History and Mission

In 1975, a group of students and professors at the School of Law recognized the growing influence of international law on the North Carolina business community and founded the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation as a means of connecting academia with law firms and businesses operating internationally. The fledgling journal produced its first issue of three articles, totaling 107 pages, with just 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 includes 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 is introducing “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).