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Discussion on Use of Force Postponed

Published on September 11, 2009        Author: 

We have decided to postpone the discussion of the articles in the EJIL Anniversary Symposium on Use of Force which I announced last week. Fear not, the discussion will take place! We now plan to hold the discussion later this year, when Issue 4 of this year’s EJIL is published. As announced on this blog in the summer, the last issue of EJIL this year will include a selection of reactions to articles which appeared in its three Anniversary Symposia in Issues  1-3 and the three Anniversary Articles which will featured in those issues. We think the occasion of the publication of this issue would be a more appropriate time to continue discussion of those same EJIL articles on the blog.

My apologies to the authors, commentators and to readers for the last minute change of plans.

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The Wikipedia Approach to Reality

Published on September 9, 2009        Author: 

I was reading the news today, and was again struck for the umpteenth time by the ease with which people slip into what I now like to call the Wikipedia approach to reality – a phenomenon that I’m sure psychologists have defined in a much more sophisticated way as some form of cognitive bias or another. Take a look at this CNN report regarding a new B’Tselem report on casualties during the Gaza conflict (on which see more from our blog here, here, here, and here):

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EJIL:Talk! Discussion on the Use of Force

Published on September 2, 2009        Author: 

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be hosting a discussion of articles in the latest issue of the European Journal of International Law. As readers will know, this year marks the 20th Anniversary of EJIL and each issue of the journal includes a symposium on selected areas of international law. In the latest issue (issue 2), there is a symposium on the Use of Force.  EJIL:Talk! will host an online discussion of three articles in that symposium. Next week we will discuss Christian Tams’ article “The Use of Force Against Terrorists”. We will then host discussions of Ken Anderson’s piece “The Rise of International Criminal Law: Intended and Unintended Consequences” and Dino Kritsiotis’ article: “Close Encounters of a Sovereign Kind”. All of these articles will be freely available on and on the OUP EJIL site.

Professor Joseph Weiler’s editorial for this issue of EJIL points out that:

Dino Kritsiotis of the University of Nottingham and Ken Anderson from American University in Washington DC may have taken on classical topics – but fasten your seat belts and prepare yourself to be challenged. Christian Tams from Glasgow and Tullio Treves of Milan (who serves, too, as Judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea) deal with the less classical: the use of force in fi ghting terrorists and pirates respectively. Keep those seatbelts fastened. We were not interested in the ‘ Law as it Stands ‘ style pieces. These are all pieces with a view, with a thesis. We expect some disagreement.

EJIL:Talk! is precisely the forum where we expect some of that disagreement to emerge and different points of view to be thrashed out. Commentators on the EJIL pieces will include Kimberley Trapp (University of Cambridge), Gerry Simpson (the London School of Economics and the University of Melbourne), Brad Roth (Wayne State University) and Nikolas Stürchler (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland and author of The Threat of Force in International Law).

As always readers are invited to participate in this discussion by posting comments.

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