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In This Issue – Reviews

Our review section in this issue features two review essays and a regular review. In her essay, Mavluda Sattorova engages with three books dealing with international investment issues that arise during armed conflict. Sattorova invites us to understand the corporation as victim, contributor, beneficiary, perpetrator and accomplice of, and in situations of, conflict. Tracing the law’s ‘troublesome origins, biases and complicities’, she unveils a research agenda that tackles questions surrounding the extensive protections for foreign investors and continuing lack of corporate accountability. Next up is Cait Storr’s review essay on ‘that little book’ referring to Jennings’ 1963 The Acquisition of Territory in International Law, recently republished by Manchester University Press. Storr offers an overview of how the law relating to territory has aged and argues that ‘the work is a prism that refracts the world of early 1960s international law.’ This is a deft and insightful essay that observes the ‘basic paradox at the heart of international law’, which is the universalization of the white liberal capitalist European expert.

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In This Issue

This issue, and this Volume, open with the EJIL Foreword by Antony Anghie. Anghie walks us through the long march of Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) scholarship and offers a sweeping, systematic, and personal account of TWAIL’s evolution and its restoration and rethinking of international law. Looking towards the future, Anghie argues that TWAIL concerns not…

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Vital Statistics; Book Review EditorS

Vital Statistics It is an annual custom for us to publish in the first issue of the year the statistics on manuscript submission, acceptance and publication from the previous year. Not only is it of interest to us as Editors and you as readers to note any shifts in submission and publication trends, but it is…

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ChatGPT and law exams

To suggest that AI is upending our world in a myriad of ways is by now a banality. To suggest that it poses a challenge to the very human condition, perhaps more so than previous technological revolutions, is, if not a banality at least a matter of extensive public discussion and debate. That there are no easy, consensus…

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Israel: Cry, the Beloved Country

This piece is cross-posted on Verfassungsblog. Israel, like many other democracies today, is a deeply polarized society. The operating principle of public discourse is typically: ‘Art thou for us or for our adversaries’ (Joshua 5:13). Whether it is the never-ending Arab-Israeli conflict and the 55-year Occupation of the Territories (even how to call them both…

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