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Brexit, the Irish Protocol and the ‘Versailles Effect’

What does the Treaty of Versailles have to do with Brexit, you may be asking yourself? Quite a lot I would like to suggest. But a preliminary comment is necessary. In the current state of polarized societies  and, increasingly, a polarized academy, an old-style ‘Voltairian liberal’ like myself (of the ‘I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it’ ilk), who is, too, an accommodationist by disposition and praxis (of the ‘let’s look for a solution that can accommodate as much as possible the conflicting positions’ ilk), regularly manages to alienate both poles. Say one good word on the redistributive policies of the current Polish government and the response will be brimstone and fire from one pole. (Excuse the pun.) Say one (or more) bad word on their rule of law policies, and dust and ashes will rain down from the other pole. You end up being the ‘enemy’ of both. Polarization. This is not a personal, ‘poor me’ complaint. From the privileged position of a tenured…

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In This Issue – Reviews

This issue features reviews of five recent works. Two of them address questions of state responsibility – a core topic, shaped by the International Law Commission (ILC) Articles adopted exactly 20 years ago, but addressed here from unusual angles. Jean Ho’s interest is with responsibility for breaches of investment contracts (a topic left to the side by the…

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In This Issue

This issue opens with an article by Andreas von Arnauld, who discusses state responsibility for past injustices apparently considered legal at the time. To mitigate the problem of retroactivity associated with such responsibility, von Arnauld suggests a broader understanding of the law, which reads into it contemporary ethical principles. He argues that, as a minimum, the violation of…

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Vital Statistics

What’s in a number? Or better, what’s in a set of numbers? As many of our readers know, we draw up the EJIL Vital Statistics each year in order to track any changes, shifts and developments in the who’s who of EJIL authors. Who submits to the journal? Who is accepted, and who gets published? Are we managing…

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The Unequal Impact of the Pandemic on Scholars with Care Responsibilities: What Can Journals (and Others) Do?

COVID-19 has been devastating in all sorts of ways for communities and individuals everywhere, exacerbating existing inequalities and structural injustices, such as those pertaining to race, gender, and wealth. And while the harms have been more brutal and life-changing in other contexts, the highly uneven impact of the pandemic has been felt amongst the relatively privileged scholarly community…

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