About the Journal of Strategic Trade Control

The Journal of Strategic Trade Control was founded in 2022 by Veronica Vella with the support of Prof. Quentin Michel. The European Studies Unit (ESU) of the University of Liège hosts it. The ESU has been engaged in research concerning strategic trade control and non-proliferation for many years .

The Journal of Strategic Trade Control is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal that aims at providing academics, practitioners, opinion / decision-makers and other stakeholders involved in and concerned with strategic trade control issues with authoritative, thought-provoking, theoretically informed and analytically sound resources. Topics cover the entire spectrum of strategic trade controls, from the political and legal framework, all aspects of its developments and implementation to its specific features and compliance.

Contributions will undergo a rigorous peer review, based on initial in-house screening and anonymous refereeing by at least two reviewers. Every Issue will include five manuscripts each of which will be consequentially be published. In fact, contributions will be published on a rolling basis, without having to wait for a full and complete issue. Special issues might also be published.

The Journal welcomes submissions on all aspects of strategic trade control in – and from – all the world’s regions. Read the Instructions for Authors for information on how to submit your article.


Veronica Vella

Phd Candidate

Department of Political Science, European Studies Unit,
University of Liège

Editorial board

Pr. Dr. Quentin Michel

Full Professor

Department of Political Science, European Studies Unit,
University of Liège

Dr. Ana Sánchez-Cobaleda

Lecturer and researcher

Department of International Public Law and International Relations ,
University of Barcelona

Dr. Johan Evers

Senior Technical Export Control Coordinator,


Dr. Christos CHARATSIS

Scientific Advisor, EU P2P Programme for Dual-Use Goods

European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Branislav Aleksic

Legal Counsel, Head of Department Foreign Trade Law and Corporate Security

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft e.V

Dr. Ian J Stewart

Executive Director

James Martin Center for Non-proliferation Studies Washington DC

Dr. Filippo Sevini

Project leader, Strategic Trade Control for non-proliferation and Global Issues

European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Dr. Crystal Pryor

Vice President and Director of Research

Pacific Forum International

Dr. Machiko Kanetake

Associate Professor of Public International Law

Utrecht University School of Law

Dr. Diederik Cops

Senior Researcher

Flemish Peace Institute

Dr. Georgios Kolliarakis

Advisor for Research Strategy, Technology Security Defence

German Council on Foreign Relations

Valerie M. Lincy

Executive Director

Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control

Kevin Wolf


Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Why JoSTC?

1. Backed by a prestigious institution

The JoSTC is published — and comes under — the scientific authority of the European Studies Unit of the University of Liege. The ESU has been working and publishing on strategic trade control issues since almost two decades, under various forms.

2. Provides Open Access

All papers appearing in JoSTC are published with free and open access to the full text under the Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/deed.en) at no charge.

3. Indexing

JoSTC is indexed in the main generalist and specialized databases.

4. Ethics

JoSTC is particularly attentive to ethical aspects. The editorial Board considers any criticisms and complaints that it receives. He will settle any disputes between readers, the authors and the journal. JoSTC follows the COPE « code of conduct for journal publishers » and « The European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity ».

6. Frequency of publication

JoSTC is published once a year at minimum. Special Issues are also published.

7. Impartial selection (peer review)

All manuscripts are submitted to at least two reviewers from the international scientific community. The reviewers are selected by the members of the editorial board.

8. Archiving The journal is archived in the national electronic depository of the KBR (Belgium)