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The Human ChatGPT – The Use and Abuse of Research Assistants

Recent meetings of the Advisory Boards of EJIL and I•CON were dedicated, among other issues, to, surprise surprise, the ChatGPT challenge. In the context of law faculties and legal education, one acute problem, as a recent Editorial noted, relates to the possible use of AI by students in exams and, even more acutely, when writing seminar papers. A different set of problems arises in the context of scholarly publications. How should we deal, we asked ourselves, with submissions to EJIL and I•CON where AI has been used by the author? Some cases are easy enough. We regularly receive submissions that were clearly written by, say, ChatGPT, the quality of which is such that even after only a cursory read they can be consigned to the dustbin. But as the technology develops (and ChatGPT 4.0 is already significantly better than the 3.5 version), and the skill in using prompts intelligently improves, one can well imagine a submission where the use of AI will not be detectable and where the quality is high and would…

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10 Good Reads 2023

Here, again, is my pick of ‘Good Reads’ from the books I read in 2023. I want to remind you, as I do every year, that these are not ‘book reviews’, which also explains the relative paucity of law books or books about the law. Many excellent ones have come my way this year, as in previous years,…

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Open Access: No Closed Matter

The move to Open Access publishing has been driven in large part by a desire to make research publicly available and to make knowledge less exclusive. The journals that we edit have long been committed to these objectives. Yet as emerging forms of Open Access publishing are gaining greater recognition, it is important to address some of their…

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In This Issue – Reviews

In this issue, we have something for everyone to inform your reading in the six reviews of recent books. We begin with two books that address the law of the sea, but they do so from very different angles. Douglas Guilfoyle reviews Ian Urbina’s ‘vivid and often confronting’ book, The Outlaw Ocean, a book which seems possible to…

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In This Issue

EJIL’s year-long symposium ‘Re-Theorizing International Organizations Law’ continues in this issue with two articles that put the spotlight on thinkers of international organizations law beyond the usual suspects. Kehinde Olaoye introduces Samuel K.B. Asante’s academic writings and experience as an international civil servant in a now-defunct UN unit specializing in transnational corporations. Olaoye takes Asante’s intellectual and professional…

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