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In This Issue – Reviews

Our Review section features one essay and five regular reviews. Heike Krieger’s essay discusses Don Herzog’s Sovereignty RIP, a forceful call to ‘bury’ a so-called ‘zombie concept’. Krieger finds the work engaging, but suggests that Herzog, largely drawing on Anglo-American practice, fails to recognize the ambiguities and ambivalences of sovereignty. In her view, sovereignty is best characterized as a Grundbegriff (in the sense of Reinhart Koselleck), whose ‘past meanings and future expectation are neither fixed in their interpretation nor linear in their historical development’. To illustrate its openness, Krieger presents two ‘alternative stories’ of sovereignty, one reflecting its emancipatory potential, the other revisiting attempts to ‘legalize’ and thereby curtail it. At the end, Harry Potter makes a surprise appearance.

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In This Issue

Not long before EJIL’s 30th birthday, EJIL’s Scientific Advisory and Editorial Boards met to discuss which topics merited the attention of a 30th birthday symposium. Two topics received a lot of support: Democracy & International Law and Inequalities & International Law. Since there is often more truth in the concept ‘both’ rather than that of ‘either/or’, we decided…

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Vital Statistics

We publish our customary EJIL statistics below. The numbers largely speak for themselves. We make every effort to publish diverse scholarship (methodologically, conceptually, normatively and subject matter wise) and to diversify our authorship (gender, regions, seniority, and so on). We are, of course, ‘prisoners’ of our mailbox – the pool of articles submitted to EJIL. We…

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On My Way Out – Advice to Young Scholars VII: Taking Exams Seriously (Part 1)

I have, as is increasingly evident, reached the final phases of my academic and professional career, and as I look back I want to offer, for what it is worth, some dos and don’ts on different topics for scholars in the early phases of theirs. This is the seventh instalment, and it is dedicated to that central feature…

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Rabia Balkhi – The Legacy of a Medieval Poet in Afghanistan

Readers of EJIL will be quite familiar with our regular rubrics – Roaming Charges and The Last Page. The photographs and poems we publish in these sections of the Journal aim to remind us, as academics and human beings, of the ultimate subject of our scholarly reflections, the world and the people who inhabit it. We…

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