Call for papers vol. XL: 2020

Call for papers
Polish Yearbook of International Law, vol. XL: 2020

In the late summer of 2021, we are planning to publish a jubilee volume (no. XL) of the Polish Yearbook of international Law. In this context, the Editorial Board of PYIL is seeking high-quality, unpublished articles relating to public and private international law as well as EU law.
A part of the forthcoming volume will be dedicated to the scientific legacy of Prof. Janusz Symonides, who sadly passed away in April 2020. Prof. Symonides was a well-known Polish jurist and diplomat, specializing in human rights, the Law of the Sea, protection of cultural heritage, and international relations. He was one of the representatives of Poland during the work on the Convention on the Law of the Sea, an expert on the human dimension of the OSCE, and a conciliator of the Montego Bay Convention. Prof. Symonides was also Director of the Polish Institute of International Affairs and Director of the then Division of Human Rights, Democracy, Peace and Tolerance at UNESCO. PYIL is particularly interested in papers that discuss the ideas that preoccupied Prof. Symonides, analyze his scientific achievements, or deal with other issues relating to his academic and diplomatic work.
We also accept other texts that fall within the PYIL’s scope of interest. In this context we are particularly interested in articles that address current issues of public international law that relate to Central and Eastern Europe. Authors from the region are also strongly encouraged to submit their works.
Submissions should not exceed 8,000 words (including footnotes). All details about submission procedures and required formatting are available in the document entitled “Publication Guidelines”, which can be found at the PYIL’s webpage (
Manuscripts can be submitted via the PYIL’s submission system ( until 31 January 2021. Authors can contact us via email at:

New Volume of PYIL XXXIX (2019)

The new volume (XXXIX) of the Polish Yearbook of International Law is finally out. As far as the current volume is concerned, its first section, entitled “General Articles”, includes three texts that deal with classical problems of international law: the right to self-determination; sources of general international law; and the status of unrecognized entities (by Peter Hilpold, Przemysław Saganek and Anna Czaplińska respectively). They are followed by a very interesting article that looks at the international law traditions at the Saint Volodymyr Imperial University of Kyiv (by Kostiantyn Savchuk). As usual, texts relating to international and European human rights law are strongly present in the volume. This group particularly includes articles analysing the problems posed by the restitution of property taken during WWII and by the Communist regime (by Aleksandra Mężykowska), memory laws (by Anna Wójcik), and the law and cases dealing with the excessive length of proceedings (by Elżbieta Morawska). Wojciech Burek’s text also falls into this category, although the author looks at the protection of national minorities by their kin-states more broadly, by including in his analysis other sources of international law. The section ends with three articles dealing with international economic law. On the one hand Konstantina Georgaki, Thomas-Nektarios and Łukasz Kułaga take a look at the Achmea judgment and discuss its legal consequences for the protection of investors’ rights within the EU. On the other hand, Tatsiana Mikhaliova offers an insightful overview of the legal system established by the Eurasian Economic Union.
The second section (i.e. “Polish practice”) this time contains only one text. This limited selection is however offset by the quality of the presented research. Dawid Miąsik and Monika Szwarc analyze the problem of the interpretation and effectiveness of EU directives in the national courts by examining in detail the judgement in a preliminary ruling proceeding initiated by the Polish court (C-545/17 Pawlak). The last part of the volume includes four reviews. Patrycja Grzebyk discusses the recent book by Marco Sassòli; Przemysław Saganek examines the latest edited work of Łukasz Gruszczyński; Marcin Kałduński takes a look at two books by Antonio Augusto Cançado Trindade; while Yu Lu and Maciej Żenkiewicz provide a comprehensive review of another edited volume by Julien Chaisse.

Karolina Wierczynska & Łukasz Gruszczyński

New Volume of PYIL XXXVIII (2018)

Dear Readers,

The 2018 volume of the Polish Yearbook of International Law is finally out. The Board of Editors eventually selected thirteen articles for publication. All of them fall within the scope of the core interests of the Yearbook and relate either to public international law or EU law. In addition, the volume contains two book reviews.

The selection process was difficult as we received sixty-three submissions this year. This was a slight increase from the previous year, when we have received fifty-nine submissions. We are glad to see a modest but steady growth of interest among scholars in publishing with us over last couple of years.

The topics addressed by the authors are very diverse. The volume includes traditional texts on public international law (Balcerzak, Wasinski and Hachkevych), two articles relating to international and regional human rights protection (Gliszczyńska-Grabias et al and Djajić & Etinski) and two addressing specific problems that emerge in the context of international investment law (Kułaga & Wang & Żenkiewicz). There are also 6 texts on EU law (Kochenov, Kustra-Rogatka, Grzelak, Podgórski, Sitnik and Majkowska-Szulc & Wowerka).

Karoli­n­a Wi­erczyńska, Łukasz Gruszczyński