Editor’s Note – IADL Review, December 2020

The following article was published in the December 2020 issue of the International Review of Contemporary Law, the journal of the IADL.

by Evelyn Dürmayer, editor-in-chief

Dear readers,

This is the second issue of the IADL Review in 2020. It is a project that reflects the whole year by dealing with fears, expectations and the many struggles ahead.

The issue begins with Marjorie Cohn mourning the death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg and warning of the conservative, right-wing majority on the United States Supreme Court. Next, Serife Ceren Uysal recalls the loss of Ebru Timtik, her mentor and friend, with the scent of strawberries. Aytac Ünsal then draws on examples from his brief career as a lawyer to explain the right to resist and the right to a fair trial. Aytac Ünsal had accompanied his colleague Ebru Timtik in her protest fast; he has been temporarily released. In the time of Covid-19, we present the text of an author who must remain anonymous; she describes the abuse of a woman by an attractive and charming man who turns out to be a brutal criminal and her eventual escape from his tyranny. This essay contains a lesson for all women.

Dinorah la Luz then denounces acts of violence against Puerto Rican women during the pandemic. Bernard Anoumo Dodji Bokodin and Nana Mariama Apou describe the coastal erosion in Togo and its impact on women. Niloufer Bhagwat presents a contribution about a four-month Peaceful Civil Disobedience Movement against religious criteria for citizenship in India. Alfredo Campos next exposes a new Marxist concept of gender inequality. Beth Lyons relates her experiences with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and describes the controversial issue of acquittals. Ezgi Cakir interviews Thanasis Karpagiannis on the Golden Dawn Trial. Next we present a theoretical article by Miguel Almeida on the pedagogical turn of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the absence of subaltern researchers.

Antonio José Avelãs Nunes deconstructs neoliberalism and its link to globalization, the new Leviathan. Finally, using Kanaky as an example, Mireille Fanon-Mendes-France questions and accuses France and the UN of violating the right to self-determination.

I hope that the captivating complexity of the essays inspires our readers to deepen their discussions of these important issues.

Evelyn Dürmayer