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Most-read posts in 2019 and other insights from our backend


After a little break, we start 2020 with an overview of the 15 most-read posts in 2019 and some other interesting numbers from our statistics.

What is striking is that the majority of the posts that received most views last year are not from 2019, but have been written in prior years. This means that posts do not necessarily receive most klicks on the day or even month they are posted, but sometimes months or even years later. We read this as a positive sign that the posts published on Völkerrechtsblog remain relevant over time and are well received and disseminated in wider scholarly circles.

We are particularly pleased that our posts are read by an increasingly global audience and especially by readers outside of Europe. Among the top 25 of the countries with most readers are the United States (No. 2), India (No. 3), Canada (No. 10), Australia (No. 11), The Philippines (No. 12), Turkey (No. 15), Japan (No. 17), South Africa (No. 18), Brazil (No. 21), Singapore (No. 22), Pakistan (No. 23) and Russia (No. 25).

We hope to continue this positive trend in 2020 and especially also to receive more contributions from all around the globe. We wish everyone a happy new year and thank all our readers and authors for supporting us. We are very much looking forward to receiving many interesting posts and comments!

  1. Carrie Menkel-Meadow, The history and development of “A” DR (July 2016)
  2. Brian D. Lepard, Why customary international law matters in protecting human rights (February 2019)
  3. Mark Klamberg, Setting the record straight how detention and indictment works in Sweden – as illustrated by the Assange case (July 2019)
  4. Dmytro Koval & Valentin J. Schatz, Ukraine v. Russia: Passage through Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov. Part I: The Legal Status of Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov (January 2018)
  5. Patryk Labuda, The ICC’s „evidence problem“: The future of international criminal investigations after the Gbagbo acquittal (January 2018)
  6. Sophie Starrenburg, Cultural heritage protection: a truly “global” legal problem? (September 2018)
  7. Konrad Lachmayer, Constitutional authoritarianism, not authoritarian constitutionalism! (August 2017)
  8. Pallavi Arora, Gender inclusive trade and the limits of liberal feminism (March 2019)
  9. Kanad Bagchi, Imperialism, international law and the Chagos Islands: Reflections on legal consequences of the separation of the Chagos Archipelago (March 2019)
  10. Nula Frei, On „cyber trafficking“ and the protection of its victims (July 2017)
  11. Dmytro Koval & Valentin J. Schatz, Ukraine v. Russia: Passage through Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov. Part II: Ukraine’s Rights of Passage through Kerch Strait (January 2018)
  12. Dana Schmalz & Raffaela Kunz, „You learn a lot from your teachers but mostly from your students“. An interview with Joseph H. H. Weiler (July 2017)
  13. Kavena Hambira, „Understanding our colonial past is a prerequisite to understanding the current migration situation.“ An interview with Wolfgang Kaleck (February 2019)
  14. Alast Najafi, On the decriminalisation of homosexuality in India (September 2018)
  15. Dana Schmalz, „There is still a lot of work to be done.” An interview with Patricia Tuitt on the meaning and tasks of Critical Race Theory (February 2018)


Raffaela Kunz

Raffaela Kunz ist Senior Research Fellow am Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht und Co-Chefredakteurin des Völkerrechtsblog.

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