In This Issue – Reviews

Author: Christian Tams
Published: 25.11.2022
This issue features reviews of three monographs, two engaging with non-Western approaches to international law, the other with a central question of the jus ad bellum. We begin with Lauri Mälksoo’s review of Russian Contributions to International Humanitarian Law by Michael Riepl. Published on the eve of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, this is a timely book if ever there was one, and it traces a reverse ‘Damascus’ move: Russia’s transformation from early advocate (Paul) to later sceptic (Saul) of international humanitarian law. Mälksoo finds it ‘remarkable’, not just for its timeliness and broad sweep, but also because it treats its heavy topic in ‘lively language’. We…