On the eve of the Annual Conference of the American Society of International Law is an opportunity to reflect upon another bastion of international legal scholarship: the International and Comparative Law Quarterly, which has been published for 60 years. The ICLQ is rare in being a ‘quasi-generalist’ journal in an increasingly specialised and fragmented publishing world, crossing disciplinary boundaries and embracing new areas, in the fields of public international law, private international law, comparative law, human rights and European law.

Looking back over 60 years, it is evident that the ICLQ is a living record of the evolution of these areas, examining cases and legislation as they arise, debating key issues and providing testament to the impact of developments. Issues which were prevalent in the early days of the journal, such as post-war tensions arising from the Cold War and the progress of the Economic Coal and Steel Community, have given way to questions about the expansion of the EU, the end of the Soviet Union, and economic reforms in China, thus documenting the ebb and flow of international legal concerns. The ICLQ has not only adapted to new subjects but there is also an enduring significance of certain issues which are returned to time and again, such as the law of treaties.

From its inception in 1952, the ICLQ has been privileged to count among its contributors  leading scholars, judicial figures, legal advisers and practitioners, both national and international, as well as younger scholars. It continues to provide a forum for international and comparative law scholarship in all its forms.

Since the ICLQ began to appear in digitized form, records show that some articles are read as many as 3,000 times online, and that articles written as long ago as the 1970s are still being consulted. This is testament to the enduring importance of the ICLQ. It is also uniformly recognized that the ICLQ is one of the leading peer-reviewed journals in this field in the world.

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