In This Issue – Reviews 

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Sigrid Boysen opens the section with her review of Marie-Catherine Petersmann’s When Environmental Protection and Human Rights Collide.  Boysen finds much to agree with in Petersmann’s account and notably praises her challenge to the ‘mantra of synergy’ according to which human rights protection and international environmental law are in a mutually supportive relationship. 

We move on to Prisca Feihle who reviews Alice Ollino’s Due Diligence Obligations in International Law. Feihle offers an insightful overview of both the book and the ‘janus-faced’ concept of due diligence in international law today.

Feihle’s review is followed by one by Sanna Lehtinen, who begins with the ‘cultural phenomenon’ that is Greta Gerwig’s Barbie movie in her review of Emily Jones’ Feminist Theory and International Law: Posthuman Perspectives. Lehtinen compliments the ‘combined approaches’ Jones adopts in the book, which all ‘have a common ethos of challenging power, dismantling and rethinking damaging power structures’, making a ‘fresh contribution’ to legal theory.

Finally, Christian J. Tams reviews Tommaso Soave’s The Everyday Makers of International Law: an unusual mix of academic analysis and ‘plausible fiction’ that introduces readers to the people behind the scenes – the judges’ clerks and legal assistants – who keep the machinery of international justice running, and casts light on the inner workings of international courts and tribunals.

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