About the EJIL

Welcome to the website of one of the world’s leading international law journals. The EJIL was established in 1990 by a small group of scholars based at the European University Institute, the Universities of Florence, Munich and Paris II and the Michigan Law School. The Journal has grown since then in size, strength and reputation, but the Editors’ original vision remains unchanged. About the EJIL


  • 01-02-2017

    Two new EJIL: Live interviews now online! Our Editor-in-Chief, Professor Joseph Weiler, talks with Professor Philippe Sands about his remarkable new book, East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity. In the second newly released interview, Professor Weiler speaks with Simon Chesterman of the National University of Singapore about his article “Asia’s Ambivalence about International Law and Institutions: Past, Present and Futures”, which appears in EJIL, Volume 27, Issue 4.

  • 10-10-2016

    EJIL: Live! is the official podcast of the European Journal of International Law. Video episodes feature an in-depth discussion with one of the authors whose article appears in the issue. In the latest episode, EJIL's Editor-in-Chief, Professor Joseph Weiler, speaks with Karen Alter, Professor of Political Science and Law at Northwestern University, about the article she co-authored with James T. Gathii and Laurence R. Helfer, “Backlash against International Courts in West, East and Southern Africa: Causes and Consequences”.

In The Current Issue: Vol. 27 (2016) No. 4


  • JHHW,
    Editorial: On My Way Out IV - Teaching; Emma Thomas - May the Force Be with You!; EJIL Roll of Honour; In this Issue (free fulltext)

EJIL: Keynote


  • Vincent Chetail,
    Sovereignty and Migration in the Doctrine of the Law of Nations: An Intellectual History of Hospitality from Vitoria to Vattel (abstract)
  • Jan Martin Lemnitzer,
    International Commissions of Inquiry and the North Sea Incident: A Model for a MH17 Tribunal? (abstract)

Symposium: Focus on Asia

  • Simon Chesterman,
    Asias Ambivalence about International Law and Institutions: Past, Present and Futures (abstract) (free fulltext)
  • Melissa H. Loja,
    Status Quo Post Bellum and the Legal Resolution of the Territorial Dispute between China and Japan over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands (abstract)
  • Zhiguang Yin,
    Heavenly Principles? The Translation of International Law in 19th-century China and the Constitution of Universality (abstract)

Symposium: Whaling in the Antarctic

  • Enzo Cannizzaro,
    Whaling into a Spider Web? The Multiple International Restraints to States Sovereignty
  • Jean d’Aspremont,
    The International Court of Justice, the Whales, and the Blurring of the Lines between Sources and Interpretation (abstract)
  • Stefan Raffeiner,
    Organ Practice in the Whaling Case: Consensus and Dissent between Subsequent Practice, Other Practice and a Duty to Give Due Regard (abstract)
  • Enzo Cannizzaro,
    Proportionality and Margin of Appreciation in the Whaling Case: Reconciling Antithetical Doctrines? (abstract)

Roaming Charges

  • Roaming Charges: Moments of Dignity: The Young and the Old (free fulltext)

Afterword: Robert Howse and His Critics

  • Hélène Ruiz Fabri,
    The WTO Appellate Body or Judicial Power Unleashed: Sketches from the Procedural Side of the Story (abstract)
  • Bernard Hoekman,
    The World Trade Order: Global Governance by Judiciary? (abstract)
  • Andrew Lang,
    The Judicial Sensibility of the WTO Appellate Body (abstract)
  • Petros C. Mavroidis,
    The Gang That Couldnt Shoot Straight: The Not So Magnificent Seven of the WTO Appellate Body (abstract)
  • Joost Pauwelyn,
    The WTO 20 Years On: 'Global Governance by Judiciary or, Rather, Member-driven Settlement of (Some) Trade Disputes between (Some) WTO Members? (abstract)
  • Robert Howse,
    The WTO 20 Years On: A Reply to the Responses


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