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How to pooh-pooh a review: Sue

How to demonstrate your mastery of international law, if you are an expert? One way is to sue an academic journal in another country for publishing a review of your book.

Dr. Karin Calvo-Goller, a scholar based in Israel, wrote a book. The European Journal of International Law published a review of the book. Dr. Calvo-Goller complained about the review. Then Dr. Calvo-Goller filed a lawsuit in France. Now Joseph Weiler, the journal’s editor has published an editorial [full PDF available online] about it:

I will stand trial before a Paris Criminal Tribunal for refusing to remove a book review written by a distinguished academic to which, however, the author of the book in question took exception. The matter is of serious concern to EJIL, but more generally to academic book reviewing in general. At this point, it would be best to allow the written record to speak for itself….

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