Four very different articles flesh out this second issue of our 21st volume. First is an article by Christopher Macleod on Crimes against Humanity. The Editors believe that our readers will enjoy this valuable philosophical account of the subject. Next is a detailed article by Marco Dani entitled, ‘Remedying European Legal Pluralism: The FIAMM and Fedon Litigation and the Judicial Protection of International Trade Bystanders’. Our third article by Monica Hakimi, ‘State Bystander Responsibility’, provides a fresh take on a much-discussed topic – offering a new generalized framework for conceptualizing the responsibilities of states for protecting persons from third party abuses. We have published several articles on this theme and will continue to do so for some time. It reflects our belief that we are in the midst of an important shift in the concept of State Responsibility. A shift from from primarily negative to positive obligations, from State Responsibility to the Responsibility of States. Neither state practice, nor the theoretical and conceptual contours of this shift have been sorted out. But EJIL is one place where the ‘basic science’ is taking shape. Hakimi’s paper suggests, inter alia, an important analogy between state bystander responsibility and our expectation that states respond to gender-based private acts of violence, an analogy we consider pertinent and illuminating. Last, we have an article by Santiago Villalpando which tackles the ever-important question of how we might conceive of an ‘international community’ and its status under international law.
International governance is another of our commitments rooted in the belief that it provides a more potent tool both analytically to understand and normatively to critique a host of international phenomena. Under this iteration of our occasional series, Critical Review of International Governance, we include pieces by colleagues in Ethiopia, China and Malaysia. First is a piece by Dereje Zeleke Mekonnen on the Nile Basin Cooperative Framework Agreement negotiations and the adoption of a ‘Water Security’ paradigm. Second is an article by Kong Lingjie on data protection and transborder data flow in the European and global context. Last, we have a piece by Gurdial Singh Nijar entitled, ‘Incorporating Traditional Knowledge in an International Regime on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing: Problems and Prospects’. We expect that you will find each piece both unique and also valuable to broader discussions on international governance.
Book Reviewing and Academic Freedom
My deep thanks for the hundreds of letters of support and indignation. All letters of support, including the many we received from editors of learned journals, have been translated into French and will be submitted to the Court. The Trial takes place on 25 June. I will report to our readers here on this blog.
Editor’s note: The hearing of the case has been postponed, for technical reasons, to January 20, 2011.
The Last Page
In ‘The Last Page’, EJIL’s reminder that there is more to life than law, you will find a poem by Jake Marmer, entitled ‘When an Immigrant’.