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Cracking the Code: How Podchasov v. Russia Upholds Encryption and Reshapes Surveillance

On February 13, 2024, the European Court of Human Rights (Strasbourg Court) issued its verdict in Podchasov v. Russia. The case involved a statute that (i) established a data retention scheme, and (ii) permitted law enforcement to order the decryption of collected data. The applicant in this case, a Telegram user, challenged an order that required Telegram to decrypt their communications protected by end-to-end encryption (E2EE).

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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. We thank the following colleagues for their…

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A Note on Peer Reviewing; 2023 EJIL Peer Reviewer Prize

A Note on Peer Reviewing EJIL has published a number of Editorials (see here, here, here and here) on the crucial and still undervalued role of peer review in academic scholarship. Yet our statistics continue to speak clearly about ‘the crisis in peer review’ (referring to our 2012 Editorial): in 2023,…

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In This Issue – Reviews 

Sigrid Boysen opens the section with her review of Marie-Catherine Petersmann's When Environmental Protection and Human Rights Collide.  Boysen finds much to agree with in Petersmann’s account and notably praises her challenge to the ‘mantra of synergy’ according to which human rights protection and international environmental law are in a mutually supportive relationship.  We move on to Prisca…

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In This Issue

The Editorial in this issue looks back on the year in peer reviewing, with gratitude to all those colleagues who took on manuscript reviews, with some perplexity about the ongoing difficulties in peer reviewing, and with congratulations to our Peer Reviewer Prize winner. In addition, as is our custom in the period leading to the Holiday Season, we…

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