About the Journal of Strategic Trade Control

The Journal of Strategic Trade Control (JoSTC) was formally launched in December 2022. Founded earlier that year by Veronica Vella with invaluable support from Prof. Quentin Michel, the journal found its institutional home at the European Studies Unit (ESU) of the University of Liège. Notably, the ESU boasts a longstanding commitment to research in strategic trade control and non-proliferation, making it a fitting host for this scholarly endeavor.

The JoSTC is a peer-reviewed, open access journal aimed at providing academics, practitioners, opinion and decision-makers, and other stakeholders involved in and concerned by strategic trade control issues with authoritative, thought-provoking, theoretically informed, and analytically sound resources. Topics cover the entire spectrum of strategic trade controls, including dual-use trade, conventional weapons, foreign direct investments, torture-related items trade, diamonds trade, and more. These topics range from the political and legal framework to all aspects of development, implementation, specific features, and compliance. Explore the “topics” section to learn more.

The journal operates on a rolling publication model where contributions are published upon receipt following successful peer review. This process involves initial in-house screening and anonymous refereeing by at least two reviewers. Additionally, special issues may also be published. JoSTC welcomes submissions on all aspects of strategic trade control from all regions of the world. Refer to 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)