The YIECPL aims to provide a forum for quality International and European research into all the aforementioned facets, covering general and special issues of the highest impact of both practical and theoretical nature.

About the Journal



The Yearbook of International & European Criminal and Procedural Law (YIECPL) is an annual forum for public debate on European and international criminal issues. Our aim is to offer a multi-dimensional international and comparative perspective on crime, criminal law and criminal justice in Europe and in international perspetive.

The Yearbook focuses on theoretical as well as practical questions and current developments in all related scientific areas, aiming at the publication of original research and scholarship. The Yearbook aims to provide a forum for quality International and European research into all the aforementioned facets, covering general and special issues of the highest impact of both practical and theoretical nature.



YIECPL welcomes high-quality submissions on both traditional and less traditional themes, topics and issues. These include but are not limited to:

-the substantive and procedural aspects of international criminal law;

-the jurisprudence of international criminal courts/tribunals;

-mutual effects of public international law, international relations, and international criminal law;

-criminal islamic law;

-comparative criminal procedural law;

-protecting children's rights in criminal justice systems;

-criminal law and international human rights;

-European Union criminal law (which includes financial violations and transnational crimes);

-domestic policy that affects international criminal law and international criminal justice;

-New technologies and international criminal justice;

-different country-specific approaches toward international criminal law and international criminal justice;

-historical accounts that address the international, regional and national levels;

-procedural criminal law with a comprative perspective;

-restorative justice;

-protection of victims;

-analyses of international crimes and criminal justice Institutions and policy transfer, as well as evaluations of significant developments in criminal justice practices;

-"criminal" philosophy of law, ethics, and other disciplines that can inform the knowledge basis for international criminal dialogue, etc.

YIECPL is a peer review journal of original research and thinking in the field. Our Yearbook seeks to reflect the vibrancy of the disciplines of criminal justice throughout the common law and internationally, too. It publishes work of the highest quality and academic rigour from around the world and across all areas of criminal justice. Our Yearbook is devoted to providing an international forum for critical debate and policy discussions of international and European criminal justice research findings.

We welcome papers (written in English and/or German languages) from any relevant disciplinary outlook or approach, including those that are contextually, doctrinally, empirically or theoretically based. It is intended for graduate and post-graduate students, practitioners, academics, government officials, as well as the hundreds of people working for international criminal courts.

Our Yearbook accept also papers in criminology.



-As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

-The submitted paper is original, has not been published in the past and is not currently submitted for evaluation and publication elsewhere.

-The paper has been formatted on the template provided by the journal and follows the guidelines outlined in it.

-The submitted research does not violate in any way the ethical principles of scientific research. The Editorial Committee maintains the right to ask for additional information concerning the ethics committee permission and the guidelines followed during the organisation and the implementation of the research.

-The submitted manuscript does not violate in any way the intellectual property rights of third parties. Where the reproduction of copyrighted content is required and where a psychometric instrument has been administered, the authors have requested and obtained the relevant permission from the legal copyright holders.

-All authors approve the submission of the paper for publication in our Yearbook. They also approve the exact content and form of the submitted paper, as well as the exact order in which their names appear in the paper.

-The Authors provide the Yearbook with the exclusive license to take all necessary actions, including the availability of the paper to a third party, so that it can be published or republished, on the Internet or in any other way.

-The Authors have registered for an ORCID ID. Author ORCIDs as well as all required metadata will be entered in the appropriate field during the submission process.


Our Yearbook has a Platinum Open-Access policy. The authors are not charged with any submission, processing, production, or publication costs. Their work can be openly accessed and shared immediately after publication.



YIECPL is based on a double blind peer review process to secure the quality, validity and academic integrity of its content. Submitted manuscripts will be assessed by the Editor (or the Editors) to ensure on the one hand that they fall within the scope of the Journal, and on the other that they abide by the academic standards the Journal embraces. Manuscripts that meet the Yearbook’s criteria follow the standard procedure of peer review process, i.e. blind review by at least two independent expert reviewers. However, the final decision concerning the acceptance for publication rests to the Editor.



