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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 in a variety of ways. You would not be reading this Editorial if this were not the case. This symbiosis would suggest a relationship of equals; with few exceptions, for most of us this is hardly the case. We approach publishers like supplicants before an all-powerful despot. The Road to Canossa was a spring jog by comparison. Sounds familiar? It’s always them doing us a favour by publishing our book rather than us doing them a favour by giving them our work. Sounds familiar? One area where this disparity of power is most noticeable is in relation to copyright and associated rights over the fruit of our labour. There is much that is unacceptable,…

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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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Orbán and the Self-Asphyxiation of Democracy

It came as no big surprise that Orbán has used COVID-19 to dismantle further the checks and balances that are an integral part of any functioning democracy. On 30 March 2020, with the authorization of the Hungarian Parliament (in which the government has a large majority), an Act was passed, which effectively gave the government sweeping powers…

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A Less Exclusive Submission Process; In this Issue

A Less Exclusive Submission Process Authors who have ever submitted a manuscript to EJIL will invariably describe our peer review system as a lengthy, often protracted, perhaps even frustratingly long process. By its very nature, peer review, when undertaken in a serious and thorough manner, takes time. All manuscripts submitted to EJIL undergo a first in-house…

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Editorial: The Legality of the Israeli Annexation – Redux

Once the American Administration recanted its long standing position as regards Israeli settlements, one could expect, as day follows night, that a shift on annexation would also follow, much to the delight of the Israeli government. It played well to the internal political agenda of both governments. In the case of settlements the State Department at least…

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