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In Memoriam Luzius Wildhaber

Luzius Wildhaber played an extraordinary role in scholarship, academic engagement and the practice of international law. He was a global citizen, having studied in Switzerland, the UK, Germany and receiving his LLM and his doctorate from Yale Law School. He gave talks and taught in all parts of the world. He received 13 doctorates honoris causa, a lot from Eastern Europe as well as orders of merits from several states. Before joining the European Court of Human Rights, he served as judge on several courts and administrative tribunals, inter alia of the Inter-American Development Bank and the Council of Europe. His engagement as a scholar was equally impressive with several books and over 230 articles, being the President of the University of Basel and presiding the Swiss Association of International Law for a long period of time. He advised governments on eminent questions, such as the Canadian Government on the secession of Quebec before the Supreme Court and the EU on sanctions against Austria in 2000. This to- and-fro between academia and practice was uniquely productive…

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Luzius Wildhaber (1937-2020), President of the European Court of Human Rights: A Tribute

Luzius Wildhaber, who died on 21 July 2020, occupies a unique place in the history of the system of protection of human rights set up by the European Convention on Human Rights (“the Convention”). Elected to the European Court of Human Rights (“the Court”) in 1991, he served for the last years of the Court as set up…

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International Organizations as Creators of International Law: A Good Thing? A Reply to Jan Klabbers

It has long been accepted that international organizations have rights and duties under international law. They can enter into treaties, incur international responsibility, and pursue claims against member and non-member states for violations of international law. Whether and when international organizations also play a direct role in the creation of customary international law is a question that, until…

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New EJIL: Live! Interview with Dr Ezgi Yildiz

In this episode of EJIL: Live! Dr Sarah Nouwen, Editor in Chief of EJIL, speaks with Dr Ezgi Yildiz, Postdoctoral Researcher for the Paths of International Law project at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, about her article “A Court with Many Faces: Judicial Characters and Modes of Norm Development in the European Court of…

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New Issue of EJIL (Vol. 31 (2020) No. 1) – Now Published

The latest issue of the European Journal of International Law  (Vol. 31 (2020) No. 1) is now out. As usual, the table of contents of the new issue is available at EJIL’s own website, where readers can access those articles that are freely available without subscription. The free access article in this issue is…

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