Open Access on the shores of international legal scholarship | Völkerrechtsblog
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"With this post, Völkerrechtsblog, the leading international law blog in German-speaking academia, takes up the debate on open access in cooperation with the French blog Blogdroiteuropeen, which is currently hosting a symposium on open access. This is fitting, because blogs are often hailed as pioneers of open access in science generally, and as a silver lining in otherwise open-access-skeptical legal academia, as an earlier post in this symposium pointed out already. As an international law blog, Völkerrechtsblog is in a rather special position: For a branch of legal scholarship claiming relevance beyond national borders, open access to scholarship and a transnational legal discourse uninhibited by national copyright restrictions and paywalls is a question of identity. This is especially so if one is committed, as we are, to including scholars from the Global South whose institutions are often unable to afford expensive publications or subscriptions from commercial publishers in the North. And indeed: Völkerrechtsblog’s statistical tool shows that we have readers worldwide – in 156 countries, to be precise.
In the remainder of this post, we would like to share some preliminary thoughts on international law and open access. How does international law affect open access to scholarship? How far does open access to international legal scholarship currently go? And under what conditions can blogs be pioneers of openly accessible, transnational legal discourse?"