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Book Symposium: Comparative Reasoning in International Courts and Tribunals: A Very Brief Introduction

I Trying to distil six years of research, drafting, and revision into a pithy thousand-word blog post is a difficult task. But the challenge has provided me with the opportunity to think about what I consider to be the most important lessons that I’ve drawn from the project, both in terms of the way in which I hope the book contributes to existing scholarship, as well as how the process of writing the book has changed me as a researcher. At the outset, I’d like to thank the Editors of EJIL:Talk! for kindly hosting this symposium and the commentators for agreeing to engage with my work. In this introductory post, I will address three topics: first, how I came to write on this topic; second, the approach adopted in the book; and, third, the main findings of the book.

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Unrepentant: Sovereignty RIP

Warm thanks to the symposiasts and thanks again to EJIL: Talk! for opening its pages to an outsider to international law. It’s gratifying to garner some approval of what I did, far more gratifying to have people take it seriously. It would be boring, litigious, and anyway impossible in this space to…

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Burying Sovereignty All Over Again: A Brief Review of Don Herzog’s Sovereignty RIP

Don Herzog’s Sovereignty RIP is a great read and I highly recommend it. It is extremely well written and it has a compelling argument. It focuses on what it refers to as the classic theory of sovereignty under which "every political community must have a locus of authority that is unlimited, undivided and unaccountable to any higher…

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Sovereignty – an Empty Vessel?

Sovereignty RIP? In his book, Don Herzog urges us to “bury” the concept of sovereignty. Since sovereignty has mutated, over the centuries, from the idea of an “unlimited, undivided, and unaccountable locus of authority” (at xi) to a concept of which we now think as limited, divided, and accountable, it has basically turned meaningless and should therefore be…

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Of Babies and Bathwater: A Comment on Herzog

Sovereignty has been the target of so many indictments over the years that it is a hard task to renew the case against it in a way that is fresh and interesting. It is a tribute to Don Herzog that he manages to pull this off in such fine style. ‘Sovereignty RIP’ is incisively argued, impressively documented, widely…

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