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[Barrie Sander is Assistant Professor of International Justice at Leiden University – Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs.] Aspiring to an academic career has its challenges and each academic discipline has its specificities. International lawyers interested in pursuing a doctoral degree or an academic career in the field of international law face certain challenges which are general in nature, as well as more specific issues...

[Giorgi Nakashidze (LL.B., LL.M) is a Ph.D. (expected 2021) in international law at the Tbilisi State University. His primary research areas are international criminal, humanitarian and human rights law, use of force and international litigation. He is also a reporter for Oxford Reports on International Law. Currently he is serving as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at the Embassy of Georgia...

[Alessandro Marinaro is an incoming second-year Master candidate in International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, in Geneva, currently working as a research and evaluation intern at the Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations System.] Johnson v. M’Intosh: A Necessary Contextualisation The age of the Marshall Court has probably been the most influential period in the history of the US...

[Merlina Herbach holds an LLM in International Law from the University of Edinburgh, has worked at the International Nuremberg Principles Academy and is currently a Legal Fellow with the Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC); Roger Lu Phillips is the Legal Director of SJAC, a former Legal Officer at the ECCC and ICTR and Adjunct Lecturer of International Criminal Law at the Catholic University of...

[Julia Emtseva is a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law.] The recent developments in Afghanistan shocked the whole world. With the US withdrawal from the country, the Taliban rapidly swept across Afghanistan and took over Kabul. With no clear prospects of the country’s development, the issues of justice are acute as never before. After the failure of past...

[Kai Ambos is Professor of Criminal and International Law at the University of Göttingen and a judge at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, The Hague. He writes here in his academic capacity. The author would like to thank Dr Lippold, Göttingen, for his important suggestions, and Dr Margaret Hiley for the preparation of the English version.] Reports on the U.S. drone killings in connection with Afghanistan reveal an...

[Carlos López is a Senior Legal Advisor at the International Commission of Jurists] The 3rd revised version of a draft treaty on transnational corporations and other business enterprises (3rd revised draft treaty on business and human rights) was published by the Intergovernmental Working Group established by the UN Human Rights Council in 2014 under Resolution 26/9 for the elaboration of the treaty. The 3rd Revised Draft maintains...

The eminent jurist Harry Arthurs opens a provocative article — Law and Learning in an Era of Globalisation — with a binary. He splits legal scholars into pools of optimists and pessimists, classifying them according to their perception of the trajectory of legal education.  “The optimists amongst us assume that human hands — our hands — shape legal education, that legal...

[Ambassador Corinne Cicéron Bühler is the Director of the Directorate of International Law at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs] In 2018, the UN General Assembly negotiated the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The Global Compact was adopted by the majority of UN Member States at an Intergovernmental Conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, and formally endorsed by the UN General Assembly on 19 December....

[Naimeh Masumy is a research fellow at the Swiss International Law School and a dispute resolution expert specialized in energy and investment disputes.] A famous Persian proverb states, “This person resembles someone who has lost his horse and yet, is looking for its horseshoes”. This sentiment aptly describes the current reform efforts being undertaken by UNCITRAL Working Group III (“WGIII”) to address the ‘legitimacy crisis’...

[Mohammad Zayaan is an undergraduate law student at Gujarat National Law University. He can be reached at zayaan44@icloud.com.] Background The Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act (‘PSA’) came into force in 1978, and authorises preventive detention of individuals for up to two years without trial. It is applicable in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, a part of the disputed territory of Kashmir whose effective...