We would like to wish all our readers a Happy New Year!! I should also say a belated happy birthday to the blog. We launched the blog in December 2008, so just over four years ago. I have to confess that I, and the rest of the board of EJIL, were unsure of how what was then an experiment would go. We are delighted with how things have turned out over that period.
2012 has brought some changes to the blog. In January, we welcomed, Douglas Guilfoyle (University College London), Joanna Harrington (University of Alberta), and Michael Waibel (Cambridge) as permanent contributors to the blog. All three have been extremely valuable contributors to the blog and have added diversity to our offerings. 2012 also saw more posts by guest contributors than we had before. In previous years, Marko and I contributed about half the number of posts on the blog. With our new permanent contributors, and more posts from others, our share of posts has fallen (as the editorial responsibilities of Marko, Iain and me have risen!). Thank you to all who have contributed to the blog over the past year.
Towards the end of 2012, we also refreshed the look of the blog, improving our appearance and adding what we hope are some more useful functionalities. We continue to welcome feedback on changes that readers would like to see and how we can improve.
I have been looking over the statistics for the year, and I thought that readers might be interested to know which pieces on the blog have interested you the most. Well, here are our 10 most viewed posts from 2012, in reverse order:
8) On Certainty by Andrea Bianchi
5) So, you want to do a PhD in international law?, by Douglas Guilfoyle
3) Germany v. Italy: Germany Wins, by Marko Milanovic
2) European Court Decides Al-Skeini and Al-Jedda, by Marko Milanovic
1) The ICJ Destroys the Jessup Competition, by Marko Milanovic