Call for papers

Small States & Territories (SST) invites authors to submit manuscripts to be considered for publication. 

SST Journal, Vol. 5, No. 2, November 2022.

Special section on ‘The Power of Jurisdiction: The 30th Anniversary of the 1992 ‘Island Living’ International Conference in Prince Edward Island, Canada’

Small States & Territories (SST) is pleased to announce a call for submissions of manuscripts in celebration of a unique international forum of island states and territories held in September 1992, almost exactly 30 years from this publication. The conference at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), in Canada’s smallest province, was the first to bring academic, business, policy, and political leaders together to explore the role that jurisdiction plays in the economic destiny of about 25 sovereign and non- sovereign island territories in the North Atlantic theatre. Travelling north from Bermuda collecting islands along the eastern coast of the U.S. and Canada, thence to Greenland, Iceland, the Faroes, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey, then the Aland islands, the Conference then headed south and west again across the Mediterranean drawing in the islands of Cyprus, Malta, Corsica, and finally the Azores.

The main Conference theme was an exploration of the importance of constitutional status and the respective strengths and weaknesses of jurisdiction and policy in the economic fortunes of small island states and territories. Was sovereignty essential, as in the case of Iceland and Malta? What did the non-sovereign islands have to say on the matter? How could each put their powers to work most effectively in a strategy for their economic development? Most important of all, could small island states and territories overcome vulnerability and chart their own development successfully? And if so, what lessons did one place have for another? Such were the big overarching questions.

We now invite thoughtful contributions from those who attended this Conference, those who may have been impacted by its deliberations, and/or those who have reflected on its themes for any small state or territory. While we encourage papers on islands and their unique features, we do not restrict the call to island territories. The power of jurisdiction and policy, of course, can be pursued in any small territory.

We are particularly interested in contributions that, for example:

  • reflect on the Conference theme and demonstrate its importance in a ‘best’ case study of a small state/territory or a comparative study
  • capture the history and show the development of this idea of policy trumping smallness in the literature on small states and territories
  • discuss and illustrate success and/or failure of academic, business, policy and political elites in small state/territory strategies
  • discuss the case for/against sovereignty and the politics of secession in the current state of world/regional governance systems.

Manuscripts that are comparative in approach and thematically related to the 1992 Conference themes are particularly welcome.

The special section editor (David Milne) invites interested authors to send an early abstract of around 300 words of their proposed submission to Small States & Territories Journal by January 15, 2022. The deadline for submission of manuscripts is April 15, 2022.

About the journal:

Launched in 2018, Small States & Territories (SST) has its institutional home at the Islands and Small States Institute of the University of Malta. All articles published in SST are rigorously peer reviewed. SST is committed to the principles of open access (OA) publishing, as outlined in the IFLA Statement on Open Access to Scholarly Literature and Research Documentation. SST is a non-profit journal, so there is no publication charge; but the journal encourages authors to make a voluntary donation of EUR 20 to cover administrative costs.