1 Publicist 1 (2009)

handle is hein.journals/public1 and id is 1 raw text is: Introducing Publicist: A New Medium for
International Legal Scholarship
By
Brian R. Israel & Louise S. Gibbons
Editors-in-Chief, Berkeley Journal of International Law
April, 2009
It is our great pleasure to introduce Publicist, an online publication of the
Berkeley Journal of International Law (BJIL). Publicist supplements BJIL's
print journal with comparatively brief, frequent essays by leading practitioners
and scholars of international law. [T]he teachings of the most highly qualified
publicists of the various nations are identified as a subsidiary source of
international law in the Statute of the International Court of Justice. Publicist is
designed to facilitate the rapid, global dissemination of the teachings of
contemporary publicists.
The ways in which the international legal community shares ideas has
evolved dramatically in the decades since BJIL's founding in 1982. A
substantial share of legal research has migrated from library stacks to personal
computers, and weblogs (blogs) provide for the timely, interactive exchange
ideas. Publicist takes full advantage of new technologies and bridges a gap
between law reviews and new mediums such as blogs. Publicist strikes a
balance that is more analytically rigorous than most blogs, yet comparatively
timely, accessible, and easy to digest.
Publicist welcomes submissions analyzing current topics in public and
private international law. Essays should be brief (around 3,000 words) and
more-lightly-footnoted than a traditional law review article. The concise format
facilitates the rapid publication of essays; we aim to edit and publish
submissions promptly after acceptance. Also enabling rapid publication is a
comparatively abbreviated editing process: BJIL editors will not verify each
citation as we do for our print journal. Ultimate responsibility for accuracy rests
with authors.
Essays will be edited and published individually as they are submitted and
accepted. For citation purposes, essays will be grouped into volumes and
paginated in Adobe PDF format. Our preferred citation is: [Vol.] BERKELEY J.
INT'L L. PUBLICIST [Essay] (2009). From time to time, Publicist will publish
thematic volumes organized around Berkeley symposia and other events of
interest to the international law community. For instance, each spring Publicist

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