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“Friends of the court” making the most of Amicus Curiae with UN Treaty Bodies

The practice of submitting Third Party Interventions (TPIs) – also known as Amicus Curiae briefs - is well established in Commonwealth jurisdictions, and it has become common practice within regional mechanisms such as the Inter-American and European Courts of Human Rights, and the African Court on Human and Peoples’ rights. Similarly, most of the eight UN Treaty Bodies (UNTBs) mandated to review individual communications (ICs) have also received TPIs. Although the amount of TPIs submitted to the UNTBs is nowhere commensurate to those submitted to regional courts, it is growing. A new resource published by the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) with support from international law firm DLA Piper provides guidance to potential authors.

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Rabia Balkhi – The Legacy of a Medieval Poet in Afghanistan

Readers of EJIL will be quite familiar with our regular rubrics – Roaming Charges and The Last Page. The photographs and poems we publish in these sections of the Journal aim to remind us, as academics and human beings, of the ultimate subject of our scholarly reflections, the world and the people who inhabit it. We…

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EJIL Roll of Honour; 2021 EJIL Peer Reviewer Prize; Changes in the Masthead

EJIL Roll of Honour EJIL relies on the good will of colleagues in the international law community who generously devote their time and energy to act as peer reviewers for the large number of submissions we receive. Without their efforts our Journal would not be able to maintain the excellent standards to which we strive. A lion’s share…

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In This Issue – Reviews

In addition to our Restatement symposium, this issue features a review essay and three regular reviews.  In the review essay, ‘When Should International Courts Intervene?’, Jan Petrov engages with Shai Dothan’s book of the same title and applies its framework to the particular challenge of populism.  The three regular reviews cover new scholarship on civil wars,…

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In This Issue

The last issue of 2021 opens with an article by Fuad Zarbiyev, who undertakes a critical examination of the privileged status that the judicial representation of international law enjoys in mainstream international legal discourse. Zarbiyev argues that this status is neither obvious nor unobjectionable, and points to its main ramifications. In the next article, Katie Johnston explains how…

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