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In This Issue – Reviews

This issue features reviews of three monographs, two engaging with non-Western approaches to international law, the other with a central question of the jus ad bellum. We begin with Lauri Mälksoo’s review of Russian Contributions to International Humanitarian Law by Michael Riepl. Published on the eve of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, this is a timely book if ever there was one, and it traces a reverse ‘Damascus’ move: Russia’s transformation from early advocate (Paul) to later sceptic (Saul) of international humanitarian law. Mälksoo finds it ‘remarkable’, not just for its timeliness and broad sweep, but also because it treats its heavy topic in ‘lively language’. We next have Said Mahmoudi’s review of Islamic Law and International Law: Peaceful Resolution of Disputes by Emilia Justyna Powell: an ‘ambitious’ study drawing on a wide range of sources, but one that, according to Mahmoudi, might overstate the relationship between Islamic law concepts and dispute settlement preferences. Finally, this issue features a review of Military Assistance on Request and the Use of Force by Erika de Wet. Christian Henderson finds much to agree with in this ‘rigorous doctrinal positivist’ analysis, among them…

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In This Issue

This issue of EJIL opens with a call to disorder international law. Michelle Staggs Kelsall invites international lawyers to let go of liberal vocabularies and reframe how the international legal order is constituted by conceiving of norms, conventions and principles with reference to a multiplicity of spatial and temporal orders. The next article, by contrast, aims to bring…

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Desk Rejections

I know the feeling. It has happened to me more than once, twice and thrice. ‘They didn’t even send it to peer review?!*&%#@.’ On one occasion it was subsequently published in another journal and is one of my most cited pieces! Regrettably, neither EJIL nor I•CON has the human resources to send a fully reasoned letter…

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In This Issue – Reviews

The Review Section of this issue features one review essay and five regular reviews. We begin with Jean d’Aspremont’s essay on Anne Orford’s International Law and the Politics of History, a wide-ranging discussion that situates Orford’s critique of contextualism and empiricism in scholarly accounts of international law and its history. D’Aspremont finds Orford’s critique ‘uncontestable’, but at the same time…

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In This Issue

Our Articles section in this issue opens with a contribution by Hsien-Li Tan, who proposes that the post-2007 ASEAN presents a new regionalization model to the regional trading arrangement landscape. Introducing the concept ‘concordance legalization’, Tan argues that this model allows sovereignty-centric states to dynamically expand their regionalization agenda without supranationalism. In the next article, Victor Crochet argues…

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