As editor Stephen Bates notes in his letter, IJNL is broadening its perspective. Thanks to the expertise of guest editors, it now offers in-depth coverage of a particular broad topic – in this issue, religion and NGOs. And, alongside its traditional focus on aspects of the law, IJNL sometimes ventures beyond strictly legal matters to cast light on the cultural, social, political, economic, and other forces that affect law and are affected by it.
We are excited by the new approach, which we believe will appeal to an even broader range of readers. We expect that some articles will stir controversy and raise questions about assumptions and commonly held understandings. To our minds, such a result would be all to the good. The laws affecting civil society are evolving; the very architecture of the legal framework is assuming new shapes. Our job is to expose those developments for the scrutiny of people devoted to the field.
Hats off to Editor Stephen Bates, Guest Editors Cole Durham and Elizabeth Sewell, and to all who contributed to IJNL’s Volume 6, Issue 1.
Stephan Klingelhofer, President, ICNL