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EJIL Editorial Vol 21:1- Lautsi: Crucifix in the Classroom Redux

There are few legal issues which still manage to evoke civic passion in the wider population. Increasingly, and sometimes for the wrong reasons, the place of religion in our public spaces has become one of them. In the age of the internet and Google we can safely assume that all readers of this Journal will have either read the Lautsi decision of the European Court of Human Rights or have read about it, thus obviating the need for the usual preliminaries. As is known, a Chamber of the Court held that the displaying in Italian public schools of the crucifix was a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights. Independently of one’s view of the substantive result, the decision of the Second Chamber of the ECtHR is an embarrassment. There are few long-term issues on the European agenda that are more urgent, more complex and more delicate than the way we deal with the challenging problems of State and Church, religious minorities, the questions of collective identities of Europe and within Europe,…

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EJIL Editorial Vol 21:1- In this issue . . .

We begin this issue with a symposium to honour one of our Founding Editors, Professor Antonio Cassese, who recently celebrated his 70th birthday. Many happy returns.  We publish five short pieces on the role that public international law plays and can play in the protection of individuals, a topic of abiding concern to Nino. From…

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EJIL:Talk! Welcomes Tolga Yalkin as Guest Blogger

We are happy to announce that over the next few days Tolga Yalkin will be posting on EJIL:Talk! a series of pieces dealing with aspects of international investment law. Readers will remember that, last month, Tolga posted a piece on EJIL:Talk! titled “International Investment Arbitration: Poisoned at the Root?”  (which was discussed over at…

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Editorial: EJIL Vol. 20:2

Gaza - From Warfare to Lawfare. For many years I taught a Seminar on the legal aspects of the Arab Israeli conflict at Harvard Law School. It was unlike any other of my courses or seminars. The participants, students and researchers, were more passionate and engaged than normal. As expected, there was always a group of…

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EJIL at Twenty!

EJIL at Twenty: A Family Affair I am both the most and least qualified person to mark the 20th anniversary of the European Journal of International Law. In its organizational aspects, social scientists would probably comment – à titre juste – that EJIL demonstrates a low degree of institutionalization. It has, from its inception, been a family affair and to…

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