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Introduction: LJIL in the Age of Cyberspace

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 February 2012


In 2012, the Leiden Journal of International Law (LJIL) celebrates its silver jubilee. Such a milestone calls for a brief sketch of LJIL's life and development over the past quarter of a century. This editorial accordingly narrates how LJIL grew from a modest student-run journal to establishing itself as a respected participant in the international academic arena. It is premised on the idea that LJIL's professionalization process and the gradual formation of a distinct identity in the field may be of interest to our entire epistemic community and those interested in the dynamics of the dissemination of scholarly ideas. Eventually, this editorial engages with some of the greatest challenges with which LJIL – as well as other actors in scholarly publishing – will most likely be confronted in the years to come.

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2 Editorial, (1990) 3 LJIL 2, at 115.

3 Editorial, (1992) 5 LJIL 2, at 169.

4 Editorial, (1994) 7 LJIL 1, at 1.

5 Editorial, (1994) 7 LJIL 2, at 1.

6 Editorial, (1995) 8 LJIL 1, at 4.

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8 See, e.g., van den Herik, L. J. and van Sliedregt, E., ‘Ten Years Later: The Rwanda Tribunal Still Faces Legal Complexities: Some Comments on the Vagueness of the Indictment, Complicity in Genocide and the Nexus Requirement for War Crimes’, (2004) 17 LJIL 3, at 537–57CrossRefGoogle Scholar, as cited by Judge ad hoc M. Mahiou to the judgment of the International Court of Justice in the case on the Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Bosnia and Herzegovina v. Serbia and Montenegro), Judgment of 26 February 2007, [2007] ICJ Rep. 43, footnote 61; Stahn, C., ‘Constitution without a State? Kosovo under the United Nations Constitutional Framework for Self-Government’, (2001) 14 LJIL 531CrossRefGoogle Scholar, cited in Accordance with International Law of the Unilateral Declaration of Independence in Respect of Kosovo, Advisory Opinion of 22 July 2010, [2010] ICJ Rep. 141 (Judge Cançado Trindade, Separate Opinion), para. 187 and footnotes 206, 207; J. d'Aspremont, ‘Regulating Statehood: The Kosovo Status Settlement’, (2007) 20 LJIL 649, as cited during the public sitting held on Friday 4 December 2009 in the Accordance with International Law of the Unilateral Declaration of Independence by the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government of Kosovo (Request for Advisory Opinion Submitted by the General Assembly of the United Nations), [2010] ICJ Rep. 141, footnote 23; O. Triffterer, ‘Causality, a Separate Element of the Doctrine of Superior Responsibility as Expressed in Article 28 Rome Statute?’, (2002) 15 LJIL 1, at 179–205, as cited in ICC, Prosecutor v. Jean Pierre Bemba Gombo, Decision Pursuant to Art. 61(7)(a) and (b) of the Rome Statute on the Charges of the Prosecutor against Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, Case No. ICC-01/05–01/08, T.Ch. II, 15 June 2009, footnote 551.

9 LJIL's Law Review Partnership with OJ will feature at

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12 Weiler, J., ‘Editorial: Copyright, Law Journals and a Romantic View of EJIL’, (2011) 21 EJIL 3Google Scholar, at 501.

13 For more on these law journals’ meetings, see

14 P. Cohen, ‘Scholars Test Web Alternative to Peer Review’, New York Times, 24 August 2010, A1.

15 This was argued by d'Aspremont, supra note 11.