About Journal

International Law Review

International Law Review (ILR) is a double-blind peer reviewed journal established in Iran in 1984 which provides a valuable outlet for research and scholarship orientated on international law themes and topics in Persian and English language. Therefore, preference is given to articles that extend or build strong theoretical frameworks while investigating the issues with high importance for international law theories and practices. Authors are encouraged to submit complete unpublished and original works which are not under review in any other journal. The journal is published in both printed and online versions. The online formats is free access and downloadable. This journal is published quarterly, four times yearly.The Iranian Ministry of Science, Research and Technology  awarded an "A" grade to ILR in its assessment of 2022.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.


Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.



Apart from this journal’s interface, the journal also utilizes the DOI,DOAJ, ISCRICeSTNoormags.com and Magiran.com to distribute and archive the journal contents among participating libraries, authors, and readers and permits them to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. 

In addition, authors are allowed and suggested to archive the final published version of their articles in any open access repositories.


Section Policies 

Peer Review Process

ILR uses double-blind system: the reviewers' identities remain anonymous to authors, while the reviewers can see authors' identities. The paper will be peer-reviewed by three experts; one is chief editor and the other two are internal editors and external reviewers. 


Peer Review / Responsibility for the Reviewers

As an editor or a reviewer you are requested to find out about the originality of the manuscript you are urged to review. Therefore, it is recommended that you also see the Author Guidelines and Polices page to see which points authors should take into consideration prior to submission of their papers for the publication.

Although reviewed articles are treated confidentially, reviewers’ judgments should be objective. Reviewers should have no conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the research funders, and reviewers should point out relevant published work which is not yet cited. 

Editorial Responsibilities

Editors have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article. Editors should have no conflict of interest with respect to articles they reject/accept, only accept a paper when reasonably certain, when errors are found, promote publication of correction or retraction,  and preserve anonymity of reviewers.

Review Guidelines

ILR highly appreciates their kind support by agreeing to review an article for our journal. Before they consent to evaluate any paper, the reviewers are requested to consider a number of points. First, if the paper is not in your area of research interest and expertise, please inform the editor and feel free to refuse to review it. Second, if you have no free time to evaluate the paper before the deadline, kindly inform the editor. Third, in case of any conflicts of interest, the reviewer’s acknowledgement can be very useful in our final decision. Therefore, if by any chance you have read the paper before or happen to know the authors, please inform the editor about this. Kindly make sure you review the paper confidentially. Please avoid contacting the authors. In addition, should you feel the need to ask a third party for their comments, please make sure to inform the managing editor in advance.

Before they are sent to reviewers, all ILR papers are previewed by our editor(s)-in-chief. The papers are also to be checked for their originality using the turn-it-in/ithenticate software, as soon as we get the service. However, since the language of our journal is Persian, and no plagiarism software is developed up to now to check Persian language texts, to our experience, there may be cases of plagiarism which the software fails to detect. Therefore, the most part of the job is on the reviewers' shoulders to check the originality of the work. However, If you doubt the originality of any part(s) of the work you are reviewing, please inform the editor. In addition, if you suspect the accuracy or truth of any part(s) of the work under review, make sure to inform the editor about it.

ILR reviewers are requested to evaluate the articles based on a number of evaluative criteria available in the review from including the clarity, quality, thoroughness, relevance, significance, and soundness of the works. The reviewers score each of these criteria based on the quality of the work. Reviewers may leave comments in the manuscript itself and in the review form. These comments are very valuable for the professional development of any authors and will unquestionably help them improve their work.

Reviewers may also add their comments in the second section of the Review Form. Having reviewed the paper, the reviewer is requested to make any of the following decisions:

  • Accept as it is
  • Accept with some minor or major corrections 
  • Revise and resubmit 
  • Reject

This decision should be based on the merits and demerits of the work under review.

ILR papers are proofread before they are published by the editing team, by both Persian editor and English editor, and the reviewers are by no means obliged to correct or mark language errors or typos. However, if the reviewers detect such cases, they are most welcome to highlight them.

ILR corresponds with its reviewers only through email; therefore, you are requested to email your report and in-text comments (if any) to the ILR managing editor.

Reviewing is undoubtedly an invaluable and noble act that cannot be compensated by any means. However, ILR hopes to return this favor, at least in part, by occasional discounts for its reviewers if they wish to publish their works with us.


Publication Frequency

ILR is a quarterly journal and it is scheduled to be published in May, August, November and Feburary.



Finalized papers might be available in advance access mode for readers.