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New volume of PYIL XXXIX (2019)

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The new volume (XXXIX) of the Polish Yearbook of International Law is finally out. As far as the current volume is concerned, its first section, entitled “General Articles”, includes three texts that deal with classical problems of international law: the right to self-determination; sources of general international law; and the status of unrecognized entities (by Peter Hilpold, Przemysław Saganek and Anna Czaplińska respectively). They are followed by a very interesting article that looks at the international law traditions at the Saint Volodymyr Imperial University of Kyiv (by Kostiantyn Savchuk). As usual, texts relating to international and European human rights law are strongly present in the volume. This group particularly includes articles analysing the problems posed by the restitution of property taken during WWII and by the Communist regime (by Aleksandra Mężykowska), memory laws (by Anna Wójcik), and the law and cases dealing with the excessive length of proceedings (by Elżbieta Morawska). Wojciech Burek’s text also falls into this category, although the author looks at the protection of national minorities by their kin-states more broadly, by including in his analysis other sources of international law. The section ends with three articles dealing with international economic law. On the one hand Konstantina Georgaki, Thomas-Nektarios and Łukasz Kułaga take a look at the Achmea judgment and discuss its legal consequences for the protection of investors’ rights within the EU. On the other hand, Tatsiana Mikhaliova offers an insightful overview of the legal system established by the Eurasian Economic Union.

The second section (i.e. “Polish practice”) this time contains only one text. This limited selection is however offset by the quality of the presented research. Dawid Miąsik and Monika Szwarc analyze the problem of the interpretation and effectiveness of EU directives in the national courts by examining in detail the judgement in a preliminary ruling proceeding initiated by the Polish court (C-545/17 Pawlak). The last part of the volume includes four reviews. Patrycja Grzebyk discusses the recent book by Marco Sassòli; Przemysław Saganek examines the latest edited work of Łukasz Gruszczyński; Marcin Kałduński takes a look at two books by Antonio Augusto Cançado Trindade; while Yu Lu and Maciej Żenkiewicz provide a comprehensive review of another edited volume by Julien Chaisse.

Karolina Wierczynska & Łukasz Gruszczyński