Academic journal article The George Washington International Law Review

Introductory Letter

Academic journal article The George Washington International Law Review

Introductory Letter

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In these uncertain times, we at The George Washington International Law Review (ILR) in Washington, B.C. find ourselves questioning even basic affirmations almost daily. In so doing, at times we have questioned the relevancy and role of the law, and law reviews as contributors to its development, in both domestic and international forums. The answer to this question is still evolving, but it is clear that especially in times of turbulence, the role of law remains paramount as nations strive to find security and certainty, while at the same time adapting it to unanticipated applications.

Over its thirty-seven years of publication, the ILR has and continues to witness cycles of regional and world fragmentation and reunification. The ILR has commented on a variety of conflicts-military, social, and economic, among others-during its distinguished history. Volume 35 is true to this tradition. Our readers will be introduced to increasingly important global issues through our two symposium editions this year. We participated in the United States Court of Federal Claims 15th Judicial Conference in October 2002, which brought together judges and practitioners from over ten countries to address issues involved in suits against sovereign nations. Additionally, in November 2002, we hosted the Steven L. Cantor International Tax Symposium, focusing on tax policy in developing countries and how it affects both developing and developed nations.

When change is forced upon us rapidly as it has been in the past year, the quandary confronting a law review becomes how best to contribute to the progression of the law while remaining true to its roots. For an international publication, the task is a multi-faceted one, as we strive to present a mixture of timely and timeless topics, beyond those just confronting the country to which we pledge allegiance to those relevant to the international community as a whole. …

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