International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law

The International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law (IJNL) is ICNL's journal of analysis on global civil society. IJNL addresses legal topics as well as social, cultural, political and economic issues affecting the legal environment. Our readers include attorneys, government officials, grantmakers, scholars, and activists.

The first publication of its kind, IJNL was founded in 1998 by the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law to reflect the evolving worldwide conversation about civil society. IJNL is thematically focused, with several articles in each issue addressing a single topic in depth. It features contributions from a wide array of expert writers and guest editors, and is particularly attentive to the developing world.

Many articles published in IJNL are also available in ICNL's searchable Online Library.

Editorial Board

IJNL is edited by Stephen Bates in conjunction with our internationally-based editorial board.

Reader Submissions

We invite readers' contributions. To submit an article or to recommend particular topics or writers, please contact the editor, Stephen Bates, at