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Insights from the Editorial Team

Brigitte Reschke & Juno Kawakami, Executive Editor & Editor

In 2021, we continued to build our law program in areas important to researchers, practitioners, and students. We have further developed our program with timely contributions on the legal framework on COVID 19 measures as well as the SDGs, esp. SDG 16. We have advanced our handbook and commentary program. The first volume of the four-volume Commentary on the Function of the European Union with the participation of authors from all EU countries (eds: Blanke/Mangiameli) has been published. We are also proud that our program from Asia and Australia continues to grow. The law program in Japan has been focusing on peace and human rights. The edited volume ‘Taiwan and International Human Rights: A Story of Transformation’ (eds: Cohen/Alford/Chang-Fa Lo) won the American Society of International Law 2021 Certificate of Merit in a Specialized Area of International Law. Further key titles from Japan are ‘Implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea: State Practice of China and Japan’ (eds: Tamada/Zou) and ‘Nationality of Foundlings: Avoiding Statelessness Among Children of Unknown Parents Under International Nationality Law’ (by Kaneko-Iwase). 

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Pia Sauerwald, Associate Editor, Law and Political Philosophy Journals

Springer Nature’s Law Journals offer a wide selection of diverse, cutting-edge, and interdisciplinary research. 

With the expertise of our Editors-in-Chief and Society Partners we were able to publish research in many fields of law. Don´t forget to check out our highlights from Journals such as Feminist Legal Studies, Artificial Intelligence and Law, International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, IIC, ERA Forum, Law and Philosophy, Law and Critique, Human Rights Review, Criminal Law and Philosophy, Res Publica, Jus Cogens, Hague Journal on the Rule of Law, Netherlands International Law Review, The International Sports Law Journal and European Business Organization Law Review. 

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