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10 Good Reads 2023

Here, again, is my pick of ‘Good Reads’ from the books I read in 2023. I want to remind you, as I do every year, that these are not ‘book reviews’, which also explains the relative paucity of law books or books about the law. Many excellent ones have come my way this year, as in previous years, but an excellent law book is not always, in fact rarely is, a ‘good read’ in the sense intended here: curl up on the sofa and enjoy a very good read, maybe even as a respite from an excellent law book. I should also point out that some of these ‘good reads’ are not necessarily literary masterpieces – and yet, still, they are very good reads. Yasushi Inoue, The Hunting Gun (猟銃 Ryōjū, 1949) (Tuttle Publishers, 2001) I discovered Inoue this year (a gift from a loyal reader of my 10 Good Reads – practically all books I read are based on recommendations by trusted friends). ‘Better late than never’ is most apt in…

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Open Access: No Closed Matter

The move to Open Access publishing has been driven in large part by a desire to make research publicly available and to make knowledge less exclusive. The journals that we edit have long been committed to these objectives. Yet as emerging forms of Open Access publishing are gaining greater recognition, it is important to address some of their…

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In This Issue – Reviews

In this issue, we have something for everyone to inform your reading in the six reviews of recent books. We begin with two books that address the law of the sea, but they do so from very different angles. Douglas Guilfoyle reviews Ian Urbina’s ‘vivid and often confronting’ book, The Outlaw Ocean, a book which seems possible to…

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In This Issue

EJIL’s year-long symposium ‘Re-Theorizing International Organizations Law’ continues in this issue with two articles that put the spotlight on thinkers of international organizations law beyond the usual suspects. Kehinde Olaoye introduces Samuel K.B. Asante’s academic writings and experience as an international civil servant in a now-defunct UN unit specializing in transnational corporations. Olaoye takes Asante’s intellectual and professional…

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On My Way In IV: ‘Aren’t You Exclusive?!’ On the Pros and Cons of Writing Letters of Reference for Only One Candidate in an Academic Hiring Process

At the time of writing – there is often a significant gap between the writing and publication of EJIL editorials – it feels like hiring season. Requests for letters in support of academic job applications pop up with the same speed as files to read for hiring panels. One question about academic practices has come up in discussions…

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