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Anthony P. Lester

When lawyers tell of the making of European law, they usually speak of statespersons like Jean Monnet, cases like van Gend & Loos and judges like Koen Lenaerts. But in that pantheon belongs one of the legal architects of the now-vibrant fields of European Union and Human Rights Law, Anthony P. Lester, Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC, who died of heart disease in London just days ago. Lord Lester should be remembered in these pages for passionately advocating, before skeptical judges and parliamentarians, a reciprocal “overseas trade in bill of rights.”  In the late 20th century, that cross-Atlantic channel of ideas brought American-style civil rights into European law and inspired Lester’s career. One generation later, in Lawrence v. Texas, that channel flowed back in the opposite direction to help bring the European-style of human rights that Lester pioneered into American constitutionalism.  As chronicled in this Times report, throughout his life, Lester fought for human rights in…

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‘That Which Is Hateful to You, Do Not Do to Your Fellow! That is the Whole Torah; The Rest is Interpretation’ (from the Elder Hillel in Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 31a)

I am creeping up to the age where some friends and former students have approached me with the idea of a Festschrift (Mélange, Liber Amicorum). Of course I was touched and moved by the expression of friendship and respect. But it took me no more than a few nanoseconds politely to decline, having Hillel’s version of the Golden…

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Vital Statistics

For several years now we have regularly monitored and published statistics for manuscripts received at EJIL at the three different stages of the submission process: total submissions, accepted manuscripts and published articles. We think it is useful, indeed vital, to understand who makes up our ‘pool’ of authors and how it evolves over the years. Generating…

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Publishers, Academics and the Battles over Copyright and Your Rights

Academic publishers and academics live in a symbiotic relationship. Even university presses are dependent (this is the most delicate way of putting it) on profits and they earn such from our writing. Without us, they would be out of business. And we, the writers, even in the age of the internet, need publishers. They provide an important service…

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We are pulled in opposite directions in the face of a global upending of normal life. We find it attractive, even if hunkered down at home, as is our whole editorial team, in six different countries, to continue serenely our normal work in the face of a-normalcy. The life of the mind, the scholarly endeavor continues – even…

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