Happy New Year, Happy 15th Birthday EJIL:Talk! and our Most Read Posts of 2023

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Happy New Year to all our readers! With so much conflict and suffering in many parts of the year, let us hope that 2024 brings peace and comfort to the huge numbers in need of them.

The turmoil the world is in is reflected in what was read on the blog in 2023. Below is a list of the 20 posts that were most viewed in 2023 by you, our readers. All of the top 10 most read posts (indeed the top 11) relate to the armed conflicts in Israel/Gaza and in Ukraine.

The 15th anniversary of the establishment of this blog was in December of 2023.  It is pleasing to be going strong after all of this time. At the time when the blog started, the EJIL Board wrote (as reflected in this early post, and now on the About EJIL:Talk! Page) that:

“we hope [the blog] does not provoke just short off the cuff academic gossipmentary, but short, incisive, even well-researched pieces which should simply be thought of as a different genre of writing, not unlike the difference between an article and a book.”

I think it would be fair to say that this hope has been fulfilled. Our aim was to establish a scholarly blog, and as things have turned out posts on this blog are regularly cited in books, articles and other scholarly works. They are also referred to in judicial decisions and used by policy makers. We are grateful to all those who regularly submit their pieces to us for consideration for publication. The volume of submissions has grown so much that we now need four editors as well as three associate editors to handle that traffic. We usually try to stick to having just one post each week day but at several points this year we have published more than one post a day. However, even with that increased publication rate, we receive far more submissions that we can publish.

Now back to those posts that were most viewed in 2023.

1) Marko Milanovic, Does Israel have the Right to Defend Itself (Nov 2023)

2) Janina Dill, Our Shared Horror (October 2023) 

3) Miguel Lemos, The Law of Immunity and the Prosecution of the Head of State of the Russian Federation for International Crimes in the War against Ukraine (January 2023)

4) Marko Milanovic, The Destruction of the Nova Kakhovka Dam and International Humanitarian Law: Some Preliminary Thoughts, (June 2023)

5) Miles Jackson, The ICC Arrest Warrants against Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova – An Outline of Issues (March 2023)

6) Marko Milanovic, Targeted Killings: New Allegations Against India and Ukraine (September 2023)

7) Marko Milanovic, What is Russia’s Legal Justification for Using Force Against Ukraine? (February 2022)

8) Luigi Daniele, A lethal misconception, in Gaza and beyond: disguising indiscriminate attacks as potentially proportionate in discourses on the laws of war (November 2023)

9) Jérôme de Hemptinne , Classifying the Gaza Conflict Under International Humanitarian Law, a Complicated Matter (November 2023)

10) Sergey Vasiliev, The International Criminal Court goes all-in: What now? (March 2023)

11) Hannah Woolaver, South Africa and the ICC Arrest Warrant for Vladimir Putin: Déjà Vu All Over Again? (April 2023) 

12) Kushtrim Istrefi, Kosovo is a Country, and a Country Means a State, Rules the Court of Justice of the European Union (January 2023) 

13) Mohit Khubchandani, As the First Country to Land on the Moon’s South Pole, Should India also be the First Space Power to Ratify the Moon Agreement? (September 2023)

14) Loqman Radpey, Towards A United Kurdistan: Prospects for Kurdish Self-Determination (July 2023)

15) Yael Ronen, Will history repeat itself? Anticipating the ICJ advisory opinion on the legal status of Israel’s occupation and its consequences (January 2023)

16) Marko Milanovic, The European Court’s Admissibility Decision in Ukraine and the Netherlands v Russia: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Part I ( January 2023)

17) EJIL & EJIL:Talk! Editors, Response to the Letter to the Editors Regarding the Publication of a Symposium based on Papers Presented at an IDF Conference (October 2023)

18) Mary Ellen O’Connell, The Lessons of 9/11 for October 7 (October 2023)

19) Tilman Rodenhäuser & Mauro Vignati, 8 rules for “civilian hackers” during war, and 4 obligations for states to restrain them (October 2023)

20) Abdul Ghafur Hamid, Security Council Resolution 2669 (2022) on the Situation in Myanmar: Too Little, Too Late? (January 2023)


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