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International Court Authority

Karen J. Alter, Laurence R. Helfer, and Mikael Rask Madsen

Abstract

Identifying the “varied authority” of international adjudicators as a common object of inquiry, this book develops a framework to conceptualize and analyze international court authority with the goal of assessing how contextual factors affect international courts’ authority, and therby their political and legal influence. Scholars drawn from a range of academic disciplines—namely law, political science, and sociology—have contributed to this book and examine the varied authority of thirteen international courts with jurisdictions that range from economic to human rights, to international crimi ... More

Keywords: varied authority, international court authority, international courts, international institutions, jurisdiction, authority, criminal law, commercial law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198795582
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198795582.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen J. Alter, editor
Professor of Political Science and Law, Northwestern University and iCourts: Center of Excellence for International Courts, University of Copenhagen

Laurence R. Helfer, editor
Harry R. Chadwick Sr. Professor of Law, Duke University and iCourts: Center of Excellence for International Courts, University of Copenhagen

Mikael Rask Madsen, author
EURECO Professor of European Law and Integration and Director, iCourts: Center of Excellence for International Courts, University of Copenhagen

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Part I The Varied Authority of International Courts

1 International Court Authority in a Complex World

Karen J. Alter, Laurence R. Helfer, and Mikael Rask Madsen

2 How Context Shapes the Authority of International Courts

Karen J. Alter, Laurence R. Helfer, and Mikael Rask Madsen*

Part II International Courts in their Social and Political Context

Africa

6 The SADC Tribunal

E. Tendayi Achiume*

Latin America and the Caribbean

7 The Caribbean Court of Justice

Salvatore Caserta and Mikael Rask Madsen*

8 The Andean Tribunal of Justice

Karen J. Alter and Laurence R. Helfer*

Europe

Courts with a Global Reach

13 The World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Body

Gregory Shaffer, Manfred Elsig, and Sergio Puig*

15 International Criminal Tribunals

Ron Levi, John Hagan, and Sara Dezalay

Part III International Court Authority in Question

16 International Court Authority in Question

Karen J. Alter, Laurence R. Helfer, and Mikael Rask Madsen

18 International Courts

Michael Zürn

Part IV Growing and Diminishing IC Authority

23 Conclusion

Karen J. Alter, Laurence R. Helfer, and Mikael Rask Madsen

End Matter