Two Weeks in Review, 26 April – 9 May 2021

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A new issue of the European Journal of International Law arrived last week. Catch up on the Table of Contents and details of the free access article in this issue (Mickey Zar’s Piracy: A Treasure Box of Otherness).

Joseph Weiler reflected on the practice of peer reviewing in a widely shared and commented upon Editorial and both editors, Joseph Weiler and Sarah Nouwen, awarded the 2020 EJIL Peer Review Prize to Dr Megan Donaldson. EJIL has introduced a new section, ‘Legal/Illegal’, which will consist of short articles (3000–5000 words) commenting on the legality or illegality under international law of ongoing events and issued a message from the Editors about the painful human cost in India and expressing solidarity with members of the journal production team. The editors also introduced ‘Letters to the Editors’ for EJIL and discussed the contents of the new issue. Finally, the Review Editor, Christian Tams, introduced this issue’s bumper review section, with three review essays, one Impressions essayand 12 regular reviews. 

Recent Posts

 comments upon a recent incident which saw 130 migrants perishing off the coast of Libya in light of the recent Human Rights Committee’s decisions relating to Italy and Malta and the extraterritorial application of the duty to protect life under the ICCPR. 

 explores three current challenges at the Special Jurisdiction for Peace in Colombia and what these mean for the transitional justice process in Colombia and elsewhere.

, also addressing the Colombian Special Jurisdiction for Peace, writes about a recent decision by the JEP concerning five LGBTI persons in which the JEP declared that it had jurisdiction over crimes against humanity and found that gender-based persecution can include sexual orientation and gender identity. This sets an important precedent for international criminal law.  

 attempts to open for discussion a new approach to tackling climate change by suggesting that states should be incentivised rather than forced to compensate for their contribution to climate change.

 comments upon the recent decision by Facebook Oversight Board to indefinitely suspend Trump’s account and its reference to international human rights law as the appropriate grounds for making their decision.

All recent Events and Announcements can be read here.

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