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Bread and Circus: How Life Imitates the Mundial (or is it the other way round)?

Let us begin with the Mundial. I write this Editorial on the day after the Semifinals in Qatar. For football (soccer) lovers as myself (from the couch, I fear) it has been an exhibition of splendid football as well as an exciting and full-of-surprises competition. Elation and disappointments abounded. Think, to give but one example, of the Atlas Lions who justly earned the respect and admiration of the millions glued to their TVs. Another proof, if one was needed, that there is so much more to football than football. The pending Final promises equally rich emotions regardless of the outcome. And yet, we are all aware that this sporting feast was celebrated on a dark moral swamp. On the surface of the swamp there was everything associated with the location, Qatar. The very decision to select Qatar is mired in a dubious (and worse) procedures. A motion before a committee of the European Parliament to call things by their name – Bribery — was deflected by the Qatar lobbyists. If…

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10 Good Reads 2022

Here is my pick of ‘Good Reads’ from the books I read in 2022. 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 in 2022, as in previous years, but…

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On My Way In III: It’s Not All About Me: Writing a Cover Letter for an Academic Position

Some texts are key to scholarly careers – cover letters, letters of reference, curricula vitae – yet are never intended for publication. They are – perhaps in part for that reason – under-scrutinized genres of academic writing. When one serves on an appointment panel, one inevitably reads hundreds of samples of such texts, provoking reflection on what makes…

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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…

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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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