Guidelines for submissions

The International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy accepts submissions on a rolling basis under the following three categories:

  1. Original articles – research and analysis on drug policy issues as they intersect with international human rights law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law and/or public international law.   The Centre prefers that the length of original articles be between 4,000 and 8,000 words (excluding footnotes), although we are open to considering longer pieces where appropriate.
  2. Opinion/Commentary – these submissions are designed to allow authors a forum to explore new and innovative thinking, promote debate and highlight emerging areas of interest.  The Centre accepts Opinion/Commentary submissions of between 1,500 and 3,000 words (excluding footnotes)
  3. Case commentaries/summaries – these are intended to highlight and summarise new court decisions and other jurisprudence related to the Centre’s mandate.  Case commentaries/summaries shall be approximately 500 to 1,000 words in length.
  4. Responses - these are short comments on previously published papers.  Responses should be between 500 and 1,000 words in length.

When making a submission, author(s) should indicate into which of these categories their article falls. All submissions made under categories 1 and 2 above shall be subject to the Centre’s internal and external peer review process.  Submissions under categories 3 and 4 shall be reviewed internally only.

The Centre is always willing to discuss ideas for articles or commentaries in advance of submission. Please feel free to contact us at


Submissions should be sent electronically in Word format, double spaced and in 12pt font (Arial or Times New Roman preferred).   Submissions should be written in a clear style for an international readership, with the knowledge that many of our readers do not have English as a first language. Spelling is English (not American English).

All submissions should begin with a cover page listing

a) the author(s) and their institutional affiliations

b) the name and contact details for the corresponding author

c) the total word count

d) for submissions under categories 1 and 2 above, a 150 word abstract summarising the issue addressed and the conclusions made

All submissions should be numbered at the bottom and must be properly referenced following Oxford style.


Submissions should be emailed to