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Tuesday, 02 August 2016 12:21

Prof. Mehdi Zakerian

Prof. Mehdi Zakerian, assistant professor in Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, Islamic Azad University, Sciences & Research Branch, Terhan, Iran, professeur invite, faculté de Droit, Université Paris II Panthéon Assas (2012-2013), visiting professor of law in the School of Law, Pennsylvania University (Sep 2010 to Jan 2011), and his name as Professor in Center for Iranian Studies, SOAS, University of London (from 2013 to date).  

He teaches human rights and international issues. He is the editor-in-Chief of the International Studies Journal (ISJ), which is published quarterly in both Persian and English devoted to international affairs and human rights. He is elected as 1st president of Iranian International Studies Association (IISA) from 2007 to 2009. He is re-elected as a president of IISA for 2009 to 2011.

Zakerian was a senior researcher at the Center for the Strategic Studies of the Middle East1997-2008. In 2002, Zakerian was a fellow at the Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands and a visiting professor fellow in 2007 in ISIM in Leiden in the Netherlands. 

Prof. Mehdi Zakerian scheduled to join Penn Law in September 2008 but he was detained for 72 days by Iranian government. Prof. Zakerian has been prevented to leave Iran from that time specially in April 2009 to take part in a conference in Italy at European University Institute. Prof Zakerian had formal and informal threats and pressures from the part of Iranian government during 2011 to 2013 regarding his teaching in the university and his articles and activities in ISJ. 

Prof. Zakerian is author of 30 books and 150 articles/essays in English, Persian, Arabic and French. Zakerian was chairman of a quarterly titled: Studies on Israel & US form 1997-2008. He is Member of editorial board of several quarterlies in Iran and abroad. Prof Zakerian joined Penn Law in Pennsylvania University at September 2010.

Prof. Zakerian has done several projects with international organizations including United Nations Information Center, UNHCR, and ICRC and UN.

Prof. Zakerian Speak in Persian, French, Arabic and English.



  • Foreign Policy
  • Global Human Rights
  • Human Rights
  • International Institutions
  • International Law
  • Law and Religion
  • Terrorism and Democracy

Research Areas

Human Rights, Public International Law

  • International Relations
  • Middle East & Islamic Studies, Sharia Law, Transitional Justice in Koran
  • Iran, EU and US
  • Human Rights Dialogue, Ethics & Human Rights
  • Transitional Justice


  • Int'l Human Rights in Islam
  • Human Rights in Middle East
  • The Principle of International Law in International Relations
  • IHL in Middle East
  • Simulations in International Law & International Relations
  • Transitional Justice in Koran


  • Editor-in-chief of International Studies Journal (ISJ) (2003 to date)
  • President of Iranian International Studies Association (2006 -2011)
  • Faculty Member of Islamic Azad University, Sciences & Research Branch, Faculty of Law & Political Sciences, Tehran. Iran. (2001 to date)

So in the website of  Penn Law: A scholar of international law and international human rights, Mehdi Zakerian holds a Ph.D. in international relations from Islamic Azad University where he has been an assistant professor since 1999. With over seventeen years of experience teaching international and Islamic human rights, he has held lectureships at prominent Iranian universities and was recently appointed Chair of the International Studies Association of Iran. As co-founder and presently Editor-in-Chief (2004-07) of the International Studies Journal (ISJ), widely considered the most significant journal of international law and international politics in Iran, Zakerian promotes one of the few forums of academic dialogue in Iran to regularly publish and engage with colleagues from the West.  He has collaborated with local and international universities and NGOs to organize several conferences at which he has regularly presented papers on international relations and human rights in the Middle East. Zakerian has penned over 100 publications including books, translations, book reviews and over 70 published articles, many focused on the implementation of international human rights standards in the context of an Islamic state. On this subject, Penn Law Professor William Burke-White writes, “this is perhaps the most important topic for international human rights scholarship in the modern context and [this scholar’s] work is among the best there is.”


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About Us


Following the current events in the world, it is necessary for Middle East countries, e.g., Iran to promote the scientific purposes of international law, international relations, and political science. This moment requires the promotion and so understanding of good governance, human rights, and democracy. The coinciding of our world with the new millennium and the events of 11th September has attracted the attention of scholars in various fields of international studies to such and extent that major research and analytical works have been produced in the academic institutions around the world.

