About TILJ

For over five decades, the Texas International Law Journal has earned acclaim and recognition as one of the top international journals in the nation by providing its readers access to cutting-edge legal analysis of recent international developments. The Journal publishes articles by scholars, judges, and practitioners; reviews of important recent books; and student-written notes.

Mission Statement

Practitioners, scholars, and courts of all levels have cited articles from the Texas International Law Journal as a legal authority since its first issue appeared in 1965.  Members of the Journal seek to maintain this tradition of excellence for our 53rd continuous year of publishing by providing the legal community with the highest quality of secondary source material on current and relevant international legal developments.


In the rapidly expanding discipline of international law, the Texas International Law Journal helps readers stay abreast and informed of recent developments and new scholarship by providing access to leading international legal, theoretical, and policy analysis.  The Journal publishes academic articles, essays, and student notes in the areas of public and private international law, international legal theory, the law of international organizations, comparative and foreign law, and domestic laws with significant international implications.  The editors and staff aim to fulfill these needs by concentrating on groundbreaking articles that will be useful to both practitioners and scholars.  We hope you enjoy this latest issue.

The Journal is among the oldest and best-established student-published international law journals in the United States.  In the wake of the Bay of Pigs disaster and the Cuban Missile Crisis, our publication began as an offshoot of the University of Texas International Law Society.[1]  In January 1965, under the guidance of Professor E. Ernest Goldstein, we planted the Texas flag in the international arena with our first issue, entitled The Journal of the University of Texas International Law Society.  Publications thereafter were biannual, taking the name Texas International Law Forum until summer 1971, when the Journal adopted its present title and began publishing three or four issues per year.  Of the more than eighty student-published international law journals across the country, only three schools have an older international heritage:  Harvard, Columbia, and Virginia.

Over the years, the Journal staff has made the most of its established heritage.  We have developed international repute by forging close ties with numerous scholars and authors worldwide.  As a result, we receive more than six hundred unsolicited manuscripts each year and are extremely selective in our publication choices.  This position has helped us develop one of the largest student-published subscription circulations of any international law journal in the United States.  The Journal’s subscription base includes law schools, government entities, law firms, corporations, embassies, international organizations, and individuals from virtually every state in the United States and dozens of countries.

With more than thirty editorial board members and more than eighty staff members made up of full-time J.D. and LL.M. students, the Journal maintains a refined and well-organized editing process.  As economic integration accelerates and nations forge closer ties in the new millennium, we are confident the Journal will continue to provide a significant contribution to the burgeoning field of international law.

Distinguished Authors

The Journal has been fortunate to publish articles from a number of eminent scholars and outstanding professionals, including:

The Honorable William O. Douglas, former Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States; W. Page Keeton, former dean of The University of Texas School of Law; Thomas Buergenthal, former president of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights; Charles Alan Wright, former professor at The University of Texas School of Law, co-author of the leading treatise Federal Practice and Procedure, and former president of the American Law Institute; Louis Henkin, former president of the American Society of International Law, chief reporter of the Restatement of Foreign Relations Law of the United States, and former coeditor in chief of the American Journal of International Law; the Honorable Richard J. Goldstone, former member of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda; and the Honorable Dalia Dorner, former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel; Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, former professor of government and public policy at Harvard University, and former director of public policy for the Federal Trade Commission; Joseph Jova, former U.S. ambassador to Mexico; Andreas Lowenfeld, professor at New York University School of Law and leading international law scholar; Dean Rusk, U.S. secretary of state under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson; Ewell “Pat” Murphy, former chairman of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law and respected attorney in the field of international business transactions; Walter S. Surrey, former chairman of the National Council for U.S.-China Trade and former president of the American Society of International Law; and W. Michael Reisman, professor at Yale Law School and honorary editor of the American Journal of International Law.

[1].E. Ernest Goldstein, Thank You Fidel!  Or How the International Law Society and the Texas International Law Journal Were Born, 30 Tex. Int’l L.J. 223 (1995).