Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Help Save Academic Freedom

Dear colleagues and readers,
It has come to my attention, as it may have to other readers of the European Journal of International Law, that Joseph Weiler (left), professor of law at NYU with too many titles and directorships to mention, is facing criminal prosecution in France for libel due to his refusal to remove from his website a book review that the book's author claims is not only unfavorable, but libelous. In his editorial "Book Reviewing and Academic Freedom" (in EJIL), which raises important issues concerning the system of scholarly book reviewing, Weiler seeks the support of scholars in various disciplines, particularly those with experience in editing scholarly journals that publish book reviews. Trial is scheduled for June 25, 2010.

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