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This issue features two review essays and two regular reviews. We begin with Carl Landauer’s essay on International Law’s Objects, edited by Jessie Hohmann and Daniel Joyce. Landauer comments on the book’s call for a ‘material turn’ in international law, which he ties back to earlier discussions in material culture studies. He agrees with the book editors that objects can help bring vitality to the study of international law, but suggests we might go further in ‘recruiting all of the senses [and not just the visual] in an engagement with the international legal order’. In our second review essay, Ukri Soirila and David Scott use The Art of Mooting, a guide centred on common law moot competitions (and thus not your common EJIL ‘review material’), as a springboard to engage critically with international law moot courts such as the Jessup. Drawing on their own ‘conflicted experience with mooting’, they highlight ways of using critical approaches to international law to teach mooting more effectively. As regards the regular reviews, Mai Taha discusses Cait Storr’s International Status in the Shadow…

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This issue opens with two Letters to the Editors offering very different views on the recent Editorial entitled ‘Cancelling Carl Schmitt’. The Articles section of this issue opens with a contribution by Bernard Hoekman and Petros Mavroidis, who offer a fresh look at how the current crisis of the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement system…

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International Economic Law in a Time of Global Perils: Omicron and other COVID variants, Climate Change, Human Rights, and Development

The World Trade Organization decided to indefinitely postpone its 12th Ministerial Conference, originally scheduled for this week (30 November to 3 December), due to travel constraints for many delegations coming from countries that had already imposed travel bans and other restrictions due to the new Omicron variant.  The 12th Ministerial was slated to take up a…

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Announcements: NUS Centre for International Law Position; No More Blackface Lecture; The Psychology of International Law Discussion; CfP Richard Baxter Military Prize

1. NUS Centre for International Law Postdoctoral Fellow Position: Postdoctoral Fellow (International Economic Law Focus) The Centre for International Law (CIL) at the National University of Singapore invites applications for a 2-Year Post-Doctoral Fellowship position with a focus on international economic law, commencing in February/March 2022. They seek applications from those with expertise in international investment…

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Nigeria and Morocco Move Towards a “New Generation” of Bilateral Investment Treaties

Introduction On 3 December 2016, the Governments of Morocco and Nigeria signed a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) that deserves close scrutiny. The treaty is an important attempt by two developing countries to move toward a new generation of BITs fully aligned with the evolution of…

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Comments on ITLOS, M/T “San Padre Pio” Case (Switzerland v. Nigeria), Provisional Measures Order (6 July 2019)

Introduction On July 6, 2019, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) delivered its provisional measures order in the M/T “San Padre Pio” case between Switzerland and Nigeria. The summary of the case is available here. In short, the Nigerian navy intercepted…

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Japan’s New Optional Clause Declaration at the ICJ: A Pre-Emptive Strike?

On the pitch, the best offense is sometimes a good defense. Alternatively, you can simply decide not to play. It was reported yesterday that Japan has submitted a new reservation to its declaration recognizing the compulsory jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The…

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Itamar Mann Concludes the Discussion on "Humanity at Sea"

This symposium brought together four of my favorite scholars to engage with Humanity at Sea, and I couldn’t be more thankful. I learned a great deal from each of the reviews and entirely agree with Jaya Ramji-Nogales when she writes, in an understatement, that they leave me…

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The Rise of Environmental Law in International Dispute Resolution: Inter-American Court of Human Rights issues Landmark Advisory Opinion on Environment and Human Rights

The Inter-American Court’s Advisory Opinion on Environment and Human Rights, released on 7 February 2018 (in Spanish only) (for brevity “AO”), is the latest and potentially most significant decision in a series of high profile international judicial rulings which acknowledge legal consequences for environmental harm. As recently…

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Kadi and the Solange Argument in International Law

Antonios Tzanakopoulos is University Lecturer in Public International Law at the University of Oxford and Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. It is a pleasure to have been invited to contribute to the discussion of the article by Juliane Kokott and Christoph Sobotta…

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