The Future of International Legal Scholarship: Some Thoughts on 'Practice,' 'Growth,' and 'Dissemination'
27(1) Leiden Journal of International Law (2014), pp. 1-9
Grotius Centre Working Paper 2014/022-ILT
10 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2014
Date Written: June 10, 2014
Like international legal scholarship, LJIL is in a transition. Our colleagues, Larissa van den Herik and Jean d’Aspremont, who have shaped much of the role and plural identity of the Journal over the past decade, in collaboration with our different Sections, have passed leadership on to us, the new team of (Co-)Editors-in-Chief. This Editorial reflects on the changing role and function of scholarship in International Law, a theme important to our predecessors and ourselves. This is to some extent a niche area. It has not received much attention in discourse. With some notable exceptions, legal journals are typically reluctant to address overarching meta-issues of discourse, i.e. issues of production of scholarship, the role of journals vis-à-vis other media or the broader direction of the development of international legal scholarship. Such issues might be perceived as non-scientific by some. We feel that it is important to include such dimensions, including critical self-reflection on our discipline, in international legal discourse.
In the opening volume of 2012, van den Herik made an important contribution in this journal with her reflections on the role of "LJIL in the Age of Cyberspace." In early 2013, d’Aspremont and van den Herik followed up in joint piece on "The Public Good of academic Publishing in International Law." Tanja Aalberts added thoughts on the "perils and promises of interdisciplinarity." We would like to expand on this debate here. This theme opens up a wide array of questions and debates that are likely to remain at the forefront of debate in the next decades.
Keywords: legal scholarship, law journals, legal discourse
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