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Favourite Readings 2021 – Introduction

The end of year is approaching, and as has become customary on this blog, we are marking it with a series of posts on some ‘Favourite Readings’ of the year: recommendations by friends of EJIL that celebrate books, the process of reading, and the influence reading has on us all. These posts are no book reviews. They recommend, rather than review. However, like book reviews, they presuppose that we don’t just skim read books, but engage in what Fleur Johns, in a thoughtful reflection on book reviewing, has referred to ‘the habit of close … cover-to-cover reading’. Cover-to-cover reading in turn assumes, or is at least greatly aided by, the possibility of holding a printed book in one‘s hand, of physically turning pages, of sensing a book. At the risk of giving away our age, this is how we grew up with (print) books. And this is how we prefer our books, including the ones that we review or recommend.

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David Lefkowitz’s response to EJILTalk! commentators

I am extremely grateful to Andreas Follesdal and Steven Ratner for organizing this symposium, to the European Journal of International Law for hosting it on its blog, and to Alejandro Chehtman, Adil Haque, Carmen Pavel, and Nicole Roughan for their generous praise of my book, and the thoughtful challenges they press against various arguments contained therein.  I wrote…

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Philosophy and the Laws of Armed Conflict

David Lefkowitz’s Philosophy and International Law is an ambitious, thought-provoking, and didactic examination of many key jurisprudential, political, and ethical issues at the core of the international legal system. Its title captures well not only the overall theme of the book (you would have guessed that much), but also its emphasis: it is a philosophical inquiry about international…

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Comment on Lefkowitz, Philosophy and International Law: a critical introduction

David Lefkowitz has produced a book of remarkable clarity, depth, and insight, which directly explains and addresses international legal scepticism. It is a persuasive demonstration of how to enrich the philosophy of law through attention to matters other than myopic insider debates and systems other than state law; and how to cut through to the core of key…

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What Rule of Law Ideal is Fit for International Law?

This summer in Morocco my tour guide told me he does not want to leave the country but needs a foreign passport. Any foreign passport will do. As a Moroccan, he is subject to arbitrary arrest, detention, and harassment by the police, but a foreign passport will protect him. It will give him other benefits, such as access…

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