Michael Riegner, Philipp Dann, Editorial in:

VRÜ Verfassung und Recht in Übersee, page 145 - 145

VRÜ, Volume 47 (2014), Issue 2, ISSN: 0506-7286, ISSN online: 0506-7286, https://doi.org/10.5771/0506-7286-2014-2-145

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EDITORIAL This issue of VRÜ is special in two respects: First of all, it has a special thematic focus on "New Actors and Instruments in the Law of Development Cooperation". The issue contains four articles investigating institutional and legal innovations in this field of law: It presents the first extensive and contextualized analysis of the proposal that BRICS countries should form their own development bank. And it offers three articles that examine in-depth a variety of new instruments and standards in development cooperation law – the groundbreaking new lending instrument of the World Bank, the labour standards at the International Finance Corporation and the overall standard of ‘do no harm’. With these contributions this issue underlines the dedication and almost singular role of VRÜ to be a forum for critical analysis of the law of development cooperation. Besides this thematic focus, the issue also represents yet another step of VRÜ into the digital world: Starting with this issue, we are commencing our cooperation with the "Völkerrechtsblog". The Völkerrechtsblog is a new blog on public international law, run since April 2014 by the "Arbeitskreis junger VölkerrechtlerInnen" (Society of Young Public International Lawyers). It is available at www.voelkerrechtsblog.com and offers those interested in public international law a virtual forum for discussion and information sharing. It is bilingual and aimed both at a German and international audiences. Our cooperation reflects how the internet changes the way legal scholarship functions and communicates. English-language blogs like EJIL Talk! or the German Verfassungsblog have become important platforms for international and public legal discourse and scholarship. The Völkerrechtsblog now offers international law perspectives their own a virtual space with a basis in German-speaking academia but an international outlook and a special interest in questions concerning the Global South. This interest in the Global South unites VRÜ and the Völkerrechtsblog, which thus complement each other in important ways. In this issue of VRÜ, authors analyse new developments in the law of development cooperation in academic papers; in parallel, these same authors put their main arguments up for discussion on the Völkerrechtsblog, where they are complemented by critical reactions and counter-arguments from a series of respondent authors. We hope that this format of argument and counterargument – which is the Völkerrechtsblog's trademark – will also feed back into and invigorate discussions on Law and Politics in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Michael Riegner / Philipp Dann New York / Gießen 145

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"Law and Politics in Africa, Asia and Latin America" analyses legal and constitutional developments in all states or regions outside of Europe as well as their regional and international integration. Founded in 1968 and inspired by decolonization and the idea of a cooperative new beginning, the Journal also promotes a special interest in contributions on 'Law and development'. The journal aims to provide a forum for a variety of perspectives on these fields of interest, be they focused on one country or comparative, theoretical or methodological in nature.

Next to extensive articles, the journal publishes shorter reports about current events or conferences as well as book reviews. As a special service, each issue of "Law and Politics in Africa, Asia and Latin America" contains an international bibliography of relevant publications from around the world. This is compiled in cooperation with the Leibniz-Institute for Global and Regional Studies in Hamburg (GIGA).

"Law and Politics" addresses authors and readers on all continents and aims to serve as a forum of mutual exchange. The journal is open for contributions from legal and social sciences as well as for analyses from practitioners.

The journal is published quarterly and welcomes contributions in German, English, Spanish and French.

Website: www.vrue.nomos.de

Zusammenfassung

"Verfassung und Recht in Übersee (VRÜ)" analysiert die Verfassungs- und Rechtsentwicklung in den Staaten Asiens, Afrikas und Lateinamerikas sowie deren regionale wie internationale Einbindung. Die Zeitschrift widmet sich verfassungsvergleichend Regionen ausserhalb Europas unter Einbeziehung theoretischer und methodischer Grundlagen. Gegründet 1968 und inspiriert von Dekolonialisation und kooperativem Aufbruch veröffentlicht sie nicht zuletzt Untersuchungen zum Entwicklungsrecht.

Neben ausführlichen Abhandlungen bietet "Verfassung und Recht in Übersee (VRÜ)" kürzere Berichte zu aktuellen Vorgängen oder Konferenzen sowie Buchbesprechungen. Als besonderen Service enthält jede Ausgabe eine Bibliographie einschlägiger Veröffentlichungen in Deutschland und der Welt, die in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Informationszentrum des Leibniz-Instituts für Globale und Regionale Studien (GIGA) erstellt wird.

"Verfassung und Recht in Übersee (VRÜ)" wendet sich an Autoren und Leser von allen Kontinenten und versteht sich als Forum ihres Austauschs. Sie ist offen für Beiträge von Wissenschaftlern aus den Rechts- wie Sozialwissenschaften und von Praktikern aus den einschlägigen Institutionen (etwa der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit).

"Verfassung und Recht in Übersee (VRÜ)" erscheint vierteljährlich und veröffentlicht Beiträge in Deutsch, Englisch, Spanisch und Französisch.

Homepage: www.vrue.nomos.de