About ILRA

The International Law Review Association (ILRA) facilitates the editorial and publication processes of three student-run law journals, The International Lawyer (TIL), The Year-in-Review (YIR), and The Forum. The ILRA’s Editorial Board is a unified organization dedicated to publishing scholarly works on international law.

The International Lawyer

The International Lawyer (TIL) is the official triannual publication of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law. The ABA published the inaugural issue of TIL in 1966, and SMU has been the proud home of this prestigious journal since 1986.

Since then, TIL has grown to become the most widely distributed U.S. international law review in the world, enjoying subscriptions of approximately 22,000 readers in more than 90 countries. In an effort to satisfy its worldwide readership, this publication focuses primarily on practical issues of international law, including trade, licensing, direct investment, finance, taxation, litigation, and dispute resolution.

To help produce TIL, SMU’s student editorial board works in conjunction with the professional editorial board chaired by the Editor-in-Chief, Marc I. Steinberg, Rupert and Lillian Radford Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law. Patricia S. Heard and Beverly C. Duréus, also of the SMU Law School, serve as Co-Executive Editors.

Members can access an electronic copy of TIL for free. Join here.

The Year in Review

The Year in Review (YIR) is now its own annual publication of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law. 

The YIR is an annual survey of the law from around the world. On average, thirty to forty Committees of the ABA/SIL contribute to the publication and capture the germane legal developments, key pieces of legislation, and landmark decisions that help to shape the legal tapestry of their respective countries and areas of interest. Submissions are made annually by Committee Editors on behalf of their respective ABA/SIL Committees.

To help produce YIR, SMU’s student editorial board works in conjunction with the professional editorial board chaired by the Editor-in-Chief, Marc I. Steinberg, Rupert and Lillian Radford Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law. Beverly C. Duréus and Patricia S. Heard, also of the SMU Law School, serve as Co-Executive Editors and interface with the ABA/SIL section membership, and Patrick Del Duca, the Publications Officer for the section. Co-General Editors-in-Chief, Professors Jason Palmer and Brooke Bowman, both of the Stetson University College of Law, lead a team of deputy editors who are also an integral part of the editing process.

Members can access an electronic copy of YIR for free. Join here

Online Forum

The Online Forum is an electronic publication of ILRA. In 2019, ILRA launched the Online Forum to share short-form articles addressing pertinent issues in international law and to respond to international legal scholarship. 

To help produce the Online Forum, SMU’s student editorial board works in conjunction with the professional editorial board chaired by the Editor-in-Chief, Marc I. Steinberg, Rupert and Lillian Radford Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law. Patricia S. Heard and Beverly C. Duréus, also of the SMU Law School, serve as Co-Executive Editors.