Lori Fisler Damrosch, Bernard H. Oxman, Richard B. Bidler, and David D. Caron,
Book Reviews and Libel Proceedings, 104
Am. J. Int'l L.
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Reviewers or editors to be subjected to criminal proceedings for writing and publishing, in good faith, a review that the author of the reviewed book finds objectionable threatens the important and long-established institution of scholarly book reviewing. Authors of scholarly works are fully aware that their books may be subject to critical scholarly review; know and accept the risk that such reviews may sometimes be disappointing and that reviewers in different journals or venues may reach different assessments of the same work; and understand that publication of a review in a scholarly journal does not imply that the editors either agree or disagree with the statements, opinions, or assessment expressed in the review. Here, Damrosch et al explain the practice of American Journal of International Law concerning communications from authors who object to book reviews published and to state their position on the important questions of academic freedom involved.