The Asia-Pacific Journal of International Humanitarian Law is a peer-reviewed academic journal, produced by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the University of the Philippines Institute of International Legal Studies. First published in 2005, the Journal showcases scholarly articles, book reviews, and commentary on significant developments in International Humanitarian Law, and related fields, with a special focus on the Asia-Pacific region. It is published once a year, in print and online.

Editorial Policy

The main objective of the Journal is to provide timely multi-disciplinary analysis on contemporary humanitarian issues arising from armed conflict or other situations of collective violence, from an Asia-Pacific perspective. Each issue shall revolve on a specific theme, and explore other related domains of expertise related to humanitarian policy and action, such as history, sociology, and anthropology.

Manuscripts must be original, unpublished academic work, not currently under consideration for publication by other journals.

Opinions published in the Journal are understood to reflect the individual author’s views only. Persons currently affiliated with the ICRC must ascertain whether a conflict of interest exists, and state whether the submission is made in one’s official capacity. Disclaimers may be added by the Editorial Team, as may be appropriate.

Authors are expected to comply with the Journal’s editorial policy and guidelines. Submissions may be rejected at any stage of the publication process if they deviate from the same policy and guidelines.

Revision and Editing Process

Publication of submissions is not guaranteed, whether solicited or proffered. All submissions shall undergo an initial screening by the editorial team prior to peer review. Manuscripts that provisionally meet the requirements of the Journal are sent to one or more peer reviewers, as may be appropriate. Once the editorial team conducts its evaluation of a manuscript and takes into account the comments of the peer reviewers, a notification of the acceptance, rejection or need for revision of the manuscript is given.

The Journal uses a double-blind anonymous peer review process, with peer reviewers identified based on their expertise. They can include members of the Journal’s Board of Experts, ICRC staff, or scholars invited to review a specific article.

Formatting and Citation Requirements for Submissions

Manuscripts should be submitted in Word format in 12 pt Times New Roman font with 1.5 line spacing (including for the footnotes).

  • Length: Articles submitted should be between 7,000-10,000 words, footnotes excluded. Opinion notes should be between 5,000-7,000 words.
  • Abstract: All manuscripts should be accompanied by a short abstract (less than 100 words) summarizing the main content/argument of the article.
  • Keywords: A few keywords should be identified for easy web search and referencing.
  • Biography: All manuscripts should be accompanied by a short biography (one or two sentences per author) describing the current function/affiliation of the author. The author may indicate his or her preference for including e-mail contact details with the biography.


The APJIHL Guidelines for Authors may be downloaded here.

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