The German Yearbook of International Law was founded in 1948 as the "Jahrbuch für Internationales Recht" by Rudolf Laun and Hermann von Mangoldt and is now edited by the Institute for International Law at the University of Kiel. Since its inception it has endeavoured to contribute to the development of international law. Originally it has done this mainly by providing German scholars with an opportunity to publish the results of their works, but increasingly also by offering an international forum.
In view of the desirability of obtaining for the Yearbook the largest possible international audience, the editors in 1976 have decided to use the present English title and to accept for publication preferably contributions written in English, or - to a lesser degree - in French. Naturally, the Yearbook also contains contributions written in German. This policy to overcome traditional language barriers appears to have proven successful both in informing the international law community about research done in German academic institutions and in presenting international viewpoints on various topics to the German audience.
The Yearbook provides an annual report on the work of international organizations and bodies including the International Court of Justice and the European Court and Commission of Human Rights. Fully aware of the paramount importance of practical aspects in this field, the editors from the beginning also have sought to include contributions from practitioners of international law.
Forum: R. Hofmann, The German Federal Constitutional Court and Public International Law: New Decisions, New Approaches? - P. C. Mavroidis, Cosi Fan Tutti [sic] - Tales of Trade and Development, Development and Trade - Focus Section: Africa and International Law: M. Bedjaoui, La contribution en demi-teinte de l'Afrique au développement du droit international - B. T. Mukirya Nyanduga, Refugee Protection under the 1969 OAU Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa - J.-F. Durieux / A. Hurwitz, How Many Is Too Many? African and European Legal Responses to Mass Influxes of Refugees - H. Strydom, South Africa and International Law: From Confrontation to Cooperation - N. Klein, State Responsibility for International Humanitarian Law Violations and the Work of the Eritrea Ethiopia Claims Commission So Far - M. J. Aznar-Gómez / J. M. Ortega Terol, Spain and Ist Former African Territories. A General Survey of Current Cooperation - General Articles: K. Dörmann / L. Colassis, International Humanitarian Law in the Iraq Conflict - A. Bianchi, Dismantling the Wall: The ICJ's Advisory Opinion and Ist Likely Impact on International Law - D. Kretzmer, The Supreme Court of Israel: Judicial Review during Armed Conflict - R. Geiss, Failed States: Legal Aspects and Security Implications - N. Boldt, Outsourcing War: Private Military Companies and International Humanitarian Law - A. Siehr, Derogation Measures under Article 4 ICCPR, with Special Consideration of the "War Against International Terrorism" - A. Klug, Harmonization of Asylum in the European Union: Emergence of an EU Refugee System? - B. Siemen, The EU-US Agreement on Passenger Name Records and EC-Law. Data Protection, Competences and Human Rights Issues in International Agreements of the Community - R. Steiling / A. Schultz, Changes and Challenges to the EU Judicial System after the Constitutional Treaty. An Overview - T. Laubner, Relieving the Court of Ist Success? Protocol No. 14 to the European Convention on Human Rights - Reports: R. Groß / S. Stubbe, Die Rechtsprechung des Internationalen Gerichtshofes im Jahre 2004 - T. Müller, Die Rechtsprechung des Europäischen Gerichtshofes für Menschenrechte im Jahre 2004 - H. Leitsch, Die Rechtsprechung des Internationalen Strafgerichtshofes für das ehemalige Jugoslawien im Jahre 2004 - F. Bayer / H. Jessen, Die Rechtsprechung des WTO-Streitbeilegungsgremiums im Jahre 2004 - R. Happ / N. Rubins, Awards and Decisions of ICSID Tribunals in 2004 - S. Jötten, Die Tätigkeit der International Law Commission im Jahre 2004 - Book Reviews