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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 are publishing ‘good reads’ recommendations by our co-Editor in Chief. There is more to life than law alone! This issue opens with three Afterwords to Antony Anghie’s Foreword, ‘Rethinking International Law: A TWAIL Retrospective,’ published in issue 34-1. Ratna Kapur reflects on the tension between critique and redemption in TWAIL’s engagement with human rights and argues that TWAIL, embracing subaltern epistemes, creates the possibility for transformative, alternative visions of human rights to counter the liberal hegemony. Arnulf Becker Lorca claims that, over the past three decades, TWAIL has successfully become part of international law’s mainstream. While ‘civilizing’ international law, TWAIL’s success also means that, according to Becker Lorca, new approaches are needed to account for more…

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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.

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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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