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.
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.
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.
ILJ's annual symposium features legal scholars and practitioners discussing the
impact of contemporary issues on international law.
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).