Australia’s longest continuous international law publication, The Australian Year Book of International Law (AYBIL), will change publishers after its next issue after more than 40 years of publishing within the ANU.
The AYBIL, which was first published in 1965, will become part of Brill, a Dutch publishing house created in 1683 with offices in cities including Leiden, Beijing and Boston.
“Brill’s publication of the AYBIL represents an exciting new phase for the Year Book which will raise its profile and highlight the significance of international law studies and research at the ANU College of Law,” says Co-Editor and Professor of International Law, Donald Rothwell.
“Editorial oversight will remain with the ANU, and the wider editorial board which includes international lawyers from the Australian government and Australian universities.
“Student editors will continue to play a role in working with editors in editing submissions for final publication in the Year Book.”
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which has long supported the AYBIL, will also continue to be involved. It will maintain the annual ‘Australian state practice’ section, one of the most distinctive and unique components of the publication, Professor Rothwell added.
“The most important change is that AYBIL will have a greater online presence and profile consistent with the aspirations of Brill as a major global law publisher, especially in the field of international law.
“Brill’s stable…includes other year books, journals and international law monographs. It’s renowned as a leading publisher of international law in Europe and North America, so as a result the AYBIL will gain greater profile in those places.”