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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 are especially pleased to publish in this issue a poem by Rabia Balkhi, a medieval female poet from Balkh (now northern Afghanistan), and a photograph representing the poet in present-day Kabul. The story behind this poem and the photograph is well worth recounting. We came across some writings attributed to Rabia Balkhi during a search for a poem related to Afghanistan and the devastating situation there following the Taliban takeover of the country in late August this year. An illuminating article by Munazza Ebtikar, a PhD candidate at the University of Oxford and originally from Balkh and Panjshir, Afghanistan, gave context to the history and legacy of Rabia Balkhi.

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EJIL Roll of Honour; 2021 EJIL Peer Reviewer Prize; Changes in the Masthead

EJIL Roll of Honour EJIL relies on the good will of colleagues in the international law community who generously devote their time and energy to act as peer reviewers for the large number of submissions we receive. Without their efforts our Journal would not be able to maintain the excellent standards to which we strive. A lion’s share…

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In This Issue – Reviews

In addition to our Restatement symposium, this issue features a review essay and three regular reviews.  In the review essay, ‘When Should International Courts Intervene?’, Jan Petrov engages with Shai Dothan’s book of the same title and applies its framework to the particular challenge of populism.  The three regular reviews cover new scholarship on civil wars,…

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In This Issue

The last issue of 2021 opens with an article by Fuad Zarbiyev, who undertakes a critical examination of the privileged status that the judicial representation of international law enjoys in mainstream international legal discourse. Zarbiyev argues that this status is neither obvious nor unobjectionable, and points to its main ramifications. In the next article, Katie Johnston explains how…

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Programming Note by the Editors

Dear readers, We have been receiving, reviewing and publishing an unprecedented number of posts on Ukraine in the past two weeks. We have now covered most legal aspects of the crisis, which looks likely to continue for many more weeks if not months. We will therefore have to resume publishing some posts that are unrelated to Ukraine, many…

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