Washington International Law Journal


As the Washington International Law Journal enters its twenty-fifth year of publication, it is only fitting to reflect on the Journal’s founding principles and original goals. The Washington International Law Journal was established in 1990 as the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal and was created “to bridge the gap between the East and West.” During its first twenty-three years of publication, the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal thrived in the opportunities afforded by the University of Washington School of Law’s strong and historic ties to the Pacific Rim region—including the Asian Law Center, its geographic proximity to the region, and the wealth of student translators willing and able to translate important legal texts from Korean, Chinese, and Japanese to English. In the years since the Journal’s founding, the global impact of legal developments in the Pacific Rim region has grown exponentially. As such, the region has become a bellwether of global legal developments. Accordingly, the Journal’s readership increased and the University of Washington developed stronger international ties beyond the Pacific Rim region. Recognizing this shifting dynamic, the 23rd editorial board of the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal made a bold and calculated decision to change its name to the Washington International Law Journal, expanding its scope to cover all non-U.S. jurisdictions and international legal issues. With this scope expansion, the Journal evolved into an exceptional forum in U.S. publications for non-U.S. centric legal articles.

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