EJIL: The Podcast!

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The European Journal of International Law has taken a new step in increasing its offerings that contribute to the analysis of issues of international law. In addition to the Journal and this blog, EJIL:Talk!, which was established in 2008, the Journal also has a series of video interviews, EJIL:Live! This week, we have started EJIL: The Podcast! The aim of the podcast is to provide another forum for in-depth, expert but accessible discussion of international law issues in contemporary international and national affairs. We hope that readers of the journal and of the blog, who already have expertise in international law, will listen to the podcast. However, we also hope to attract an audience that extends beyond the international law specialist. The podcast will be hosted by Sarah Nouwen, EJIL’s Co-Editor-in-Chief, Philippa Webb, Professor of Public International Law at Kings College London, and the two of us. We also hope to have guests contribute to our discussions from time to time.

In the first episode of the podcast, which is now live, we discuss the compatibility with international human rights law of the measures taken by states in the fight against the coronavirus. In particular we address the question of whether, in tackling the virus, states have a duty to cooperate in order to secure the right to health. We also discuss whether states need to derogate from rights provided for in human rights treaties in order to take measures they consider necessary to protect health, or do the limitations inherent in those rights mean that they are sufficiently flexible to permit these measures? As we see states take a number of measures, including in some cases, legislation, to  combat misinformation relating to the virus, we consider whether human rights law imposes limits on how far states can go.

Although the coronavirus is the overwhelmingly dominant issue of the day, other international law issues have not completely disappeared. On the blog, we have tried to balance analysis of international legal issues relating to the virus with coverage of other issues. Likewise, we end this first episode of the podcast with one of the international law issues of the day not receiving attention because of the virus – the indictment by the United States of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Please subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or TuneIn, It will shortly be available on several other platforms as well, and through aggregator apps on your phone or tablet. We would would appreciate listeners leaving a rating or review on the platform of their choice, as this will help promote the podcast.

Readers who are interested in our coverage of the legal issues relating to the coronavirus can find all the blog posts specifically related to the issue here, and all posts on Covid-19 and derogations here. More content can be found using our  advanced search function  or by browsing our category pages


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Charles Pokoo says

April 20, 2020

Dear Madam/Sir,

Thank you for the efforts you put in daily to keep us abreast with Legal issues.

With Kind regards


Aghem Hanson Ekori says

April 20, 2020

Great news. I am a doctoral candidate at UNISA and to engage fully on these issues