n Conflict Trends - Editorial

Volume 2009, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


In the autumn of November 1989, a German colleague in Washington DC invited several of us to an impromptu celebration to mark the collapse of Germany's Berlin Wall. At the time, we were all students pursuing our graduate-level law degrees at Georgetown University. The celebration was marked by the constant clanging of wine glasses and beer bottles, and punctuated throughout by numerous political and legal questions and arguments, which became more animated and passionate as the night and celebrations continued. In the end, though, no amount of political and legal arguments raised by such passionate graduate students could substitute for the joyous human emotions that were felt that day. What a watershed event that was!

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