SUBMISSIONS CALL


Dear students,

The UChicago Law Magazine (UCLM) is currently seeking submissions for our annual (Spring 2019) edition and online blog posts. To get involved, you can either write an article for our annual magazine, write a blog post for our website, or become a staff writer. UCLM is a student-run academic journal that publishes legal pieces written by undergraduate students.

Magazine Deadlines and Guidelines: Our annual spring publication is accepting pieces now! Final pieces must be submitted by 11:59PM on Saturday, November 24, 2018, and selections will be made shortly thereafter. The magazine welcomes the submission of pieces on any legal topic and in a variety of content formats, including but not limited to essays, articles, investigative pieces, and interviews. Submissions must be at least 1,500 words in length with Chicago style notes and bibliography. In brainstorming ideas for a potential piece, our journal encourages students to think about specific disagreements in the interpretations of an issue, the legality of current policies and political developments, interdisciplinary approaches to legal thought, as well as critical questions still left unanswered by a case. You are also welcome to submit a piece that was previously written for a class if it is relevant. 

Blogs and Staff Writers: If you would like to submit a smaller piece, we publish blogs on our website every month. These pieces are about similar topics but are between 500 and 1000 words in length. You can either write as a guest writer or become a staff writer. Staff writers are expected to write at least three quality pieces over the course of the year. Please note that blog pieces will be selected on a monthly basis.

About: Our journal is dedicated to the discussion, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of legal issues. It aims to provide a better understanding of the law in all its ambiguities and contradictions. We also seek to demonstrate that the law can serve not only as reflections of social attitudes towards general ideas of order, agency, consent, power, and choice but also can influence the most minute details of everyday life.

Please direct all submissions, questions, or concerns to editors@uchicagoulm.com, and please specify if the piece is a magazine article or a blog post.

All the best,

Shree Mehrotra | Editor-in-Chief


FEATURED BLOG POST


The Highest Court in the World


Abstract: The International Court of Justice is charged with serving the bodies of the United Nations along with its member-states. Its authority and objectivity has been questioned on numerous occasions. The Statute of the International Court of Justice, included in the United Nations Charter, does not require all states to recognize the jurisdiction of the Court, leading the majority of UN members to reject its power. With the Security Council charged with executing its decisions but only one permanent member recognizing its authority, there is a conflict of interest. The judge selection process has received much criticism as the Security Council elects the judges, creating a process that is open to political influence. Some argue that the practice of introducing ad hoc judges that represent each party in a case disrupts the impartiality of the Court while others claim it serves to strengthen it. This essay examines the Court’s lack of authority and, perhaps, impartiality as well.

Author: Shree Mehrotra is currently a second-year in the College pursuing a major in Environmental Science.