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The Articles section of this issue opens with an empirical study by Laurence Helfer and Erik Voeten, which identifies – through an analysis of minority opinions – an increase in European Court of Human Rights judgments that implicitly overturn prior progressive judgments. The authors suggest that these judgments represent a response to the populist backlash against human rights. In the next article, Ríán Derrig revisits the work of the ‘New Haven School’ of policy-oriented jurisprudence. Using previously unexploited archival materials, Derrig challenges common assumptions regarding the historical background and intellectual origins of this school of thought. Thereafter, Rémi Bachand uses Marxist theory to shed new light on the causes underlying the current crisis of the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body. His analysis casts doubt on common explanations for this crisis, and suggests instead that it has to do with the inherent contradictions of neoliberalism and the role of the WTO as guarantor of the neoliberal order. The section concludes with Merijn Chamon’s analysis of the contribution of the EU’s practice of provisional application of treaties to international…

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10 Good Reads – Part 2

Editor's Note: Part 1 of 10 Good Reads can be found here.  Witold Gombrowicz, Bacacay (transl. Bill Johnston. Archipelago, 2006) I am a very late comer to Gombrowicz – through a casual remark by Tokarczuk in an interview to FAZ, saying that in her view he merited a Nobel. He did not –…

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10 Good Reads – Part 1

This has been an unusual year (and that must be the euphemism of the year). I have not been to my office since February and have had no access to the pile of new books and the even greater pile of older books waiting to be read. There is, however, also a silver lining (there always is, isn’t…

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Europe Must Learn Quickly to Speak the Language of Power: Part II

Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission of the European Union – the EU’s foreign affairs chief and effectively the ‘Minister of Foreign Affairs of the EU’ – completes in these days his first year in office. He granted this interview to Professor J.H.H Weiler, Co-Editor-in-Chief of the European…

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Europe Must Learn Quickly to Speak the Language of Power: Part I

Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission of the European Union – the EU’s foreign affairs chief and effectively the ‘Minister of Foreign Affairs of the EU’ – completes in these days his first year in office. He granted this interview to Professor J.H.H Weiler, Co-Editor-in-Chief of the European…

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