Joost Pauwelyn (HEI): Is it International Law or Not and Does it Even Matter? Peer Zumbansen (York): Comparative, Global and Transnational Constitutionalism: The Emergence of a Transnational Legal-Pluralist Order. Joel P. Trachtman (Tufts): Who Cares About International Human Rights? The Supply and Demand of International Human Rights Law. Matthew Gibney (Oxford): Should Citizenship be Conditional? Denationalization and Liberal Principles. Graziella Romeo (Insubria): Citizenship in the Age of Globalisation. Kyla Reid (Sydney): Against the Right of Self-Determination. Pini Pavel Miretski (HUJ): Delegitimizing or Evolving? The Legality of UN Security Council Resolutions Imposing Duties on Non-State Actors. An excerpt from The United Nations: A Very Short Introduction by Jussi M. Hanhimaki. A review of Who Killed Hammarskjold? by Susan Williams. Philip G. Cerny on his book Rethinking World Politics: A Theory of Transnational Neopluralism. A review of Shifting Visions of Development: International Organizations, Non-Governmental Actors, and the Rise of Global Governance, 1945-1990. Transparency International releases its annual Corruption Perceptions Index for 2011, ranking 183 countries on their level of public accountability. Privatizing the peace: Julian Reid on contracting peace operations to the private sector. A review of The New Global Rulers: The Privatization of Regulation in the World Economy by Tim Butheand and Walter Mattli and Democracy and Dissent: The Challenge of International Rule Making by Frank Vibert.
Dominik Van Aaken (Munich) and Violetta Splitter and David Seidl (Zurich): Why Do Corporate Actors Engage in Pro-Social Behavior? A Bourdieusian Perspective on Corporate Social Responsibility. An interview with Erin Siegal on the search for Maria Fernanda, the role of Christianity in the trafficking of Guatemalan adoptees, and funding the research for her book via Kickstarter. Thomas Frank on why the Tea Party needs Mitt. An interview with Michael A. Lebowitz: "The unifying element in all struggles against capital is the right of everyone to full human development". Welcome to the 2011 Salon Hack List: It's time again to list the worst, most predictable and least interesting pundits in America. From TLS, a review essay on how Egypt’s regime ended. The world's biggest problem is stupidity: The year 2011 has been chock full of idiocy and ignorance. We have been inventing things for millions of years, but which is the best of them? Samantha Weinberg draws up criteria for a series of Big Questions. A look at how names of countries in foreign languages (exonyms) often bear no relationship to the names of the same countries in their own official language or languages (endonyms). The first biography of Mayawati, the contemporary dalit leader, breaks the silence of the Indian elites on a political phenomenon of unusual magnitude. Rome, Sweet Rome: Could a single Marine unit destroy the Roman Empire? James Redford on why libertarian anarchism is apodictically correct. A review of Zoot Suit: The Enigmatic Career of an Extreme Style by Kathy Peiss. A look at 6 pop culture visionaries who get too much credit.
Brian Ribeiro (Tennessee): The Problem of Heaven. From Review of Biblical Literature, a review of The Gospel "According to Homer and Virgil": Cento and Canon by Karl Olav Sandnes; and a review of The Bible in/and Popular Culture: A Creative Encounter. Is the Bible a reliable moral guide? (and a response).No Christian should ever have a least favorite book of the Bible — all Scripture is God-breathed — but it is perfectly permissible, and even desirable, to have a favorite book of the Bible. An interview with John Shelby Spong, author of Reclaiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World. Why did Jesus talk in parables? What Jesus' unique (and often confusing) ministry shows us about our own stories. Fringe view: James F. McGrath on the world of Jesus mythicism. An interview with Miguel De La Torre, author of The Quest for the Historical Satan. Ronald Dworkin on Einstein’s worship, faith and physics, and religion without God. From The Pomegranate, a review of Sacred Terror: Religion and Horror on the Silver Screen by Douglas E. Cowan. Why is religion still alive? Elaine Pangels investigates. Julian Baggini sets out on a pilgrimage towards the truth, picking his way past the noisome swamp of New Atheist controversies, and skirting the forbidding crags of fundamentalism. A review of Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion and Naturalism by Alvin Plantinga. From New Humanist, a review of The God Instinct: The Psychology of Souls, Destiny and the Meaning of Life by Jesse Bering; some secularists believe that any communication with believers amounts to collaboration — Paul Sims isn’t so sure; and social scientist Olivier Roy has been tracking religion for three decades — Caspar Melville talks to him about his new book Holy Ignorance.