RefNote Submission Guidelines

RefLaw is now accepting RefNotes from law students, refugee law practitioners and scholars.

RefLaw is an online forum offering critical analysis on important new cases, legislation, and emerging issues in international refugee law. We publish shorter notes on global current events and changes in international refugee law and policy. Our aim is to aid practitioners, scholars, and students of refugee and asylum law to stay abreast of ongoing issues in the field.

RefNotes must meet the following criteria:


International  Focus RefNotes should concern current global events and should not be based solely on one country’s policy or decision.
Legal in Nature RefNotes should analyze a recent court decision or a new law being debated from the perspective of international/comparative refugee law or a related human rights law.
Timeliness RefNotes highlight a court decision, law, or global event from the last six months.
Insight RefNotes provide up-to-date analysis of a wide range of refugee-related topics and recommend ways forward based on legal precedent. RefNotes avoid repetition from recently published RefNotes and Articles.
Word Count RefNotes must be a minimum of 500 words and maximum of 2,000 words. The word count excludes footnotes.


Please submit a proposal for a RefNote that would meet the above criteria. The RefLaw Editorial Board will work with you to create a timeline for drafting and publication, as well as to provide substantive and citation review. Please address all questions and submissions to our Editorial Board at 

We look forward to working with you!