Introducing the Fourth of Four New GLJ Editors-in-Chief:
Floris de Witte
Several veterans of the German Law Journal’s editorial board have joined Russell Miller (one of the journal’s co-founders and its long-serving editor) as part of a panel of Chief Editors. This exciting development signals the Journal’s continuing dynamism and growth. In the last several issues the EICs have introduced themselves and offerd remarks on their vision for the Journal. We conclude this series with the introduction of Floris de Witte (London School of Economics).
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I am the final cog in the new editorial wheel of the German Law Journal, together with Russell, Jule, Matthias, and Emanuel. It’s a small cog in a very good-looking wheel. The fact that we are establishing a five-person editor-in-chiefdom is indicative, mainly, of the immense work that Russell Miller has been doing all by himself over the past years. We can only hope to match the enthusiasm, energy, expertise and patience with which he (and, for a long time, with Peer Zumbansen) has led the Journal.
My name is Floris de Witte, and I’m not German. I am Belgian, and an Associate Professor at the LSE. My research and teaching focuses on EU law (in its broadest definition). As a student and researcher, the German Law Journal always stood out as a journal that was different from the others that we were reading. It felt younger; it was freely accessible; it felt more ambitious in ensuring a wide variety of styles, voices and views being represented; and it was clearly a labour of love of the editorial staff. All this was confirmed for me when I joined the Journal as a member of the editorial board in 2010. And all these qualities will certainly guide us in the coming years. The German Law Journal will always be freely accessible, it will always be different, its authors younger and more diverse than most competitors, its special issues more topical and wide-ranging. Part of that job is ours. Part of that job is also yours, dear reader. Get in touch with us with your ideas. Send us your papers, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you are thinking of a project or paper that is somewhat unconventional – whether you are a PhD student or an emeritus professor. We are very much looking forward to taking the Journal into the uncertain future and to ensure its reputation as your dynamically unconventional but highly interesting port of call for all things German, European and international.