EJIL Vol 23: No. 4 – In this Issue

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If there remain any lingering doubts regarding EJIL’s commitment to cutting-edge scholarship – or its inveterate eclecticism – the first two articles in this issue should put them to rest. In his article, Jens David Ohlin takes a fresh and exciting look at the significance of game theory for international law. And for something completely different, Mark Neocleous makes an important contribution to critical scholarship on international law by introducing the concept of ‘primitive accumulation’, central to Marx’s account of capitalism and colonialism, into international legal theory.

Our two occasional series, Critical Review of International Governance and Critical Review of International Jurisprudence, return in this issue. In the first, Laurence Boisson de Chazournes and Edouard Fromageau analyse the judicial features and development of the World Bank’s sanction process, while Arman Sarvarian examines the ethical standards applicable to agents and counsel appearing before the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. In the second rubric, Juliane Kokott and Christoph Sobotta reconsider that well-worked topic, the Kadi case, and find something new and interesting to say about it; their piece will help scholars and practitioners alike to frame and consider the issues to be addressed in the forthcoming second Kadi ruling.

Roaming Charges brings us back from Moments of Dignity to Places, this time Places of Kitsch, with a photograph of tell-tale signs from Orlando, California.

This issue presents a collection of essays offering diverse reflections on Nino Cassese’s last work, Realizing Utopia: The Future of International Law. All written by past and present members of EJIL’s Editorial Board and Scientific Advisory Board, the collection provides a fitting homage to our late, dearly missed colleague.

We continue with a wonderful addition to our series of Impressions, a book review rubric that invites distinguished scholars to reflect on a book that strongly influenced their intellectual development. Having rediscovered Gandhi’s Hind Swaraj Or Indian Home Rule later in his career, as he writes, B.S. Chimni reveals how insights from that text into the significance of the ethical and spiritual self might complement and correct failings in a Marxist analysis of the material structures of global capitalism.

We round out the issue with a special treat on The Last Page: Le Droit des Nations, Ode, by Eusebe Salverte. The poet was a young French republican who lived through the tumultuous times of the French Revolution and its aftermath. Having previously served briefly in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – he was forced to resign because of his sympathy for the Revolution – he earned a living as a teacher and achieved some prominence as a writer of both fiction and non-fiction on a wide variety of topics. Later in life he enjoyed a highly successful career in politics, and was repeatedly elected to the legislature in Paris. The Ode itself was initially published as a pamphlet circa 1799, apparently in reaction to a brutal attack upon three French plenipotentiaries as they were leaving the unsuccessful Congress of Rastatt in April of that year. All but ignored for nearly 200 years, it was reprinted in its original form (including the poet’s own annotations), together with a learned introductory essay by Edward Gordon, in the 1995 Finnish Yearbook of International Law [Gordon, ‘Salverte’s Ode’, 6 Finnish YB Int’l L (1995) 479]. We thank Mr. Gordon for contributing the Ode to EJIL, and hope its appearance here will reawaken interest in the poem and its author.

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