North Carolina Journal of International Law

"Connecting North Carolina to the World of International Law"


As an extension of the University of North Carolina School of Law, ILJ has two principal goals. First, ILJ seeks to broaden the image of the school by providing attorneys with a publication focused on the practice of international law. Second, ILJ seeks to keep the law school in contact with those in the business and legal community that are forging ahead in the practice of international law.

International law has been one of the fastest growing sectors in American legal curricula in recent years. The University of North Carolina School of Law has not only kept pace with this growth, but continuously encourages its development. For convincing proof of the law school’s long-term commitment to providing educational opportunities in the field of international law, one need look no further than the North Carolina Journal of International Law.

The journal was launched in 1975 as the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation by a group of students and professors at UNC’s School of Law who recognized international law’s growing importance for the North Carolina business community. The fledgling journal produced its first issue of three articles, totaling 107 pages, with a shoestring budget and the guidance of law student, Henry Burwell, and faculty advisor Seymour W. Wurfel.

The journal has grown steadily since then, with Volume 40 amounting to more than 1,000 pages. Volume 41 included the premiere issue of The Forum, the journal’s online addendum. The expanded online presence reflects the editors’ recognition of the need for agility amid the increasing pace of commerce, finance, war, migration, and other legally relevant global interaction. The journal posts more frequently to its blog, and Volume 41 introduced “Reports,” a class of online pieces that combine the analytical rigor of print with the immediacy of online publishing.

The journal’s newly shortened name, The North Carolina Journal of International Law (ILJ), further reflects this agility. The journal started out focusing on international issues affecting the business community; however, the journal has over time broadened its scope and expanded its purview beyond commerce and commercial law. ILJ continues to maintain its commitment to examining international commercial law, but it also examines the full range of international issues, from cyberespionage and intellectual property to human rights and territorial disputes.

Furthermore, ILJ’s annual symposium features legal scholars and practitioners discussing the impact of contemporary issues on international law.

For more information on the history of ILJ, please see Jerry W. Markham, The North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation and International Course Offerings, 73 N.C. L. REV. 805 (1995).