This second issue in Volume 5 of the Groningen Journal of International Law provides another exciting new step in the development of the Journal. Some may have already caught a few glimpses here and there, but it is still an honour to properly announce our co-operation with University of Groningen Press (UGP)! Without getting too technical, UGP has provided us with an Open Journal System and taken on the backend work needed to export our publications to academic databases. Concretely this means that starting from this issue all articles will be published not on our own website, but on <https://ugp.rug.nl/grojil> instead. References to previous issues and articles on our website will gradually be redirected to the relevant external webpage on our UGP site. It goes without saying that all articles will still be made available on SSRN and other outlets. This is an incredible opportunity for the Journal to increase the discoverability of the work that the authors have entrusted us with and by extension increase the Journal’s exposure.
It is a privilege to properly introduce Volume 5, Issue I of the Groningen Journal of International Law. This issue marks the Journal’s five-year anniversary and warrants some slightly self-celebratory remarks. During these first five years the students at the helm of this Journal have continuously strived to establish the Journal as a known entity in international legal academia. Therefore, I would like to express my thanks to all the authors for their contributions and all students at the University of Groningen and everyone else who has been involved with the Journal in some capacity for their efforts and continued support. Furthermore, it is only appropriate to congratulate all previous and current members of GroJIL and my predecessors Philip Reppen, Lottie Lane, and Júlia Ortí Costa in particular. We made it! Continue reading
The Groningen Journal of International Law (GroJIL) was founded in 2012 by students who set out to prove that the main purpose of research in international law should be its contribution to society and the rule of law. Much in line with this, albeit admittedly unrelated, the University of Groningen (RUG) chose ‘Sustainable Society’ as one of its main themes of research. Following the RUG’s general theme, the Department of International Law decided to build its research and teaching around the central idea of international law for sustainable societies.
In furtherance of the efforts to promote international law and its role in addressing societal issues of the present and the future GroJIL is proud to reveal its international law blog: ‘International Law Under Construction’. It is our newest initiative to fulfil the Journal’s mission to promote knowledge, innovation and development in international law. We aim to do so by exploring the role of international law in the creation of sustainable societies.