This is just a quick administrative note, to let readers know of a change to the structure of the blog starting today. The original purpose of the blog was to provide coverage of publications in arbitration and investment law, combined with commentary by myself on issues those publications raised. As it has evolved, though, the commentary has become more serious and substantial, and this has significantly reduced the rate at which posts are being made. After all, if you’re going to say something serious about an article, you need to spend time thinking about it. The consequence of this, though, is that fewer publications get covered, which undermines one of the purposes of the blog.
So starting today I will be adopting a new format for the blog, which will involve two streams of posts. The first stream will be the commentaries, and will continue at much the same rate as they have been produced over the course of the last year. However, there will now also be a second stream of “brief” notices on publications. These will be short posts of 500 words or less, and will be dedicated solely to describing a publication, noting any important points it contains, and giving my own view on the degree to which it is important to read (and for whom it may be important). These brief notices won’t include any commentary, and I aim to produce them at a rate of two or three per week.
The two streams are, of course, interrelated, and something that is covered in a brief notice may well end up subsequently covered again in a longer commentary. Moreover, just because I don’t cover a publication in an extended commentary doesn’t mean I don’t think it is important. It just means that I found the ideas in other publications to be more interesting for my own work. However, by combining these two streams of post I hope to balance better the two goals the blog is trying to achieve.