A New Phase for Opinio Juris and a Personal Transition

A New Phase for Opinio Juris and a Personal Transition

The start of a new school year is a time for transitions and it is no different for Opinio Juris.  Since  founding the website fourteen years ago with Peggy and Julian, Opinio Juris has surpassed all of our original hopes with the additions of Roger, Kevin, Duncan, Peter, Ken, Deborah, Kristen and Jens. Each new member brought a unique perspective to the ongoing discussion.  And the editorial assistance of Jessica Dorsey and An Hertogen allowed us to widen the scope of our activities.  Now, once again, Opinio Juris is starting a new phase.

Most of us will be transitioning to emeritus status, and Julian and Kevin will be at the core of a new team of writers. They have some great plans for what will come next.  But that is for them to announce.

For now, I want to say “thank you” to everyone who has read, written for, talked about, argued with, or otherwise contributed to Opinio Juris.  I have often written at the start of one of our online symposia: “I am looking forward to the conversation.” And that it how I feel every day about the discussion that takes place on Opinio Juris.  It is a dialogue and an informed debate that attempts to shed more light than heat.

It is a conversation in which those of us who are going emeritus will still participate at times; so this is not good-bye.  More importantly, I hope these are discussions in which you will continue to participate because it is all of our voices that make the Opinio Juris community what it is.  And now, more than ever, informed and civil discourse about the matters of the day is crucial—especially among people with differing views.  That is why we have sought to maintain ideological diversity and also welcome comments from our readers.

Founding Opinio Juris with Peggy and Julian and building our team through the years has been one of the great joys of my career so far.  And I am looking forward to what Julian, Kevin, and the new members of Opinio Juris will do next.

I am looking forward to the conversation.

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Patrick S. O'Donnell

As a devoted and grateful reader, I am now feeling rather old, having read OJ since shortly after it began in the blogosphere (I comment much less frequently these days, but so be it).

Yisrael Medad

A bit of a challenge:-
” the United States will provide no support in recognition to the International Criminal Court. As far as America is concerned, the ICC has no jurisdiction, no legitimacy, and no authority. The ICC claims near-universal jurisdiction over the citizens of every country, violating all principles of justice, fairness, and due process. We will never surrender America’s sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable, global bureaucracy.

America is governed by Americans. We reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism.

Around the world, responsible nations must defend against threats to sovereignty not just from global governance, but also from other, new forms of coercion and domination.”

Donald Trump, UN, Sept. 25