In line with the efforts and collaborations to retain and revere this universal ideal, the International Studies Journal (ISJ) will be published. This journal would serve for identifying and proliferation the ideals and realities of the world, including the responsibilities of the international community.

The ISJ will cover major issues and debates facing the international community on human rights, good governance, international law, and international relations; including conflict prevention, supporting international peace and security, terrorism, and fostering economic and social advancement.


The International Studies Journal (ISJ) and the United Nations Information Center in Iran are jointly selecting 45 senior advisors, resident diplomats and their dependents, heads of state organizations, NGO representatives, professors of law and International Relations, and post-graduate and graduated students to participate in a Security Council simulation.

Tuesday, 02 August 2016 09:47

International Studies Journal No 48

 International Studies Journal No 48 ( Vol. 12, No. 4 , Spring  2016 ) has been published.

Tuesday, 02 August 2016 09:43

International Studies Journal No 47

 International Studies Journal No 47 ( Vol. 12, No. 3 , Winter 2016 ) has been published.

Tuesday, 02 August 2016 09:24

International Studies Journal No 46

 International Studies Journal No 46 ( Vol. 12, No. 2 , Fall 2015 ) has been published.

Former Iranian president Hashemi Rafsanjani has criticised the country’s current foreign policy, in particular the absence of formal diplomatic ties between Iran and the United States.

Tehran, 15 May 2014 - Former President Mohammad Khatami called on all intellectuals and benevolent people from across the globe to do their best and unite efforts for achieving sustainable peace in the world.

Tuesday, 02 August 2016 05:02


Authors should submit their manuscript via email to one of these E-mail Addresses :

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This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . It is notable to submit the article in two forms of files namely: “with the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s)” and” without the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s)”. In addition, a completed copy of signed cover letter along with the signed copyright assignment form (available from the Journal site) should be provided

Article Submission:

  • The manuscript should not have been published or considered for publication in any other Journals. Any contradiction to the above statement will lead to the automatic withdrawal of the manuscript.
  • In case of any financial support, it is important to mention the name of the respective organization/institute and the project number at the end of the manuscript. A written consent on the part of the organization/institute must be provided allowing the publication of the manuscript in the Journal.
  • ISJ editorial office will only accept manuscripts developed from approved theses or projects of official universities or research institutes.
  • Only review articles from expert researchers that have substantial amount of reporting in that particular field are accepted for publication.
  • The number of manuscript pages should not exceed 26 pages (including the text, figures and tables). Essays, Book Reviews and Case Studies must not exceed 12 pages.
  • Title page should include the title of the manuscript, name/surname(s) and author(s) affiliation(s), email, along with the contact information of the corresponding address.
  • One figure or table is required per 3-4 pages of text. Figures must be original, self-explanatory, and of high quality and precision.
  • In case of abbreviations and Latin names, the full name should be written out for the first time in the title, abstract and body of the text with the abbreviation brought in parenthesis next to it. For example, ISJ should be written as follows: International Studies Journal (ISJ)


Structure of Original Research Articles

The articles should include:

  • Title
  • Abstract with subheadings of background and aim, Methods and Materials, Results and Conclusion, at most with 200 words. 4-6 keywords (should be in title and abstract)
  • Introduction (justification for doing the research, review on other studies, objectives of the study)
  • Materials and Methods (type of research, method of research, statistical software)
  • Results (reporting the results of research)
  • Discussion (discussing the results, comparing the results with that of similar studies, practical application of results, limitations of the research)
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgment
  • References (references should be according to the section of “References”)

 Structure of Case Studies

Case Studies should include:


  • Title
  • Abstract with subheadings of Introduction, Case Study, Conclusion 3-5 Keywords (should be exist in title and abstract)
  • Introduction (importance and justification for the rareness of the case reported)
  • Case study and report
  • Discussion
  • References (references should be numbered consecutively in order of citation in the text, style should be according to the section of “References”)


Citations in the References Page:

 a – Persian versions: print surnames and initials of all authors when there are six or less (in case of seven or more authors the first six must be followed by et al), Year “Title of manuscript,” Name of journal, Vol, (No), page.

b – English versions: print surnames and initials of all authors when there are six or less (in case of seven or more authors the first six authors followed by et al should be listed), Year, “Title of manuscript,” Abbreviated name of journal, Vol, (No), page.

