This issue opens with two articles that address topics that are at once tremendously important, highly relevant to contemporary international affairs, and yet under-examined. Cai Congyan analyses the rise of New Great Powers, their impacts upon and implications for international law, and offers a unique insider’s perspective through a revealing case study of the most significant New Great Power, China. Claus Zimmermann argues for a renewed appreciation of the concept of monetary sovereignty, tracing its evolution over time and assessing its applications to present-day circumstances.
The issue continues with a pair of entries under the rubric EJIL: Debate! that are sure to provoke much scholarly discussion and disagreement for years to come. Ryan Goodman’s groundbreaking thesis regarding the power to kill or capture enemy combatants has already been the subject of intense interest and debate on a number of Internet fora. Here, we publish the definitive version of his argument, together with a Reply from Michael Schmitt of the United States Naval War College, and Goodman’s Rejoinder.
The second EJIL: Debate! in this issue centres on an article by John Dugard and John Reynolds, which assesses whether the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories amounts to apartheid as defined under international law. In her Reply, Yaffa Zilbershats argues that the authors fail to differentiate between the norms applicable in sovereign and occupied territories, and that they ignore the context of armed conflict that explains many of the practices they criticize. Look out for a Rejoinder from Dugard and Reynold on EJIL: Talk!, where we expect the debate will continue for some time.
In Roaming Charges, we return to Moments of Dignity with a scene from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Our occasional series Critical Review of International Governance features a piece in this issue by Ademola Abass, on the occasion of a recent summit of African Union leaders. Abass examines the grounds for a possible decision to confer international criminal jurisdiction upon an African regional court, but argues that certain challenges to the effectiveness of such a court make it unlikely that that decision will be made.
The Last Page in this issue presents A Mystic and a Stock Price, by Laura Coyne.