Our Yearbook provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public contributes to global knowledge exchange. We encourage authors to deposit their articles, as well as data underlying the publications, in institutional and/or other appropriate subject repositories.



YIECPL is strongly committed to publishing original, high-quality research content. To this purpose all editorial operations of the Journal abide by rigorous ethical standards that guarantee transparency and fairness of publication, are in full accordance with the standards adopted by the National Documentation Center. In particular, the Journal’s core practices and policies are fully aligned with the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) document, that is accessible at:

We expect that all authors, reviewers, editors and readers, as well as anybody else involved in the publication process, thoroughly understand and accept the Yearbook’s publication ethics.


-All manuscripts must be previously unpublished either in print or in electronic form, and not under consideration for publication in another Yearbook/Journal.

-All manuscripts must be original work of the authors. Plagiarized manuscripts will not be accepted.

-Authorship of a manuscript should be limited to only authors who have made a significant contribution to the work.

-Authors shall disclose all financial or other conflict of interests that might influence the results of the manuscript and acknowledge individuals or organizations that have provided financial support for the research.

-To the best of the author's knowledge the article does not defame any person, does not invade the privacy of any person, and does not in any other manner infringe upon the rights of any person.

-To the best of the author's knowledge the article does not in any way violate intellectual property rights of third parties. Wherever permission is required, it has obtained it from the copyright holder.

-By submitting an article the author declares that he/she has read and accepts the Copyright Policy and has prepared the manuscript according to the Author Guidelines of the Yearbook.

-The author grants to the YIECPL a royalty‐free, worldwide non exclusive license perform all necessary actions to publish first the article in an issue of the Yearbook.

-By submitting an article the author declares that he/she is the lawful right-holder of all rights under copyright in the article, and he/she reserves all right not expressly granted in this agreement.


-Reviewers shall keep all papers confidential and treat them as privileged information.

-Reviewers shall inform the Editorial Board of any conflict of interest, or if the double blind nature of the peer-review has been compromised.

-Reviewers shall complete their reviews within the allowed timeframe.

-The Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board members are responsible for making decisions on the content of the manuscripts submitted to the Yearbook.

-Our Yearbook uses a double blind peer review process. The Editor-in-Chief and members of the Editorial Board shall not reveal either the identity of authors of manuscripts to the reviewers, or the identity of reviewers to authors

-Editorial Board members shall not use content disclosed in a submitted manuscript for their own research without the author's prior written consent.

-Editors shall conduct ethical and fair investigation into ethical complaints.



Names and addresses listed in this journal will be used exclusively for the service provided by the publication and are not available for other purposes or third parties.YIECPL adopts the double-blind peer control system, so that there is anonymity between the evaluators and authors.

During the peer review, if there are two dissenting opinions on whether the paper should be published, it will be submitted to a third reviewer. The paper may be sent to a guest reviewer, provided that the specificity of the subject in the area justifies such.

The author will be notified about the suggested corrections and may correct them or justifiably maintain their original format.

Anonymous opinions (without identifying the reviewer) are available to the authors.


Authors who publish their work to the YIECPL should agree with the following terms:

-The journal adopts a Golden open-access policy. The authors are not charged with any submission, processing or publication costs.

-The authors reserve the copyright of their work, while the Yearbook gets the right of first publication. Third-party licensees are allowed to use the published paper immediately after publication as they wish, provided they retain the defined by the license copyright formalities, regarding the reference to its author(s) and its initial publication in the Yearbook.

-The Yearbook permits and encourages authors to submit their work online (e.g. in an academic depository or on their personal websites) after it has been accepted for publication, as this can lead to a productive exchange of scientific findings and ideas, as well as to faster and greater dissemination and indexing of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


The Center of European and International Justice (CEIJ) is the principal sponsor of the Yearbook of International & European Criminal and Procedural Law (YIECPL). The CEIJ is an international non governmental, non political and non profit organization dedicated to the law research, training, and teaching, established and operating as a non-profit, public interest society under American and European law. Its international headquarters have been in New York, since 1996. One of its essential purpose is to promote and disseminate knowledge among members of the international legal community.

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