), at 4.