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We Can ‘Recover Better’ Through The Art of Law in the International Community

Editor's Note:  This week, EJIL:Talk! runs its first Book Discussion for the year 2020.  As a timely thematic reflection for all international lawyers and international law academics contemplating the role, function, and purposes of the international legal system at this time of a shared global emergency, we are featuring Professor Mary Ellen O'Connell's Hersch Lauterpacht Memoral Lectures published in book form, The Art of Law in the International Community (Cambridge University Press, 2019). Reviewers include Professors Neha Jain, Karel Wellens, Enzo Cannizzaro, and EJIL:Talk! Editor Professor Diane Desierto.  We begin today with Professor O'Connell's introduction. ‘This is a chance for nations to recover better, to include the most vulnerable in those plans, and a chance to shape the 21st century economy in ways that are clean, green, healthy, just, safe and more resilient.’ These are the words of United Nations Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, found here. Using the…

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Intergenerational Reflections on International Law: An Essay from Pierre Marie Dupuy

  The international legal system established in 1945 can be seen, in its very design, as an incarnation of western rationalism.  Like that rationalism, it implicitly embodies a certain ideology of progress. In terms of its philosophical underpinnings, it would seem to be heir to the philosophy of the Enlightenment and the Aufkärung despite the fact that a…

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Gravity of the Past: Polish-Ukrainian Memory War and Freedom of Speech

There is a power to the words ‘I remember’: the power of an event long past, exerting itself upon the present […] When the words begin a flow of warmth or love, it is a positive, binding power, but it is the most divisive and negative one possible when they lead on to events of death and…

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A Moving Conference: Rights, Justice and Memories of the City

Conferences rarely get reviewed (but see a recent such review here), but given the amount of time, money and carbon emissions that goes into them, we may wish to evaluate them. Moreover, in reviewing a conference, we can try to capture and share an experience that, unlike a book, cannot be picked up again.

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Strange Angel: Some Reflections on War

The philosopher and cultural critic Walter Benjamin owned a print, Angelus novus, by Paul Klee. In his essay, Theses on the philosophy of history, Benjamin’s Ninth Thesis recalled that it depicted: An angel…who looks as though he were about to distance himself from something which he is staring at. His eyes…

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