Seeff LB, Buskell-Bales Z, Wrught EC, Durako SJ, Alter HJ, Iber FL, et al, 1992, “Long term mortality after transfusion associated non A, non B hepatitis,” The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute study group, N Engl J Med; 27: 1906-11.

c – Book: surname and initials of the author(s), Year, Name of the book, Edition no, Place of publication: Publisher; page.

Kates M. 1992, Techniques of Lipidology, 2nd ed, New York: Elsevier; pp. 172-5.

d – Chapter of a book: surname and initials of the author(s) of the chapter, Year. “Title of the chapter,” In: surname and initials of the author(s). Name of the book, Edition no, Place of publication: Publisher, page.

Phillips SJ, Whisnant JP, 1995, “Hypertension and stroke,” in:

Laragh JH, Brenner BM, (eds.) Hypertension: Pathophysiology,

Diagnosis and Management. 2nd ed, New York: Raven Press, pp.


e – Conference presentations:

Bengtsson S, Solheim BG, 1992, “Enforcement of Data Protection, Privacy and Security in Medical Informatics,” in: Lun KC, Degoulet P., Piemme TE, Reinhoff O, (eds.) MEDINFO 92.

Proceedings of the 7th World Congress on Medical Informatics,1992 Sep 6-10; Geneva, Switzerland. Amsterdam: North- Holland, 1992. pp. 1561-5.

f – Citing materials on Internet:

Book on CD:

Title [book on CD-ROM], Year, Place of production, producer; Based on, Author/s or editor/s of book, year, Title of book, Place of publication: publisher; Title of CD-ROM series or database.

Martindale: The complete drug reference [book on CD-ROM],Englewood, Co: Micromedex; 1999. Based on, Parfitt K, (ed.), Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference, London: Pharmaceutical Press; International Healthcare Series.

Journal on CD:

Gershon ES, 1995, “Antisocial behavior,” Arch Gen Psychiatry

[Serial on CD-ROM] 1995; 52: 900-901.


Journal article on the Internet:

Abood S., 2002, “Quality improvement initiative in nursing homes: the ANA acts in an advisory role,” Am J Nurs[serial on the Internet]. 2002 Jun [cited 2002 Aug 12]; 102(6):[about 3 p.].

Available from: Accessed December 25, 2002.


Monograph on the Internet:

Foley KM, Gelband H, (eds.), 2001, “Improving palliative care for cancer [monograph on the Internet],” Washington: National Academy Press; [cited 2002 Jul 9]. Available from: Accessed August 21, 2001.


Homepage/Web site:

Cancer-Pain. Org [homepage on the Internet], 2000-01, NewYork: Association of Cancer Online Resources, Inc.; c2000-01[updated 2002 May 16;cited 2002 Jul 9]. Available from: Nov 20, 2002.


Part of a homepage/Web site:

American Medical Association [homepage on the Internet].c1995-2002, Chicago: The Association; c1995-2002[updated2001 Aug 23; cited 2002 Aug12]. AMA Office of Group Practice Liaison; [about 2 screens].

Available from: Accessed June 12, 2002.


Database on the Internet:

Open database:

Who’s certified [database on the Internet], Evanston(IL): The American Board of Medical Specialists. c2000-[cited 2001 Mar 8].

Available from: Accessed October 5, 2001.


Closed database:

Jablonski S. Online Multiple Congenital Anomaly/Mental Retardation(MCA/MR) Syndromes[database on the Internet]. Bethesda(MD):

National Library of Medicine (US). c1999[updated 2001 Nov 20; cited 2002 Aug 12]. Available from: title.html. Accessed April 10, 2002.


Part of a database on the Internet:

MeSH Browser[database on the Internet]. Bethesda(MD):

National Library of Medicine(US); 2002-[cited 2003 Jun 10].Meta-analysis; unique ID: D015201;[about 3 p.]. Available from: files updated weekly. Accessed August 23, 2003.


Editorial board is free to accept, revise and/or reject a manuscript.

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