Call for papers

Vol. 20. No. 3. 2023

Oil spill Prevention and Response: national, international, and comparative perspectives


The Brazilian Journal of International Law invites submissions for a special issue on “Oil spill Prevention and Response: national, international and comparative perspectives” to be published in December 2023. The issue will be edited by Professors Carina Oliveira (UnB, Brasil), Nengye Liu (Singapore Management University), Teresa Fajardo (Universidad de Granada) and Daniela Diz (Heriot-Watt University).

In 2019, a huge oil spill occurred in sea areas under Brazilian Jurisdiction. In 2021, the Brazilian police office identified that a Greek ship was probably responsible for the spill when it was crossing international waters more or less 700 nautical miles far from Brazilian coastal line. So far, no individual and/or collective compensation was made for victims such as fishermen, tourism companies and municipalities. This catastrophe raised many questions including one related to the prevention and the reparation of damages. In the backdrop of 2019 Northeast Brazil Oil Spill, this Call aims to look into innovative solutions for addressing environmental, social and economic issues caused by accidental oil spills caused by ships from an international, national and comparative perspective. The call is open to papers examining a variety of civil, administrative, criminal and international legal issues regarding oil spills, such as:

1)Prevention and reparation of vessel-source pollution;
2)Safety management of offshore oil and gas operations;
3)Assessing economic loss caused by oil spill disasters;
4)Ecologic compensation in case of oil spill disasters;
5)Area Based Management Tools (including Marine Protected Areas, other effective area-based conservation measures and Marine spatial planning).

Empirically-informed case studies, theoretical contributions and papers embracing interdisciplinarity are equally encouraged.


The Brazilian Journal of International Law is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal which publishes three issues per year.


Manuscripts may be submitted in English, French, Portuguese, or Spanish. Manuscript revisions will be in the language of submission. Non-native speakers are strongly encouraged to have their paper read by a native speaker. The Journal will reject articles if the level of chosen language is insufficient. It adopts a double-blind peer-review policy. The response from the first review will normally be provided within 30 days from the submission. Authors are expected to correct and return proofs of accepted articles within 10 days.
Minimum Degree for submission:
Individual authorship: PhD degree
Co-authorship: authors having a master’s degree must have a PhD holder as co-author. If there are three of more authors, only one co-author must be a non-doctor with the aforementioned minimum degree (master)

The editors will reject manuscripts before review if they are not suitable for the journal, e.g. because of inadequate or imprecise analytical development, inconsistent formatting or non-compliance with our submission guidelines, and poor writing style (this list is not exhaustive).

The deadline for submission is the 31st of July 2023.
Publication Date: December 2023.


All content published by the Journal, except where identified, is licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-type BY-NC. This will ensure the widest dissemination and protection against copyright infringement of articles. The “article” is defined as comprising the final, definitive, and citable Version of Scholarly Record, and includes:

(a) the accepted manuscript in its final and revised form, including the text, abstract, and all accompanying tables, illustrations, data; and (b) any supplemental material. As an author, you are required to secure permission to reproduce any proprietary text, illustration, table, or other material, including data, audio, video, film stills, and screenshots, and any supplemental material you propose to submit. This applies to direct reproduction as well as “derivative reproduction” (where you have created a new figure or table that derives substantially from a copyrighted source). The reproduction of short extracts of text, excluding poetry and song lyrics, for the purposes of criticism may be possible without formal permission on the basis that the quotation is reproduced accurately and full attribution is given.


Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are
provided below.
The Journal considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that they have not been submitted elsewhere, that they have not been published already, nor are they under consideration for publication or in press elsewhere. Contributions must report original research and will be subjected to review by referees at the discretion of the Editorial Committee.


• Manuscripts should be written in Times New Roman, size 12, space between lines 1,0 throughout the manuscript (including all quotations, endnotes and references).
• Pages should be numbered consecutively.
• Notes should be listed consecutively as footnotes
• Manuscripts must be submitted in Word format (.doc). PDF files will not be accepted.
• All the authors of a paper must attach their short curriculum vitae (CV), which must consist of a single one paragraph-text of 100-120 words in length, each. This is to be done online during the submission process.
• The affiliations of all named co-authors should be the affiliation where the research was conducted. If any of the named co-authors moves affiliation during the peer review process, the new affiliation can be given as a footnote. Please note that no changes to affiliation can be made after the article is accepted.
• All manuscripts submitted should be free from jargon and be written as clearly and concisely as possible. Non-discriminatory language is mandatory. Sexist or racist terms must not be used.
• All submissions should be made online via


Articles should be based on original research and develop an original argument falling
within the scope of the journal. The articles are subjected to a blind-peer review and
must include:
• Title
• Abstract of up to 200 words
• 5 keywords
• Main text
• References (at the end of the article)
• Footnotes
• Acknowledgements (if appropriate)
• Table(s) and Figure(s) with caption(s) (on individual files) (if appropriate)


For questions regarding the content of this special issue, please contact:
Nitish Monebhurrun, Editor of the Brazilian Journal of International Law

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